Faculty Experts - Thomas P. Way, Ph.D.

Thomas P. Way, Ph.D.

Thomas P. Way, Ph.D.
Associate Professor; Director
Villanova University Applied Computing
Technology Laboratory
Department of Computing Sciences
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Technology Literacy
  • Internet Safety
  • Technology Trends
  • Green Computing


Dr. Way adds a dash of panache to the computing sciences by injecting humor and irony into what is often thought of as a highly technical subject. Determined to promote technology literacy by making it fun as well as educational, Way interweaves magic and theatre techniques into computing science presentations, symposiums and at the Villanova Magic School summer science camp. He is an authority on internet safety and can discuss the latest technological trends including green computing and assistive computer technology.


  • Ph.D., University of Delaware
  • M.S., University of Delaware
  • B.A., University of Maryland, College Park

Selected Publications

  • Way, Thomas and Kheir, Richard, "Design of a Speech Recognition System to Assist Hearing Impaired Students in the Classroom," Assistive Technology, 2010.
  • Way, Thomas, Tao, Tao and Wagner, Bryan, "Compiling Mechanical Nanocomputer Components," Global Journal of Computer Science and Technology, Volume 10, Issue 2, March/April 2010.
  • Way, Thomas, "Procedure Restructuring for Ambitious Optimization," Lambert Academic Publishing, Germany, ISBN 978-3-8383-4506-2, 2010.
  • Way, Thomas, Gehlot, Vijay, "Making Service-Oriented Architecture Relevant Using a Multidisciplinary Approach," Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges, Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 110-116, January 2010.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Vice President - Product Development, AgoraNet, Inc., Newark, Delaware.
  • Software Engineer, Blair Computing Systems, Inc., Newark, Delaware.
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Delaware.
  • Computer Consultant, Entertainment Industry, Los Angeles, California.

Selected Research

  • Lockheed-Martin Corporation Support Grant for Villanova ACM Student Chapter, 2009.
  • National Science Foundation, CISE Pathways to Revitalized Undergraduate Computing Education, "Distributed Expertise in Enhancing Computing Education with Connection to the Arts," 2008-2011.
  • Army Phase II STTR, with Colorado Engineering, Inc., "Automation of Technical Reachback for PMESII Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Stabilization and Reconstruction Environments," 2008-2009.
  • U.S. Air Force, "Applied Research in Computing Enterprise Services (ARCES)," Villanova University in cooperation with Gestalt, LLC, 2006-2009.

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