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Andreea Cotoranu

Clinical Professor
Director, NYC Design Factory

Seidenberg School of CSIS

Information Technology NY

  • @New York City
    163 William Street 238
  • @Pleasantville
    Goldstein Academic Center 326
Office Hours
New York City

Spring 2022

Wed 12:00pm-2:00pm(by appointment)

Office Hours

Spring 2022

Tue 11:00am-2:00pm(by appointment)

Office Hours

Spring 2022


Andreea Cotoranu is a Clinical Professor in the Information Technology Department, and Director of the New York City Design Factory initiative at Pace University. Andreea teaches product development, research methods and project-based courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Her research interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing, human-computer interaction, and computing/cybersecurity education.

Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, Andreea served as Assistant Dean for Academic Innovation in the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. In this role she focused on developing educational environments that enrich the student experience. Specifically, she designed and implemented project-based experiences with multiple academic disciplines, international collaborations, and partnerships with industry and academia. Andreea's work shares a common goal of creating curricular and pedagogical structures as well as academic cultures that facilitate students' interests, motivation, and desire to persist in computing.

During her tenure at Pace University, Andreea spearheaded efforts in cybersecurity education, training, and outreach, and she is affiliated with the Cybersecurity Education Research Lab at Pace. She was the Principal Investigator for the Pace GenCyber program funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation aiming to expand cybersecurity education at the high school level by training teachers (2016 to 2019). She is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship program and the National Science Foundation CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program aimed to recruit the nation's top cybersecurity talent to the federal workforce to protect the nation's information systems and networks.


PhD, Pace University - expected 2020
Computer Science

MS, Pace University, 2008
Information Technology

BS, Pace University, 2004
Information Systems

Awards and Honors

Pace University, 2019 - The Susan M. Merritt Award for Excellence in Computing Research
Pace University, 2011 - President's Award for Excellence
Pace University, 2010 - Athletics Hall of Fame
Daktronics, 2001 - All-American Women's Volleyball
Daktronics, 2000 - All-American Women's Volleyball


An Integrated System for Connecting Cybersecurity Competency, Student Activities and Career Building
Chen, L., Cotoranu, A., Mandhare, P. & Hayes, D. (2022, September). , pages 3--12.

Inspiring the future change-makers: reflections and ways forward from the Challenge-Based Innovation experiment
Vignoli, M., Balboni , Bernardo, ., Cotoranu , Andreea, ., Dosi, C., Glisoni, N., Kohler, K., Mincolelli, G., Mäkinen, S., Nordberg, M. & Thong, C. (2021, June). CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation. Vol 5 (Issue 1) , pages 1-4. http://https://e-publishing.cern.ch/index.php/CIJ/article/view/1323

Design innovation integrating deep technology, societal needs, radical innovation, and future thinking: a case study of the CBI A3 program
Thong, C., Cotoranu, A., Down, A., Kohler, K. & Batista, C. (2021, June). CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation. (Issue Special Issue) http://https://e-publishing.cern.ch/index.php/CIJ/article/view/1291

Swimloop: A Progressive Web Application for Supporting Communication between Swimming Coaches and their Athletes
Hasny, M. & Cotoranu, A. (2021, April). (Issue 19)

NYC Design Factory
Cotoranu, A. (2020). , pages pp.76-77. http://issuu.com/aaltodesignfactory/docs/dfgn_issuu

Applying Text Analytics to Examination of End Users' Mental Models of Cybersecurity
Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. (2020, August). (Issue AMCIS 2020 Proceedings) http://aisel.aisnet.org/amcis2020/info_security_privacy/info_security_privacy/10/

Using Raspberry Pi as a Platform for Teaching Cybersecurity Concepts
Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. (2019). , pages 1237. http://doi.org/10.1145/3287324.3287534

Data Integrity Model for Environmental Sensing
Siegel, D. M., Keeley, L., Shelke, P., Cotoranu, A. & Ganis, M. (2019, May).

Musical Cryptography
Lamaute, N., Piccoli, A., Chen, L. & Cotoranu, A. (2017, March).


Cotoranu, A. (2021, June 28). There is nothing artificial about this intelligence. Kendal on Hudson, Virtual.

Cotoranu, A. (2021, April 23). Seidenberg: Show and Tell. Engagement and Collabration for the Remote Classroom with Miro. Seidenberg School.

Cotoranu, A. & Gandhi, D. (2021, April 8). Future of Work: Interdisciplinary Online Conference. Cultivating a Creative and Innovative Mindset with Design Thinking. Pace University.

Cotoranu, A., Gandhi, D. & Kopel, J. (2020, July 10). Creative Problem Solving with Design Thinking . Seidenberg School of CSIS, Virtual .

Cotoranu, A. (2020, May 7). NYC Design Factory. CBI A3 2020 Showcase. .

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

2021 Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program
Chen, L. & Cotoranu, A. August 2021 - November 2022.National Security Agency,Federal,$139,807.00.Funded.

CAE-C K-12 Pipeline Development Initiative: RING
Chen, L., Cotoranu, A. & Mosley, P. October 2020 - September 2022.Department of Defense (subcintract via University of Alabama - Huntsville ),Federal,$112,202.00.Funded.

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship
Chen, L. & Cotoranu, A. September 2020 - December 2021.Department of Defense,Federal,$325,166.00.Funded.

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship and Capacity Building
Chen, L. & Cotoranu, A. July 2019 - December 2020.Department of Defense,Federal,$229,898.00.Funded.

Pace GenCyber Workshop for High School Teachers
Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. May 2019 - May 2020.National Security Agency / National Science Foundation,Federal,$97,684.00.Funded.

DoD Cybersecurity Scholarship Program: Scholarship and Capacity Building
Chen, L., Cotoranu, A. & Hayes, D. September 2018 - August 2019.Department of Defense,Federal,$221,805.00.Funded.

Pace GenCyber Workshop for High School Teachers
Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. May 2018 - May 2019.National Security Agency / National Science Foundation,Federal,$99,414.00.Funded.

Pace GenCyber Workshop for High School Teachers
Cotoranu, A. & Chen, L. May 2017 - May 2018.National Security Agency / National Science Foundation,Federal,$97,969.00.Funded.


Gov Info Security [Internet], March152021
Exchange Hacks: How Will the Biden Administration Respond?


Association for Information Systems

Society for Learning Analytics Research[Member]

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers[Member]

Upsilon Pi Epsilon[Member]


  • Seidenberg Cybersecurity Club - NYC Campus[Faculty Advisor]
  • Pace Cybersecurity Team - WEST Campus[Faculty Advisor]
  • Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition: Qualifier[Faculty Advisor]


  • University Athletic Committee[Faculty Advisor]
  • Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee[Committee Member]
  • Faculty Institute Planning Committee[Committee Member]
  • Undergraduate Research Grant Application [Reviewer]
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