March 23, 2021

Dr. Tom Farmer is new MCIT Online Program Director

Letter from Interim Program Director Boon Thau Loo:

We’re delighted to share the news that Dr. Tom Farmer has agreed to take on the important role of Program Director for MCIT Online. Dr. Farmer has been a key member of MCIT Online since Day 1. His CIT 593 Online course is popular and one of the highest-rated courses in MCIT Online. Many instructors like myself look up to Tom’s teaching abilities and try to emulate him.

In his role as your director, Dr. Farmer will work closely with our outstanding online learning team to enhance the learning experiences and sense of belonging among our MCIT Online community. I am sure that you will get to meet and interact with him in many of the events we will be hosting in the future.

On my part, I will continue to stay engaged in the MCIT Online program as an instructor and Associate Dean overseeing our graduate programs at Penn Engineering.

We are all very excited about Dr. Farmer’s new role. I am sure he will take this program to greater heights! Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Farmer!


Boon Thau Loo, Ph.D.
RCA Professor, Computer and Information Science Department
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Director, Distributed Systems Laboratory

Boon Thau Loo

  • RCA Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science
  • Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives — School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Director, Distributed Systems Laboratory


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