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Dr. Peter Chang

Dr. Peter Chang
Associate Professor

College of Management

Lawrence Technological University
MGT M314B
pchang@ltu.edu
248.204.3065 p
248.204.3099 f

Background + Expertise

Areas of Expertise

Research and problem solving methodologies, object-oriented analysis and design, data management, Web service, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, Web middleware and server technologies, software development, and data and web security.


Biography


Dr. Chang has over thirty-four years of combined academic and industrial experiences.  For about twenty years, Dr. Chang has designed, developed, and consulted in leading edge information system technologies. His fields of interests are in research and problem solving methodologies, object-oriented analysis and design, database modeling (for both object oriented and relational approaches), data warehousing, data mining, Web service, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Cloud Computing, web middleware and server technologies, software development, and data and web security.


Dr. Chang serves as an Associate Professor of the College of Management since 2001.  Prior to his current position, he had been an an adjunct professor of the College of Management since 1998.


Dr. Chang graduated from University of Minnesota with a Ph.D. in Mathematics in the division of Institute of Technology. The title of his dissertation is "An Investigation of the Breakdown of Solutions of Models of Nonlinear Vibrating String."  One of the research areas of his dissertation is about analysis and modeling of the physics problem of nonlinear waves, including vibrating strings, using advanced methods in mathematics.  Many real world problems such as some in Physics, Economics, or Transportation are nonlinear in nature.  For example, nonlinear waves may model transportation problems such as traffic flows.

Dr. Chang also received a M.S. degree in Computer Information Science from Oakland University, an M.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Iowa, and a B.S. degree in Mathematics from National Tsing-Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.


Teaching Experience


Dr. Chang has taught at University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario, Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha for a number of years. He has published papers in the areas of information systems, computer sciences and mathematics in some prestigious technical journals or conference proceedings. Dr. Chang was elected as a graduate faculty fellow of the University of Nebraska System in 1982 with the privilege of supervising doctoral students, and has participated in various committee activities.  At LTU, he has designed and/or taught over fourteen graduate level courses in information systems at the Southfield campus, and education centers in Vancouver, Toronto and Taipei.


Professional Experience


Dr. Chang switched to the IT industry and worked for about 20 years with major telecommunication companies, computer manufacturing companies, and IT consulting companies including AT&T, IBM, and Accenture. He served in senior roles as analyst, developer, architect, and manager. Dr. Chang also founded an IT consulting company and serves as its president. Past clients of this company include AT&T, HP, Ernest & Young, DTE Energy, and Borders Groups Inc. His work has covered a wide spectrum of IT ranging from operating systems and database internals (at IBM), to network and telecommunication (at AT&T), to database and Web-based business enterprise applications (at Accenture and Borders Groups). Dr. Chang has published or presented several dozen technical articles and industrial white papers.


Dr. Chang was invited by Prentice Hall to serve as a book reviewer in 2002, and has completed a review of the manuscript of the 2nd edition of "Object-Oriented Modeling and Design with UML" by James Rumbaugh and Michael Blaha. The first edition of this text was a best seller for technology books with over 400,000 copies sold worldwide.  Dr. Chang was also invited by Prentice Hall to serve as a book reviewer in 2007 and 2008, and has completed a review of the manuscript of "SOA: Principles of Service Design" and the manuscript of "SOA Design Patterns" by Thomas Erl, author of several best sellers in SOA and Web services published by Prentice Hall. He was also invited by the publisher: CRC Press in 2009 and completed the review of the manuscript of "Patterns of Data Modeling" by Michael Blaha. 


Dr. Chang refereed papers for the journal of IEEE Software and the SOA magazine.  He also refereed papers for various professional conferences.  He served as a reviewer for a NSF (National Science Foundation) grant proposal.  Dr. Chang received the best paper award in Research Methodology from a 5-member international committee for the VIPSI-2007 Tokyo Conference.


Dr. Chang was issued three software patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the area of information technology.  The first is about user-driven menu generation over computer systems or Web-based systems with applications in generating Web elements in user interface.  The second is about dynamic generation of target files from template files over computer systems with applications in generating markup language documents, such as XML (Extensive Markup Language), and Web services.  The third is about dynamically filling changeable fields of template files with a variety of sources, filling multiple template segments over multiple stations in an assembly-line like setting, and using template to provide a website layout.  Dr. Chang currently has two patent applications under examination by USPTO. 


Professional Memberships




  • Member of IEEE, with special affiliations to its Computer Society and Communication Society

  • Member of ACM

  • Lifetime member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, participating in its regional activities in the Detroit metropolitan area



Prior to Lawrence Technological University, Dr. Chang published or presented over 75 journal and conference papers, IT industry white papers, and management or technical articles.


Publications and Presentations while at LTU



  • "Applying Resource Capability for Planning and Managing Contingency Reserves for Software and Information Engineering Projects," Proceeding of the IEEE EIT 2012 International Conference at IUPUI University, Indianapolis, Indiana, May. 2012.

  • "Modeling the Management of Electronic Health Records in Healthcare Information Systems," Proceeding of the 2011 Interntaionsl Conference on Cyber-Enabled Distributed Computing and Knowledge Discovery, pp. 580-584, Beijing China, October, 2011. 

  • "A Methodology of Migration to Cloud Computing Using UML Modeling," GSTF International Journal on Computing, Volume 1, Number 3, pp. 13-18, August 2011.

  • "Modeling Elements of Methods of Problem Solving in Software and Information Engineering Projects," Third International Conference on Educational Technology and Training at Wuhan, China, November 2010.

  • "An Online Cross-Referencing Toll that Accelerates the Learning of English and Foreign Languages," presented at the ETOM 2010 Fall Conference in FLint, Michigan, October 2010. 

  • “Selective Encryption in Securing Objects of Cloud Computing,” Proceeding of the 2010 International Conference on Cloud Computing and Virtualization at Singapore, May, 2010.

  • “An Intelligent Search Lifecycle Architecture for Modern Publishing and Newspaper Industries using SOA,” authored by El-Bathy, N., Chang, Peter, Azar, G., Abrahiem, R. Proceeding of IEEE R4 EIT 2010 Conference.  Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA, May 2010.

  • "Discovery and Usage of Patterns in the Process of Design: A Method of Discovering Patterns," Design Principles and Practices – An International Journal, Volume 4, Number 3, pp. 329-343, 2010.

  • "Elements of Methods of Problem Solving and the Resource Capability in Software Engineering," co-authored with Michael Blaha, Proceeding of IEEE R4 EIT 2009 Conference pp. 84-89.  University of Windsor, Windsor Canada, June 2009.

  • "Patterns for Object Class Models and XML Documents," Proceeding of the VIPSI-2008 Genoa Conference at Genoa, Italy, July, 2008

  • "Elements of Methods of Problem Solving and Modeling of IT Value," Proceeding of the VIPSI-2008 Pisa Conference at Pisa, Italy, July, 2008

  • "Research Methodology- Life Cycle of a Dissertation Project in Information Systems and Methods of Problems Solving," Proceeding of IMSCI/EISTA 2008 Conference at Orlando, Florida, Volume 3, pp. 40-46 June-July, 2008

  • “How to Solve It – Elements of Methods of Problem Solving,” Proceeding of the VIPSI-2007 Tokyo Conference at Tokyo, Japan, June, 2007

  • “How to Solve It – Advice to Software Engineer and Information Engineer,” co-authored with Michael Blaha, Proceeding of the VIPSI-2006 Venice Conference at Venice, Italy, October 2006

  • “On a Secured Object Signature for Web and XML Objects,” The IPSI Bgd Transactions on Internet Research, vol. 2, 1, pp. 3-8, Jan. 2006

  • “A Software Tool That Analyzes Word Patterns From Shakespeare's Plays to Technical Articles,” Lilly West Conference on College and University Teaching,” Pomona, California, March 2006

  • “A Software Engineering Process on Group Collaboration of Software Project Documents," Proceeding of the IASTED conference on "Advances in Computer Science and Technology"(ACST 2006) at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 2006

  • “"A Software Process that Accelerates the Comprehension of Web-based Technical Articles" Proceeding of the IASTED conference on "Web-based Education"(WBE 2006) at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 2006

  • “On a Secured Object Signature for Web and XML Objects,” Proceeding of the ISPI-USA Conference at Cambridge, MA, July 2005

  • “An Introduction to Object Class Group,” Object Management Group (OMG) Conference on MDA/IDE at Orlando, Florida, March 2005

  • “Data Collection and Data Analysis for Distance Learning,” Lilly West Conference on College and University Teaching,” Pomona, California, March 2005

  • “A Unit Test Architecture that Traces Variables of JavaScript Programming,” Proceeding of IEEE R4 EIT 2004 Conference at Milwaukee School of Engineering, August 2004.

  • "A Database Model for Distance Learning of Foreign Languages," Diversity 2004 Conference at UCLA, July 2004. 

  • “A Web Based Tool for Distance Learning of Foreign Languages,” Technology and Society, 2004.  ISTAS '04. International Symposium on 17-19 June 2004, 85 – 91 (2004).

  • “Methods of Reverse Engineering and Data Transformation in Determining the Multiplicities of Associations in Object-Oriented Modeling for Database Applications,” Proceeding of IEEE R4 EIT 2004 Conference at Milwaukee School of Engineering, August 2004.

  • “A Workbook Method in Determining the Multiplicities of Associations in Object-Oriented Analysis and Modeling,” Proceeding of ASEE/NCS 2004 Spring Conference, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, April 2004.

  • An Architecture for Securing Web Objects,” Proceeding of ASEE/NCS 2004 Conference, Western Michigan University at Kalmazoo, MI, April 2004.

  • “A Web Based Software Tool that Assists the Learning of a New Language,” presented in the Third International Conference on Diversity in Organizations at University of Hawaii, February 2003.

  • “A Platform Independent Middleware Architecture for Accessing Databases on a Database Server on the Web,” presented in the IEEE R4 Electro and Information Technology Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 2003.

  • "Using Text Menu to Develop or Prototype Web-Base Database Application", Detroit Oracle Users Group Conference at Livonia, MI, October 2003.


DMIT Doctoral Dissertations Supervised as Chair of the Dissertation Committee



  • Dimitri N. Kopaliani (2007), Architecture of Digital Asset Systems for Libraries 

  • Ronnie H. Abrahiem (2008), Prototype Models for an Integration of Near-Real-Time Data Warehousing Architecture with Service-Oriented Architecture

  • Wen-Tsung Tai (2010), Framework for the Evaluation of an IT Project Portfolio

  •  Naser I. El-Bathy (2010), Intelligent Information Retrieval and Web Mining Architecture Using SOA

  • EFadi E. Khoury, (2012), Data Centric Development Methodology


Selected Publications and Presentations Prior to LTU



  • "An AIX Tool that Automates the Code Sizing," a technical paper published in an IBM publication in 1992.

  • "Xmtool - X Interface for ucbMail, a graphical interface to the University of California at Berkeley mail utility tool," comp.sources.x of the USENET 1989. 

  • "A certain recursion formulas of Euler-Poisson-Darboux equations," published in the book titled " Global Analysis - Analysis on Manifolds": Publisher: Teubner-Verlag, Germany: 51-72 (1983). 

  • "On the breakdown phenomena of solutions of quasi-linear wave equations,"Michigan Mathematical Journal: 23: 277-287 (1976). 

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