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Faculty Biographies


Andrew Lutz
Associate Professor/Chair, Information Technology-Networking

Andrew Lutz is the Chair of the Information Technology-Networking department and the Head of the Cyber Center. He has been working in the IT industry for over 12 years and has held various roles including IT Director. He specializes in IT leadership, network and systems administration, security and project management. His certifications include CCNA R&S, CCNA Security, CCNA Cyber Ops, Security +, A+ and PMP. He is driven to help students achieve their goals. Outside of technology, he enjoys cooking, weight training, stock trading and hiking.

Akram Al-Rawi
Associate Professor, Information Technology-Networking

Akram Al-Rawi has been a professor in the Information Technology-Networking department at JCCC since January 2011. He has been in IT and computer science/engineering education for more than 30 years. His background is electrical and electronics engineering. Currently he teaches the CCNA R&S curriculum, CCNA security, Ethical hacking and Linux administration. His certifications include CCENT, CCNA R&S, CCNA Security, A+, Network+, i-Net+, SCJP, Server+, Security+, Linux+/LPIC I, CEH and CCNA Cyber Ops.

Mazen Akkam
Professor, Information Technology-Networking

Mazen Akkam is a professor of Information Technology-Networking. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and several certifications including CCNA R&S and CCNA Security. He enjoys the interaction with students and embraces the challenge of taking complex topics and translating them into simple, enjoyable learning modules. He is interested in exploring the human and economic impact of cybersecurity crimes. He is fascinated with the emerging field of IoT (Internet of Things) and the great potential it holds in transforming and shaping our lives. When not immersed in technology, he loves to escape into reading, listening to music and gardening. He is passionate about food and engineering new recipes to try on his wife and two sons. 

Robert Carney
Professor, Information Technology-Networking

Robert Carney is a professor of Information Technology-Networking. He holds bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing from Missouri State and an MBA in finance from UMKC. Robert has written 11 lab manuals in Windows 2008, 2008R2 and Windows 2012R2 for use in VMware. He is starting work on three new Windows 2016 lab manuals. He also has over 30 years of business technology consulting experience. An example of his field projects includes recovering a local company’s Windows server from being hacked and encrypted. He is currently working on bringing Windows PowerShell scripting into the classroom.