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Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Faculty from left to right:  Dr. Hal Smith and Gary Heberling. For additional information regarding full and part-time IST faculty, please view the Information Sciences and Technology Faculty Directory, read the bios below, or visit their personal web pages:


Gary Heberling

Gary Heberling

Contact Gary at:   glh10@psu.edu   |   724-334-6102   |   Office: 039 ITC

Gary Heberling is Instructor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State New Kensington.  Gary is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Masters of Science degree in Information Science.

Gary joined the faculty at Penn State after over 20 years’ experience in Information Technology.  He was a project manager at R. Shriver Associates where he concentrated on the development of business software.  His most recent employment prior to Penn State was with Oberg Industries, Inc. located in Freeport Pennsylvania. Gary served in many capacities while with Oberg including programmer, systems analyst, database developer, interim financial controller, corporate budget director, director of production planning and manager of information technology. At Penn State, Gary specializes in database systems, data warehousing, and enterprise resource planning software.

Dr. Hal Smith

Hal Smith

Contact Hal at: hal.smith@psu.edu   |   724-334-6759   |   Office: 035 ITC

Hal Smith is an Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics from University of Albany, SUNY. Prior to joining Penn State, he worked for Raytheon as a Principal Software Engineer architecting and developing software for large, massively parallel Ground Based Radar systems as well as deeply embedded real-time systems with Raytheon’s Missile Systems division in Tucson, Arizona. The result of his time in industry led him to develop research interests in component-based software architectures, software product lines and model-driven development. While with Raytheon, he received the Excellence in Technology Award as well as Engineering Honors.  Hal’s research interests have since grown to incorporate search technologies and network organizations. He maintains an ongoing undergraduate research program where projects often result in student participation at conferences.


Instructor Mike Manojlovich

Michael Manojlovich, Instructor, IST

Contact Mike at:   mom4@psu.edu    |   724-334-6124   |     Office: 041 ITC

I spent over 27 years in industry working in Information Technology / Networking / R&D for several Steel / Manufacturing companies.

Since 2000, I have been teaching in the Information Science & Technology department at Penn State University.



Courses taught:

IST210 – Organization of Information (for World Campus and resident)

IST220 – Data Communications (for World Campus and resident)

IST230 – Discrete Mathematics

IST301 – People and Organizations

IST302 – Project Management

IST331 – Human Computer Interaction

IST402 – Medical Informatics

IST420/421 – Systems Analysis

IST440W – Senior Capstone Class

IST442 – Information Technology in International Context

IST446 – Introduction to Gaming and Animation

MIS204 – Management Information Systems (for World Campus and resident)


B. S. in Computer Science – Youngstown State University 1987
Minors in Math and Economics
M. S. in Information Science – University of Pittsburgh 1997
Ph.D -ABD in Information Science - University of Pittsburgh (Current)


Areas of Interest:

  • Data Visualization
  • Information Security
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Social Technologies and Social Media Design and Analysis
  • Medical Informatics