Our Team


Dr. Katherine Herbert-Berger is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Montclair State University. Dr. Herbert currently researches database management, data warehousing, and data quality issues in scientific data sets. Currently, she is working with the EarthCube Data capabilities group, examining data and deep learning solutions. Previously, she has examined the data integration problems with regards to integrating protein-ligand data with respect to the phylogenetic relationships within the protein data. Dr. Herbert is also looking at problems regarding sustainability data and mobile applications.

Dr. Herbert is a researcher with funding from the National Science Foundation, NJ Department of Health, and PSE&G. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2004, focusing on data quality in biological databases. She’s also funded by NSF for the S-STEM NECST Program, investigating non-computer science students pursuing computer science master’s degrees. Dr. Herbert has authored numerous papers in Computer Science and Interdisciplinary education, influencing curriculum development at Montclair. She served as curriculum committee chair and on the graduate council at the College of Science and Mathematics. Additionally, she’s involved in the Weston Scholars program, delivering talks to local school districts, and serving on science advisory boards for NJ schools.

Dr. Sumi Hagiwara is an Associate Dean of College of Education and Human Services and also an Associate Professor in early childhood and elementary education at Montclair State University. She teaches about equity, diversity, culture, and early childhood/elementary science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. Dean Hagiwara researches equity and agency in STEM, educational technology, games-based learning, and parent involvement in education.

She is the creator and director of the epiSTEMic Summer Program at MSU that links an inclusive summer STEM camp for children with teacher preparation and teacher professional development. Her publications appear in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Cultural Studies in Science Education, and the International Journal of Science Education. Dr. Hagiwara is co-editor of Change Agents in Science Education to advance the discourse on change agency using science across settings. Dean Hagiwara is a 12-month employee and therefore cannot receive pay for her work on the proposal. She is committing 0.3 months of work to ensure that the computation thinking component at the Red Hawk CS Lab is completed and that she can complete the various required activities for the academic year.
Dr. Hagiwara is a 12-month employee, devoting 3% of her 12 month effort to this project.

Colette Killian is the Assistant Director of Budgets and Grants at PRISM and the RYTE Center. She is responsible for the administrative and financial components of the NJ DOE Computer Science grants and is the Professional Development Coordinator. She currently works in a similar capacity at PRISM (Professional Resources in Science and Math) housed at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning located at 1515 Broad Street, Bloomfield. She has worked at Montclair State University for over 20 years. Previously she worked at Patient Care Inc., American Cyanamid and Touche Ross. Colette graduated from Bentley University and is a CPA.

Dr. Vaibhav Anu

Dr. Vaibhav Anu is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Montclair State University. Dr. Anu’s expertise lies in software engineering and development, requirements engineering, software verification and validation, and software engineering / computer science education. Dr. Anu’s primary research focus is on applying cognitive psychology research on human errors for the purpose of improving the quality of software requirements artifacts (such as Software Requirements Specification or SRS documents). Furthermore, in recent years, Dr. Anu has applied Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence to improve the software requirements inspection process and improve the ML-based vulnerability prediction in Java/Python Code-components. Dr. Anu’s research efforts have resulted in more than 25 publications including journal articles in Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE), Information and Software Technology (IST), and conference proceedings in ACM SIGCSE, IEEE FIE, ACM/IEEE ESEM, IEEE ISSRE, IEEE BigData, and IEEE ICTAI.

Amy DeFelice

Amy DeFelice is an adjunct professor of education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University. Amy was a high school science teacher in Brooklyn, NY and is currently a middle school science teacher in Monmouth County, NJ. Amy’s favorite courses to instruct at MSU are the methods of teaching STEM courses for pre-service and in-service teachers. Amy earned her B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University, M.S. in Education from Canisius College and PhD in Urban Education from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Amy’s research interests include place based education, outdoor science education, equity in the science classroom, and computer science education for pre-service and in-service teachers. Outside of teaching Amy enjoys spending time in nature with her family and three children, and running.

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Dr. Rebecca Goldstein is Associate Professor of teaching and learning in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate K-12 professional sequences, as well as doctoral courses in pedagogy, sociology of knowledge, and democracy and education. Dr. Goldstein received her Ph.D. in teaching curriculum and change from the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester.
Dr. Rui Li

Dr. Rui Li is an assistant professor in the School of Computing, at Montclair State University. Her research interests include: Multimodal Human-Computer Interaction: Machine Perception, Sensor Fusion, Interactive Autonomous Systems, Affective Computing; and Multimedia Computing: Virtual/Augmented Reality, 3D Interactive Virtual Environment, 3D Dynamic Visualization, 3D Game Development, Computer Graphics, 3D Modeling and Animation

Jesse Miller

Jesse Miller teaches computer concepts and programming as an adjunct faculty member, and serves as a Web Content Manager and Developer for CCHL & CEEL Technology Services. Before venturing into the tech field, Jesse spent five years in public education as a music teacher in the Elmwood Park school district. Jesse holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Music Education, and is an NJ State Certified teacher.

Dr. Minsun Shin

Dr. Minsun Shin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University, specializing in infant and early childhood studies. She earned her doctorate in Early Childhood Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the Graduate Program Coordinator for MAT Early Childhood Education (p-3) Programs. With a strong belief that education takes place in and through human relationships, her research interests include social development among young children, infant caregiving, caring pedagogy, early childhood teacher education, and professionalism in early childhood care and education.

Lisa Abrams

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Rachel Dsouza

Hi Everyone! I am Rachel Dsouza. I am a graduate student at Montclair state university doing my master’s in Information Technology. I have worked as a Web Developer from the past 5 years and gained good amount of experience in that domain. I love listening to music and watching good series.

My name is Angelica Llerena and I am a senior here at MSU. I am a Linguistics major with a concentration in ASL-English interpreting. I enjoy photography and reading books. My favorite genre of reading is science fiction and I enjoy taking candid photography.

My name is Edward Maina and I am an international student pursuing a graduate degree in Business Analytics. I am absolutely delighted to join the team of Montclair PRISM and help in pushing its mission to make teachers gain the necessary STEM skills in order for them to train the younger generation to pursue careers in STEM. This is fundamentally important as innovation is what makes our society to advance, as a STEM designated student myself I am sure thess skills I learn will lead to greater opportunities in the future.

My name is Keisha Opoku, and I am a senior at Montclair State University studying Public Health with a concentration on Community Health Education. My hometown is Orange, New Jersey. My ambition is to finish my senior year and get full-time work in the healthcare area. Fun fact about myself: I enjoy exploring cities, trying different restaurants, and dressing up.
Ramy Othman

My name is Ramy Othman. I got my Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics – Communications Electrical Engineering from Alexandria University, Egypt. I worked in Dubai in a consultant office as an ELV Engineer for nine years, I was one of the team who designed the infrastructure for the first Data Center in the region, and designing smart solution – automated systems with Schnider and ABB. I’ve decided to study my Master’s Degree in Data Science at MSU due to it is “one of the tremendous job of the 21st century”

My name is Landen Andrew. I am a Junior Sports Communications Major and Business Minor at Montclair State University. I broadcast high school sports on the weekends for NFHSS. I’m a huge sports fan. I’m a huge Packers, Cubs, and Blackhawks.