What is the Applied Computing Institute?
Since its inception, the GVSU Padnos College of Engineering and Computing (PCEC) has worked closely with industry partners to provide experiential learning within its degree programs. The School of Computing’s mandatory internship and industry sponsored capstone course have attracted participation from some of the largest technology companies in the U.S.A. Similarly, the School of Engineering has one of the strongest mandatory undergraduate engineering cooperative education (co-op) programs in the nation. At the graduate level, PCEC has introduced an Industry Sponsored Graduate Fellowship Program that has been instrumental in recruiting a number of talented full-time graduate students into its various graduate degree programs. These high-impact experiential learning opportunities are natural fit for reinforcing concepts, knowledge, and skills in an applied work setting, resulting in tangible benefits to the student, the employer, the faculty and GVSU.
Hosted by the GVSU School of Computing, the Applied Computing Institute is based upon well-established the school's competencies in computing, experiential learning, and industry collaboration with the aim of further enriching learning opportunities for GVSU students, while simultaneously providing key industry partners access to faculty and student expertise in computer science and related disciplines.
Jonathan Engelsma, Ph.D. - Director
Jonathan Engelsma is the founding director of GVSU’s Applied Computing Institute (ACI). ACI provides applied computing services and collaboration opportunities in cybersecurity, apps, data science, health informatics, high-performance computing, and beyond to industry partners In addition to his leadership of ACI, Jonathan serves as a professor of computer science in the GVSU School of Computing and Information Systems, where he teaches courses in distributed systems, mobile computing, and web development. Prior to joining the faculty at GVSU, Jonathan spent almost two decades working in the tech industry and has numerous publications and patents in mobile computing-related areas. Jonathan earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University in 1993.
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Robert Adams, Ph.D. - Professor
Dr. Adams is a professor in the GVSU School of Computing and Information Systems, where he also serves as the program director of the Masters in Computer Information Systems graduate program. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1999. His research focus includes the broad range of issues including computer science capstone pedagogy, and global software engineering. He is also interested in how computing can help other disciplines, being involved with projects in such diverse fields such as Latin and musicology.
Imtiaz Ahmad, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Dr. Ahmad is an assistant professor in the School of Computing. His research interests lie in the intersection of Usable Privacy & Security, Human-Computer Interaction, and Machine Learning. His research aims solving real world problems by developing technologies that follow human-centered design techniques. He completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University Bloomington.
Zach DeBruine, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Dr. Zachary DeBruine is an Assistant Professor of Computing at Grand Valley State University within the Applied Computing Institute. Dr. DeBruine is leading research in collaboration with academic and industry partners to develop high-performance machine learning algorithms to analyze big biological data.
Hans Dulimarta, Ph.D. - Professor
Dr. Dulimarta is currently an associate professor at GVSU’s School of Computing and Information System. His research interests are in computer graphics and mobile applications. In recent years, Hans has served as a consultant on a number of industry-sponsored software development projects. He earned his PhD in Computer Science at Michigan State University, thanks to a scholarship provided by the Indonesian government. As a scholarship awardee, he was required to return and work for the Indonesian government after finishing his doctoral studies. After completing the employment requirement as a university professor in Indonesia, he decided to come back to return to USA and chose West Michigan as the home for his family.
Rahat Ibn Rafiq, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor
Dr. Rafiq is currently an assistant professor in the School of Computing. His research interests mainly concentrate on social computing, data mining, cyber safety, ubiquitous computing, and distributed systems. Before joining GVSU, Rahat worked at ThoughtSpot, a startup based in Palo Alto, California, for 14 months. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder, where he was one of the co-founding members of CUCyberSafety Lab. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Scalable and Timely Detection of Cyberbullying in Online Social Networks.”
Grant Alphenaar - ACI Research
Grant Alphenaar is a research scientist at the ACI, focusing on machine learning projects and assisting with graduate student research and undergraduate capstone projects. He obtained a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science from Grand Valley State University in 2022, focusing on machine learning and cybersecurity. Prior to that, he worked in data science and applied social science research.
Paul Doyle, MBA - ACI Mentor-in-Residence
Paul Doyle is a serial-entrepreneur and current mentor-in-residence at the ACI. Paul has extensive experience in, High Tech start-ups, banking & payments, social networks, social media, training, security, and records & information management. Paul is known for helping organizations with the increasingly regulatory environment. He is familiar with regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, NIST 800-171 CMMC, HIPAA, 21 CFR Part 11, Sarbanes-Oxley, TREAD Act, Graham-Leach-Bliley, etc.
Roland Heusser - ACI Mentor
Roland Heusser is a full-stack software engineer, who also serves as a mentor to students at the ACI. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Grand Valley State University in 2016. Throughout his career, Roland has gained extensive experience in technology transfer, working at organizations such as SRI International, and has recently been involved in improving developer productivity for mobile engineers at Twitter. He is passionate about UI/UX design, mobile application development, and DevOps.
Andrea Gonzales Osorio - Graduate Assistant
Marcos Diaz Puerta - Graduate Assistant
Usman Tahir Qureshi - Graduate Assistant
Usman Tahir Qureshi is currently a Full-stack Developer and also engaged in research related to conversational AI and Machine Learning. He is currently pursuing a MS in Applied Computer Science at GVSU.
Astha Thapa - Graduate Assistant
Astha is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in Applied Computer Science at GVSU. Before embarking on her current academic journey as a full-time graduate student at GVSU, she worked as a software engineer. Currently, she is engaged in research under the guidance of Dr. Patil, focusing on the implementation of AI in chatbots, as well as other AI-related projects.
Skyler Ruiter - Undergraduate ACI Resident
Skyler is a junior undergraduate student studying Computer Science. He is currently the president of the CIS Computing Club, and loves to interact with other technology focused people from fellow students to professors. He currently is conducting research alongside Dr. DeBruine involving Non-negative matrix functions but is also interested in cloud computing, parallel processing, and full stack development.
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Seth Wolfgang - Undergraduate ACI Resident
Seth is a senior undergraduate student studying Computer Science. He is currently working with Dr. DeBruine to study new methods of compressing matrices for use in non-negative matrix functions. Seth loves to teach others about computer science and is interested in high performance computing, distributed systems, and system-level programming.
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