Fortune S. Mhlanga

Director of School of Computing & Informatics, Professor of Computer Science                          

 

Academic Background 

  1. Ph.D.   New Jersey Institute of Technology,  Newark, New Jersey,  Computer Science,  1993
  2. M.S.   New Jersey Institute of Technology,  Newark, New Jersey,  Computer Science,  1989
  3. B.S.   Harding University,  Searcy, Arkansas,  Computer Science,  1984

Memberships 

  1. Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), 2009
  2. Zimbabwe Academy of Sciences, 2006 - Pre
  3. Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), 2003 - Pre
  4. Institute for Electrical & Electronic Engineering (IEEE), 2003 - Pre
  5. Computer Society of Zimbabwe, 1985 - Pre

Previous Employment

  1. Professor, Abilene Christian University (July, 2007 - Present).  
  2. Visiting Professor, University of Zimbabwe (December, 2010 - December, 2010).   Taught an intensive 2-week course on Theory of Computation to graduate Computer Science students.
  3. Professor & Chair, Department of Computer Sciences, Faulkner University (October, 2002 - July, 2007).  
  4. Director, Informatics & Electronics Institute, Scientific & Industrial Research & Development Center (January, 1998 - September, 2002).  
  5. Lecturer & Chair, Computer Science Department, University of Zimbabwe (August, 1993 - December, 1997).   

Academic Contributions

  1. Burton, B. G., Mhlanga, F. S., Martin, B. N., & Robins, J. (2010).  What are the Practices and Challenges of Teaching Mobile Computing at the University Level?  American Educational Research Association.  
  2. Burton, B. G. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010).  Teaching Mobile Computing: Practices and Pitfalls.  ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications.  
  3. Vardiman, P. D. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010).  On Conceptual Models of Collaborative Partnerships and the Infusion of Knowledge Workers in the Local IT Sector.  Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR).  
  4. Vardiman, P. D. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010).  On Conceptual Models of Collaborative Partnerships and the Infusion of Knowledge Workers in the Local IT Sector.  Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR).  
  5. Burton, B. G. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010).  Experiences and Direction in Teaching an Undergraduate Course in Mobile Computing.  EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference.  
  6. Mhlanga, F. S. & Vardiman, P. D. (2009).  Towards a Sustainable Development of the IT Sector in Abilene: Responding to the 'Re-Invent Abilene' Initiative.  Society for Advancement of Management 2009 International Business Conference on Sustainability.  
  7. Mhlanga, F. S., Vardiman, P. D., & Reames, S. (2009).  Towards an Abstract Model for Academia and Information Technology Sector Collaborative Partnerships: Responding to the 'West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization' Initiative.  Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR).  
  8. Mhlanga, F. S., Perry, E., Wei, C., & Ng, P. A. (2007).  Towards a Predictive Model Architecture for Current or Emergent Pandemic Situations.  10th World Conference on Integrated Design & Process Technology.  
  9. Perry, E. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2007).  Multi-Player Immersive Learning Simulations.  Huntsville Simulation Conference.  
  10. Mhlanga, F. S., Shepherd, I. J., & Vardiman, P. D. (2007).  Converting the Research Base into Commercial Success: Contributing to the 'Re-Invent Abilene' Initiative.  4th International Conference on Systems Integration.  
  11. Mhlanga, F. S. (2006).  A Developing Country's Information and Communication Technology Industry in Perspective: A Vision for the 21st Century.  9th World Conference on Integrated Design & Process Technology.  
  12. Mhlanga, F. S. (2005).  Progress Towards Knowledge Societies Strategies in a Developing Nation - The Zimbabwe Experience.  International Conference on Technology and Knowledge in an Open Society.
  13. Mhlanga, F. S., Vardiman, P. D., & Reames, S. (2010).  Towards a Model for Academia and Information Technology Sector Collaborative Partnerships: Responding to the 'West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization' Initiative.  Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, 3 (5), 11.  
  14. Mhlanga, F. S. (2006).  A Developing Country's Information and Communication Technology Industry in Perspective: A Vision for the 21st Century.  Journal of Integrated Design and Process Science, 10 (1), 71 - 78
  15. Burton, B. G., Mhlanga, F. S., Martin, B. N., & Robins, J. (2010). What are the Practices and Challenges of Teaching Mobile Computing at the University Level?   American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  16. Burton, B. G. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010). Teaching Mobile Computing: Practices and Pitfalls.   ED-MEDIA World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Toronto, Canada.
  17. Vardiman, P. D. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010). On Conceptual Models of Collaborative Partnerships and the Infusion of Knowledge Workers in the Local IT Sector.   Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR), Nashville, Tennessee.
  18. Mhlanga, F. S., Vardiman, P. D., & Reames, S. (2009, November). Towards an Abstract Model for Academia and Information Technology Sector Collaborative Partnerships: Responding to the 'West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization' Initiative.   Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR), Washington, District of Columbia.
  19. Mhlanga, F. S. & Vardiman, P. D. (2009, March). Towards a Sustainable Development of the IT Sector in Abilene: Responding to the 'Re-Invent Abilene' Initiative.   Society for Advancement of Management 2009 International Business Conference on Sustainability, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  20. Mhlanga, F. S., Shepherd, I. J., & Vardiman, P. D. (2007, December). Converting the Research Base into Commercial Success: Contributing to the 'Re-Invent Abilene' Initiative.   4th International Conference on Systems Integration, Brasilia, Brazil.
  21. Mhlanga, F. S., Perry, E., Wei, C., & Ng, P. A. (2007, June). Towards a Predictive Model Architecture for Current or Emergent Pandemic Situations.   10th World Conference on Integrated Design & Process Technology, Antalya, Turkey.
  22. Perry, E. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2007, November). Multi-Player Immersive Learning Simulations.   Huntsville Simulation Conference, Huntsville, Alabama.
  23. Mhlanga, F. S. (2006, June). A Developing Country's Information and Communication Technology Industry in Perspective: A Vision for the 21st Century.   9th World Conference on Integrated Design & Process Technology, San Diego, California.
  24. Mhlanga, F. S. (2005, February). Progress Towards Knowledge Societies Strategies in a Developing Nation - The Zimbabwe Experience.   International Conference on Technology and Knowledge in an Open Society, Berkeley, California.
  25. Burton, B. G. & Mhlanga, F. S. (2010, February). Experiences and Direction in Teaching an Undergraduate Course in Mobile Computing.   EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference, Austin, Texas.
  26. Mhlanga, F. S. (2009, September). Multimedia Software Development.   The 5th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia, Shenyang, China

Grants 

  1. 2009: . Special Projects or Assignments.  Preparation for High School Summer Academy for Game Development and Architectural Camps. Collaborated with Brian Burton, Brandon Young, and Ronnie Rama.
  2. 2009:  Georgia National Science Foundation (Georgian NSF) - State Science Grants Competition, Unknown, Unknown.  Methods and Rating Criteria for the Assessment of Scientific Organizations, Scientists and Scientific Publications of Georgia in the field of technologies
  3. 2008: Mhlanga, F. S., Survey of the Abilene Information Technology Industry: Responding to the Re-Invent Abilene Initiative ($4,000.00)
  4. 2008 [Year 1 of 3]: Perry, E., Mhlanga, F. S. , Reeves, B., & Byrd, R., Modeling Actionable Insights into Adversary Behavior, GOV-Department of Defense (DD). Proposed collaboration with Northrop Grumman
  5. 2008:  Georgia National Science Foundation (Georgian NSF) - State Science Grants Competition, Unknown, Unknown.  Rule-Based Programming with Second-Order and Sequence Variables
  6. 2008:  Georgia National Science Foundation (Georgian NSF) - State Science Grants Competition, Unknown, Unknown.  Algorithms for Linear Programming Based on the Synthesis of the Gradient and von Neumann Methods
  7. 2008:  Georgia National Science Foundation (Georgian NSF) - State Science Grants Competition, Unknown, Unknown.  Elaboration of Information System 'Who is Who in Georgian Diaspora'
  8. 2008:  Georgia National Science Foundation (Georgian NSF) - State Science Grants Competition, Unknown, Unknown.  Development of Technology of the Automated Designing for Management Information Systems of the Incorporation on the Basis of Multimedia Data Warehouse and Visual Component-Programming

Conferences & Seminars

  1. 2010:  Pan Africa Media Conference. Launched my software rDNA(www.reportingDNA.org) and attended several sessions. March 17 - 19. Nairobi, Kenya
  2. 2009:  Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR). Attended several sessions, Nov 6 - 8 Washington DC, District of Columbia.
  3. 2009:  Society for Advancement of Management 2009 International Business Conference on Sustainability. Attended several sessions, Mar 23, 24 Las Vegas, Nevada.
  4. 2009:  5th World Summit on Internet and Multimedia. Attended all sessions of the Summint Shenyang, China.
  5. 2008:  ACU Grant Writing Workshop. Conducted by ACU's ORSP, Feb 15 Abilene, Texas.
  6. 2007:  4th International Conference on Systems Integration. Attended several sessions, Dec 3, 4 Brasilia, Brazil.
  7. 2007:  Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) Venture Capital Seminar. Represented ACU, Sep 5 Dallas, Texas.
  8. 2006:  9th World Conference on Integrated Design & Process Technology. Attended several sessions, Jun 26 - 29 San Diego, California.
  9. 2005:  International Conference on Software Engineering. Attended several sessions, Feb 18 - 20 Berkeley, California.

Honors & Awards 

  1. 2009:  2009 Meritorious Award given by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) on the paper entitled 'Towards an Abstract Model for Academia and Information Technology Sector Collaborative Partnerships: Responding to the 'West Texas Coalition for Innovation and Commercialization' Initiative'. Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).
  2. 2009:  Certificate given by the Georgia National Science Foundation (GNSF) for acting as an International Evaluator of the Projects of the 'State Science Grants Competition 2009' administered by the GNSF and funded through the State Budget Georgia National Science Foundation (GNSF).
  3. 2009:  Appointed as Senior Advisor on African Digital Media for the International Federation of Multimedia Associations (IFMA), a NGO in Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) International Federation of Multimedia Associations (FIAM/IFMA)