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Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

John H. Gerdes, Jr.

Title: Undergraduate Director / Integrated Information Technology
Department: Department of Integrated Information Technology
Molinaroli College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-8529
Fax: 803-777-9564

Innovation Center
550 Assembly Street, Suite 1300
Office 1315
Columbia, SC 29208

John Gerdes


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
M.S., Computer Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
M.B.A., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.
M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Dr. John Gerdes is an associate professor in the Department of Integrated Information at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C. He teaches software development, web site development, and database management. Dr. Gerdes holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, a M.B.A. from Lehigh University, a M.S. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Vanderbilt. He has taught at Ohio State University, University of California Riverside, and Jia Tong University, Shanghai, China. His articles have appeared in the Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, Transactions of the IIE, and other journals. He has authored two U.S. Patents, one dealign with measurement of coke temperature, and one for the development of a new public key certificate in support of user privacy. He is currently an associate editor for Electronic Commerce Research and Telecommunications Systems.


Web-based data mining
Knowledge management
Electronic commerce
Distance learning
Data security


ITEC 345 - Introduction to Networking
ITEC 352 - End-user Interface Design
ITEC 362 - Web-based Support Systems
ITEC 562 - Advanced Web Support Systems
ITEC 570 - Advanced Records Management and Administration

Selected Publications

Gerdes, J. H., Huang, C. T., & Sharaf, M. A. (2017). Incorporating biometrics into veiled certificates: preventing unauthorized use of anonymous certificates. Electronic Commerce Research17(2), 289-316.

Xiang, Z., Schwartz, Z., Gerdes Jr, J. H., & Uysal, M. (2015). What can big data and text analytics tell us about hotel guest experience and satisfaction?. International Journal of Hospitality Management44, 120-130.

Stringam, B. B., & Gerdes Jr, J. (2012). An investigation of the traveler rating lexicon across hotel segments. Journal of Quality Assurance in Hospitality & Tourism13(3), 187-211.

Current Grants and Projects

Streamlining Student Scholarship Management, $5,000 HRSM grant, October 2007
Improving Student Advisement by Considering Student and Course Profiles, National Academic Advising Association, $5,000, July 2007, with Tena Crews
Seeking NSF funding for "Providing Hands-on Training for Networking Technicians through a Virtual Environment" through both the NSF ATE and CCLI Programs

Professional Affiliations

Decision Sciences Institute
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences

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