I am married to Suzanne Marie Santoro. I have two sons, Gerald and Travis, and two daughters, Kelsey and Brandi. Suzanne, and I live with our 80-lb German Shepard puppy Thor, a 10-pound poodle (Skippy), a grey cat (Socks), and a 3-foot Royal Python (Monty) I am happily married and very much a family guy. I also have a grandson, Logan, by daughter Brandi and her husband Joe. He was born on June 8, 2012.
I am originally from the town of Blawnox located on the North Side of Pittsburgh.
I am a Founding Associate Professor in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, and an Assistant Professor in Penn State's Department of Communication Arts and Sciences
Here is a copy of my not-yet-ready-for-prime-time professional vita.
I have developed, and enjoy teaching, a number of courses for Penn State including Information Systems in the Liberal Arts (LA 283/483), Information-People-Technology (IST-110), New Media and the Web (IST-250), Emerging Technology and Popular Culture (IST-130), Content-Driven Web Sites (IST-402), Introduction to Security and Risk Analysys (SRA-111), Computer Forensics (IST-454), Network Security (IST-451), Risk Analysis and Management (SRA-311), Security and Risk Management (IST-456), and the IST capstone class (IST-440W).
I am also the Director of Academic Affairs for IST programs at campuses other than University Park.
My research interests include Computer-Mediated Communication, Telepresence, Social Informatics - especially Technology Policy, Technology Use/Misuse, Future Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Crime, Cyber-Warfare, Network Security, Security Management, and the relationship between popular culture and technology. I am one of the lead faculty in IST's Virtual Worlds initiative in the cyberspace of Second Life (Tarkus Octagon). I have developed a home computer lab with a home 'cave' and 13 nodes, and am interested in intelligent environments and virtual worlds.
I am past chairperson of the Human Information Technologies interest group of the Eastern Communication Association. I am also a dedicated advocate of freedom of information and communication on the Internet, and for that matter everywell else. I am a strong advocate of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary academic approaches.
I am the faculty advisor for the Security and Risk Analysis Club, the 2600 Club, the Computer Network Club, and the Penn State Aikido Club. I am advisor to the IST Interest House. I am also an active member of the IST Diversity Network and a participant/member for events sponsored by Students Organizing the Multiple Arts. I was IST Faculty Member of the Year for 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and won the George McMurtry Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org -- my office is at 301-J IST Bldg -- my cell phone is 814-571-8306.
I am also an avid amateur astronomer and I love playing guitar - mostly classic rock and soft rock but also some folk. I am a dedicated biker - riding a 2002 Harley-Davidson Heratige Softail Classic or a 2012 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI Electra-Glide Ultra Classic (Police Edition). I am web master for the Center County ABATE of PA chapter Centre Line Riders.
Many videos of my motorcycle trips and of me playing guitar may be found on my Youtube site. I operate Dog-Star Observatory, an amateur observatory that has been collecting data (in various incarnations) since 1967. Here is my current start page.
In a future life I plan to come back as a Klingon. Klingons don't test code - they EXECUTE it! (:-)
You will sometimes find me on AIM as gmsantoro.
May your life be filled with happiness!