Board of Directors

The distinguished Board Members of Knowledge Systems Institute Graduate School are recognized scholars in the field computer information sciences. Provided a list of the major contributions each of our dignified Board Members have achieved in the field. 


Rhem, Anthony J.

Ph.D., Walden University, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Anthony J. Rhem
 has over thirty years of experience in the Knowledge Management sector, is a published author and educator, presenting the application and theory of Software Engineering Methodologies, Knowledge Management, and Artificial Intelligence.


Chang, Shi-Kuo
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Shi-Kuo Chang is the founder of Knowledge Systems Institute. He
 is extensively published and well known for his contributions in the CIS fields of software engineeringknowledge engineeringvisual languagesand leadership in computer science education and research. Dr. Chang is currently a professor of computer science at the University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 


Laurini, Robert,
Ph.D., INSA Lyon, University of Lyon, France

Prof. Robert ​Laurini is presently Professor Emeritus at INSA-Lyon University of Lyon, president of the NGO "Universitaires Sans Frontières/Academics Without Borders". During his activities, he was intensively involved in international affairs. He speaks fluently French, English, Italian and Spanish. Among others, he has been member of PhD committees in 17 countries. Previously, he was full distinguished professor at the National Institute for Applied Sciences (INSA-Lyon), and more precisely at the Computing Department and at the LIRIS Laboratory in which he was in charge of international affairs. His main interests are spatial and multimedia information systems with applications to urban and environmental planning, together with telegeoprocessing (GIS + Telco)


Liu, C. N.
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Dr. Chao-Ning (C.N.) Liu
 is recognized for his lifelong contributions to pattern recognition and computer science research and leadership in information technology development for industry.


Tai, Maria, M.Acc.
DePaul University

Ms. Maria Tai 
has decades of experience in specialized accounting and auditing honed by her Master’s Degree in Accountancy from DePaul University and being a CPA in the greater Chicagoland area since 1980. Her contributions in leadership roles are immaculate and include being ​Chairman of the First Quality Financial Services, Chairman of the First Quality Mortage Company and Chairman of Maria Tai and Associates for five locations in the greater Chicagoland and suburban area.