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TOURO GST Dean Issac Herskowitz

Issac Herskowitz

Dean Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz, founding dean of the Graduate School of Technology, has been involved in the field of technology for over 25 years. Dr. Herskowitz founded the academic computing department at Touro University in the early 1990's.Dr. Herskowitz initiated many new degree programs at Touro in his role as chairman of the Computer Science Department, including Master of Science programs in Instructional Technology and Information Systems, a Master of Science program in UX/UI & Interaction Design, a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science, and certificate, associate's and bachelor's degree programs in Information Systems and Desktop Publishing.Dr. Herskowitz earned an Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University. His B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer and Information Science were completed at CUNY/Brooklyn College.
Information Systems Program Chair Shmuel Fink

Shmuel Fink

Information Systems Program Chair

Professor Shmuel Fink has been a member of the Touro University faculty since 1993. In 2000, he began serving as the deputy chair of the undergraduate Department of Computer Science. In 2007, he helped establish the Touro University Graduate School of Technology and became the chair of the Master of Science in Information Systems program. Prior to working at Touro, Professor Fink worked for IBM, Xerox, and other companies. Professor Fink has a BS in Computer Science, an MS in Software Development and Management, and a PhD in Computing Technology in Education. Professor Fink's reputation is as an effective leader and educator. He advises the faculty and mentors his students. He ensures that the curriculum meet the ever-changing landscape of technology across all industries
ITP Program Chair Payam Bina

Payam Bina

Instructional Technology Program Chair

Payam is an experienced instructional designer and currently leads the Computer Science department at Touro University as the deputy chair. Payam earned his B.A. from Yeshiva University in Computer Science and his M.S. from Touro University Graduate School of Technology in Instructional Design.
Expert in New Media and Visual Art

Markus Haala

Expert in
New Media and Visual Art

With a passion for creating dynamic academic programs focused on New Media and collaborative excellence, Markus Haala has been involved in higher education for over 12 years, providing his students with mentoring, professional critique, and access to innovative technology. Professor Haala serves as Chair of Touro University's Graduate School of Technology UX/UI & Interaction Design program.
In addition to his academic work, Haala is an interdisciplinary artist whose research-based studio practice explores ecosystems and surveys the complex relationship between nature and culture through the use of distinct materials, imagery, and sculptural objects. He often uses modern manufacturing techniques as a means of expression to create artworks that challenge our perception of materiality.
Haala’s work has been exhibited and published internationally. He lives and works in New York City.