William Mongan, PhD

Teaching Professor, Computer science

Office: University Crossings 100D
Phone: +1 215-895-0286

Mongan's research interests include digital signal processing, multi-sensor data fusion and predictive analytics on wearable biomedical garments. He also enjoys computer science education and engineering education outreach, and has served as an NSF GK-12 Fellow and holds a secondary mathematics teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Outside of these pursuits, Mongan is a Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and an instrument-rated private pilot.


  • Dual Masters of Science, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2005-2008

    • MS in Computer Science, College of Engineering

    • MS in Science of Instruction, School of Education

    • Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate

    • MS Thesis in Computer Science: A Service-Based Web Portal for Integrated Reverse Engineering and Program Comprehension

    • Earned a Secondary Mathematics (Pennsylvania In-State: Mathematics Grades 7-12) teaching Certification in Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2000-2005

    • Computer Science, College of Engineering

Research/Teaching Interests

Service-oriented architectures, program comprehension, computer systems and architecture, computer science education, signal processing, data fusion

Select Publications

  • Shrenik A. Vora, William M. Mongan, Endla K. Anday, Kapil R. Dandekar, Genevieve Dion, Adam K. Fontecchio, and Timothy P. Kurzweg. On Implementing an Unconventional Infant Vital Signs Monitor with Passive RFID Tags. IEEE International Conference on RFID, 2017, May, 2017.

  • William Mongan, Ilhaan Rasheed, Khyati Ved, Shrenik Vora, Kapil Dandekar, Genevieve Dion, Timothy Kurzweg, and Adam Fontecchio. On the Use of Radio Frequency Identification for Continuous Biomedical Monitoring. ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI) 2017, April, 2017.

  • William M. Mongan, Ilhaan Rasheed, Khyati Ved, Ariana Levitt, Endla Anday, Kapil Dandekar, Genevieve Dion, Timothy Kurzweg, and Adam Fontecchio. Real-Time Detection of Apnea via Signal Processing of Time-Series Properties of RFID-Based Smart Garments. IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology (SPMB) 2016, December, 2016.

  • William Mongan, Endla Anday, Genevieve Dion, Adam Fontecchio, Tim Kurzweg, Yuqiao Liu, Owen Montgomery, Ilhaan Rasheed, Cem Sahin, Shrenik Vora, and Kapil Dandekar. A Multi-Disciplinary Framework for Continuous Biomedical Monitoring Using Low-Power Passive RFID-based Wireless Wearable Sensors. Proceedings of the IEEE Smart Systems Workshop 2016, May, 2016.

  • Shrenik Vora, William Mongan, Kapil Dandekar, Adam Fontecchio, and Tim Kurzweg. Wireless Heart and Respiration Monitoring for Infants through Passive RFID Tags. International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), February, 2016.

  • Damiano Patron, William Mongan, Timothy Kurzweg, Adam Fontecchio, Genevieve Dion, Endla Anday, and Kapil R. Dandekar. On the Use of Knitted Antennas and Inductively Coupled RFID Tags for Wearable Applications. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, January 2016.

  • William Regli, Israel Mayk, Christopher Cannon, Joseph Kopena, Robert Lass and William M. Mongan. Development and Specification of a Reference Architecture for Agent-Based Systems. Published in the IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 2013.

  • Duc N. Nguyen, Kyle Usbeck, William M. Mongan, Christopher T. Cannon, Robert N. Lass, Jeff Salvage, William C. Regli, Israel Mayk, Todd Urness. A Methodology for Developing an Agent Systems Reference Architecture. Agent-Oriented Software Engineering XI, pp. 177-188. Danny Weyns, Marie-Pierre Gleizes, eds, Springer Berlin Heidelberg: 2011.

  • William M. Mongan, Maxim Shevertalov, Spiros Mancoridis. Re-engineering a Reverse Engineering Portal to a Distributed SOA. Published in the IEEE Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC), 2008.

  • Quincy Brown, William Mongan, Elaine Garbarine, Dara Kusic, Eli Fromm, Adam Fontecchio. Computer Aided Instruction as a Vehicle for Problem Solving: Scratch Programming Environment in the Middle Years Classroom. Published in Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) K-12 Track, 2008.

  • William M. Mongan, Christopher J. Dugan, Robert N. Lass, Andrew K. Hight, Jeff Salvage, William C. Regli, Pragnesh J. Modi. Dynamic Analysis of Agent Frameworks in Support of a Multiagent Systems Reference Model. Published in IADIS Proceedings of the International Conference Intelligent Systems and Agents (ISA), 2007.

  • Pragnesh Jay Modi, Spiros Mancoridis, William M. Mongan, William Regli, Israel Mayk. Towards a Reference Model for Intelligent Agent Systems. Published in Proceedings of the International Conference of Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS), 2006.

Awards & Recognition

  • Drexel University Co-op Funding Award supplement of $7,250 to support undergraduate experiential learning in research

  • 2014 CCI Teaching Excellence in Computing Award Recipient

  • GK-12 Fellow (engineering and technology educational outreach program) July, 2006 through June, 2008

  • Member of the Drexel University Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society for the Computing Sciences

Grant Awards

  • Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS), EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER): SC2: Team Dragon Radio (co-Principal Investigator with Kapil Dandekar, Principal Investigator, Steven Weber, Nagarajan Kandasamy, and Geoffrey Mainland, co-Principal Investigators), 2017, $99,978.

  • Analytics on Real-Time Biometrics from Passive Wearable Smart-Garments (co-Principal Investigator with Adam Fontecchio, Principal Investigator); 2017-2018, Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Formula Grant (SAP117558-014), $74,863 (estimated).

  • Experiential Learning through the Cooperative Education Lifecycle (ExCEL) (Senior Personnel with Adam Fontecchio, Jason Silverman, Jennifer Stanford, Pramod Abichandani, Kapil Dandekar, David Goldberg, Antonios Kontsos, Suzanne Rocheleau, and Brian Smith), 2016; Drexel DARE Proposal.

  • NSF/IEEE-TCPP Curriculum Initiative on Parallel and Distributed Computing Core Topics for Undergraduates: Using BigData for Learning about a Slice of Parallel Computation in Several Courses (Co-Principal Investigator with with Bruce Char and Jeffrey Popyack), July, 2015-July, 2017. $2,500 faculty development award.

  • CPS: TTP Option: Synergy: Sensing, Processing, and Actuation of Biomedical Smart Textiles for Deep Venous Thrombosis Prevention (award number U01EB023035), March, 2016-March, 2020 (co-Principal Investigator with Kapil Dandekar, et al), $1,392,557 (estimated).

  • NSF Partnerships For Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) Grant Number 1430212 on Biomedical Smart Textiles, 2014-2017 (Senior Personnel with Kapil Dandekar et al, co-Principal Investigators), $799,577.

  • IBM Big Data and Analytics Grant, 2013 (Jeffrey L. Popyack and William M. Mongan, co-Principal Investigators), $10,000.

  • RET in Engineering and Computer Science Site for Machine Learning, Big Data and CS Principles, National Science Foundation, DUE-0837665, July 2013-June 2016; Senior Personnel with Jeffrey L. Popyack and Mary Jo Grdina, co-Principal Investigators, $499,990.

Professional Activities & Associations

  • Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) STEM Education Council, 2017-Present

  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Signal Processing Society since August, 2014

  • Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since May, 2004

  • Member of and Reviewer for the ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science (SIGCSE)