Computer Sciences

Program Director for Cybersecurity
School of Engineering
Computer Sciences
Accredited Configuration Engineer (ACE), 2018, Palo Alto Networks
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), 2018, EC-Council
Certified Penetration Tester (CPT)/Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT), 2018, Information Assurance Certification Review Board (IACRB)
Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), 2017, International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²
Doctoral candidate (Cybersecurity and Information Assurance), Colorado Technical University
M.B.A., 2003, Olivet Nazarene University
B.A., 1999, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Rice joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2018 as program director for the cybersecurity defense concentration. In this leadership role, he researched, designed, tested and launched this area of study. His motivation is the great need for trained professionals with integrity in the field of cybersecurity. As a professor, he teaches courses in cybersecurity, networking and information technology. 

Known as a “pracademic,” Professor Rice is also a network and telecommunications engineer in Olivet’s Office of Information Technology. He specializes in information security, physical security and LAN/WLAN management, as well as handling project management and collaborative projects with other University staff. One of his recent successes was implementing the video surveillance system and high availability internet connectivity on campus.

His professional experience also includes co-owner of a computer consulting business, software test engineer for Tellabs Operations Inc. and software support technician for Applied Systems. He has taught courses for Olivet’s Department of Computer Science, McGraw School of Business, and School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Professor Rice is a member of InfraGard, (ISC)², EC-Council and is an Information Assurance Certification Review Board Professional.

He married Sheila, his best friend and college sweetheart, in 2001. They are the parents of three daughters: Eleanor; Ruth; and Naomi Joy, their daughter now in heaven. In his leisure time, he enjoys woodworking and home remodeling projects.

His favorite Bible verse is: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

School of Engineering
Computer Sciences
Ph.D., 1997, Nova Southeastern University
M.C.S, 1985, University of Illinois
B.A., 1978, Olivet Nazarene University

A member of Olivet's faculty since 1981, Dr. Vail has taught a wide variety of courses, but especially enjoys teaching about computer networks, network programming, distributed systems organization and programming.

In addition to teaching and administration, Dr. Vail has worked for City National Bank, Data Management Systems, Western Data Services, First American Data Services, Ideal Computer Systems and Applied Systems, Inc. His job titles and responsibilities have included local area network specialist, programmer analyst, systems analyst and programming manager. He has also consulted on computing projects for local churches, banks, schools, hospitals and businesses.

While on sabbatical leave during the 1998-1999 academic year, he filled the acting department chair position and taught full time at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. He also enjoyed coaching the first intercollegiate men's basketball team at ANU and received the 1999 UCBL Coach of the Year Award.

During his second sabbatical leave in 2008, he worked as a software engineer at Sycamore US, Inc. in Frederick, Md. He worked on developing a satellite telemetry monitoring system.

Dr. Vail was privileged to be the faculty sponsor for Olivet's classes of 1988 and 1996. In 2003, he was honored at the ONU commencement ceremony with the Richard M. Jones Award for Teaching Excellence.

A member of Phi Delta Lambda, he has served as president of the Gamma Chapter and was international president from 2001 to 2005. Phi Delta Lambda is the international honor society for graduates of Nazarene colleges and universities.

Dr. Vail is a professional member of the Association for Computing (ACM). In 2005, he was recognized by Who's Who Among America's Teachers.

When not in the office or the classroom, he enjoys running, cycling and his motorcycle. He is also a licensed private pilot and likes to share his love of flying with others.

He and his wife, Pamela, have three sons, one daughter, three grandsons and two granddaughters.

Chair of Computer Science and Professor
School of Engineering
Computer Sciences
Ph.D., 1997, Illinois Institute of Technology
M.S., 1987, Purdue University
B.A., 1985, Indiana Wesleyan University

Industry experience with AT&T and NASA, plus her part-time consulting work, makes Dr. Bareiss a valuable resource for Olivet's students. Since 1987, she has taught a wide variety of courses and especially enjoys database technologies, administration and programming. She is also department chair and the sponsor of the computing club.

When her department received a grant of 200,000 dollars from the National Science Foundation in 2010 to develop a course curriculum and lab instruction in computational science, she took an active leadership role. This is the first grant of its kind that Olivet has ever received.

In addition to her responsibilities of teaching and maintaining departmental servers, Dr. Bareiss is an active member of the Association for Computing (ACM) and Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSC). While serving on the national board for CCSC since 1996, she helped plan and lead the CCSC:MW regional conference. She has published several papers, and presented panel discussions and workshops at a number of regional, national and international conferences.

Her other professional activities include: grading computer science AP exams; reviewing NSF grants; and assessing other computer science programs. As an ABET computer science program evaluator, she reviews departments at other colleges and universities, and also assesses them for accreditation requirements.

For two summers, she was a faculty research fellow at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.

While on sabbatical leave during the 2000-2001 academic year, Dr. Bareiss was a database development consultant to AT&T.

During a one-year sabbatical in 2010-2011, she taught computing and English classes at Korean Nazarene University (KNU). She was the first faculty member that KNU hosted as part of the visiting scholar program.

Born in Hawaii as the youngest of four children, Dr. Bareiss grew up in Houghton, N.Y. Her father, a Navy chaplain, served as the chaplain at Houghton College.

When she wants to unplug from technology and find a quiet place, Dr. Bareiss goes SCUBA diving. Her first diving trip was to the Bahamas, and she has also dived in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Greece, Costa Rica and Honduras.

For her land adventures, she rides horses. Her thoroughbred, Billy, was her favorite jumper, and they spent many hours together before he retired. She is also the faculty sponsor for Olivet's Equestrian Club.

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