May 16, 2024

Admissions Webinar | Meet Our Professors: Dr. Susan Davidson & Dr. Thomas Farmer

On April 16, 2024 Penn Engineering Online hosted a webinar featuring Dr. Susan Davidson & Dr. Thomas Farmer:

Dr. Susan Davidson, Co-Founder of Penn’s Center for Bioinformatics, Weiss Professor in Computer and Information Science (CIS) and Co-Director of MSE-DS program.

Dr. Thomas Farmer, Program Director of MCIT Online and Senior Lecturer in Computer and Information Science (CIS) and Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE)

Our Admissions Team spoke with Dr. Farmer and Dr. Davidson about our online Master of Science in Engineering in Data Science (MSE-DS Online) degree and our online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT Online) degree as well as the courses they both teach in our programs. The webinar explored the overall program structure as well as the ins and outs of the virtual classroom. Webinar participants also heard from Jacquie Panto, our Associate Director of Admissions, who reviewed the admissions process and best practices for submitting a strong application. Our presenters also took time to answer questions from live webinar participants about our degree programs and application process.

Watch this recording to learn more about our online graduate degree programs and what makes Penn Engineering Online so unique. It’s not just the way we make Ivy League academics flexible and accessible to learners from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles; or the interactive, international online community we’ve developed. It’s also our world-class faculty who are active in their fields, constantly on the cutting edge of research and innovation.


Susan Davidson

  • Weiss Professor, Computer and Information Science Department

Tom Farmer

  • Program Director, Online Master of Computer and Information Technology
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering & Department of Computer and Information Science


Jacquie Panto

  • Associate Director of Admissions