College of Science and Mathematics


Professor and Chair, Computer Science
ext. 4166
Office Location: Richardson Hall 304

DR. COUTRAS comes to MSU from Pace University where he was Chair and Full Professor of the Department of Computer Science.  He joined Pace – New York Campus in September 2000 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to that, he taught at DePaul University in Chicago as a visiting faculty member. Before joining academia, he worked for Motorola in Chicago as a senior software engineer.

Dr. Coutras has created and taught a wide range of courses in networking and communications courses. His research interests are in the areas of Computer and Network Security, Performance Evaluation of Communication Protocols, and Wireless and Broadband Networks.  He has presented papers at and published proceedings in the SSITE International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education, the International Conference on Telecommunications, and International Conference on Computational Intelligence, Modelling and Simulation.


Associate Professor, Computer Science
ext. 3204
Office Location:  Richardson Hall 322

DR. LEBERKNIGHT began his academic career as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, followed by an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at William Paterson University. His primary research interests are networking and social computing. He has authored over 17 papers that have been published in top tier journals as well as national and international conferences. 

In addition to his academic experience Chris has over 10 years of professional experience in the computer and telecommunication industries and served as the CEO for two start-up companies.  He also has experience with decision support and location aware systems (patent # 7,406,448).

Dr. Leberknight is a member of the IEEE, Association of Computing Machinery, and the Association for Information Systems and servers on the editorial board for the Journal of Privacy and Information Security.  He has lived in four different countries and has travelled to over 18.



Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences
ext. 5132
Office Location: Richardson Hall

DR. PANORKOU, upon completing her doctoral studies in elementary mathematics education, joined the GISMO team at North Carolina State University as a Fulbright Scholar and worked as a post-doctoral researcher in multiple NSF-funded projects.  As team member, she contributed to the development of the resource that maps the CCSS-M into learning trajectories, and she was also one of the instructors of the MOOC-Ed (Massive Open Online Courses for Educators) on learning trajectories and the CCSS-M. Her research interests include development and validation of learning trajectories for K-8 mathematics; student learning of geometry, algebra and rational number reasoning; and a focus on the ways that technology and modeling can foster the utility of mathematical concepts.