Shari Plantz-Masters and How Technology Solves Problems
Shari Plantz-Masters is the interim assistant dean of the new College of Computer & Information Sciences. Plantz-Masters has been with Regis for 18 years and teaches information systems with a focus on leadership and ethics in information technology. She spoke with Regis.edu about her field, the new college and her interests outside the classroom.
What is your favorite thing about teaching in your field?
When students have an epiphany about how technology and humanity intersect to present solutions to problems
How do people in computer and information sciences impact the world?
People in this field are behind the scenes solving problems or enabling others to solve problems. For example, we are the people who design and implement the code for solutions that tie systems together or protect information from prying eyes or even create apps that help people manage their personal health.
What is the most exciting thing about Regis opening this new college?
The new college allows Regis to pull together talent from across the University to make a difference in the world in a more powerful way.
What is the number one characteristic you will look for in a student for the college?
Passion to make a difference
Favorite piece of technology at the moment. Why?
Mobile phones. They seem to transcend economic boundaries. For example, people who do not have computers in their home and are not likely to use the local library for Internet access have smart phones to interact with the world. While there is clearly a digital divide in the world – separating the haves and have nots – mobile phone technology has gone a long way in reducing that divide.
Website/blog you read most often?
One sentence about your latest research and scholarship?
I'm looking at how teams solve problems when they are geographically dispersed across multiple time zones. There are very few problems or opportunities in the world of information technology that can be addressed by an individual, and many organizations rely on teams of people who are located across a region or even the globe. They work on products as diverse as manufacturing shoes to providing energy solutions to brewing and distributing beer. How people interact, the tools they use, and the way they organize themselves to get the job done are areas that are ripe for investigation because there is more to computer and information systems than the technology.
A fact about you that people might not know?
I'm a martial artist with a black belt in American Kenpo Karate.
Greatest passion outside academia?
What does Jesuit education mean to you?
A Jesuit education helps people be a positive force in the world.
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