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Professor Stephen J. Zilora



Welcome to my website. My goals as a university professor and educator are fourfold. First, I aim to demystify the material for students. Throughout my years of industrial experience I was continually amazed at computer professionals who would exalt themselves and their expertise. Sorry, but I don't think this is rocket science. Anyone who is willing to work can master this material.

Second, I strive to bring a grounding to the subject matter. If we're not careful, the work we do in an academic environment can stand in idealic isolation. I believe it is important to have this foundation, but we must also temper it with a generous dose of reality. I regularly cite actual industrial applications in my classes and even bring in industry experts in order to achieve this goal.

Third, there is the research end of the business. There is so much fun stuff going on in information technology today, I don't know where to begin. At heart, I am an application developer. So, many of the areas I'm interested in have to do with application development. The Web is one of the more exciting platforms we have available to us. I enjoy investigating the appropiate use of web-based applications. Some of the applications I have been involved with include reservation systems, election ballots, and sales-support tools. These days I find myself doing a great deal with Web Services Technology. This is an exciting technology that allows developers to quickly deliver new application interfaces leveraging existing work. Integrating computing into our daily lives is another area I find fascinating. I am currently working on the concept of the FDA -- Family Digital Assistant. If you have any interest in conducting research in these areas, please contact me. I have more ideas than time so all help is appreciated.

Finally, my schedule allows me to spend a great deal of time "giving back" to the community. I coach youth sports, I work with Habitat for Humanity, and I serve on the boards of several for-profit and non-profit organizations.

If you would like me to serve on your capstone committee, please review the material under Capstone Work. There you'll find my expectations as well as some sample proposals. If you would like to know what courses I teach from time to time, look under Courses. My current schedule, including office hours, is listed at Schedule. Information about the Honors Program can be found by clicking on Honors Program. This is a wonderful program that can be very rewarding for participating students.

I hope that you enjoy browsing this site.  Please feel free to contact me anytime.


Department of Information Sciences and Technologies Office Location: 70-2109
Golisano College of Computing and Information Science Office Hours: see Schedule
Rochester Institute of Technology Phone Number: 585-475-7643
Rochester, NY 14623 email: sjz@it.rit.edu