Dr. Amara

Dr. Kamal Amara obtained his Master of Science and his Ph.D. in Physics from French Universities (Pierre et Marie Curie University- Paris and University and INSA of Rouen- Rouen, respectively). His research work centered on using lasers in optical telecommunications, detection, ultra-precise atomic clocks and aerospace metrology. Before joining DeVry University, Dr. Amara occupied different positions in some world-class R&D laboratories including: University of New Orleans/NASA Glenn Center (OH), Bell Labs-Lucent Technologies, Atlanta (GA), and The Applied Optics Center/Dupont Inc. (DE). Dr. Amara has participated in more than 30 scientific publications in national and international journals and holds two patents in optical detection and telecommunications.

In 2004, Dr. Amara joined DeVry University as an Associate Professor working at the Crystal City campus. He enjoys sharing his professional experience by teaching different Physics, Communication Electronics, Electronics, Analog/Digital Signal Processing, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics and Algebra to GSP/ECT/EET/CET/Nursing students, Astronomy, Integrated and Environmental Sciences classes to Business/Management/NCM/NSA students and C++ programming to GSP students. Also, he has been proud to receive the DeVry University PRIDE award (2012).

Since January 2014, Dr. Amara has been working with examiners at the US Patent and Trademark Office examining patent applications from national and international inventive entities in the fields of Optical Sensing, Detection and Measurement.  He has finalized more than a dozen patents that have been published in fields ranging from quantum based atomic inertial sensors to solar tubes, and from bio-photonics to semiconductors characterization.

Professor Jalinous

After working as an Information Technology (IT) engineer and system administrator for more than 10 years from 1991 to 2001, Professor Alex Jalinous decided to teach IT classes and continue with his IT consulting work. In 2001, he started to teach vendor specific certification classes such as Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Microsoft SQL Data Base Administrator, Novell Netware, Linux and network design. He joined DeVry University in April 2004 as an adjunct instructor; he then assumed the position of the Network Management department chair. He is now an associate professor at DeVry's Crystal City campus. 

Professor Jalinous has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado along with industry certifications including CCAI, CCNA, CCNA VoIP, CCNA Security, Linux +, MCSE, MCT and MCDBA. In the past, he has taught at different institutions such as University of California in Riverside, George Mason University and several technical schools with a focus on Microsoft and Cisco certification courses. 

Professor Crawford

In 2002, Professor Nia Crawford began her career at DeVry University where she teaches English and Critical Thinking courses as well as serving on several committees. Before joining DeVry, Professor  Crawford taught in the Prince George's County, MD school district. She became an educator after earning her Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University and working as a training consultant for one of the largest banks in Philadelphia. That was 1998.  She has earned a Master's of Education from Temple University, was certified to teach English at the secondary level in Maryland, and has finished course work towards her Ph.D. in Professional Writing. Professor Crawford has also taught a few English courses at DeVry's Center City campus in the Philadelphia metro.


Dr. McNeal

Dr. Tonitta Davis McNeal is a transformational higher education professional with a terminal degree in Management and years of experience working in both teaching and administrative capacities. A graduate of Colorado Technical University and Liberty University, Dr. McNeal firmly believes that to achieve exponential learning and growth, an educator must inspire students to transform the knowledge gained inside the classroom into a meaningful resource for personal, professional, and community development.   Prior to accepting the Assistant Professor position and Faculty Chair role with DeVry University, Dr. McNeal taught a host of courses in organizational behavior, quantitative and qualitative research, and other business areas with American National University, National College, ITT Technical Institute, and the University of Phoenix.  As a married, mother of three, she is an active member of the Southern Management Association and volunteers with the local public school system when possible. She has professional experience in project management, banking, and customer relationship management.


Professor Jakovich

From U.S. Marine to purple-haired CPA, Professor Ellen Jakovich is a self-proclaimed "nerd-of-all-trades" who has worked in IT, communications, finance, electronic engineering, project management, accounting, and served as ghost writer of congressional testimony and official speeches. After laying down her rifle in 2004, she jumped into teaching full time, and hasn't looked back since.

Professor Jakovich has a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Texas A&M, a Master of Science in Finance from George Washington University, and a Master's of Accounting and Financial Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has two boys away in college and lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband. She loves to globe-trot in both the real world and virtual worlds. In her spare time, Professor Jakovich annoys her neighbors with her attempts at classical harmonica.  And yes - her hair is purple. Who says accountants have to be boring?!!!


Dr. Smith

Dr. Richard Smith is the President of Creative Management Strategies, an Organizational Behavior Consulting firm specializing in executive coaching and development, board of directors training, team building, behavioral modification, and corporate re-engineering. He is also a founding partner of Erudio Technologies, Inc., a learning platform for specialized training in professional and technical certifications.  In the public sector, he has developed and delivered executive training courses for the Department of Defense, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Personnel Management and numerous state and local organizations. In local government, Dr. Smith and his wife were principal consultants to the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) for board governance processes, strategic planning and staff development.

In the non-profit sector, he has been a consultant for the Southeast Regional Community Assistance Program involving a five state, multimillion dollar low income housing and water program, the Museum of Culpeper History's reorganization and strategic planning process, the Fauquier County Community Housing Board's reorganization to accommodate increases in funding and project scope, the Surry County Social Services workforce staff training, several Virginia Commonwealth County Board of Supervisors programs for both board and staff development, and numerous local church leadership council and staff training programs to accommodate building and growth projects, among others.

His teaching specializes in Management Theory, Organizational Behavior, Business Policy, all Accounting courses, Project Management, and other business-related subjects.  A frequent speaker at seminars, he has led discussions on contemporary leadership issues, changes in organizational structure, and developing business leaders and leadership models and has been awarded 'Outstanding Author' awards twice for articles relating to governmental applications of accounting principles. Dr. Smith recently published articles in the Air University Faculty Colloquium regarding "Learning in the Automated Training Environment,"  "General Petraeus - A Study in Leadership", "Learning Styles and Online Education," and "The Dichotomy of Military Leadership in Afghanistan: The Coin Strategy versus Political Reality." Most recently, he co-authored an article with Dr. Tonitta McNeal for the DeVry Journal of Scholarly Research entitled "Communicating in Different Languages: Teaching Millennial and Generation Y Students in Online Environments". Dr. Smith is currently writing a book, Leading the Millennial Generation at the Operational Level, for the Department of the Air Force to use in their Squadron Officer College.

He has Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctorate from Nova/Southeastern University.  A veteran of 26 years in the United States Air Force, he was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was Air Force Officer of the Year in 1979 and DOD Officer of the Year in 1980. He commanded at the flight, squadron and wing level, retiring from active duty as a Colonel. Before serving on the faculty of the National Defense University, Dr. Smith was a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. While in the Air Force and serving as the Director of Budget Management for the Air Force's Research and Development Budget, his major projects included: the B-1 Bomber, Minuteman III Missile, F-117A fighter aircraft, and the JSTARS system.


Dr. Kamberi

Dr. Shahnaz Kamberi, is a computer science professor with over seven years of experience teaching programming at multiple levels, onsite and online; with specialty in game programming, educational game development, serious game development and game design. She is a STEM outreach professional responsible for focusing on engaging the student in the classroom through new innovative methods. Professor Kamberi is known for using educational computer games, software tools, using unplugged activities, social media and other means to provide the best learning environment for both adult learners and millennials/Generation Y students. Her dissertation focus was on the use of educational computer games to increase adolescent girls' interest in computer science. Research interests include virtual worlds, healthcare simulations, educational technology, educational games and serious games.


Dr. Harris

Dr. Jennifer Harris grew up in south central Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a double degree in economics and mathematics. Her MBA is in finance and investments and her Ph.D. is in Education. During her career, she has been a research assistant and a director of research. She has lobbied on Capitol Hill, and ran an independent research organization. Currently, she teaches finance, accounting, math and statistics. Dr. Harris and her husband live in Virginia, just south of DC with their three daughters ages 20, 17, and 13. In her quiet moments she enjoys decorating the house and reading non-educational fiction (mysteries).


Professor Houston

Professor Tara Houston is Associate Professor at DeVry University for the Washington, DC Metro. She holds a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in English Education; as well as a Post-Master's Certification in Principalship - all from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech. Professor Houston teaches English, Interpersonal Communications, and Career Development.  In August 2013, she coauthored a book titled The Confident Woman. Her chapter is titled "Eagles Don't Need Parachutes." Then, in August 2014, her chapter titled "Saying No without Guilt" was published in Overcoming the Good Little Girl Syndrome.


Dr. Douglass

Dr. Barry Douglass attended college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York where he earned Bachelor's degree in a  in Aeronautical Engineering. After that, he attended the University of Texas at Austin gaining an MBA. He began his career as an Engineer in the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. After several years, he chose to return to school to earn a Ph.D., in Computer & Systems Engineering, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This degree covers digital electronics, computer architecture, and control systems theory. He loves science and engineering and always wanted to learn as much as he could about how things work and to come up with new ideas and products. While working on his Ph.D., he was given an opportunity to teach, and Dr. Douglass discovered that teaching was a truly fulfilling career. He enjoys sharing his love of computers and engineering knowledge with others.   After graduation, Dr. Douglass was an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station. He later worked as a self-employed researcher developing patents. He also taught during this time and eventually became a member of the faculty at DeVry University, where he can apply his knowledge from years in industry as well as his business knowledge and computer engineering skills.

Professor Rainwater

Professor Christine Rainwater is a highly motivated and accomplished educator and entrepreneur dedicated to helping students and small business owners become successful - especially in the government sector. Ms. Rainwater teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in business, management, entrepreneurship and marketing.
She is currently completing her Ph.D. focusing on Organizational Management. As a volunteer advisor with the Community Business Partnership and VA Professional Technical Assistance Program (sponsored by the Small Business Administration and George Mason University), she provides business management and marketing solutions to area small businesses. She follows a management approach utilizing a dynamic synergistic style in collaborating with other small business owners in a cross-disciplinary approach for innovative solutions with limited resources. She has excellent strategic problem solving and troubleshooting skills finding innovative solutions to small business challenges.
Professor Rainwater has over twenty-five years of experience working in the federal contracting arena and supporting businesses in their involvement in the set-aside contracting opportunities. She works through both the VA PTAP office and the Community Business Partnership providing support to companies wanting to do business with the federal government by providing procurement assistance. Ms. Rainwater is also the author of the Step-by-Step Guide to Starting your Business.

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