Gary DeLorenzo ’74
Gary DeLorenzo ’74 received the Ben Bauman Award for Excellence, recognizing faculty excellence and service, at the forty-eighth annual International Association for Computer Information Systems international conference, which took place in October 2008 in Savannah, Georgia.
DeLorenzo is an assistant professor in Computer Information Systems in the Eberly College of Science and Technology at California University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Patrice, have two children, Lisa and Jon Michael.
Prior to joining academia, DeLorenzo spent more than thirty years in manufacturing and banking, serving as manager, senior systems analyst, technical consultant, programmer, and various other technical positions. During his business career, he served for more than fifteen years as an adjunct faculty member, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. While serving as a manager with Pittsburgh Plate Glass and pursuing graduate studies, DeLorenzo applied his research techniques to his work, applying qualitative ethnographic field method techniques to business information requirements analysis. During his last year with PPG he also served as a Visiting Professor in the Robert Morris University graduate program.
In his nomination for the award, Robert Morris Professor Fred Kohun stated that “Serving as Visiting Professor confirmed what his years of adjunct teaching had led him to discover: his love of teaching and academic life.”
In addition to teaching, DeLorenzo has published a number of papers in academic journals and has made numerous conference presentations, both nationally and internationally. Since joining the faculty at CALU, he has formed a partnership with the John Heinz History Center to secure service learning opportunities for his students by providing database development and technical support to help manage the museum’s hundreds of thousands collections.
“On a personal note, all of my best to IUP both past and present,” DeLorenzo said. “It was truly an exceptional experience for me as a student. Professor Les Spencer helped groom me for the computer information systems profession, of which I have spent a lifetime enjoying the work. Plus, some of my best friends are classmates from IUP.” DeLorenzo also noted that he was a Beta Lambda 260 in the Theta Xi fraternity.