Dr. Peter Macpherson

Professor and John W. Norman Chair in Business Information TechnologyDr. Peter Macpherson is a Professor and the John W. Norman Chair in Business Information Technology for the Department of Technology and Justice Studies at Rogers State University.


Ph.D., Computer Science
M.S., Computer Science
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

B.S., Computer Science
Pennsylvania State University

Professional Experience

2006-Present, John W. Norman Chair in Business Information Technology
2001-Present, Professor, Department of Applied Technology
Rogers State University, Claremore, OK

1998-2001, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

1997-1998, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
1992-1997, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science
Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK

Research Interests

My chief interests are parallel algorithms, network communications, simulations, multimedia, programming languages and decision theory.

Software Authored

  • Ariadne: Java – Discussion thread viewer for WebCT.
  • Kalends: Java – Student class scheduling program.
  • Bartleby: Java – Student transcript and advising tool.
  • MoleSim: Java – Molecular Dynamics simulation.
  • German Tester: Perl/Java – Developed in conjunction with Dr. Barbara Pflanz to evaluate incoming student’s abilities to read and write in German.  It is a web based program which increases difficulty automatically to determine the language skills of new students.
  • Netsim: C – Simulates message passing of MIMD and distributed processing networks to analyze communication patterns.
  • MCVEC:  Fortran – Chemical Reaction simulation (coauthor)

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • ACM – Association of Computing Machinery
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • IGDA –International Game Developers Association

University Service

  • Academic Policies and Procedures Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Distance Education Committee
  • Faculty Senate
  • Non-Academic Student Conduct Committee
  • Technology Planning Committee
  • Tenure Committee

Selected Publications

Variation of Dobutamin Induced Heart  Stress with Heart Rate, Modelling in Medicine and Biology VIII (Biomed 2008),  A.K. Macpherson, S.Neti, C. Chutakositkanon, M. Averbach, P.A. Macpherson, pg 17-26, WIT Press, 2009, ISBN 978-184564-183-2.

In Silico Design Systems, chapter in Drug Design Perspectives, A.K. Macpherson, S. Neti, P.A. Macpherson, edit by Stanley P. Kaplan, Nova Publishers, 2007, ISBN 1-60021-823-7.

Calculation of stress and the absorption of Angiotensin in the left ventricle based on two dimensional echocardiograms and MRIs, Modelling in Medicine and Biology VII (Biomed 2007), A.K. Macpherson, S.Neti, M. Averbach, P.A. Macpherson, pg 25-32, WIT Press, 2007, ISBN 978-184564-089-7.

Osmosis in small pores: a molecular dynamics study of the mechanism of the solvent transport K.S. Kim, I.S. Davis, P.A. Macpherson, T.J. Pedley, A.E. Hill. Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 2005, vol 461 no 2053 pg 273-296.

Blood flow induced wall stress in the left ventricle of the heart, A.K. Macpherson, S. Neti, J.A. Mannisi, P.A. Macpherson Advances in Fluid Mechanics V, 2004, WIT Press, ISBN 1-85312-704-3.

A rapid procedure for initial drug evaluation A.K. Macpherson, S Neti and P.A. Macpherson 2001 Phys. Med. Biol. 46 N139-N147.

The Analysis of Gun Pressure Instability A.K. Macpherson, A.J. Bracuti, D.S. Chiu, P.A. Macpherson, 19th International Symposium of Ballistics 2001, pg 115-122.

Growing Testers: Incorporating Testing Concepts Throughout the CS Curriculum Finkbine, R B and P Macpherson.  Proceedings of ISECON 2001, v 18 (Cincinnati): §34b.

A Technique for Student Program Submission on a UNIX system P. Macpherson, SIGCES Bulletin vol 29, no.4 (1997) p 54-56.

The Analysis of the Pressure Instability in a Step Chamber Liquid Propellant Gun, (with A.J. Bracuti, D.S. Chiu, A. Macpherson 34th JANNAF Conference (1997)).

Optimizing Patterns of Data Transmission for Continuous Event Simulations Ph.D. Dissertation, Lehigh University 1996.

Visualization of a Step-Chambered Liquid Propellant Gun, Summer Army Faculty Research and Engineering Program Report, Battelle Corporation, 1993.

Using Optimization Methods with the MCVEC program 28th JANNAF Conference (1991) p. 415-418 (with T. Vladimiroff, A. Macpherson).

Modeling of the combustion of droplets in a regenerative liquid propellant gun, Journal of Ballistics (vol 11, #4), 233-242.

Modeling of the combustion of droplets in a regenerative liquid propellant gun 28th JANNNAF Conference (1991) p 215-225 (With A. Bracuti, D. Chiu, A. Macpherson).

Dynamics of a Hard Sphere in a Collapsing Spherical Container, Molecular Physics 1990 vol. 71, No 2, p 441-451 (with T. Vlaidimiroff, Y.P. Carignan, A. Macpherson).

A Hydrodynamic Model of the Liquid Propellant Gun, JANNAF Propulsion Meeting (1990) (with A. Bracuti, D. Chiu,A. Macpherson).

Reaction Kinetics of HAN and Water Mixture Using a PC, 26th JANNAF Combustion Meeting (1989) p.221-232. (with A. Bracuti, D. Chiu, A. Macpherson).