Walter E. Rodriguez

Walter E. Rodriguez

Professor of Computer Information Systems, Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast University

Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation, Florida Gulf Coast University

Louis Berger Professor of Design, Tufts University

MLK Visiting Professor 1996-1997

Hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Louis Berger Professor of Design at Tufts University.


Walter E. Rodriguez is a Professor of Computer Information Systems at the Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast University and Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation. At the time of his MIT appointment, he was the Louis Berger Professor of Design at Tufts University. Research interests: visual-based systems development, advanced distributed learning technologies, and e-business operations management and strategy. 

Dr. Rodriguez earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Project Management (interdisciplinary CE/ISE) from University of Florida in 1982.

Three years later, he founded and chaired the Engineering Computer Graphics Program at Georgia Tech (1985-1993).

At Florida Gulf Coast University, Professor Rodriguez teaches Internet-based Information Systems courses incorporating e-business operations management and strategy. He has held multiple posts at FGCU: Director of Grants and Research; Alico Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar in Operations Management & Strategy; Founding Chair of the Departments of Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, and Decision Sciences as well as FGCU’s Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) program. During the last 30 years, he has obtained continuous National Science Foundation and private industry sponsored grants in: systems development, collaborative decision-support, distributed learning technologies, and multi-project management areas.

Dr. Rodriguez also served as the Louis Berger Endowed Chair at Tufts University, and he teaches Global Business Management at the Zurich School of Management. He has published over 120 research articles and four McGraw-Hill books. In 1994, he received the Harvard Foundation Medal.

As an MLK Visiting Professor at MIT, Dr. Rodriguez was hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Rodriguez, W., et al., “Information Technology Strategies for Internet-based Education,” Journal of Informatics in Education and Research (JIER), International Academy for Information Management, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2001, pp. 26-40. (Instructional Development)

Rodriguez, W., “Information Technology Dominance Florida Gulf Coast University,” Communications of the Association of Information Systems, Volume 5, Article 5, February 2001, pp. 1-41. (Applied Research)

Rodriguez, W., “New Multi-lingual Interface for the Web Classroom of the Future,” Journal of Information Systems Education, status: submitted for review. (Instructional Development)

Sansone, C., Rodriguez, W., et al., “Best Practices for Motivating Students in e-Courses,” AASA Journal, Volume 25, No. 2, pp. 36-42, Winter/Spring 2002. (Instructional Development)

Rodriguez, W. “E-Business Method: A Cyclical Model for Internet Commerce Development,” Journal of Internet Commerce, Volume 2, Number 3, 2003. ISSN: 1533-2861 (Basic Research)

Rodriguez, W., Opdenbosch, A. and Santamaria, C., “Managing Construction Operations Visually: 3-D Techniques for Complex Topography and Restricted Visibility,” ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Journal, Vol. 70, No. 2, pp. 6-15, 2006. (Applied Research)

Rodriguez, W., “The Case for Públicos Adaptability: Toward Sense-and-Response Business and Public Administration,” International Journal of Business and Economics, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 71-78, 2006. (Basic Research)

Rodriguez, W. “E-Business Operations Shift: From Supply Chain Management to Sense-and-Response Systems,” Journal of Internet Commerce, Vol 5, No. 4, pp. 73-87, 2006. (Basic Research)

Rodriguez, W., Zalewski, J., and Kirche, E., “Beyond Intelligent Agents: E-Sensors for Supporting Supply Chain Collaboration,” International Journal of E-Collaboration, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.1-15, 2007 (Basic Research)

Rodriguez, W. and Wilhelm, R., “Insourcing Operations Resource to Enhance National Competitiveness,” International Journal of Business and Public Administration, Vol. 4, Number 1, pp. 124-138, 2007 (Basic Research)

Këpuska, V.Z, Gurbuz, S., Rodriguez, W., Fiore, S.M., Carstens, D., Converse, P. and Metcalf, D.., uC: Ubiquitous Collaboration Platform for Multimodal Team Interaction Support, Journal of International Technology and Information Management, Vol. 17, Issue 3/4, 2008.

Rodriguez, W., Fiore, S.M., De Welde, K., Carstens, D.S., Kepuska, V.Z., "Ubiquitous Collaboration (uC) Learning: Connecting the Physical and Virtual Worlds" Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010 (Basic Research).

Carstens, D.S., Rodriguez, W. and Wood, M., “Researching Electronic Business Records: Error Analysis,” submitted  to: International Journal of Electronic Healthcare (IJEH, ISSN: Print 1741-8453, Online 1741-8461 (Basic Research), 2010 [Pending Review]

Rodriguez, W., “An Axiomatic Approach to Digital Enterprise Design,”Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, 5(5), 673-682, (Basic Research)

Fiore, S.M., Rodriguez, W.E. and Carstens, D.S., “uCollaborator: Framework for STEM Project Collaboration Among Geographically-Dispersed Student/Faculty Teams,” Journal of STEM Education, Vol. 13, Issue 2, pp. 22-30, 2012.

Rodriguez, W. (2012) “PULP: Portable Ubiquitous Learning Platform”,  Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, 4(2), 47-55 (Basic Research)

Eisenga, A., Jones, T. Rodriguez, W. (2012) Investing in IT Security: How to Determine the Maximum Threshold, approved for publication. (Basic Research)