Patricia Morreale, Ph.D., is a professor of computer science at Kean University, where she is the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Technology. Before joining academia, she worked in industry.
Morreale’s research on machine learning and network systems led to advances in error detection and secure processing, patented and commercialized. Her research on human-centered computing addresses equitable software design and education methods. She also works on broadening participation in computer science, focused on faculty development and undergraduate research engagement.
Recognized as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for “exceptional leadership and service to advance diversity in computing and for substantial research in multimedia systems and networks,” Morreale has led committees on faculty excellence in undergraduate research mentoring with the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), the Computing Research Association (CRA) and the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR). She is a past co-chair of NCWIT’s Academic Alliance.
Morreale’s leadership positions include membership on NCWIT’s Academic Alliance Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic Serving Institutions (CAHSI), where she leads the north region. She is a New Jersey State Department of Education Computer Science Advisory Committee member, focusing on NJ K-12 education.
She received NCWIT’s Joanne McGrath Cohoon Service Award for her work with students and faculty on undergraduate research engagement. She is also a recipient of CUR’s Faculty Mentoring Award for Math and Computer Science and Kean University’s Faculty Research Mentoring award. She has published three books and numerous journal and conference papers.
Morreale holds a B.S. from Northwestern University, an M.S. from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, all in Computer Science.