George Chang, Ph.D.

  • Dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences/Professor of Computer Science

  • Kean University


  • Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science, 2001
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.
    Advisors: Drs. Jason Wang and James McHugh
  • Master of Science in Computer and Information Science, 1995
    New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J.
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 1994
    State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Professional Experience

09/11 – present Dean/College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, Kean University.

  • Managing three schools, two departments, eight academic disciplines, three externally funded programs, over seventy faculty/staff, six instructional sites and more than twenty four hundred students.
  • Preparing and administering the annual budget for the college.
  • Enhancing learning, teaching and research environments for faculty and students by providing both tangible and intangible supports.
  • Supporting innovation in teaching, e.g., using tablets initiative in chemistry program.
  • Spearheading the big deta analytics program initiative by working with the Mathematics faculty to establish analytics core curriculum.
  • Participating in the NJ Big Data Alliance Meetings to develop shared education, technology and research programs aimed at boosting the economic competitiveness of NJ in era of Big Data.
  • Collaborating with the Graduate Dean on creating DPT and PA programs.
  • Working with ED/Chair/Staff to improve program offerings and college image by developing program brochures, a new college website and curriculum revisions.
  • Initiating global research collaboration by sending faculty to CCNU and Wenzhou University in China.
  • Implementing the reorganization of the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences.
  • Overseeing College-wide assessment efforts for Middle States accreditation and program level accreditations.
  • Participating in grant writing, e.g., funded $53.8M NJ Building Our Future Bond Act.
  • Redefining college vision and mission statements.
  • Supervising recruitment and evaluation of faculty and professional staff.
  • Participating in student recruitment and academic events.
  • Working with Wenzhou-Kean team to offer science programs in China, with responsibilities including faculty recruitment, curriculum development, teaching facility evaluation and implementation, science laboratory planning, and IT infrastructure planning.

07/08 – 08/11 Chairperson/Department of Computer Science, Kean University.

  • Participated as a Member of the Middle States Accreditation Working Group 7. Responsible for Standard 14: Assessment of Student Learning report, 2010-2011.
  • Oversaw the transformation of the M.S. in Management Information Systems program to the M.S. in Computer Information Systems in May, 2011 with updated curriculum.
  • Transformed B.S. in Telecommunication and Information Technology to B.S. in Information Technology in May, 2009 with updated curriculum.
  • Designed and implemented a new website for the department.
  • Worked on the creation of three brochures used for recruitment.
  • Served on the Computer Science Advisory Board for Essex and Ocean County Colleges.
  • Performed all administrative duties pertaining to the department.

07/07 – 06/08 Coordinator/Telecommunication and Information Technology Program, Dept. of Computer Science, Kean University

  • Initiated the transformation of B.S. in Telecommunication and Information Technology into B.S. in Information Technology.
  • Provided leadership and transition for students who were in two programs being phased out: B.S. in Electronics and B.S. in Computer Integrated Design and Manufacturing.

09/09 – present Professor of Computer Science, Kean University, Union, N.J.

09/05 – 08/09 Associate Professor of Computer Science, Kean University, Union, N.J.

09/99 – 06/05 Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Kean University, Union, N.J.

  • Conducted and supervised student research and software development in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, and Software Systems.
  • Awarded NSF MRI-R2: Acquisition of hardware for data visualization and exploratory analysis with D. Joiner and P. Morreale, Proposal No. 095904, $593,000.00, 2010-2013.
  • Awarded NSF DUE: Project ASK: Applying Student Knowledge for Success in Computer Science, with P. Morreale, Proposal No. 0804664, $584,875.00, 2008-2013.
  • Awarded NSF MRI: Acquisition of Computing Equipment to Enhance Computational Science Research at Kean University, with D. Joiner, Proposal No. 0722790, $420,000.00, 2007-2009.
  • Chair of the Computational Science Group and Director of High-Performance Computational Laboratory (, 2007-2010.
  • Visiting Researcher at the Center for Applied Genomics at the International Center for Public Health (ICPH). Designed and implemented an Online Microarry Analysis System. 2002-2003.
  • Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi ( in January 2003.
  • Coached Kean’s programming teams for the ACM Regional Programming Contest 2000-2004.
  • Taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Databases, Data Structures and Programming Techniques in Java and C++, and Special Topics.
  • Developed fourteen new courses and revised over ten courses in computer science.
  • Served as a reviewer for many conference and journal papers.
  • Served on various committees at departmental, college and university levels.

09/06 – 06/07 Software Engineering Consultant, MobileAware Inc. Cranbury, N.J.

  • Designed, implemented and maintained Automated Build Procedure for all products.

05/00 – 11/01 Mobile/Wireless Computing Consultant, Mobilocity, Inc. New York. N.Y.

  • Designed and Implemented Voice Application Framework using Java Design Patterns.
  • Implemented Voice Alert System for Bookspan.
  • Integrated Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Apache, Tomcat, Jboss, WebLogic, OpenSSL, OpenLDAP, mod_ssl, mod_php, mod_perl, CVS, and Kerberos into Enterprise Mobile/Wireless Computing Backend Infrastructure at Mobilocity.

01/95 – 08/99 Research Assistant, Knowledge and Data Engineering Lab., NJIT CIS Dept., Newark, N.J.

  • Designed & implemented a Web-based Approximate Querying System using Java, C, and Perl.
  • Designed Web-based Approximate Query Language.
  • Ported Structural Document Comparison Tool to PREDATOR (an ORDBMS).
  • Designed & implemented Structural Document Comparison Tool using Tcl/Tk and C.
  • Designed & implemented Document Query Language using Lex/Yacc and C.
  • Designed & implemented Pattern Matching and Discovery Visual Toolkit for genome data using Tcl/Tk and C.
  • Supervised fourteen Master’s Projects.
  • Research Assistantship, from NSF grants IRI-9224602 and IRI-9531548, every summer 1995-1998.

09/95 – 08/99 Special Lecturer (1/99- 8/99) NJIT CIS Dept., Newark, N.J. / Teaching Assistant (9/95- 12/98) NJIT CIS Dept., Newark, N.J.

Taught graduate and undergraduate courses in:

  • CIS631 – Graduate Course in Database Management Systems Design (Summer 98/99).
  • CIS431 – Introduction to Database Systems (S97/F97).
  • CIS333 – UNIX Operating System Internals and Programming (F98/S99).
  • CIS114 Honors – Introduction to Data Structures (S98).
  • CIS104/106 – Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (F95/S96).

01/94 – 05/94 Teaching Assistant, NYIT Computer Science Dept., Westbury, N.Y.

  • Directed programming lab sessions for an undergraduate programming class.
  • Provided consultation in C++ programming language and data structures.

06/89 – 08/89 Research Assistant, University of Georgia, Entomology Dept., Athens, G.A.

  • Analyzed the surface lipids of social wasps (Polistes metricus) and their nests using HP GC/MS.
  • Analyzed the relationship between wasp nestmates and their nest using SPSS.
  • Performed bioassay on social wasps.

Authored Book

  • “Mining the World Wide Web: An Information Search Approach,” G. Chang, M.J. Healey, J. McHugh and J.T.L. Wang. Kluwer Academic Publishers, June 2001, ISBN: 0-7923-7349-9. Japanese Translation: Kyoritsu Publisher, January 2004, ISBN: 4-320-12087-6.

Paper Publications

  1. “Data Glove Integration with 3D Virtual Environments,” H. Teleb, and G. Chang. Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Systems and Informatics (ICSAI), pp. 107-112. May 19-20, Yantai, China.
  2. “Science and Human Rights: A Bridge Towards Benefiting Humanity,” J.H. Toney, H. Kaplowitz, R. Pu, F. Qi, and G. Chang. Human Rights Quarterly – Volume 32, Number 4, November 2010, pp. 1008-1017. The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  3. “Applications of Augmented Reality Systems in Education,” G. Chang, P. Morreale, and P. S. Medicherla. Proceedings of the 21st Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, pp. 1380-1385. March 29-April 2, 2010, San Diego, CA.
  4. “Visualization for Increased Understanding and Learning Using Augmented Reality,” S. Medicherla, G. Chang, and P. Morreale. Proceedings of the 11th ACM SIGMM International Conference on Multimedia Information Retrieval, pp. 441-444. March 29-31, 2010, Philadelphia, PA.
  5. “Connecting Undergraduate Programs to High School Students: Teacher Workshops on Computational Thinking and Computer Science,” P Morreale, D. Joiner, and G. Chang, Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, 2010, pp. 191-197.
  6. “Methodology for Successful Undergraduate Recruiting in Computer Science at Comprehensive Public Universities,” P. Morreale, S. Kurkovsky, and G. Chang. Proceedings of the 40th ACM technical symposium on Computer science education, March 4-7, 2009, Chattanooga, TN, pp. 91-95.
  7. “Real-time Contextual Representation of Sensor Network Data for Environmental Trend Identification,” P. Morreale, F. Qi, P. Croft, G. Chang, J. Czarnik, N. Doell, J. Espin, and R. Suleski, Proceedings of the 23rd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA ’09), Bradford, UK, May 2009, pp. 407-412.
  8. “A Framework of Generating Arc-annotated Sequences for Evaluating RNA Analysis Algorithms” S. Zhang and G. Chang. Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering & Computer Science (WCECS’08), San Francisco, October 22-24, 2008.
  9. “Encouraging Successful Transition in Computer Science from Community College to University”, P. Morreale, G. Chang & L. Wittenberg. Proceedings of the 39th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE’08), Portland, Oregon, pp. 565, poster session, , March 12-15, 2008.
  10. “Transitioning from a Community College to a Four-Year University”, P. Morreale, G. Chang & L. Wittenberg, IEEE Computer, Vol. 41(3), pp. 89-91, March 2008.
  11. “Enhanced SEA Algorithm and Fingerprint Classification”, L. M. Liu, C. Y. Huang, T. S. Dai & G. Chang. International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Vol. 30(4), pp. 295-302, 2007.
  12. “Effects of Time and Information on Perception of Art,” L.F.Smith, S.G. Bousquet, G. Chang & J. K. Smith. Journal of Empirical Studies of the Arts, Vol. 24(2), pp. 229-242, 2006.
  13. “Components for Building Desktop-Application-like Interface in Web Applications,” G. Chang, J-W Hsieh, and P. Calixto. The Seventh Asia Pacific Web Conference (APWeb05), pp. 960-971, March 29-April 1, 2005.
  14. “Finding Approximate Patterns in Undirected Acyclic Graphs: Algorithms and Applications,” J.T.L. Wang, K. Zhang, G. Chang, and D. Shasha. Pattern Recognition, Vol. 35(2), pp 473-483, 2002.
  15. “Precise Environmental Searches: Integrating Hierarchical Information Search with EnviroDaemon,” G. Chang, G. Samtani, M. Healey, F. J. Kurfess and J.T.L. Wang. Journal of System Integration, Vol. 10, pp. 253-267, 2001.
  16. “Precise Environmental Searches: EnviroDaemon with Hierarchical Information Search,” M. Healey, J. Wang, G. Chang, A. Revankar, and G. Samtani. Environmental Quality Management Journal, Vol. 9(1), pp. 51-62, 1999.
  17. “Change Detection of Websites: A Case Study in the Environmental Domain,” G.J.S. Chang, J.T.L. Wang and M.J. Healey. Proceedings of the First Joint Conference on Information Science, pp. 415-418, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, October 23-28, 1998.
  18. “A Graphical Environment for Change Detection in Structured Documents,” G.J.S. Chang, G. Patel, L. Relihan, and J.T.L. Wang. Proceedings of the Twenty-First Annual International Computer Software & Applications Conference, pp. 536-541, Washington D.C., August 11-15, 1997.
  19. “Structural Matching and Discovery in Document Databases,” J.T.L. Wang, D. Shasha, G.J.S. Chang, L. Relihan, K. Zhang and G. Patel, Proceedings ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, pp 536-541, Tucson, Arizona, May 13-15, 1997.
  20. “A Visualization Tool for Pattern Matching and Discovery in Scientific Databases,” J.T.L. Wang, G.J.S. Chang, G.W. Chirn, C.Y. Chang, W. Wu, and F. Aljallad. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, pp 563-570, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, June 10-12, 1996.
  21. “Surface Lipids of Social Wasp Polistes metricus Say and its Nest and Nest Pedicel and their Relation to Nestmate Recognition,” with K. Espelie and J. Wenzel. Journal of Chemical Ecology, Vol. 16, No. 7, 1990.

Research Interests

Virtual and Augmented Reality, Data/Web Mining, BioInformatics Systems, and High-Performance Computing.