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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
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Dr. Calabrese has been very active in the fields of software development, educational technology, and information security compliance engineering. This is his first year at USJ and his twenty-second as a university professor. Most recently, he designed curriculum and lab environments for a National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security (NSA/DHS) Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). He twice received honors as Teacher of the Year (2004 and 2016) at his previous institution.

Prior to joining USJ, Dr. Calabrese was a department chair and faculty member at Johnson & Wales University Department of Computer Science for 21 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.


Computer Science Teachers Association
Upsilon Pi Epsilon – Honor Society for the Computing Sciences
Association for Computer Machinery (ACM)
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 450 Software Engineering
  • COMP 310 Data Base Design & Development
  • COMP 440 Web Application Development
  • COMP 330 Algorithm Analysis
  • MATH 110 Elementary Statistics


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 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.


Dr. Calabrese is currently focused on intelligent software design and data analytics in support of the information security compliance engineering. 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. He invites interested students to contact him regarding research opportunities.