The CIS program has had an international impact as evidenced by the placement of graduates in various positions around the world. Graduates are faculty or are in industry positions in Australia, German, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, and Taiwan, as well as organizations throughout the United States.



CIS compas PhD Hawaii

Kay Hamada

Affiliation:Faculty Specialist, Advising Center for the Colleges of Arts & Humanities and Languages, Linguistics & Literature, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Dissertation:Dissertation: A study of factors impacting student use and non-use of advising (2018)

Christina Higa

Dissertation: Creating Healthier Communities: Leveraging ‘Ohana (Friends/Family) Support and Information Technology in Chronic Disease Management (2019)

CIS compas PhD Hawaii

Lila Loos

Dissertation:Dissertation: Passphrase Authentication Design: Identifying Locus of Control Personality, Cognitive, and Psychophysiological Variable Influencers (2020)

Johannes Meier

Affiliation: Founder and Managing Director of Xi GmbH
Dissertation: A Formal analysis of costs and benefits of interorganizational systems (1990)

CIS compas PhD Hawaii

Julie Motooka

Interests: digital libraries, information retrieval


Kelsea Hosoda

Interest: Natural Language Processing applied to Hawaiian Language.

Dissertation: Hawaiian Morphemes: Identification, Usage, and Application in Information Retrieval (2019)


Philipp Jordan

Dissertation: A Meta-Study and Content Analysis of Science Fiction in Computer Science Research (2019)

Websites: ResearchGateGoogle Scholar

Joanne Loos (Romero)

Interests: Science Writer, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dissertation: Examining the Influence of Wearable Health Monitors on Patients and Physicians in a Filipino Community (2019)

Ashiyan Rahmani-Shirazi

Affiliation: Lecturer in the Communication department at California State University – East Bay

Dissertation: Gender Praxis: Rural Fiji Radio and Mobile Devices (2019)


Wiebke Reile

Affiliation: Manager of Insights at Zenith and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College

Dissertation: Activist Organizations and Strategic Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies: An Exploration of CODEPINK: Women for Peace (2019)


CIS compas PhD Hawaii

Taunalei Wolfgramm (Kau)

Dissertation: Bridging Formal and Informal Roles in Workgroups: Moving beyond Followership towards Supportership, a Case Study (2019)

CIS compas PhD Hawaii

Weranuj Ariyasriwatana

Interests: I am interested to combine Communication Theory, especially Intercultural Communication, with Biomedicalinformatics. My interests also include Swarm Intelligence, ICT Policy & Planning, Communication Rights, and Participatory Development Communication.

Dissertation: “Healthy Deliciousness”: Discovering The Secret To Healthy Eating Via Social Media (2018)


Caterina Desiato

Affiliation: Lecturer  University of Hawaii at Manoa

Designing and teaching online courses for the Womenʻs Studies Department.
Applying the Quality Matter Rubric to course design.

Dissertation: Online Deliberation Lived Experiences of KĀNAKA MAOLI Women (2018)


CIS compas PhD Hawaii

Jonathan Young

Affiliation: Librarian II, Science and Technology Reference, Public Services Division, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Dissertation:  Interdisciplinarity in Translational Medicine: A Bibliometric Case Study- Jonathan Young (2017)

Michelle Ibanez

Affiliation: S&T Policy Fellow, Department of Science & Technology, U. S. Department of Homeland Security.

Virtual Red Light Districts: Detecting Covert Networks and Sex Trafficking Circuits in the U.S. (2016)

Misa Maruyama

Dissertation: Social watching” to learn about and discuss a civic issue: How receiving positive social media feedback while watching a broadcast instills a sense of community (2016)

Chamil Rathnayake

Affiliation: Lecturer In Journalism, Media and Communication, The University of Strathclyde

Dissertation: Carrying forward the Uses and Grats 2.0 agenda: Developing an affordance-based measure of social media uses and gratifications, and applying it across political actors and attributes (2016)

Kaveh Abhari

Affiliation:Assistant Professor of MIS at Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University and affiliate faculty at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Modeling Actor Behavior in Collaborative Innovation Network: The Case of Social (New) Product Development  (2014)

Ruobing Chi

Affiliation: Educator at Intercultural Communication, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU)

Dissertation: From a Typological to Network Understanding of Acculturation (2014)

Lisa Chuang

Affiliation: Assistant Professor and Program Chair for Integrated Multimedia, College of liberal arts, department of communication, Hawai'i Pacific University

Dissertation: Effective computer-mediated intercultural communication factors: the influence of intercultural communication competence, social cues, and accommodative behavior in intercultural online exchange (2014)


Thayanan Phuaphanthong

Affiliation: Lecturer, Department of IT Management, Program Coordinator, PhD Program in Business Administration, Program Coordinator, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Dissertation: A Memetic Theory of Interorganizational Information Systems (IOIS) Emergence and Evolution: A Longitudinal Case Study of IOIS for Trade Facilitation (2014)

Rajib Subba

Affiliation: Director of Communication Directorate, PHQ, Kathmandu, Nepal and Lead Faculty, Kings College-Kathmandu, an affiliate of Westcliff University, Irvine, CA, USA.

Dissertation: The Institutionalization Process of Non-Binding Virtual Communities: A Case Study of Haiti Earthquake Response Facebook Groups (2014)

Salvatore Aurigemma

Affiliation: Edward E. and Helen T. Bartlett Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems College of Business Accounting and Computer Information Systems

Dissertation: From the Weakest Link to the Best Defense: Exploring the Factors that Affect Employee Intention to Comply with Information Security Policies (2013)

Alexander Bergo

Affiliation: CEO and Chief Innovation Officer at MeetingSift

Fostering the Creation of Futures Data and Simulating Subsequent Future Event and Trend Interactions: Early Identification of Opportunities and Threats for High-Speed Broadband Development in Hawaii (2013)

Kathleen Kihmm Connolly

Affiliation: Special Projects Business Administrator, JABSOM Central Business Office, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

The Digital Divide and Health Outcomes: A Teleretinal Imaging Study (2013)

Erika Lacro

Affiliation: As vice president for community colleges, Erika Lacro is responsible for executive leadership, policy decision-making, resource allocation and development of support services for the University of Hawaiʻi’s seven community colleges. A key focus of her work is to further support the community college student success agenda.

Dissertation: Enhancing Student Learning and Success Through the Use of Social Networking Technologies: A Design-Based Research Approach (2013)

Viil Lid

Affiliation:UX Research Manager at Adobe

Dissertation: Investigating the Evolution of Key Member Roles in Socio-Technical Networks: Introducing the Composite Role Framework (2013)

Blanca Polo

Affiliation: Associate Professor CC, Information and Computer Science, Leeward Community College, University of Hawai'i

Dissertation: The Virtual Critical Studio: Implementing Studio-Based Learning Techniques in an Online Introductory Programming Course to Address Common Programming Errors and Misconceptions (2013)

Kar-Hai Chu

Affiliation: Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Pittsburgh

Exploring How Technology Mediates the Types of Relationships Formed in Sociotechnical Systems (2012)

Lisa Yoda

Affiliation: Data Analyst at AlohaCare

Dissertation: Toward an understanding of college women's decisionmaking regarding the human papillomavirus vaccine (2012)

Jeng-Her (Alex) Chen

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, College of Management, Yuan Ze University

Dissertation: Personal Factors and Efficiency of Web Searching (2011)

Kim Chi Diep

Affiliation: VEMBA Program Manager, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Shidler College of Bussiness

Dissertation: A Conceptual Framework for Best Practices in Information Literacy Instruction Based on Stakeholders’ Perceptions: A Case Study of Four Vietnamese Academic Libraries (2011)

Patrick Gilbert

Affiliation: Professor in the Business department at University of Hawaii West Oahu, Kapolei, HI

Dissertation: A Delphi Policy Study on the Futures Use of Distance Education within the University of Hawaiʻi System(2011)

Maureen MacLeod

Affiliation:Department Chair – Support & Wellness at Punahou School

Dissertation: Talking Story: Using Narrative Analysis to Explore Identity in Middle School Technology Innovation(2011)

Zach Tomaszewski

Affiliation:Professor at Palantir Technologies

Dissertation: Marlinspike: An interactive drama system (2011)

Laura Welsh

Dissertation: The Effect of Espoused National Cultural Values, the Five-Factor Model of Personality, and the Context of Travel on Technology Acceptance Across Two Levels of Structured Tourism Websites (2011)

Kumiko Hachiya

Dissertation: Mobile Phones and Older Japanese Adults (2010)

Hanae Kramer

Affiliation: Associate Professor at School of Communications, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Dissertation: Marketing a Nation: The Role of Film in Manchoukuo (2010)

Louis Tomsic

Dissertation: Effectiveness of Blog Response Strategies to minimize Crisis Effects (2010)

Patricia Donohue

Patricia Donohue

Affiliation: Associate Professor in the Instructional Technologies in the Graduate College of Education at San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Dissertation: Cooperative Groups in Practice: An Analysis of Affect and Productivity in Group Interactions (2009)

Claire Hitosugi

Affiliation: Leeward Community College, Information & Computer Science

Dissertation:Effects of Culture on Online Initial Trust: Individual Level Analysis (2009)



Laurel King

Affiliation: Quality Assurance Manager, Lanakila Pacific

Dissertation: The Influence of Individual Differences on Diagrammatic Communication and Problem Representation (2009)

Miwa Merz

Affiliation: Assistant Professor at Department of Marketing and Decision Sciences, College of Business, San José State University

Dissertation: The Effect of Message Framing on Attitudes and Intentions Toward Diabetes Mellitus Type II Prevention (2009)

donna Bair-Mundy

Affiliation: Retired, Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

A Theoretical Model for the Evolution of Law Relating to Telecommunication Privacy Vis-a-Vis Law Enforcement Surveillance in America (2009)

Marc Le Pape

Affiliation: Assistant Professor Adjunct, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology John A. Burns School of Medicine

Dissertation: Human-Computer Interaction In Extreme Environments: Interaction Effects Between Field Dependency-Independency And Altered ±Gz Accelerations On End-User Performance (2009)

Dan Smith

Affiliation: Principal Engineer – Avionics, Hawaiian Airlines; Lecturer, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Dissertation: Social Media Correlates of Organizational Climate (2009)

Paulo Maurin

Affiliation: National Education Coordinator and Fellowship Manager, NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)

Dissertation: Informational Exchanges Among Hawaii Marine Stakeholders (2008)

Jennifer Campbell-Meier

Affiliation: MIS Programme Director School of Information Management Victoria University of Wellington 

Dissertation: Case Studies on Institutional Repository Development: Creating Narratives for Project Management and Assessment – Jennifer L Campbell-Meier (2008)

Junghyun Nam

JungHyun Nam

Affiliation: Visiting assistant professor, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

Dissertation: Perceived Quality and Motivations on Intention-To-Use of a General Web Portal (2008)

Matthew James Sharritt

Affiliation: President of Situated Research, Founder at Situated Research & CueCamp

Dissertation: Students’ Use of Social and Cognitive Affordances in Video Game Play Within Educational Contexts: Implications for Learning (2008)

Trisha Tsui-Chuan Lin

John Lee Reardon

Dissertation: A Study of the Assimilation of Electronic Medical Records by Independent Physician Practices (2007)

Stephanie Rolfe

Affiliation: Regional Advisor – Central, New Zealand Transport Agency

Dissertation: Conceptualizing ICTs for Development: A Comparison of Four Pacific Island Countries and New Zealand as Donor (2007)

Ravi K Vatrapu

Affiliation: Professor at Department of IT Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Dissertation: Technological Intersubjectivity and Appropriation of Affordances in Computer Supported Collaboration(2007)

Anthony Wong

Affiliation: Assistant Professor at MUST

Dissertation: Information and Communication Technology in Professional Organizations: An Empirical Investigation of the Social Actor Model(2007)

Vichianin Yudthaphon

Affiliation: Assistant Professor at Mahidol University

Dissertation: How do healthcare information and communication technology (HICT) interventions affect access to public sector healthcare delivery in a developing country? A case study of professionals' perception in Saraburi Province, Thailand (2007)

Gregory Carlton

Affiliation: Professor at Computer Information Systems Department, College of Business Administration, Cal Poly Pomona

A protocol for the forensic data acquisition of personal computer workstations(2006)

Sophea Chea

Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Business and Information Management, Delaware Valley University

Dissertation: Understanding the Roles of Emotion in Technology Acceptance (2006)

Michael Cress

Affiliation: Computer science professor at University of Hawaii: Honolulu Community College

Dissertation: Is my computer safe? The role of structural assurances in E-commerce trust building (2006)

Siong Meng Tay

Dissertation: A study of coordination and communication in distributed information technology support (2006)

David Pai

Dissertation: The Role of Cognitive Absorption in Technology Acceptance: Not All Dimensions are Created Equal (2006)

Lotus E. Kam

Affiliation: Decision Science & Customer Analytics at Starbucks

Dissertation: A Bayesian decision network model for analyzing biosecurity risk: Using a test-action biosecurity risk framework to develop a decision-theoretic model of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) import risk for Hawai'i shrimp aquaculture (2006)

Su-Chin Wu

Affiliation: Lecturer at University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Hawaii Pacific University

Dissertation: An individual differences learning model (IDL) for asynchronous distributed learning (ADL) preferences: Gender, cultural backgrounds, learning styles, and attitudes toward collaborative learning(2006)

Randall Larsen

Dissertation: Artist's Rights versus Copyright Owner's Rights (2005)

Margaret Meiling Luo

Steve Takaki

Dissertation: Self-efficacy, confidence, and overconfidence as contributing factors to spreadsheet development errors (2005)

Joyce Yukawa

Affiliation: Associate Professor at Master of Library and Information Science Program, St. Catherine University
Dissertation: Hearts and Minds Through Hands Online: A Narrative Analysis of Learning Through Co-Reflection in an Online Action Research Course (2005)

Yun Du

Dissertation: Developing a Web-Based Learning Environment (2003)

Justin M. W. Goo

Affiliation: Opihi Net LLC

Dissertation: The Effect of Negative Feedback on Confidence Calibration and Error Reduction in Spreadsheet Development (2003)

Sonja Wiley-Patton

Affiliation: Associate Professor at EJ Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University

Dissertation: A Test of the Extended Technology Acceptance Model for Understanding the Internet Adoption Behavior of Physicians (2003)

Rita Michele Vick

Dissertation: Development of shared mental models: structuring distributed naturalistic decision making in a synchronous computer-mediated work environment (2003)

Mauricio Featherman

Affiliation: Director of the Data Analytics MBA, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Carson College of Business, Washington State Univarsity

Dissertation: Evaluative criteria and user acceptance of Internet-based financial transaction processing systems (2003)

Jenifer Sunrise Winter

Affiliation: Associate Professor and Graduate Chair at School of Communications. University of Hawaii at Manoa

Dissertation: Early identification and evaluation of slowly emerging problems related to the ubiquitous networked computing & communications environment in the State of Hawaii (2003)

Sungwon Cho

Dissertation: Design of a trading mechanism in electronic marketplaces: online multidimensional auction mechanism with enhanced negotiation support (2001)

Jeng-Chung (Victor) Chen

Affiliation: Professor and Chairman, Institute of International Management, National Cheng Kung University

Trust and privacy in electronic monitoring workplaces (2001)

Candace Chien-Tzu Chou

Affiliation: Associate Profesor of Learning TechnologyTeacher Education, University of St. Thomas

Dissertation: Student interaction in a collaborative distance-learning environment: a model of learner-centered computer-mediated interaction (2001)

Carleton Moore

Affiliation: Instructor at Information and Computer Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Dissertation: Investigating individual software development: an evaluation of the leap toolkit (2000)

Sunyeen Pai

Sunyeen Pai

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai'i

Dissertation: The Role of Cognitive Absorption in Technology Acceptance: Not All Dimensions are Created Equal (2000)

Asanga Porage


Affiliation: Software Development at Policy Studies/Barclay Card USA/Echostar/T-Mobile/TIAA-CREF/AMDOCS/Federal Express/Oracle

Dissertation: Framework for the interactive customization of products and services (1999)



David Lassner

Affiliation: President at University of Hawaii

Dissertation: Global telecommunications standardization in transition : impacts on Southeast Asia (1998)

John Locke

Assiliation: CEO of The Mystic Media Group

Dissertation: Creative Fission: Towards a Communication-Based Paradigm for the Study and Augmentation of Collaboration in Creative Information Ecologies (1998)

Koji Takeda

Dissertation: Design of a uniform language for client-designer communication in software development (1998)

Jerome Heath

Affiliation: Retired Professor in the Computer Science department at Hawaii Pacific University

Culture, mindscapes, and technology (1997)

LeAnn Garrett

Affiliation: Department Chair, Systems Librarian, Mt. San Antonio College

Dissertation: Authority control and its influence on recall and precision in an online bibliographic catalog (1997)

Xiangdong Ke

Xiangdong Ke

Affiliation: Sr. Software Engineer, Ke-Meadow, Sacramento, California

Dissertation: GOURD : an object-oriented uncertainty retrieval approach for graphics databases (1997)

John F. Morton

Affiliation: Vice President for Community Colleges, University of Hawai'i

Dissertation: Effects of computer-mediated communication on faculty-student interaction outside the classroom (1997)

Lai Kuen So

Dissertation: Automatic code generation for simulation programs using Petri net models (1997)

Hsiao-Hui Wang

Affiliation: Associate Professor at Infomation Communication Yuan Ze University, Taiwan

Dissertation: Value of information technology : an empirical study of the impact of IT capabilities and IT use on economic growth and on organizational performance in Taiwan (1997)

Kumiko Aoki

Affiliation: Professor of Informatics, Open University of Japan

Dissertation: Intercultural telecollaboration : a field experiment based upon a heuristic telecollaboration model for collaborative writing through the Internet (1996)

Beverly Hope

Affiliation: School of Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Quality improvement in the service sector : an expert support system (ESS) for continuous improvement (1996)

Hyosun Kwon

Dissertation: Adoption of cellular telephone technologies and services : user perceptions and motivations in the United States (Hawaii) and South Korea (1996)

Ya Liu

Dissertation: GDB : a graphic database indexing and retrieving by visual relations (1996)

Dr. Ryota Ono

Ryota Ono

Affiliation: Professor, Business Management, Aichi University, Japan

Dissertation: Worldwide probe of the telecommunications development gap from developing country and developed country perspectives : the nature of the gap, the obstacles and the strategies to close the gap (1996)

Danurahardjo Tjahjono

Dissertation: Exploring the Effectiveness of Formal Technical Review Factors with CSRS, A Collaborative Software Review System (1996)

Xiaobo Wang

Affiliation: Dadong is a Senior Scientist and Fellow with Accenture Technology Labs.

Dissertation: Generating Customized Layouts Automatically (1996)

Kelly Burke

Affiliation: Professor, Management Information Systems, College of Business and Economics, University of Hawai'i at Hilo

Dissertation: Development processes and performance in groups using an electronic meeting system : a comparison of face-to-face, synchronous and asynchronous meeting environments (1994)

Richard Halverson

Affiliation: Consultant and President Guide.Net; Lecturer University of Hawaii; Applications Developer

Functional memory approach to the design of custom computing machines (1994)

Jingxiang He

Dissertation: HAT (Hyper Analysis Toolkit) : a tool for hypertext-based dynamic systems analysis (1994)

Dara Lee Howard

Dissertation: Interacting with information : constructing personal knowledge using written text (1994)

Hai Huang

Affiliation: Principal Engineer at Palo Alto Networks, Inc

Proud–an integrated reverse engineering system for software maintenance (1994)

Zhengfu Geoffrey Liu

Affiliation: Professor, Library & Information Science, San Hosé State University

Dissertation: Experimental study of incorporating thematic role analysis into VSM-based text information representation and retrieval : design and evaluation of the semantic vector space model (1994)

Shakti S. Rana

Affiliation: Professor, SAIM college, Nepal

Dissertation: Product development model : case study of high definition television (1994)

Dadong Wan

Affiliation: Senior Researcher and Innovation Executive at Accenture Technology Labs
Dissertation: CLARE : a computer-supported collaborative learning environment based on the thematic structure of scientific text (1994)

Karen Rebecca Clark-Kraut

Dissertation: A spreadsheet-based decision model for the choice of indexing and abstracting data delivery option for academic libraries (1993)

Diane M. Nahl

Affiliation: Professor Emerita of Library and Information Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Dissertation: CD-ROM point-of-use instructions for novice searchers : a comparison of user-centered affectively elaborated and system-centered unelaborated text (1993)

David Stone

David Stone

Dissertation: One channel at-a-time multichannel autoregressive modeling : applications to stationary and nonstationary covariance time series (1993)

Zhi Cheng Li

Dissertation: Generalization of the stable marriage algorithms involving group preferences in resource allocation problems (1992)

Leorey Marquez

Affiliation: Senior Research Scientist with the Digital Productivity Flagship at CSIRO, Australia’s federal research agency

Dissertation: Function approximation using neural networks : a simulation study (1992)

T. N. Kamala

Dissertation: Individual differences in the use of CD ROM databases (1991)

Mark Hukill

Affiliation: Principal Consultant, Asia Pacific Electronic Media Communications, LLC

Dissertation: Telematics policy in the ASEAN countries : a base-line data taxonomy of telecommunications and information systems infrastructure and investment for developing planning (1990)