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A Message From the Department Chair

Xian-He Sun

Education is a rewarding field. I find this especially true in my association with a great technology-focused university such as IIT. When I send a Twitter message on my cell phone via a wireless network, I can vividly envision the faces of the IIT alumni who are behind the technology, and feel proud of their accomplishments and contributions to society. When I am surrounded by happy students and their families and receive their hearty thanks at the yearly commencement, I know that my knowledge, hard work, and dedication in education have been fully rewarded. It is meaningful to have made a difference in the lives of many individuals, whether they may know me personally or only as “my computer science professor at IIT.” Representing the students, staff, and faculty of the Department of Computer Science, I extend our warmest welcome to you as a new member of the Computer Science Advisory Board and also as a member of our proud education team.

Information technology is a highly competitive field. Talent, unique skills, and experiences are the keys to the success of a project, company, or even a country. On the other hand, information technology is a highly dynamic field where many opportunities exist and are only waiting to be grabbed. A little help in educating the next generation in this highly dynamic and competitive field will have a ripple effect and make a big difference. 穷则独善其身, 达则兼善天下 is an ancient Chinese proverb, which can be roughly translated as: “If you are limited, cultivate yourself; if you are resourceful, help others.” Let us pull together our resources and work collectively to educate our students to create the talented workforce of the next generation. Their success will in turn support the mission of your companies and organizations, and ultimately support the future prosperity of the country. This is obviously not only a call to our new advisory board members; it is also a call to our many friends and alumni as well as to our staff and our faculty.

Thank you so much for joining us!

Advisory Board Members

Andrea Berry

Jack Dongarra

Chris Gladwin

Kim Hammonds

Ira Hunt

Biju Kulathakal

Roger Liew

Sherrie Littlejohn

Peter Magrini

Sairam Rangachari

Tim Stojka

Victor Tsao

Faculty Liaisons to the Advisory Board

David Grossman

Cynthia Hood

Dennis A. Roberson

Advisory Board Biographies

Andrea L. Berry (CS ’84), vice chair

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 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 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.

Kim Hammonds

Kim Hammonds is chief information officer of The Boeing Company, where she is responsible for IT strategy, operations, and processes. She joined Boeing in 2008, when she was named vice president of the Boeing IT Business Systems organization. Prior to joining Boeing, Hammonds was director of Dell’s Americas Manufacturing Operations, where she was responsible for global systems development for service logistics, supply chain, and quality systems. Before joining Dell in 2007, she was with the Ford Motor Company for 16 years, where she held positions in product engineering, manufacturing, quality, marketing, and information technology leadership roles. Her last position at Ford was as director of manufacturing systems for North America.

Hammonds is a member of the Society of Women Engineers and a board member of Tech America Midwest. She also serves as a member of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's Council of Technology Advisors. She received an M.B.A. from Western Michigan University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ira A. “Gus” Hunt

Gus Hunt is the chief technology officer for the chief information officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. Previously, Hunt served as the director of applications services for the CIA. Prior to that, he served as director of architecture and systems engineering. In addition to his roles in information services, Hunt also served as chief of research and development for the DCI’s Crime and Narcotics Center and as deputy chief of the operations support group in the DCI’s Non-Proliferation Center. He began his career in 1985, as a DI analyst in the Technology Transfer Assessment Center, and was a branch chief in the Space Systems Division in the DI.

Before joining the agency, Hunt spent seven years in the private sector as an aerospace engineer, designing advanced manned space flight systems and satellite orbital transfer vehicles. He holds a master’s degree in civil and structural engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Biju Kulathakal (AE ’98)

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Victor Tsao (M.S. CS ’80)

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.

Faculty Liaison Biographies

David Grossman

David Grossman leads the Information Retrieval Laboratory, which has focused on next-generation search since its beginnings in 1998. The lab has worked on scalable XML retrieval, integrating structured and unstructured data, Arabic language processing, and scalable search and discovery. Moreover, the lab has led multidisciplinary efforts that have integrated digital-logo recognition, handwriting recognition, and document classification. The lab has had a number of successful graduates, including Abdur Chowdhury, chief scientist at Twitter. Grossman, the lab director, is the co-author of the book da and has led efforts to initiate new sequences of courses at IIT that were among the first in the country to teach information retrieval, information security, and data mining to undergraduates. He is working on leveraging large-scale open-source projects to dramatically reduce tech-transfer barriers and to enable new algorithms to be adopted quickly by myriad large-scale applications.

Cynthia Hood

Cynthia Hood is an associate chair of the computer science department and is an associate professor of computer science and engineering. She directs the Wireless Network and Communications Research Center (WINCom), which established and operates the IIT Spectrum Observatory. Research programs include RF spectrum measurements; RF measurement data storage and analysis techniques; cognitive radio; communication system modeling; RF coexistence; and RF interference modeling and mitigation. Application areas are licensed and unlicensed spectrum, public safety, smart grid, and spectrum sharing. The Center has generated numerous technology transfers and spinoffs, including a commercial RF spectrum observatory network. Center researchers have ongoing engagements with the FCC and other government entities including the U.S. Commerce Department Spectrum Management Advisory Committee. She was awarded IIT's Julia Beveridge Award for her commitment to IIT and the community. Hood has a Ph.D. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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.