Full-Time Faculty

Timothy Henry, Ph.D., PMP, Professor, Cybersecurity Center Director

Tim has a deep background in IT research, teaching, industry, and military service. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Mathematics from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Tim served as operations officer on a buoy tender out of Portsmouth, Virginia and was the Information Resources Manager at the Coast Guard’s training center in Yorktown, VA before becoming a professor of mathematics and computer science at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.

Following his Coast Guard service, Tim devoted his attention to ‘bleeding-edge’ technology in a research and development environment.  These projects involved cellular phones, GPS, interactive 3D visualization projects and touch screen technologies as components of larger integrated systems at a time when those technologies were just coming into the marketplace.

For the next decade, he continued to work as a project manager on large corporate- or state-wide information systems. During that time, he obtained his Project Management Professional certification.

For the last fifteen years, he has been in the university setting, first at the University of Rhode Island and now at NEIT.  During this time, he was able to perform research on 3D techniques for rapid texture mapping from compressed images and to lend his experience to the design of few interactive 3D projects. He has developed and taught courses in several areas including gaming, software engineering, operating systems, digital forensics, and cybersecurity.

Timothy Culhane, MA, CCAI-CCNACTT, Associate Professor

Tim has an extensive background in the field of Information Technology, with decades of experience in the field and as an educator. Tim holds an MA in Political Science/International Relations, and a BA in Political Science and in Communications from the University of Rhode Island. Tim also attended the United States Naval Academy.

Tim worked as a tech-support and sales engineer before transitioning to consulting and corporate training. Some of his projects involved network design on both a small and massive scale, network implementation, and network support.  He acquired his Cisco Certified Academy Instructor-Cisco Certified Networking Associate, Certified Technical Trainer, Certified Novell Engineer, and Certified Novell Instructor certifications as well as the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications.

Tim has been a full-time faculty member at NEIT since 1999, teaching in all IT degree programs. He has taught Novell, Microsoft and Linux operating systems, LAN and WAN network connectivity, cyber-security, ethics and professionalism, as well as many other courses offered.

Sal Gelsomino, MA, Assistant Professor

B.S., Providence College
M.A., Providence College

Henry “Hank” Johnson, MBA, Assistant Professor

Henry “Hank” Johnson, is Assistant Professor of Manage​ment at NEIT. His work in public health includes working for 8 years

primarily with clients living in poverty and suffering from addiction and mental health issues. In his role of Life Skills Instructor at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, he helped teach unemployed and low-income residents about career readiness, self-advocacy, and social equity. As a result of his efforts, hundreds of his clients have successful careers.

Hank was previously the Executive Director of Education in Action, a non-profit organization based in Providence, Rhode Island, whose mission is to provide hands-on learning opportunities that educate and inspire youth to achieve real-world success. He developed community partnerships with The Providence Transition Academy and The Providence Autism School to Tomorrow Academy, and coordinated several city-wide after-school programs in Cranston, Central Falls, Pawtucket, and West Warwick.

Hank is passionate about fostering sustainable communities, serves on the board of directors of the Rhode Island Career Development Association, and is a member of the Society for Advancement of Management. He holds a Masters of Business Administration and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.

Jason Kayarian, MS, Assistant Professor

Jason Kayarian started working in the IT and computer related fields in 1986; opened Advanced Digital Systems (Computer sales and consulting company) in 1988 and 1Globe Web Development along with East Side Media (Web site development and hosting) in 1995. These sales, consulting and web based companies helped to develop a well rounded understanding to many computer related systems and networks. Jason enjoys working with Linux/Unix systems, security concepts, and programming development. He began teaching with NEIT in 2008 in the IT department and has since earned his Master’s of Science Degree in Information Technology (2015).

B.A., University of Rhode Island
M.S., New England Institute of Technology

E. Marty Truchon, MS, Associate Professor, Assistant IT Dept Chair

B.A., St. Leo’s College
M.S., Johnson & Wales University

Katherine Truchon, BFA, Instructor

B.F.A., The Maine College of Art

Erik van Renselaar, MS, Professor, IT Department Chair

M.S., University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Adjunct Faculty and Industry Partners


Joe has a Masters degree in Information Systems from Northeastern University and a BS in Management Information Systems from the University of Rhode Island.

For the past 27 years, Joe has held a number of positions within the information technology field. Joe started out in application development where he has supported and eventually managed the development of business applications at AMICA, SunLife of Canada and MetLife.

The second phase of Joe’s career found him in the Database Administration organization at MetLife. While there he held roles in database administration, project management and lead the development of a database security team.

In the latest phase, Joe is a member of Citizens Bank Internal Audit Department where he leads the Internal Audit Infrastructure and Information Security team.

During this time Joe has earned several certifications which compliment his IT experience. Joe has obtained the following certifications:

  • Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Additionally for the past 17 years Joe has been an adjunct faculty member at NEIT. Joe has developed and taught courses at all degree levels within the Information Technology curriculum.

M. Jean Clapp, Ed.D

Prashanth Gali, BE, MS

Prashanth holds a B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Madras, India and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island.

He has vast experience as a technologist. Prashanth has served as Senior Technical Lead and Chief Software Architect for the design and development of next generation Real Time fraud detection and prevention software called PRISM, used by major financial institutions. As Chief Architect for Retail Decisions (ReD) based in Providence, RI, he was responsible for establishing and directing product architecture and design initiatives for the suite of ReD products, including its Merchant Fraud products.

Currently, Prashanth is the Director of Integrated Services for the loyalty management platform at SessionM in Boston, MA. Prashanth is a Sun-certified Enterprise Architect, Business Component Developer, Java Developer, and Java Programmer. He brings a wealth of technical skills to his position, including:

  • Cloud:AWS (EC2, S3, IAM, ELB, VPC, RDS, Cloud Watch, lambda, DynamoDB, Cognito, API Gatewayetc), docker
  • Operating Systems:  Linux (primary OS), Windows, HP NonStop, AIX, Mac OS
  • Languages:  Java, C#, C++, C, SQL, Groovy, Python, Ruby
  • Web Technologies:  JSP, Servlets, GWT, JavaScript, ASP, ASP.NET, Rails WCF, Web Services (traditional, RESTful)
  • Technologies:  Spring, Hibernate, MyBatis, other lightweight ORM, JEE, JUnit, Swing, JDBC, CORBA
  • Application Servers:  Tomcat, WebSphere, Jetty, Glassfish, IIS
  • Databases:  Postgres, MySQL, SQLServer, Oracle, NonStop SQL MX
  • IDE/Tools:  Netbeans, Eclipse, Subversion, Visual Studio, Ant, Maven,  Visio, GIT, Atlassian products, Gradle, Grunt
  • Automation Tools:   HP Quality Center, Selenium
  • BI Tools:  Pentaho BI Suite
  • NO-SQL:  Redis, Cassandra

John Knight, MS

Jesse Roberts, MS

Wassim Sasa

Colonel Roland “Mike” Tetreault, M.B.A.

Colonel Roland “Mike” Tetreault has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in information technology, telecommunications and combat communications systems. Prior to his work as the CIO for the Rhode Island National Guard, he worked for the Travelers Insurance Company, managed care IT divisions, Citizens Financial Group Acquisitions and Data Conversions team, and American Power Conversion Enterprise Resource Planning IT Support Team in West Kingston Rhode Island.

Mike is a graduate of Bryant College, Smithfield RI, the U.S. Army Signal School, The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. War College.

He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he led communications and computing operations for the Base Defense Operations Center of Victory Base, Baghdad Iraq. Additionally, he later provided the same support in Mosul, Iraq in support of Multi-National Forces (MNF) Northwest supporting all combat operations in the northern third of Iraq.

In 2006, he returned stateside and began work as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Information Management, G6/CIO, where he serves today directing all communications, telecommunications, computer system and data center operations including leading a defensive cyber operations team for the Rhode Island National Guard.

Mike has a Master of Business Administration in Information Technology Management, a Master of Science in Government Information Leadership, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He is currently an adjunct professor of the Cyber Security Master’s program and New England Institute of Technology.

Mike is a certified Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Cyber Leader, Government Strategic Leader and Enterprise Architect. He is also a Committee on National Security Systems Certified Information Security Professional, System Certifier, Risk Analyst and Senior System Manager and is the local approving authority for all connections to the DoD Global Information Network at all classification levels.