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Stephen Zilora

Department Chair
School of Information
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

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Stephen Zilora

Department Chair
School of Information
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


BS, University of Rochester; MS, New Jersey Institute of Technology


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3 Credits
In this course, students will build applications that interact with databases. Through programming exercises, students will work with multiple databases and programmatically invoke the advanced database processing operations that are integral to contemporary computing applications. Topics include the database drivers, the data layer, connectivity operations, security and integrity, and controlling database access.
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Students perform paid, professional work related to their program of study. Students work full-time during the term they are registered for co-op. Students must complete a student co-op work report for each term they are registered; students also are evaluated each term by their employer. A satisfactory grade is given for co-op when both a completed student co-op report and a corresponding employer report that indicates satisfactory student performance are received.
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IST graduate students are expected to make a scholarly contribution as a requirement for the MS degree. The Scholarship in Information Sciences and Technologies course provides students with the fundamental skills needed to define and conduct a program of scholarly investigation in the form of a capstone or thesis project. The course focuses on skills such as academic writing, searching the literature, identifying and articulating interesting and important topics and problems, scholarship ethics, developing capstone proposals, critical thinking, and effective oral and written communication and presentation of scholarship.
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An optional cooperative educational experience is available to graduate students to add practical employment experience to their studies to support their career objectives and personal goals. Permission of Graduate Coordinator is required. (Graduate standing with the IST department, and prerequisites plus at least 12 credits completed with a 3.0 GPA or better)

In the News

  • June 30, 2020

    Matt Huenerfauth.

    Matt Huenerfauth named director of iSchool in GCCIS

    Matt Huenerfauth, a professor and expert in computing accessibility research, has been named director of RIT’s iSchool (School of Information). Huenerfauth takes the helm Aug. 1 from Stephen Zilora, who is stepping down after eight years of leadership.

  • August 20, 2019

    Computer keyboard and mouse.

    New School of Information formed in RIT’s Golisano Computing College

    RIT’s Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is forming a new School of Information to recognize the changing roles of information professionals. The school aims to bridge the digital divide and make computing solutions available, accessible, usable and suitable to all.

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Published Conference Proceedings
Zilora, Stephen J, Martin Zagar, and Ali Raza. "Communication Challenges in International Education." Proceedings of the IEEE Educon 2018. Ed. IEEE. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain: n.p., 2018. Print.
French, Bryan, Daniel Bogaard, and Stephen Zilora. "Shaping a Wearable and Ubiquitous Computing Curriculum." Proceedings of the SIGITE 2017 Annual Conference, October 2017, Rochester NY. Ed. ACM. New York, NY: ACM, 2017. Print.
Davis, Hollis G. and Stephen J. Zilora. "A Tale of Two Capstones." Proceedings of the ACM SIGITE’16, Boston, MA. Ed. ACM. New York, NY: n.p., Web.
Morgan, David, Zilora, Stephen, and Bogaard, Daniel. "urHL7: An HL7 Parsing and Manipulation Library." Proceedings of the IEEE Healthcom '15, Boston, October 14-17, 2015. Ed. Joel Rodrigues. Boston, MA: IEEE, Print.
Zilora, Stephen. "Industry - Emulated Projects in the Classroom." Proceedings of the SIGITE '15: Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference on IT Education, Chicago, Sep. 30- Oct 3, 2015. Ed. ACM. New York, NY: ACM, Print.
Zilora, Stephen and Jim Leone. "A Mature Approach to Assessment." Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference. Ed. ASEE. Indianapolis, IN: n.p., 2014. Web.
Zilora, Stephen, Daniel Bogaard, and Jim Leone. "The Changing Face of Information Technology." Proceedings of the SIGITE/RiIT 2013 ACM Conference on IT Education. Ed. ACM. New York, NY: n.p., Web.
Zilora, Stephen J. "Informatics Minor for Non-Computer Students." Proceedings of the Computing in Cardiology, Hangzhou, China, September, 2011. Hangzhou, China: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., 2011. Print.
Zilora, Stephen J. "STEM Collaboration Cubed." Proceedings of the 41st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Rapid CIty, SD: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2011. Print.
Zilora, Stephen J. "STEM Integration with Informatics." Proceedings of the Integrated STEM Education Conference. Ewing, NJ: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2011. Print.
Journal Paper
Zheng, Ervine, et al. "Tag-aware Dynamic Music Recommendation." Expert System with Applications 106. (2018): 244-251. Print.
Friedel, Vicki, et al. "Five-year Prospective Study of Pediatric Acute Otitis Media in Rochester, NY: Modeling Analysis of the Risk of Pneumococcal Colonization in the Nasopharynx and Infection." Journal of Epidemiology and Infection. December (2013): 1-9. Print.