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Faculty and Staff

One of the biggest perks of attending a small university is the personal relationships you have with faculty and staff members. Instead of being just another name, students know their professors and are always able to meet with faculty members before class, after class, during office hours or just around campus. Read more about our dedicated faculty and staff, and find out what drives them.

Faculty Profiles

The faculty at Capitol Technology University is second to none. Our professors, instructors and staff work closely with students, drawing upon years of field work to provide practical examples that enrich classroom learning.

Nayef Abu Ageel

Dr. Nayef Abu-Ageel

Dean of Academics and Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department

Dr. Abu-Ageel has over fifteen years of academic and industrial experience in research, teaching, and entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University. He joined Capitol Technology University in January 2016. Prior to this, Dr. Abu-Ageel served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at George Mason University. The innovative teaching practices he introduced include integrating entrepreneurship into class material as well as involving engineering students with the local community.

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Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes

Associate Professor, Astronautical Engineering

Dr. Alex "Sandy" Antunes is a professor of astronautical engineering at Capitol Technology University (formerly Capitol College) as well as a solo satellite builder with Project Calliope. Having once declared 'any idiot can build a satellite', Sandy set out to be that idiot, and has since written four books for O'Reilly/Maker Media for the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Space movement. Prior work includes astrophysics and mission work at GSFC, solar physics at NRL, and freelance science writing. In addition to teaching, he currently mentors Capitol students on their recently awarded CACTUS-I CubeSat space launch initiative. Sandy's current interest in effective teaching methods for the online-dominated era.

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Dr. Chandra Bajracharya

Dr. Chandra Bajracharya

Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering

Chandra Bajracharya received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Old Dominion University, USA, in 2014. She is a faculty member with the Department of Electrical Engineering, Capitol Technology University, USA. She was associated with the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics and worked on several projects funded by U.S. Air Force and National Institute of Health. Her research interests include wireless networking, cyber-physical systems, power electronics, alternative energy, communication systems, numerical electromagnetics, UWB antenna design, and signal and image processing.

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Garima Bajwa, PhD

Dr. Garima Bajwa

Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Garima Bajwa holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas (UNT), in addition to her undergraduate degree from the Mody Institute of Technology and Science.

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Richard Baker

Dr. Richard Baker

Director of Master’s Programs

Prior to Capitol Technology University, Dr. Richard Baker was an Associate Professor in Indiana State University’s Department of Aviation Technology and Executive Director of the Center for Unmanned Systems and Human Capital Development.  Richard holds a BS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science from Indiana State University. He received his doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.  

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Dr. Helen G. Barker

Dr. Helen G. Barker

Vice President of Academic Affairs and CAO

Dr. Helen Barker is an educator in the areas of management and organiza­tion, personnel and human resources, quantitative analysis, and operations management. She spent 15 years working in the private sector as a man­agement analyst and resource training specialist in the distribution industry. In addition, she worked with the Northern Virginia Regional Partnership through Virginia Tech as an economic development analyst. She has a mas­ter’s in business management from Strayer University and a D.M. concentrating in organizational leadership from Uni­versity of Phoenix. Currently, the VP of Academic Affairs for Capitol, Dr. Barker continues her research in distance education and educational technologies.

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Dr. William Butler

Dr. William Butler

Chair, Cyber and Information Security, Director, Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center (CICPC)

Bill Butler is currently Director, Critical Infrastructures and Cyber Protection Center (CICPC) at Capitol Technology University. Prior to this appointment in 2013 Bill worked in the networking and IT industries as a network engineer and consultant for over 20 years. Bill also served as a joint qualified communications information systems officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired as a Colonel with 30 years of service (active and reserve). Bill holds a Doctorate in cybersecurity earned from Capitol focusing on preserving cellphone privacy and countering illegal cell towers (IMSI catchers).

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Dr. Mary-Margaret Chantré

Dr. Mary-Margaret Chantré

Assistant Professor Cyber Security

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Mary-Margaret Chantré majored in English during college before embarking on a 22-year career in the military, retired in 2017 with the rank of Major. During her time of service, she specialized in IT before transitioning to cybersecurity as the need to protect networks and combat adversaries in the cyber domain became more acute. An adjunct professor at Capitol since 2015, she recently joined the full-time cybersecurity faculty and now teaches courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. She lives in Laurel, MD with her two small children.

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Michael Fain

Dr. Michael R. Fain

Director of Doctoral Programs

A native of Louisville, KY. Dr. Michael Fain, currently serves as Director of Doctoral Programs. He works as doctoral advisor to students pursuing terminal degrees in Management/Decision Sciences, and Cybersecurity.  When not working with doctoral students and faculty, Fain spends time mentoring several African American undergraduate students on campus . He brings over 25 years of higher education experience to Capitol.

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Dr. Soheil Hosseini

Dr. Soheil Hosseini

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Dr. Soheil Hosseini holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo and has also accumulated extensive experience in the private sector. While a graduate student, he developed a new machine learning algorithm to forecast short-term electricity load using the data from a North American electric utility, potentially leading to millions of dollars in savings due to better prediction accuracy.

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Robert Leonard

Dr. Robert Leonard

Assistant Professor in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences

Management and Decision Sciences professor Dr. Robert Leonard joined the doctoral faculty at Capitol Technology University in Fall 2016. With thirty years of experience as a corporate marketing and communications professional in addition to degrees from three colleges, Leonard aims to build synergy in the classroom by drawing from both his business experience and academic interests.

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Ian McAndrew

Dr. Ian McAndrew

Dean of Doctoral Programs

Dr. McAndrew has five degrees, PhD, two Master’s and two bachelor’s degrees, he is a Professional Engineer and a member of several institutions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and recognized as an international leader in Aerodynamics research. He Chairs several international conferences and Journals and is invited to give keynote speeches all over the world. He started his career in the automotive industry where he was an engine designer (Thermodynamics), and has worked at several universities in Europe and all over the world. His main passion is supervising PhD students and has over 30 PhD successes. 

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Pamela Opeka

Pamela Opeka

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Professor Pamela Opeka has followed her professional interest teaching mathematics and other sciences for her entire 30 year career at both the high school and collegiate level.  After several years working in the lab as a research technician, she initially taught science courses at the high school level but quickly found a greater love in teaching mathematics.  For her skill and dedication, she received the prestigious 2009 National Institute of Standards and Technology Sigma Xi Chapter’s Outstanding Teacher award.  She is committed to excellence and in keeping with her desire to excel as a teacher; she earned her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of MD in 2009.  

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Jason Pittman

Dr. Jason Pittman

Professor

Jason Pittman draws on his previous experiences as a network engineer, security architect and software developer to make the cybersecurity courses he teaches come alive for his students.

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Claude Rankin

Claude Rankin

Professor, Program Chair Master of Business Administration

Well-rounded education and business professional who integrates an understanding of people, technology and research to achieve success in the academic and business environments. Technical abilities exemplified by creation of a patented software design for research data collection and the formation of an Internet bookstore operation. Proven track record in education and training, research, marketing, software design and application, people and project management, as well as technical and creative writing.  Experience working with large corporations, non-profits and internet startups.

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Hashem Tabrizi

Hashem Mehdizadeh Tabrizi

Unmanned and Autonomous Systems and Computer Science Department Chair

I have lived in Maryland since 1978; and currently live in Kensington with my wife and our son.  I have taught at several colleges and universities in Washington, D. C. Metropolitan area. Areas of interest include: 3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality, Big Data, Blockchain, Drones, Genetics, Internet of Things (IoT), Robots and Virtual Reality. 

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Angela Walters

Angela Walters

Program Chair and Professor, Astronautical Engineering

Angela Walters holds a BS degree in Mathematics from Arcadia University and a MS in Physics from Drexel University. Her interests include satellite operations and ground system design, systems engineering, information assurance, using data analytics to improve current big data management strategies at NASA, and of course Black Holes.

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