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Advisory Board Biographies

Andrea L. Berry (CS ’84), vice chair

Andrea L. Berry

Ms. Berry is the senior vice president, Broadcast Operations, Fox Network Engineering & Operations in Los Angeles. Her team is responsible for all Fox broadcast operations and transmissions that support the Fox network and its cable entities. Previously, she was responsible for the remote technical operations of the live broadcasts of major sporting events for Fox and Fox Sports Net, including high profile events such as the Super Bowl and World Series. Her teams have won several Emmy awards for outstanding technical team remote in sports. After graduating from IIT, Ms. Berry joined CBS as studio technical manager at its New York broadcast center. She later became a field technical manager, working on such events as presidential inaugurations, the Winter Olympics, and NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA telecasts. In the early 1990s, she returned to Chicago for two years as director of technical operations at CBS owned-and-operated WBBM-TV Chicago, before moving to Fox.

Ms. Berry was elected to the IIT Board of Trustees in February 2011 and is also a member of the IIT Alumni Association Board. Last year, Ms. Berry helped organize IIT’s Nate Thomas Tribute weekend, a gathering of African-American alumni and friends mentored by Mr. Thomas in the 1970s and 1980s.

Jack J. Dongarra (M.S. CS ’73)

Jack J. Dongarra

Jack Dongarra is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee. He also is a distinguished research staff member in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Rice University.

Dongarra holds the Turing Fellowship in the schools of Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Manchester. He is the founding director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory. Prior to the University of Tennessee, he was the scientific director of the Advanced Computing Research Facility at Argonne National Laboratory.

Dongarra is a fellow of the AAAS, ACM, and IEEE, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition to his IIT degree, he has a B.S. in mathematics from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico.

S. Christopher “Chris” Gladwin

Chris Gladwin

Chris Gladwin is president and chief executive officer of Cleversafe Inc., a developer of dispersed cloud storage technology. Before Cleversafe, he was the founding chairman, president, and CEO of MusicNow, which was later acquired by Circuit City. Prior to MusicNow, he was the founding chairman, president, and CEO of Cruise Technologies, which became the dominant supplier of wireless thin client technology. Gladwin was the creator of the first workgroup storage server at Zenith Data Systems and was a manager of corporate storage standards at Lockheed Martin. He has created more than 300 issued and pending patents related to dispersed storage technology, wireless remote interface, and Internet service technology. Gladwin’s work has been recognized with 32 industry awards for the products, services, and companies he has created.

Gladwin has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a former member of the IIT Stuart School of Business Board of Overseers.

Biju Kulathakal (AE ’98)

Biju Kulathakal

Biju Kulathakal (AE ’98) is a serial entrepreneur and venture partner at OCA Ventures. ?He is the founder and chair of Trading Block Holdings, Inc., a financial services holding company based in Chicago. Kulathakal was a partner at GetAMovie, which was sold to McDonalds and subsequently became part of RedBox, now one of the largest movie rental companies in the United States and the fastest growing in terms of revenue. He also was a founder of Enterprise Logic Systems, a software development firm that specialized in developing technology solutions for the financial services and trading industry.

In addition to his leadership role at Trading Block, he is the founder of Vidya Foundation, which provides scholarships to underprivileged children in third-world countries. He previously served on the board of the Beck Foundation, Chicago Charter School Foundation, Civitas Schools, Leap Learning Systems and the Heartland Institute.

Roger Liew

Roger Liew

Roger Liew is the chief technology officer of Orbitz, LLC, recently promoted from vice president of technology in November 2010. This is Liew’s second stint at Orbitz, having worked there from 2000–04. Between 2004 and 2010, Liew was chief technology officer of G2 Switchworks, a provider of travel distribution solutions, and Milestro, a leisure, travel, and tourism company. Earlier in his career, he was a lead developer for Neoglyphics Media Corporation and a software engineer for Motorola’s Cellular Subscriber Group.

Liew studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Chicago.

Sherrie Brown Littlejohn (M.S. CS ’82)

Sherrie Brown Littlejohn

Sherrie Littlejohn is an executive vice president at Wells Fargo and heads the Enterprise Architecture and Strategy group with responsibility for architecture governance, enterprise architecture (including payments), technology strategy, system review and the information technology operating model program.?Prior to her current role, she was head of Network Services and Operations—a group providing voice, video, wireless, data network and firewall architecture, planning, engineering, telecom expense management, and operational support for network components within Wells Fargo.?With nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, she has led efforts in voice, data, applications, systems, instrumentation, network and overall IT technology development.?She is President of Wells Fargo’s Black/African American Connection (team member network) and is a speaker, host, and moderator for Wells Fargo diversity initiatives.

Littlejohn sits on the IIT Alumni Boardand the Board of Advisors, CTO Forum. She is a member of Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF), CIO Executive Council, and Black Data Processing Associates. In 2011, she was named among the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.?In 2009, she was recognized as one of the “50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology” by San Francisco-based publisher eAccess Corp. She has been profiled in several national publications including Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, Black Enterprise Magazine and African-American Career World.? She actively supports her community.

Littlejohn received her B.S. in Mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.S. in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.? She completed the Executive Business Program, Kellogg School of Management from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Peter A. Magrini

Peter A. Magrini

Peter Magrini is the chief information officer and senior vice president at The Northern Trust Company. He is manager of application development and support in Northern Worldwide Systems. Magrini is responsible for directing all of the software development and support for the business units. He joined Northern Trust in 1987 and was named an officer in 1988. Previously, he was associated with Citicorp Mortgage Banking Services and Continental Illinois National Bank.

He received a B.A. from Lake Forest College and an M.B.A. from DePaul University.

Sairam Rangachari (M.S. CS ’02)

Sairam Rangachari

Sairam Rangachari is chief innovation officer and senior vice president at optionsXpress, Inc. with responsibility for product strategy and innovation. Under Rangachari’s leadership, the company launched several products that solidified the world-class optionsXpress trading platform, which won several awards from Barron’s, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, SmartMoney, and other leading industry publications. Part of the original team that built the optionsXpress platform, he played a key role through its IPO in acquiring and executing the integration of XpressTrade, a futures brokerage. Recently, Charles Schwab acquired OptionsXPress for $1 billion.

In addition to his IIT degree, he has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and computer science from the University of Madras.

Tim Stojka, chair

Tim Stojka

Tim Stojka is chief executive officer of Chicago-based Agentis Energy, an energy technology company delivering wireless energy-management systems for commercial and industrial applications. In addition to Agentis Energy, Stojka has served as the CEO of Fast Heat, a designer and manufacturer of heating elements, sensors, and controls. Prior to his position at Fast Heat, he served as co-founder/chairman and CEO of Commerx™. A pioneer in the development of Internet eCommerce systems, Stojka is responsible for helping to direct and communicate the vision and growth strategies of Commerx.

Stojka has been featured in a variety of top business publications including BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Crain’s Chicago Business, and Business 2.0, and is a frequent guest speaker at tech industry conferences. In early 2000, he was named one of 25 “E-Champions” by BtoB magazine and was a top 10 finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

He has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and has attended the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Stojka serves on the IIT Board of Trustees.

Tony L. Toulouse

Tony Toulouse

Tony Toulouse is Vice President of the IT Infrastructure (ITI) organization for The Boeing Company, where he is responsible for the computing and telecommunications infrastructure that serves Boeing’s 160,000 employees and their customers worldwide. Since joining Boeing in 1989, Tony’s responsibilities have included oversight of IT Global Network Engineering, and strategy development and implementation for the Boeing Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Operations and Technology (EO&T). Earlier in his career, Tony managed International Program Development for Delta Launch Services, the marketing arm for Boeing expendable launch vehicle program, and served as the test director for Aero-Optic and Aerothermal Effects in Hypersonic, Turbulent Flows.

Tony holds a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from Boston University, a master's in mechanical engineering technology from the University of California-Irvine and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Tony has served for the last three years on the Board of Directors for Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.  Originally from Spokane, WA, Tony and his wife Anne, who is vice president of Boeing’s Global Brand Management and Advertising group, live in Chicago with their son.

Victor Tsao (M.S. CS ’80)

Victor Tsao

Victor Tsao and his wife are principles of Miven Holdings, a multi-stage venture capital firm with the goal of investing in startup companies in the consumer and media space. The Tsaos are the founders of Linksys Group, the wireless and broadband networking company that was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2003. After the sale, the Tsaos worked for Cisco for a few years, developing new business opportunities in China. Prior to Linksys, Tsao was a software engineer, system manager, and strategist of various IT positions with different firms.

In addition to his IIT degree, he has an M.B.A. and a B.S. in computer science from Pepperdine University and Tamkang University, respectively.

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer

Kevin Willer is a Partner at Chicago Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital fund. Willer is also an IIT Trustee.

Faculty Liaison Biographies

Dennis A. Roberson

Dennis A. Roberson

Dennis Roberson is Vice Provost for Research, and Research Professor, Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology, and is also the President and CEO of Roberson and Associates. His research focus is in wireless technology and especially dynamic spectrum management. He serves on governing and / or advisory boards for several technology-based companies, charitable institutions, and state and federal government agencies. Previously, he served as Motorola's EVP/CTO, and held executive positions at IBM, DEC (now HP), AT&T, and NCR.