Faculty: MSIT


    • Timothy Henry, PhD, Program ChairTim Henry

      Tim develops and teaches courses in a number of areas at NEIT, including software engineering, game development, operating systems, digital forensics, and cyber security. He has also co-authored two data structure textbooks, one in Java and the other C++. He brings a diverse background in research, development, and design to his teaching at NEIT.

      Practical Experience:

      • University of Rhode Island professor, researched 3D techniques for rapid texture mapping from compressed images and helped design interactive 3D projects
      • Worked on interactive 3D visualization projects
      • Project manager on large corporate and state-wide information systems
      • Worked in research and development of “bleeding-edge” technology
      • Taught mathematics and computer science at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy
      • Operations officer on a buoy tender


      • PhD, Applied Mathematics, University of Rhode Island
      • MCS, Old Dominion University
      • BS, Mathematics, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
      • Project Management Professional certification

    • George Saban, EdDGeorge Saban

      George has been teaching Information Technology for 28 years. He educates NEIT students on game development, software engineering, and user interface design. In January 2015, George was bestowed the Robert Shapiro Excellence in Teaching Award at New England Tech.

      With more than 20 years of industry experience, George’s research interests center around knowledge creation, systems thinking, organizational learning, artificial intelligence, algorithms, design patterns, and computer program languages. He also maintains an active interest in many topics in electronics and communication engineering, including digital circuitry and robotics.

      Practical Experience

      • Programmer/analyst at manufacturing and finance companies
      • Experienced with a wide range of hardware type and software languages
      • Worked on embedded systems
      • Experience with web development


      • EdD, Education, Northwestern University
      • MSIS, Bryant University

    • Elaine Palm, PhDElaine Palm

      Elaine teaches IT leadership for the MSIT program. She has an extensive IT background in the healthcare, manufacturing, and financial industries.

      Practical Experience

      • Currently Director of Infrastructure at Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest healthcare organization
      • Manages Lifespan’s data, voice, and cloud networks
      • Thirty years of experience in network management
      • Several years experience managing data and telecom for Bard and Toray Plastics
      • Presents at national conferences on wireless, RFID, and mobility topics
      • Member of several customer and product advisory boards of large technology vendors


      • PhD, English, University of Rhode Island
      • CIO Pocket MBA, Boston University
      • MA, English and Education, University of Rhode Island
      • BA, English and Education, University of Rhode Island
      • Business Strategy Development Program, Boston University

  • Peter J. Petrone, MBAPeter Petrone

    Peter teaches economics, finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, and project management at NEIT. He brings 35 years of experience working the in Rhode Island state government to the classroom, and instructs students on the integral role that finance plays in IT planning and decision making. He also focuses on the importance of IT professionals serving as trusted advisors in assessing the financial impact of IT initiatives.

    Practical Experience

    • Finance Director of Rhode Island’s Division of Information Technology since 2007
    • Responsible for RI’s Department of Administration and RI’s Department of Health strategic IT initiatives
    • Oversaw budget planning for the state’s large IT projects
    • Involved with RI’s business process reviews
    • Taught at Johnson & Wales


    • MBA, University of Rhode Island
    • BS, Business Administration, Bryant University

  • Joseph Collins, MIS Peter Petrone

    Joe blends his 27 years of IT experience in the technology field with the theory of the classroom to enrich his students’ learning experiences. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at NEIT.

    Practical Experience

    • Leads Internal Audit Infrastructure and IS Security teams at Citizens Bank
    • Led development of database security team at MetLife
    • Database administration and project manager for MetLife
    • Application development for AMICA, SunLife of Canada, and MetLife


    • MSIS, Northeastern University
    • BS, University of Rhode Island

  • Erik van RenselaarErik van Renselaar

    Erik van Renselaar, Professor and Information Technology Department Chair, was the lead developer of NEIT’s master’s degree in Information Technology (MSIT). At NEIT, he has been a full-time faculty member since 1999 and is completing a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Rhode Island. Erik holds a MS in Computing Science from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.