Barbara L. Ciaramitaro, PhD, PMP, CISSP, CSSLP
Big Rapids, MI
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Barbara L. Ciaramitaro is an assistant professor with the College of Business at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on a variety of topics including information security, business intelligence, social media and virtual worlds, and project management. Dr. Ciaramitaro entered the academic world after 30 years of experience in business including 10 years as an executive with General Motors where she participated as co-inventor on four patents related to a proprietary software development effort. Prior to General Motors, Dr. Ciaramitaro was employed as Director of Technology at two of the largest law firms in the State of Michigan.
Dr. Ciaramitaro holds a Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Information Systems with a graduate certificate in Information Security; a M.S. from Central Michigan University in Software Engineering Administration; and a B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University. She is currently working on earning her MBA degree from Ferris State University. Dr. Ciaramitaro has earned several professional certifications including the CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional), CSSLP (Certified Software System Lifecycle Professional) and PMP (Project Management Professional).
Dr. Ciaramitaro is a frequent speaker and author on topics including social media, virtual worlds, and privacy. She edited the book and authored chapters in Virtual Worlds and E-Commerce: Technologies and Applications for Building Customer Relationships published by IGI Global in August 2010. She is currently editing the book and authoring chapters for Mobile Technology Consumption: Opportunities and Challenges to be published by IGI Global in 2011. During her employment as Director of Technology, she co-authored Excellence in Action which detailed a total quality initiative she coordinated at a prestigious law firm in Michigan. Currently, she is also editor for the Virtual World Directories published by the Association of Virtual Worlds. She is an active member of several professional organizations including the Association of Virtual Worlds, Project Management Institute, ISACA, ISC2 and IEEE.