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Christopher W. Starr, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems

Address: Beatty 306
Office Hours: : MW 10 am –10:45 am, MW 12 pm –1 pm Other times by appointment >= 1 day
Phone: 843-953-8150
E-mail: Email subject line starts with “INFM 340”
Curriculum Vitae: Download


1990       PhD, Systems Science (Radiology/Nuclear Medicine) Medical University of South Carolina

1986       MS, Systems Science (Medical Expert Systems)       Medical University of South Carolina 

1983       BS, Mathematics (Pure Math) College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Research Interests

  • Technology and business curriculum integration
  • Big data, visualization of information systems
  • Business Process Modeling / Service Oriented Computing
  • Tech Entrepreneurship 

Courses Taught

  • DSCI 320  Management Information Systems 
  • CSIS 299  Special Topics In Computer Science 
  • INFS 360  ICAT
  • INFS 390  Enterprise Resource Planning 

Honors and Awards


  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • The Society of Nuclear Medicine
  • Mu Sigma Rho (statistics)
  • Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics)
  • Phi Kappa Phi


  • Charleston Moves
  • Computer Science, School of Science and Math, College of Charleston
  • ICAT Accelerator, School of Business, College of Charleston


  • USASBE (US Assoc for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) - active
  • Venturewell, CofC representative - active
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society - active
  • EDUCAUSE, CofC Representative - active
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Computer Society


  • Skysail Partners, LLC 2010-present. Co-founder and owner. SOA, BPM and Big Data consulting and training services to Boeing, JP Morgan Chase, US DOD, US SSA, and other companies and agencies.
  • USC Lander. October 2015. Provided and external review of the university’s IT department, operations, budget and personnel to the Office of the President, Lander University. 

  • Appalachian State University. October 2013. Consulted on department and school reorganization. Office of the Provost at Appalachian State University. Following a report, a successful reorganization of schools was affected.

  • 2014-2016  Member, Board of Directors, Charleston Moves, Charleston, SC

  • 2013-2016  Member, Board of Directors, College of Charleston Alumni Association, Charleston, SC

  • 2012-2013  President, Wando Booster Club, Mt. Pleasant, SC 

  • 2013-2014  Search Committee, Director of Healthcare Informatics, College of Charleston Representative for the Medical University of South Carolina 


  • 2013-2014  LEADing Practice BPM, Global University Alliance Co-chairman


  • 2008-present     Charleston’s Creative Parliament – member and co-founder
  • 2008-2014        Pecha Kucha Charleston, Tech leader 


  • 2015-present     Member, School of Business Faculty Development Committee
  • 2014-2015        Honor Advisor, Faculty Senate 

  • 2013-2014        Faculty Senator at Large for the School of Sciences and Mathematics



  • 2016-present     From STEM to TEAM (Technology, Entrepreneurship, Arts and Management), changing the national discourse to include the liberal arts, business and technology. Data acquisition stage. 
  • 2015-present     Illuminate. Ambient computing using cloud data to configure and control lighting levels and color to enhance student learning. Manuscript stage.


 [Publication list also on Google Scholar]

  • P Anderson, J Bowring, R McCauley, G Pothering, C Starr. An undergraduate degree in data science: curriculum and a decade of implementation experience. Proceedings of the 45th ACM technical symposium on Computer science, March 2014.


  • 2016-present     Founder and director of the Internet of Things laboratory and prototyping facility, SCIM, School of Business. 
  • 2015-present     Co-founder and director of ICAT – Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology, School of Business and Office of Economic Development, College of Charleston

  • 2010-2014            Founder and director, Software Innovations laboratory, College of Charleston


R McCauley, P Anderson, J Bowring, B Manaris, G Pothering, C Starr, L Patterson, A Besmer. Beyond the traditional: computing degrees for broadening participation. Journal of Computing Sciences in Colleges 30 (2), 229-230, October 2014.


  • Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. $50,000 for the software entrepreneurship project, Network Globally, Act Locally 2, aka ICAT-Global Estonia.  A joint proposal with Nebraska Wesleyan University, College of Charleston and the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia). 2015.
  • SC Department of Commerce, $250,000 for International Cross-curricular Accelerator for Technology. 2014. A university grant, spearheaded by Mr. Bobby Marlowe, Senior VP for Economic Development.

  • Google. $5,000 to increase diversity in computing education at the undergraduate level. 

  • Harry and Reba Huge Foundation. $70,000 for the software entrepreneurship project, Network Globally, Act Locally.  A joint proposal with Nebraska Wesleyan University, College of Charleston and the University of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia). 2014-2015.

  • SC Legislature, $400,000 in annually recurring scholarship funds for Computer Science Department starting 2014. 

  • Google. $25,000 to build the Google Classroom 2020 for experimental pedagogy in computer science. 2011.

  • Google. $25,000. CS4HS (computer science for high schools). Curriculum development and deployment in high school teacher training. 2010, 2011.


  • Blackstone Charitable Foundation. ($300,000). Starr C. A New Model of Acceleration: Creating a replicable startup model for the liberal arts community. February, 2016.