Mathias Mbu Fonkam

Assoc. Prof. Mathias Mbu Fonkam is a distinguished Associate Professor at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology. With a rich background in computer science and systems engineering, Dr. Fonkam's academic and professional journey is marked by significant contributions to both academia and the software industry. Dr. Fonkam earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cardiff University, where he also completed his Master of Science in Systems Engineering and Bachelor of Science with Honors in Computer Engineering. His scholarly work is complemented by industry certifications, including Sun Certified Programmer on the Java II Platform and multiple certifications from IBM's Cognitivelabs.ai in areas such as Data Science, Blockchain Technologies, and Cryptocurrencies. Professionally, Dr. Fonkam has an extensive record of academic leadership and innovation. Before his current role at Penn State University, he served as the Dean and Associate Professor at the American University of Nigeria (AUN). During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in establishing and leading the development of the University’s open-source ERP system and its learning management system, CANVAS. His efforts in curriculum development and the implementation of graduate programs significantly advanced AUN’s educational offerings. Dr. Fonkam's contributions extend beyond administrative leadership. He has been actively involved in the Nigerian academic community, participating in committees for the National Universities Commission (NUC) to develop new computing degree programs and accreditations. His international experience includes roles at Albany State University, St. Joseph’s University, and as a visiting professor in Brazil, enhancing his global perspective on education in computer science and engineering. A prolific researcher and educator, Dr. Fonkam’s interests span various aspects of computer science, including open-source software development, AI, data science, machine learning, and blockchain technology. His publications and conference presentations address a wide range of topics from systems dynamics to the application of ICTs in crisis management. Dr. Mathias Mbu Fonkam is a dedicated educator and researcher whose work continues to influence the fields of information technology and computer science education, preparing the next generation of IT professionals and scholars.

Publications

Revolutionizing Curricula Through Computational Thinking, Logic, and Problem Solving
Mathias Mbu Fonkam, Narasimha Rao Vajjhala. © 2024. 350 pages.
In today's rapidly evolving educational landscape, traditional teaching methods often fail to equip students with the skills necessary for success in the 21st century. The...