McDonald, Daniel
Assistant Professor - Information Systems
CS 601d
(801) 863-6149
(801) 863-8522
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I am an Information Systems professor in the College of Technology & Computing at UVU. I am interested in using artificial intelligence methods to manage the information overload problem. I am also interested in business intelligence and data management.

Courses Taught

Utah Valley University (Fall 2011 - Present)
INFO1200 - Introduction to Computer Programming I (C#)
INFO2200 - Introduction to Computer Programming II(C#)
INFO2410 - Database Fundamentals (MS SQL Server)
INFO3410 - Database Systems and Warehousing
INFO3420 - Web Systems Development (ASP.NET MVC)
INFO4410 - Database Administration (MS SQL Server)
INFO4440 - Enterprise Computing (SAP & Microsoft Dynamics)

University of Utah (Fall 2007 - Summer 2011)
IS 4415 - Data Structures and Java
IS 4420 - Database Fundamentals (Oracle)
IS 4460 - Web-based Applications (CSS, JavaScript and PHP)
IS 4480 - Data Warehousing (Oracle)
IS 6484 - Advanced Data Management (Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL)


Ph.D., Management with emphasis in Management Information Systems, 2006, University of Arizona. Artificial Intelligence Lab.
Master of Science, Management Information Systems, 2001, University of Arizona
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, 1995, Brigham Young University

Peer-reviewed Publications

“When Deceitful Chats Look Truthful.” DANIEL MCDONALD, Randall Boyle, John Anderson. Journal of Computer Information Systems (JCIS). Under Review

“The Current State of Business Intelligence and Analytics in Utah” John Anderson, Jonathan Daniels, DANIEL MCDONALD, Richard Edvalson. Issues in Information Systems Journal (IIS), Volume 15, Issue 2. October 2014

“Using an SOM to Visualize Deceptive Chat Content” DANIEL MCDONALD, Randall Boyle, John Anderson. Proceedings of the IACIS Conference, Las Vegas, NV October 1-4, 2014

“A Text Mining Analysis of Religious Texts” DANIEL MCDONALD. Journal of Business Inqury (JBI). 2014 Utah Valley University, Orem, UT.

“Using Hybrid Lexical Profiles to Find and Name Entities” DANIEL MCDONALD, Hsinchun Chen, Olivia Sheng. Proceedings of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute Conference. March 2014, Dallas, TX (Best Paper Award)

“Genetic programming for prevention of cyberterrorism through dynamic and evolving intrusion detection” James V. Hansen, Paul B. Lowry, Rayman D. Meservy, DANIEL MCDONALD. Decision Support Systems (DSS), Volume 43, Issue 4 August 2007.

“Aggregating automatically extracted regulatory pathway relations” Marshall,B; Hua Su, DANIEL MCDONALD, Eggers,S; and Chen,H. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine, 10:1 2006, pgs 100-108.

“Summary in context: searching versus browsing”. MCDONALD,D., Chen, H. ACM Transactions on Information Systems (ACM TOIS) 24:1 2006.

“Transforming open-source documents to terror networks: the Arizona TerrorNet” DANIEL MCDONALD, Hsinchun Chen, and Rob Schumaker. AAAI Spring Symposium on Homeland Security. March 2005, Stanford University.

“Linking ontological resources using aggregatable substance identifiers to organize extracted relations”, B. Marshall, H. Su, D. MCDONALD, H. Chen. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB) 2005 Kona, Hawaii.

“EBizPort: collecting and analyzing business intelligence information” Marshall, B., MCDONALD, D., Chen, H., Chung, W. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), 55 (10): 873-891 (2004) Special Issue on Document Search Interface Design for Large-scale Collections and Intelligent Access.

“Extracting gene pathway relations using a hybrid grammar: the Arizona Relation Parser”. MCDONALD, D., Chen, H., Su, H., Marshall, B. Bioinformatics 20: 3370-8 (2004)

“Genescene: biomedical text and data mining”. G. Leroy H. Chen, J. D. Martinez, S. Eggers, R. R. Falsey, K. L. Kislin, Z. Huang, J. Li, J. Xu, D.M. MCDONALD, and G. Ng, JCDL, May 2003 Houston, TX.

“Using sentence-selection heuristics to rank text segments in TXTRACTOR”. MCDONALD, D. and Chen, H., JCDL, July 2002 Portland, OR.

“Comparison of two approaches to building a vertical search tool: A case study in the nanotechnology domain”. Chau,M., Chen,H., Qin,J., Zhou,Y.,Qin,Y, Sung,W., MCDONALD,D. JCDL, July 2002, Portland, OR.

Book Chapters

D. M. MCDONALD, H. Su, J. Xu, C.-J. Tseng, H. Chen, & G. Leroy, “Gene Pathway Text Mining and Visualization,” in Chen, Fuller, Friedman, & Hersh (Eds.) Medical Informatics: Advances in Knowledge Management and Data Mining in Biomedicine, July 2005.


“A Text Mining Analysis of Religious Texts” DANIEL MCDONALD. Religious Faith and Social and Applied Sciences Conference. October 2013. Utah Valley University, Orem, UT.

“Using Hybrid Lexical Profiles to Find and Name Entities” D.M. MCDONALD, Hsinchun Chen, Olivia Sheng. Utah Winter Business Intelligence Conference. 2006

“Extracting and Visualizing Gene Pathway Networks from Biomedical Texts”. D.M. MCDONALD, H. Su, H. Chen, C.-L Tseng. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (PSB). 2004, Kona, Hawaii.

“Combining Extracted Gene Relations With Ontologies To Create Meaningful Pathway Maps”. D.M. MCDONALD, H. Su, B. Marshall, H. Chen, C.-L. Tseng. BISTI Symposium, NIH "Digital Biology: The Emerging Paradigm". Nov. 2003, Bethesda, Maryland.

“NanoPort: A Web Portal for Nanoscale Science and Technology”. Chau,M., Chen,H., Qin,J., Zhou,Y., Sung,W., Chen,Y., Qin,Y., MCDONALD,D., Lally,A., and Landon,M. JCDL Jul 2002, Portland, OR.

Awards / Grants

2014 - Best Paper Award at SWDSI Conference. Dallas, Texas.
2013 - Travel Award for $600 from the Senate Faculty Development Committee (FDC) at Utah Valley University.
2012 - Funding SAP Alliance Membership $8,000. Utah Valley University
2010 - "A Most Influential Teacher" OIS Department. University of Utah
2009 - Marvin J. Ashton Teaching Excellence Award. DESB School of Business, University of Utah


I enjoy skiing and hiking with my family.
I have completed the Los Angeles, CA and Huntsville, UT marathons
I have participated three times in LoToJa, completing the entire 208 mile course in 2009