Paul S. and Shirley Goodman Award

The Paul S. and Shirley Goodman award was established in 1997 by former MIS professor Dr. Seymour Goodman in honor of his parents Paul S. and Shirley Goodman.

The award is given to MIS doctoral students who excel professionally in the study of international developments in the field of computer science. Award amount varies from year to year.

Seymour (Sy) E. Goodman is professor of International Affairs and Computing at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as Co-Director of the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy and Co-Director of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center.

Professor Goodman studies international developments in information technologies and related public policy issues. In this capacity, he has over 200 publications and served on many academic, government, and industry advisory, study, and editorial committees.

He has been the International Perspectives editor for the Communications of the ACM for the last nineteen years, and has studied computing on all seven continents in about one hundred countries.

He recently served as Chair of the Committee on Improving Cybersecurity Research in the United States, National Research Council, and as a member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. [more]

Congratulations to the following MIS doctoral student who received this award.

Sagar Samtani - Fall 2017

Sagar Samtani is a fourth year Ph.D. student (expected graduation in Spring 2018) in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab in the Management Information Systems (MIS) department at the University of Arizona (UA). He earned his MS in MIS from UA in 2014 and his BSBA in MIS in 2013. From 2014-2017, Samtani served as a National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarship-for-Service (SFS) fellow, a program designed to train students in cybersecurity for eventual placement in academia or government. Samtani’s research focuses on creating proactive Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) by developing novel web, data, and text mining frameworks to identify key hackers and emerging threats from the online, international hacker community (e.g., Russia, US, Middle East). Some of the techniques Samtani regularly uses or extends in his research are topic modelling, deep learning, social network analysis, and visualizations. Samtani currently has a journal paper forthcoming in Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), journal papers under review Communications of the ACM (CACM), IEEE Intelligent Systems, and Transactions on Replication Research (TRR). He has also presented his work at IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI), Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS), and the INFORMS Annual Meeting. One of the systems developed from his research, The AZSecure Hacker Assets Portal, is currently used by academics, industry professionals, and government analysts across the US, Canada, India, and Taiwan. Apart from his research, Samtani successfully taught courses at both the undergraduate and MS levels. In Summer 2016, Samtani delivered MIS 111 (Computers in the Internetworked Society). His teaching efforts in this class earned him the 2016 James F. LaSalle Award for Teaching Excellence as a Graduate Student Instructor. In Spring 2017, Samtani designed, developed, and delivered UA’s first MS level CTI course in Spring 2017. This course provided students with an end-to-end, hands-on understanding of the CTI lifecycle. Samtani is currently developing an online version of the course to be delivered in Spring 2018.