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Bruce Tis

Bruce Tis
Associate Professor
Palace Road-P212C

Dr. Bruce Tis is a computer engineer who specializes in operating systems, computer networks, and computer security. He has done research in the area of distributed operating systems. Dr Tis is also interested in computer science education and has published papers on on curriculum design and computer science pedagogy and conducted workshops on computer security.


Northeastern University - June 1971

M.S.E.E. (computer science option)
Northeastern University - June 1973

Ph.D. Computer Engineering
Boston University - June 1995


College of Arts and Sciences Simmons College

  •  Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology 2003-present
  •  Director of the Computer Science Program 2000-2003
  •  Associate Professor 1998-present (tenured 2001)

 Graduate School of Library and Information Science Simmons College

  •  Adjunct Professor 2004-present

 Metropolitian College — Boston University

  • Adjunct Professor  1984-present

Teaching Areas & Topics

  • IT101 Living in a Digital Society
  • CS112 Introduction to Programming
  • CS113 GUI and Event Drive Programming
  • CS345 Operating Systems
  • CS232 Data Structures
  • CS226 Computer Organization and Architecture
  • CS227 Computer Networks
  • CS327 Networks Security

Committee Service

  •  Faculty Council
  • Admissions
  •  Academic Technology
  •  Fiscal Affairs
  •  Academic Assessment and Planning Group
  •  IT Steering Committee
  • Co-Chair of Information Science and  Technology Task Force
  •  Information Technology Fluency
  • NEASC Accreditation  sub-committee
  • Strategic Planning Sub-Committee to investigate changing Simmons to a co-ed institution



Authorship of online course content  -  six   15-20 page chapters for CS625 Business Data Communication and Networks offered by Boston University on the following topics:

Network Applications

The Physical Layer

The Data Link Layer

Local Area Networks

Wide Area Networks

Backbone Networks

All material was peer reviewed, professionally edited and published under a Boston University copyright (2006-2008).

 Developed online undergraduate information technology and information literacy competency online program (iComps) (2008) including learning goals, course content, tutorials, practice tasks, self assessments, final exam.

 Tis, Bruce P.,Workstation Security--Privacy and Protection from Hackers. In D Colton, M J Payne, N Bhatnagar, and C R Woratschek (Eds.), The Proceedings of ISECON 2002, v 19 (San Antonio): 322w.  AITP Foundation for Information Technology Education. ISSN: 1542-7382.  (non-refereed).

 Tis, Bruce P.,Building An Intranet in the Laboratory, The Journal of Computing in Small  Colleges, Volume 15, Number 5 May 2000  p247-255  Proceedings of the Fifth Annual CCSC   Northeastern Conference April 28-29.

Zlateva, Stoyanka;  Veilleux, Nanette;  Stainov, Rumen; Tis, Bruce; Master's in  Telecommunication Curriculum: Innovative Programs for Part-Time Adults at  a Traditional University - Proceedings  of the Engineering Education Unbounded:  Lifelong  Learning Any Time,  Any Place Conference  July 10-13, 1999, Santa Clara, Ca., The Westin  Hotel.

Tis, Bruce P.,Using Microcontroller Kernels in an Operating Systems Course, The Journal  of Computing in Small Colleges, Volume 13, Number 5 May 1998 p85-96 Proceedings of the Third Annual CCSC Northeastern Conference Sacred Heart University.

Tis, Bruce P., A Design Oriented Undergraduate Computer Networking Course, The Journal Of Computing in Small Colleges, Volume 12 Number 5 May 1997 p189-197 Proceedings Of the Second Annual CCSC Northeastern Conference Northeastern University.

Tis, Bruce P., Network Design, Installation and Configuration Laboratory Assignments for Networking and Data Communications Laboratory Manual, Editor Francis S. Grodzinsky,Prentice Hall  Addendum published on WEB by Prentice Hall  at Fran (labs 1 through 4).

Workshops Conducted

  • Workstation Security — Privacy and Protection from Hackers at the ISECON 2002 Conference held in San Antonio TX Oct 31- Nov 3 2002
  • Security from the Perspective off the Workstation User at The Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges - Northeastern Region Conference, held in Worchester, MA.  April 19-20, 2002.
  • A Primer on Computer Security (Workshop) - 16th Annual Eastern Small College Computing Conference, University of Scranton  October 27th and 28th 2000
  • Computer Security Fundamentals and Applications (Workshop) - IESCON 2000 - The Association of Information Technology Professionals  (Education Special Interest Group) Philadelphia Nov 9-12, 2000.

Professional Service

  • Wiley Publishing review/edit 5 chapters from Business Data Communications and Networking by Fitzgerald and Dennis (acknowledged as a review in book contents) (2008).
  • Member of the COF Teaching and Learning Conference planning committee (2007) .
  • Meredith College - served as an external reviewer for their computer science and computer information systems majors (2006) .
  • Prentice Hall — edited and reviewed Corporate Computer and Network Security - Raymond R. Panko,  Prentice Hall 2000 ISBN 0-13-038471-2 (2004) .