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Stephen Ruth

Stephen Ruth



3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Fax: 703-536-4121



Stephen Ruth is Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and director of the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology (ICASIT). His research interests are focused on the problems of policy and strategic planning associated with leveraging the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in large organizations, particular emphasis on telecommunications policy, green IT, return on investment metrics for e-Learning and telework. 

Ruth’s consultancies include U.S. Department of State, National Archives and Records Administration, Inter-American Development Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, American Management Systems, Inc., Carolina Population Center at University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Ateneo S.A.(Argentina), National Training Laboratories, The World Bank, Soros Foundations, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, Navy War College, General Services Administration, Fairfax County (Virginia), and others.

As director of ICASIT, Professor Ruth has received close to thirty grant and contract awards totaling over $3 million and has also served as Associate Director of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s $2 million Internet Technology Innovation Center project, which linked Virginia’s university research centers to the high tech businesses in the state. His international IT projects cover over twenty sites in Africa, Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. He has been Chair, Technical Committee on Personal Computing, IEEE Computer Society, and was elected to a three year term to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Council of Affiliates for International Programs. He has also served as Vice President of the American Society for Cybernetics and on the Board of Advisors for the Czech Management Center, an MBA-granting school near Prague affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. Ruth was a Distinguished Lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery for ten years and was selected for two senior Fulbright lectureships, both in Argentina. He has received a Distinguished Professor award at George Mason University, and was a Virginia Outstanding Professor honoree, with a prize of $5,000.

Dr. Ruth received his BS from the U.S. Naval Academy and MS from the Navy Postgraduate School, and served twenty-three years in the Navy, retiring with the rank of Captain. His PhD is from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is author or co-author of over one hundred twenty published articles and four books.

Areas of Research

  • Education Policy
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Technology Interventions in Postsecondary Education
  • Public Policy and Abrahamic Faith Traditions