Musa Jafar

Associate Professor, Accounting, CIS & Law

I am an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Data Analytics, I like to play with data. I Joined Manhattan College in August 2014. I spent 10 years before that @West Texas A&M University. I am a Graduate of the University of Arizona, I had my Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, a Masters in Systems Engineering and a Masters in Management Information Systems. I am from South Lebanon. I had a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut (when Malcolm Kerr was the President of the University) and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the Haigazian College in Beirut Lebanon.


  • PHD, University of Arizona
  • MS, The American Univ. of Beirut
  • MS, University of Arizona

Courses Taught

  • Data Mining Methods and Data Analytics (SQL Server Analysis Services and R) Since 2009
  • Data Visualization in a web-GL environment
  • Database Management Systems (Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server)
  • OpenSource Web Development (JavaScript, AJAX, Apache, PHP, MySQL)
  • Business Statistics
  • Applied Regression Analysis
  • Object-Oriented Analysis & Design with UML(IBM Rational Architect)
  • Research

    I am interested in building a set of tools for the "non-algorithmic non-shell computing" that allow digital humanities researchers to perform data analytics on corpus data to allows them to see what they have not-seen before in abody of text.

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities
    1. Jafar, M., Bab, J. S. & Dana, K. Decision-Making via Visual Analysis using the Natural Language Toolkit and R. AppliedJournal of Information Systems Applied Research 7 (1), 33-46 (2014).  
    2. Bab, J. S. & Dana, K., Keith, M. & Jafar M. J. Evolving Mobile Architectures: A Case Study in the Development of a Location Privacy Application. Information Systems.  AppliedJournal of Information Systems Applied Research (2013).
    3. Jafar, M.  & Babb J. Reasserting the Fundamentals of Systems Analysis and Design through the Rudiments of Artifacts . Information Systems Education Journal, 10 (35), 67-85 (2012).
    4. Jafar, M. A Tools-Based Approach to Teaching Data Mining Methods.  Journal of Information Technology Education, (9) 1-24 (2010).
    5. Anderson, R. K., Jafar, M. J., & Rogers, J. Superfund Site Analysis Using Web 2.0 Technologies.  Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, 3 (6), 1-11 (2010). “Received Meritorious Paper Award”
    6. Anderson, R. K. & Jafar, M. A Visual Approach To Exploratory Data Mining.  Review of Business Information Systems, 13 (1), 1-13 (2009).
    7. Jafar, M. & Abdullat A. Exploratory Analysis of the Readability of Information Privacy Statement of The Primary Social Networks , Journal of Business and Economics Research, 7(12) (2009).
    8. Anderson, R. & Jafar, M.  A Visual Approach to Exploratory Data Mining. Review of Business Information Systems, 13(1) 1-13 (2009).
    9. Jafar, M. & Anderson, R.  Data Mining Methods Course for Computer Information Systems Students. Information Systems Education Journal, 6 (48), 1-12 (2008),
    10. Landram, F., Jafar, M. & Abdullat, A. (2008).  Combining Forecasts within the Multivariate C_Logistic: A Fresh Approach to Forecasting. Southwestern Economic Review, 35 (1), 243-253.
    11. Jafar, M., Anderson, R., & Abdullat, A. (2008).  Comparison of Dynamic Web Content Processing Language Performance Under a LAMP Architecture. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, 1 (1), 3-16. Best Paper Award
    12. Jafar, M., Anderson, R. , & Abdullat, A. (2008).  Software Academic Initiatives: A Framework for supporting a Contemporary Information Systems Curriculum. Information Systems Education Journal, 6 (55), 1-13,
    13. Anderson, R., Jafar, M. , & Abdullat, A. (2007).  Teaching Scalability Issues in Large Scale Database Application. Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (28), 3-14,
    14. Eltaha, M. & Jafar, M. (2006).  Characterization of the Departure Process in a Closed Fork-Join Synchronization Network. Applied Mathematics and Computation Journal, 181 (1), 214-219.
    15. Jafar, M. & Bahill, A. (1993).  Interactive Verification and Validation of Knowledge-Based Expert Systems IEEE Expert. IEEE Expert, 8 (1), 25-32.
    16. Jafar, M. , Bahill, A. , & Osborn, D. (1991).  A knowledge-base system for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. ASHRAE Journal.
    17. Bahill, A., Jafar, M. , & Moller, R. (1991). Tools for extracting knowledge and validating expert systems . In Uma Gupta (Ed.) Validation & Verification of Knowledge-Based Systems, (pp. 164-169). CA:  IEEE Computer Society Press.
    18. Jafar, M. & Bahill, A. (1990). Validator, A Tool for Verifying and Validating Personal Computer Based Expert Systems. In Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: The Integration of Problem-Solving Strategies. D.E. Brown & C.C. White (Eds). Academic Publishers, Boston 1990. In Brown D.E. and White C.C. (Ed.) Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: The Integration of Problem-Solving Strategies. Boston:  Academic Publishers.

    Professional Experience 

    • 2000 IBM: Senior Software Engineer & Architect
    • 1997 US WEST COMMUNICATION: Senior Software Engineer 
    • 1995 BELL COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH: Senior Software Engineer


  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • 2008-2014: Phil Gensler Professorship of Computer Information Systems- West Texas A&M University, College of Business and Management.
    • 2008:  Best Paper award- Conference on Information Systems Applied Research (CONISAR).
    • 2008:  Distinguished paper award- Information Systems Educator Conference (ISECON).
    • 1996: President's Club Performance Award- US West Communication (Qwest). At the time, the President’s Club award was the highest award an Information Technology Professional can get at US West Communications.