Richard Rauscher


Professor of Practice

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Dr. Richard Rauscher is a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Penn State University in State College, PA, and is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). With over 35 years of industry experience spanning healthcare, life sciences, economics, and e-commerce, he has held various executive roles, including Chief Information Officer at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI, Information Security Officer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, Executive Director of IT at Boston University in Boston, MA, and Director of Research Informatics at Penn State University in Hershey, PA.

Dr. Rauscher is an expert in IT operations and has expertise in bioinformatics and medical informatics. On a national level, he notably contributed to the CCHIT standard for clinical research as a member of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), the NCI's cancer biomedical informatics grid (caBIG), a framework for the use of Vanderbilt University's REDCap software that is 21CFR11 compliant and the national Patient-centered Clinical Research Network (PCORInet).

Dr. Rauscher first joined USF in the early 1990s as a network and systems architect. During this period, he published the university's first primary website, made significant advancements in information security, and taught his first course. He later moved to the rapidly-growing Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, where he led the architecture of Moffitt's systems for eight years, pioneering various technologies such as secure data collection for clinical trials over the emerging World Wide Web.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rauscher has specialized in networking, operating systems, and cybersecurity. In addition to these areas, he possesses expertise in bioinformatics and healthcare informatics. He has recently become interested in quantum computing and its potential application in simulating metabolic networks to reduce the cost and time involved in discovering novel therapeutics to fight cancer.

Research Interests

Economic efficiency of health care, quantum computing, networks security in
health care

Teaching Interests

Quantum Computing, Computer Networking for IT, Senior Project in
Information Technology


Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, Penn State University, University
Park, PA
Master of Science, Computer Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science, Rutgers College, Rutgers University, New
Brunswick, New Jersey

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Award for Team Science (Penn State), July 2014

Key Activities

  • Mentor, HackHERS, New Brunswick, NJ  Feb 2020
  • Reviewer for 2018 American Medical Information Association Annual Symposium
  • Mentor, SheHacks, Boston, January 2018 
  • Member, Rutgers University Big Data Advisory Board, 2017-present
  • Reviewer for 2017 American Medical Information Association Annual Symposium
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering (Elsevier), 2016-present
  • Member of steering committee for CIOVisions, 2014-2016
  • Member of the CTSA Informatics Key Function Committee, 2012-2014
  • Member of Standards Creating body for CCHIT – Clinical Research Workgroup (2009-2010)