Your dreams. Our mission.

Faculty Scholars

Susanne Steiger-Escobar

Susanne Steiger-Escobar, professor of Computer Science, has been teaching at MassBay Community College since 1997.  She has chaired the computer science department for four years, and has responsibilities for teaching, developing new programs and curricula, working in outreach events, collaborating in articulation agreements with high schools and 4-year institutions, and adopting new materials that focus on C.S. engagement and retention.

She has served as an advisory board member for the Business Technology program at Joseph P. Keefe Technical School since 2004.  She was recently invited to serve in the advisory board for a national study on "Factors Influencing College Success in Information Technology" (FICSIT) funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at Harvard University.  Susanne is MassBay’s Team Liaison for Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections, an NSF-ATE National Center for Computing Technologies (BATEC).
She received her M.S., Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo, and her B.S., Computer Science from the the Institut Universitaire de Informatique (University Institute of Computer Science) in Grenoble France.  She grew up in Lima, Peru.

Following her graduation in 1982, she worked for Digital Equipment Corporation as a Software Specialist in Zurich, Switzerland.  As part of a development team she developed software solutions for data and processes used by pharmaceutical companies.  In 1985 she joined the Osteoporosis Research Group at U.C. San Francisco.  She worked as part of a team providing database support for a medical image processing application.  In 1990 she joined Hologic in Massachusetts, an x-Ray Medical Device Company as a Software Engineer.  She worked in a variety of projects and had some supervising responsibilities the last 2 years of her employment.


Marina Bograd

Marina Bograd is a faculty member and the current Chair of the Engineering Department at MassBay Community College.   She has been teaching and designing hybrid Engineering Design, CAD and computer application courses for 15 years at colleges and adult training centers.   She has led educational innovation projects integrating advanced technology and authentic project-based learning into the engineering curricula and organized STEM student presentation events.  Prior to that Ms. Bograd worked as an electrical and instrumentation engineer and was primarily involved with design of water and wastewater treatment plants.  She has a BS with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MA in Adult Education, Training and Curriculum Design.
To learn more about Professor Marina Bograd click here.


Tony (Giuseppe) Sena

Prof. Sena is currently teaching at MassBay Community College (MBCC) (Wellesley Hills, MA) in the areas of computer networks, databases, web technologies, and interactive multimedia. Before teaching at MBCC, he taught computer science courses at Roxbury Community College (Boston, MA), Clark University (Worcester, MA), and Northeastern University (Boston, MA) in the areas of networking, E-Commerce, business analysis, operating systems, IT system implementation, algorithms & data structures, computer organization & programming, fundamentals of computer science, discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, logic & algebra, and others.

In addition to his teaching workload, Prof. Sena has been working on several multidisciplinary projects involving students and faculty from the Computer Science and Biotechnology departments at MBCC. His group is doing research in the areas of parallel & distributed systems, network security, Big Data, cloud computing, encryption/decryption, signal & image processing, and DNA sequencing. They are developing distributed applications using message-passing technologies on the MassBay Cerberus Beowulf cluster, and presenting the results at computer science and engineering conferences (see list of selected publications).

Mr. Sena received a M.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University (NEU) (Boston, MA, 1997), and a M.S. degree in Earth Sciences (Applied Computer Science) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, MA, 1995). He obtained a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Computer Science from the Central University of Venezuela (Caracas, Venezuela, 1990). While teaching at Northeastern University, he also received the “1997-1998 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants”. He has worked as a consultant in the area of networking, Internet and Web technologies, and LDAP (Directory Services). He has also worked in industry as a Software Developer, Network Engineer & Consultant, and Network & System Administrator.

To learn more about Professor Tony Sena click here.


Linda Grisham

Dr. Linda Grisham received a B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Stanford University Medical School. She has worked over the years as a research scientist (University of California, Santa Barbara, Brandeis University, and Lesley University), science educator, STEM curriculum developer, financial planner, community activist, and radio commentator. Dr. Grisham has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses (physics, chemistry, modeling complex systems, pharmacology, and science education).

Dr. Grisham was as co-host and science consultant for the "Essential Science for Teachers: Life Sciences," (2004) video series (eight one-hour sessions) for elementary teachers with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics for broadcast on the Annenberg/CPB Channel. While at Lesley University, Dr. Grisham was co-PI for the Lesley-TERC project that created 'de novo,' a fully online Science in Education masters’ degree program for K-8 science teachers. Each course module was taught by scientist and science educator.

Dr. Grisham is active in local, regional, and national science advisory boards (e.g., CAITE, Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education, BioQuest Curriculum Consortium, MetroWest STEM Education Network, Cyberlearning at Community Colleges Project) whose primary goal is to increase number of students (especially those from unrepresented groups) pursuing STEM careers. Dr. Grisham has served as STEM Dean at MassBay Community College. Currently Dr. Grisham has been charged with establishing a Center for Teaching, Learning, for faculty professional development at MassBay.

To learn more about Dr. Linda Grisham click here.


Chitra Javdekar

Dean Javdekar joined MassBay as a full time faculty in 2006 in the Mechanical Engineering Program. She has since taught several freshman and sophomore level engineering courses such as Strength of Materials, Engineering Statics/Dynamics and Engineering Computation in the Engineering (AS) and Mechanical Engineering (AS) programs.  She has also taught several courses in the Engineering Design (AS) program since 2005. 

Dr. Javdekar is a Co-PI for an NSF S-STEM grant (2012-2017) and worked as MassBay Principal Investigator for an NSF STEP UP (2007-2012) grant in collaboration with Northeastern University. Project Website:

Professor Javdekar was a Research Assistant at Tufts University from 1998-2004 and earned her Ph. D. from Tufts University in May 2004.  Before that, she also earned a B. S. and a M. S. Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from University of Mumbai, and worked in two consulting companies in India for structural analysis and design of machine foundations, high rise buildings and industrial plants. At another consulting company, Chitra worked for nondestructive testing and evaluation of facilities that were damaged in 1993 bomb-blasts in Mumbai, India.

To learn more about Dr. Chitra Javdekar click here.