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Michael Fudge

Michael Fudge

Assistant Professor of Practice

314 Hinds Hall | Phone: 315.443.9686

mafudge@syr.edu

http://about.me/mafudge

Overview

At present I am a Professor of Practice in the area of data science.

My areas of study are focused around digital transformation and the impact of information technology on society.  For example, I focus on the architectures necessary to support the internet of things, big data, and machine learning. I do this from the perspectives of scalability, security and ethical uses of the information collected by these systems.

I strongly believe that programming is a 21st century literacy skill which should be taught as part of the digital humanities.  No discipline is immune from technology disruption and therefore we all need to understand these systems and keep a balanced perspective over their appropriate use. For programming, this implies understanding how to leverage technology to solve-domain specific information problems. The idea is for the student to be aware of the capabilities and limitations of technology through code, and be able to think systematically about information-oriented problems.

Previously, I have been an Adjunct Professor for the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University since August 2001 and have over 25 years of teaching and professional work experience as a software developer and as an administrator in the IT field.  In 2011 I won the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty of the year award. I started my YouTube channel in 2010, consisting of primarily how-to instructional technology videos, which has grown to over 2 Million views and 10,000 subscribers.

My educational background is in applied technology. In 1993, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from the State University of New York at Oswego. I completed my Master’s degree in Information Management from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) in 2006.

In addition to my service and teaching duties, I maintain an active practice with a company, AppHammer which I co-founded.l also mentor for the Syracuse Student Sandbox.

Professional

My professional practice emphases the following activities:

  • Learning and evaluating new technologies.
  • Public speaking especially with a focus on technology demonstrations.
  • Web development and hybrid mobile app development.
  • Member of the Central New York Software Developer’s Meetup.

Specifically,

  • I’m a contract software developer for Ensemble Video, a platform for distribution and management of media assets. I helped get the product get off the ground in 2007 as part of the design and development team. Recently, I have written integrations into other systems such as Blackboard, and I’m currently writing a plugin for the Sakai framework.
  • In 2014 I started a company, AppHammer as a vehicle for incubating / commercializing various ideas and projects involving web and mobile applications.
  • I enjoy public speaking and welcome the opportunity to give talks on subjects pertinent to my activities and interests. Most recently at the LabMan 2014 conference at University Nevada-Las Vegas, I gave a presentation and technology demo of Remote Lab – an application I developed to allow students to access computer labs with their personal technology. In addition, I participated on a virtual computer labs roundtable.
  • I act as a mentor for the Syracuse Student Sandbox, providing technical advice to student startup teams.

Teaching

I frequently experiment with different approaches to instruction, content delivery and assessment such as experiential learning, flipping the classroom, and authentic assessment. I embrace the use of technology as both an aid in teaching and as a means to improve the student experience. I believe the appropriate use of the right technologies can be an enabler to learning. Some examples include:

  • Experimenting with other modes of instruction, such as video, to supplement learning and cater to different learning styles of students,
  • Providing online, self-graded diagnostic instruments so students can gauge their own level of understanding, and
  • Developing applied, hands-on exercises and activities with technology giving students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned.

I enjoy improving and enhancing course materials, especially based on the feedback of my former students. I consider this activity a part of the teaching routine. I like learning and experimenting with new technologies and bringing what I’ve learned into the classroom as part of lecture, demonstrations, activities, and labs. 

I welcome using technology as an aid in learning.  If it can help my students better understand a concept, I consider it a worthwhile endeavor. I do not shy away from designing and implementing the technology solutions I need in my courses, leveraging my years of experience in technology evaluation, programming and systems administration. I’m quite comfortable not only building but maintaining and supporting the technology used in my courses, too. Some of the systems I’ve created, such as the ISTSTUDENTS SQL Server are still used by other courses taught within the iSchool today.

I truly believe that my skillsets are a perfect fit for the iSchool’s Undergraduate Information Management and Technology and Graduate Information Management / Data Science programs. My years of professional and teaching experience position me to be a key contributor to the growth and development of the curriculum in many pertinent subject areas such as:

  • Database management systems, and systems analysis and design
  • Programming, scripting, and web / mobile development.
  • Big data, data lakes, warehousing and business intelligence, and
  • Cloud services and technologies

Personal

When I’m not tinkering with the latest technologies, I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, kayaking, and fishing with my family and friends. Also I coach youth sports and am currently president of a local little league. 

Teaching

Personal

Teaching


Teaching History - 2019-2020
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2019 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2019 IST346 M004 Info Tech Mgmt&Administration
Teaching History - 2018-2019
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2018 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2018 IST346 M004 Info Tech Mgmt&Administration
Spring 2019 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2019 IST643 M001 Ent Serv and Virtualized Sys
Spring 2019 IST769 M400 Advanced Database Management
Teaching History - 2017-2018
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2017 IST101 M005 First-Year Forum
Fall 2017 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2017 IST722 M400 Data Warehouse
Spring 2018 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Spring 2018 IST722 M400 Data Warehouse
Teaching History - 2016-2017
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST256 M002 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2016 IST101 M008 Freshman Forum
Fall 2016 IST718 M001 Advanced Information Analytics
Fall 2016 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Fall 2016 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2017 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Spring 2017 GET487 M800 Global Tech
Spring 2017 GET687 M800 Global Tech
Spring 2017 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Teaching History - 2015-2016
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST256 M002 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2015 IST256 M004 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2015 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Spring 2016 IST256 M002 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2016 IST256 M003 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2016 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Spring 2016 GET487 M800 Global Tech
Spring 2016 GET687 M800 Global Tech
Summer 2016 IST722 M800 Data Warehouse
Teaching History - 2014-2015
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST256 M002 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2014 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2015 IST256 M003 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Spring 2015 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Summer 2015 IST722 M800 Data Warehouse
Teaching History - 2013-2014
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2013 IST256 M001 Appl.Prog.For Information Syst
Fall 2013 IST359 M001 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2013 IST359 M002 LAB: Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2014 IST469 M001 Advanced Database Management
Spring 2014 IST469 M002 LAB: Advanced Database Management
Spring 2014 IST722 M800 Data Warehouse
Summer 2014 IST722 M800 Data Warehouse
Teaching History - 2012-2013
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2012 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2012 IST469 M001 Advanced Database Management
Spring 2013 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2013 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Summer 2013 IST722 M001 Data Warehouse
Teaching History - 2011-2012
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2011 IST359 M001 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2011 IST359 M004 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2012 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2012 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2010-2011
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2010 IST359 M001 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2010 IST346 M004 Info Tech Mgmt&Administration
Spring 2011 IST359 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2011 IST359 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2009-2010
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2009 IST459 M001 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2009 IST346 M004 Operating Systems Admin.
Spring 2010 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2010 IST346 M003 Operating Systems Admin.
Teaching History - 2008-2009
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2008 IST459 M001 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Fall 2008 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2009 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2007-2008
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2007 IST659 M002 Data Admin Concepts & Db Mgmt
Fall 2007 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2008 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2006-2007
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2006 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2007 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2005-2006
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2005 IST459 M002 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Spring 2006 IST459 M003 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
Teaching History - 2004-2005
Semester Course Section Title
Summer 2005 IST459 U001 Intro to Data Base Mgmt Systs
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