Faculty Member Named Technology Educator of the Year
Samir Shah, an instructor in information sciences and technology at Penn State York, was recently honored by the Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP) as the 2006 Technology Educator of the Year. The award was presented during the TCCP's 14th annual awards gala in Harrisburg. TCCP is a 100 percent funded, non-profit organization dedicated to the growth and success of the technology community with a 24+ county region of Central Pennsylvania. Its mission is to create, attract, grow, and retain technology companies in the Central Pennsylvania region.
Shah has more than 13 years of progressive experience in the various dimensions of information technology. In particular, his simultaneous immersion in academia, public and private sector has provided him with a broad spectrum of the possibilities of successful technological development, management, and integration. He teaches undergraduate IST courses. Most of his advanced courses are project-based and designed to bring both local and international experience to students by incorporating "real-world" classroom projects.
Prior to his Penn State appointments, Shah worked for several agencies for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the areas of information technology (IT). His responsibilities included providing a comprehensive leadership for the development of IT strategic direction; application development, IT policy formulation, and IT project management for the department.
Shah's areas of research interest are in global IT project management and software development. Shah has published several conference papers and recently co-authored a chapter, "IT and the Agile Government: The Role of IT in Improving the Efficiency of Government Functions".
Shah currently serves on various board and committees including a chairmanship of the IST advisory board at Penn State York. His professional organization involvement includes Project Management Institute (PMI), Agile Alliance, Penn State's eBusiness Research Center (eBRC), and Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania.
Shah received the 2005 University-wide faculty award in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). Given annually, the award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their teaching and research and their efforts to foster leaders for the digital, global economy. He was also named one of the Penn Staters of the Quarter in 2005 at Penn State York. Shah applied for and received several grants from various sources to support his teaching and research activities.
Shah has earned his Masters degree in Engineering Sciences from Penn State Harrisburg. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).