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Dr. Sergey Samoilenko
Associate Professor and Chair, Computer Science & Computer Information Systems

Email: ssamoilenko@averett.edu
Phone: 434-791-5729
Office: Davenport Hall 104B

You don’t need to take a class from Dr. Sergey Samoilenko to remember him; all it takes is simply to walk past him once. Standing in the neighborhood of 6’3” and sporting around 200 pounds of pure muscle, he looks like a Russian competitive bobsledder.

And that’s exactly what he used to be. He also competed in decathlons in Russia. If athletics is not your interest, know that a decathlon comprises 10 different track and field events held over two consecutive days, so it’s not just a hobby.

Oh, he’s an extremely nice man – fascinating, no-nonsense but with a ready laugh – but there is no question that his life has involved some serious athletics.

Step into his office and you’ll see how his interests range all over the spectrum, and the world. He has, for instance, a poster of Lil’ Wayne facing a drawing of Woody Allen. Actually, the walls are filled with far-ranging pieces, all colorful in one way or another … and all meticulously ordered.

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Samoilenko (who still has a trace of an accent) joined the faculty at Averett in 2013 … and is quite pleased to be part of the Averett family: “There is a great deal of loyalty among the faculty members here,” he says, adding, “we are happy to be part of an institution that exudes fundamental well-being, that is focused on high quality.”

He certainly is pleased to be in Information Systems. He points out that if one does a benefit analysis, gauging/predicting how one’s course of study will lead to a job (or not), it’s quite clear that his is an area that is a winner. Computer systems are here to stay, obviously.

“We’re not Information Technology – that’s the hardware. We are the applications, what you use computing for. And that is ever changing. Good Information Systems people are always in high demand.”

Samoilenko points out that he is so impressed with the “very safe and comfortable environment” that Averett provides, that he hopes his daughter will enroll at Averett when it’s time. “There is a very welcoming quality here,” he says.

He would know; he’s a large part of it.

Credentials:

Doctor of Philosophy, Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University

Master of Science, Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University