Joseph DeArce
Database Manager

Joseph DeArce is a Database Manager with the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where he works on development and implementation of Oracle Database related projects.

Prior to joining CUNY, Joseph worked as a Sr. Oracle DBA at the Department of Homeless Services in NYC where he work on the migration of all their legacy data to a new system called CARES. In addition, he is experienced with Oracle and MS SQL as both a DBA and a developer. He also worked at Wunderman as a DBA/Analyst using Oracle, Java and SAS.
Joseph received a B.S. from St. Francis College in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science and a M.S. In Computer Science from NYIT.

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Sami Al-Dhaheri
Data Specialist


Sami Al-Dhaheri is a Data Specialist in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where he focuses much of his work on the CUNY Start program. He assists in data collection, coding, building and organizing administrative data from a variety of sources. Sami has previously worked as a data quality analyst with the NYC Department of Education and as a research analyst at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he compiled, maintained, and analyzed institutional data focusing on student recruitment, enrollment, retention, and admissions.

Sami received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of Jordan. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Computer Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, with a specialty in Temporal Knowledge Base.

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Abrar Faiz
Data Specialist


Abrar Faiaz is a Data Specialist in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support (REPS), where he works with the evaluation, upgrading, and standardization of database systems as well as data generation, recording, transfer, validation, and analysis practices. Since joining, Abrar has worked closely with the REPS analysts to automating the CUNY Language Immersion Program’s (CLIP) data process. He is also involved with College Now and CUNY Start.

Prior to joining CUNY, Abrar was a student researcher in the Economics Department at Queens College, CUNY and in the Department of Educational Studies at Colgate University. He also worked as a Research Intern at Barington Capital, where he conducted financial analyses for potential hedge fund investment. Abrar comes to REPS with several years of experience working with college and high school students as a teacher, tutor, college mentor, and resident adviser.

Abrar received his B.A. from CUNY’s Baccalaureate Program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies in Mathematical Computer Science and Economics for Innovation and Development. He plans to pursue graduate study in Computer Science and Public Policy, with a focus on the intersectionality of big data, technology, and education policy.

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Allyson Murphy
Data Specialist


Allyson Murphy is a Data Specialist in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Program Support, where she oversees data collection and reporting for CUNY’s partsherships with the New York City Human Resourses Administration (HRA). Allyson has previously worked as a research assistant for other offices within CUNY, where she collected and coded data for a study measuring teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding the New York State testing programs.

Allyson received her B.S. in Mathematics from Adelphi University and her M.A. in Assessment, Research, and Evaluation from CUNY’s Hunter College. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center, with a specialty in Quantitative Methods in Educational and Psychological Research. Her research interests include the use of statistical measures to assess academic persistence.

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Chenchen Liang
Data Specialist


Chenchen Liang is a Data Specialist in the Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support.
Prior to joining CUNY, he worked as E-Banking Analyst Intern at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA), where he conducted financial market analysis for Bank products includes Online Banking, Mobile Banking, Bill Payment as well as Cash Management.

He received his M.S in Business Intelligence & Analytics from Stevens Institute of Technology, where he also worked as a Research Assistant to assist in data collection, validation and build data classification, regression models on various projects.

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Rimmel Pereira
Data Specialist


Rimmel Pereira is a Data Specialist in the Office of Research, Evaluation & Program Support, where she focuses much of her work on the Math and Science Partnership (MSP) initiative, a collaboration between CUNY and several NYC high schools. Rimmel works closely with the MSP program staff and the research team to develop and manage databases and systems to help inform program management and evaluation. Rimmel joined CUNY in 2010, working at Queens College as an IT Assistant and Data Manager for the Office of Institutional Advancement, where she worked with large datasets, CRM and reporting tools to support fundraising and outreach efforts.

Prior to joining CUNY, Rimmel worked as an Application developer at Educate Global, an OpenTec partner firm where she worked on creating SCORM compliant Learning Management Systems (LMS), serving clients in health care, civil engineering industries as well as chemical industries. She has also worked on research projects geared toward learning models in K-12 classrooms that focus on handheld devices and touch modules.

Rimmel holds an M.S. in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a concentration in Database Administration and Management in Information Systems. Rimmel is also an Oracle Certified Associate.

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