Faculty

Thomas Calabrese, M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Program Director Computer Science
Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., The University of Connecticut
M.S., Villanova University
B.A., New York University
Contact Information

About

Prior to joining USJ, Dr. Calabrese was a department chair and faculty member at Johnson & Wales University Department of Computer Science for 22 years. Most recently, he designed curriculum and lab environments for the establishment of a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). He is active in the field of information security compliance engineering and actively consults with numerous companies, government agencies, and health care providers. Dr. Calabrese brings a passion for computer science to USJ. He is currently the faculty advisor to the student chapter of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) here at USJ.

Affiliations

Computer Science Teachers Association
Upsilon Pi Epsilon – Honor Society for the Computing Sciences
Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
IEEE
AERA
Board Member, Warwick Area Career & Technical Center (Cisco Networking Program)
Pi Lambda Theta, International Honor Society and Professional Association for Education

Courses Taught at USJ

  • COMP 100 – Introduction to Computers
  • COMP 110 – Computer Programming 1
  • COMP 210 – Database Design & Development
  • COMP 220 – Data Structures
  • COMP 330 – Algorithm Analysis
  • COMP 320 – Web Application Development
  • COMP 450 – Software Engineering
  • COMP 499 – Computer Science Capstone
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Innovation and Technology

Publications

His publications include: Calabrese, T. (2004). Information Security Intelligence: Cryptographic Principles & Applications, Calabrese, T. (2009). Should Internet content be regulated? J&W Magazine, Perspectives (2009)., and Stephens, J. M., Young, M. F., & Calabrese, T. H. Does moral judgment go offline when students are online? A comparative analysis of undergraduates beliefs and behaviors related to conventional and digital cheating. Ethics & Behavior, 17 (3), 233-254 (2007). He has also presented at CSTA North East Regional Conference to introduce his 13 part digital series – Insights Into Computer Science (2018). He was the PI on the Congressional Cybersecurity Grant Johnson and Wales University awarded May 22nd, 2023 by the United Stated Department of Education. He has also been a featured speaker regarding his research and publications regarding online academic misconduct at the University of Central Florida Online Learning Summit, University of Connecticut, and University of South Carolina. Dr. Calabrese has active research interests in intelligent software design in support of information security compliance engineering.

Research

Dr. Calabrese is currently focused on two research topics: 1. Intelligent software design and data analytics in support of the information security compliance engineering and 2. Improving computer science learning through simulation, cooperative learning with industry partners and curriculum wide projects.
Compliance engineering has become a critical focus for many corporations and government around the world as they struggle to keep an ever-growing data and information base secure. With an increasing shortage of qualified security engineers and a constantly evolving set of security architectures and controls – it is imperative that new avenues be explored to assist in the assessment, planning, control, and management of data security. My work considers the potential to use intelligent software and data analytics to improve the efficiencies of these primarily manual processes.
Computer science learning is changing rapidly as our technology evolves. The impact of AI and effective simulations makes learning more effective and “real-world”. Dr. Calabrese is currently engaged in two studies to characterize the effectiveness of simulated and/or situational learning in computer science and technology. He invites interested students to contact him regarding research opportunities.