Dawit H. Demissie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Computer Science Program Coordinator

Email: demisd@sage.edu
Phone: 518- 292-1908
Office: Albany Campus, Froman Hall 107

Degree Information

Ph.D., Informatics, University at Albany, State University New York (SUNY)
M.S., Telecommunication & Network Management, Syracuse University
B.A., Computer/Information Science, State University of New York at Oswego

Graduate Coursework

Graduate program in Applied Anthropology, City University of New York
Graduate program in Systems & Information Science, Syracuse University

Courses Taught

CSI 265- Database Applications
CSI 263- Web Application Development
CSI 215 - Systems Analysis & Design
CSI 226 - Object Oriented Design
CSI 150- Advanced Computer Literacy
CSI 438- Technology & Culture
CSI 407- Internship in Computer Science
CSI 485- Applied Computing Internship

Academic Advising

Faculty adviser to all Computer Science day and evening students
Faculty adviser- Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter

Service/ Committee

Computer Science Program Review Committee

Current Research Interests

User acceptance of information technology
Social and Mobile Computing
Human computer interaction
Managing emerging technologies
E-learning

Research Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles - Published/In Press (Refereed)

Rorissa, A., & Demissie, D. (2010). An analysis of African e-Government service websites, Government Information Quarterly, 27(2), 161-169.

Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., & Pardo, T. (2011). Benchmarking e-Government: A comparison of frameworks for computing e-Government index and ranking. Government Information Quarterly, 28(3), 354-362.

Potnis, D., & Demisie, D. (In press). Modeling failures of e-Governance in Africa: Lessons for policymakers from “Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa” project, Journal of Applied Public Policy.

Book Chapters:

Rorissa, A., Demissie, D., Gharawi, M. (2011). A descriptive analysis of contents of Asian e- government websites. In: Ed Downey, Carl D. Ekstrom, & Matthew A. Jones (Eds.), E-Government Website Development: Future Trends and Strategic Models (pp. 102-116). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Rorissa, A., Potnis, D., & Demissie, D. (2010). A comparative study of contents of North African & Middle Eastern e-Government service websites. In: Christopher G. Reddick (Ed.), Comparative E- Government: An Examination of E-Government Across Countries (pp. 49-69). New York: Springer

Dawit, D., & Catherine, D. (2011). Review of information policy in Africa. In: Bwalya, K.(Ed.), E- Government in Emerging Economies: Adoption, E-Participation, and Legal Frameworks(pp. ). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. (In progress)

Conference Papers (Refereed)

“The state of the art of e-government services in Africa: An analysis of relevant websites” (with Abebe Rorissa), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2009). Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2009.

“Toward a common framework for computing e-government index” (with Abebe Rorissa & Theresa Pardo), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2008). Cairo, Egypt. December 1 - 4, 2008.

“A tale of two continents: Contents of African and Asian e-Government websites” (with Abebe Rorissa, & Mohammed Gharawi), Targeted conference: Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010). Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2010.

Conference Presentations (Refereed)

“A tale of two continents: Contents of African and Asian e-Government websites” (with Abebe Rorissa, & Mohammed Gharawi), Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2010). Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2010.

“The state of the art of e-government services in Africa: An analysis of relevant websites”(with Abebe Rorissa), Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2009). Waikoloa, Hawaii. January 5-8, 2009.

“Toward a common framework for computing e-government index”(with Abebe Rorissa & Theresa Pardo), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2008). Cairo, Egypt. December 1 - 4, 2008.

Poster Sessions (Refereed)
“Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa: An e-Government perspective--updated” (with Devendra Potnis), iConference. February 8-11, 2009, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

“Toward a common framework for computing e-government index,” updated (with Abebe Rorissa &Theresa Pardo), iConference. February 8-11, 2009, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

“Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa: An e-Government perspective,” updated (with Devendra Potnis). New Trends in Informatics Research, NTIR IV, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, May 2, 2008.

“Technology acceptance across cultures: A three country comparative study and test of the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM),” New Trends in Informatics Research, NTIR II, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, April 27, 2008.

Invited Speaker

Presented “Validating the UTAUT model within the context of mobile money users in Ghana” as part of strategic planning course to a delegation from the parliament of the Republic of Ghana. Center for International Development/Center for Technology in Government (CTG), SUNY Albany, August, 2010.

The 6th Annual Preparing for the Professoriate Conference, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, May 14, 2010

The 5th Annual Preparing for the Professoriate Conference, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, April 24 & 25, 2009

The 4th Annual Preparing for the Professoriate Conference, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professorate. University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, April 24, 2008.

E-readiness rankings, The United Nations, Division for public Administration and Development Management (DPADM). New York, NY. July 12, 2008. 

Manuscripts in Progress

Demissie, D. (in progress). Validating the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) within the context of mobile money users in Ghana, Target conference: Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS).

Potnis, D. & Demissie, D.(in progress). Barriers to socio-economic opportunities in Africa: An e- Government perspective. Targeted journal: The Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD).

Dawit, D. & Rorissa, A. ( in progress) A regional comparison of e-Government services in Africa. Targeted journal: The Journal of Information Technology for Development (ITD).

Dawit, D. & Potnis, D.( in progress). Folksonomy Information System (FIS): A new perspective in formalizing user-centered indexing. Targeted journal: Journal of Library and Information Technology (formerly DBIT).

Dawit, D. & Potnis, D. (in progress). Folksonomy Information Systems (FIS): A win-win initiative in information organization. Targeted journal: Journal of Library and Information Technology (formerly DBIT).

Demissie, D. (in progress).The Adoption and use of mobile phones in two countries: A comparison using The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT). Targeted Journal: MIS Quarterly.

Demissie, D. (in progress). Entropy-based analysis of internet traffic: The case of the State University of New York at Albany Local Area Network. Target Conference: ACM SIGMETRICS/ performance.

Dawit, D. (in progress). Relevance of soft systems methodology, system dynamics and fifth discipline approaches in examining issues and challenges in e-Government: A methodological summary. Targeted Conference, Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).

Dawit, D. (in progress). e-Government HCI- A literature review. Targeted Conference Computer Human Interaction Conference (CHI).

Academic Honors

President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching- University at Albany, SUNY, 2011

Reviewer & Conference Committee

Reviewer- The 75th Conference, The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) October 26-30, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland

Reviewer- The 17th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS) August 4-7, 2011, Detroit, Michigan.

Program Committee Member - The 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011) September 26-28, 2011, Tallinn, Estonia.

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), 2007 – present

Association for Information Systems (AIS), 2011 – present

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2011 – present

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (SUNY AGEP), 2007- present