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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 holds an appointment at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the University of Manchester. He specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004; in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing; in 2010 he was the first recipient of the SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing's award for Career Achievement; in 2011 he was the recipient of the IEEE IPDPS Charles Babbage Award; and in 2013 he received the ACM/IEEE Ken Kennedy Award. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, ACM, IEEE, and SIAM and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

S. Christopher “Chris” Gladwin

Chris Gladwin

Chris Gladwin is the Founder and former CEO of Cleversafe, whose software is the foundation of many of the largest data storage systems worldwide. Their technology is used to store many of the files, maps, songs, television programs, and movies you use every day. The company also created one of the 10 most powerful patent portfolios in the world and was acquired by IBM in 2015. Prior to Cleversafe, Chris founded the first music service provider, MusicNow, and tablet computer company, Cruise Technologies. Chris is an engineering graduate from MIT and is a member of the Illinois Tech Board of Trustees.

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 a recognized expert in leading successful large-scale, technology-based transformation initiatives in regulated industries. She brings over 30 years of experience in strategy, architecture, development and operations, enabling business opportunities in financial services and telecommunications industries with a keen eye to culture shifts and change management. She is a catalyst for designing and implementing innovative technology solutions with a customer and end-user focus. She is valued for her expertise in assessing overall IT technology programs for manageability and capability to improve customer service for the enterprise and its customers.
Littlejohn joined Wells Fargo in July 2002 and currently leads the Innovation Labs, Technology Business Development, and the Enterprise Patent Office teams within the Innovation Group. Her key responsibilities include driving enterprise technology idea generation as a catalyst for transformative change across the company as well as steering technology business development to grow and manage relationships with IT industry leaders, universities, venture capitalists and private equity firms. Additionally, she leads the team that guides the company’s patent strategy, which includes developing, licensing, and acquiring patents.
Littlejohn sits on the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, Audit & Compliance Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, Computer Science Advisory Council and is the Alumni Admissions Chair. Furthermore, she sits on the Board of Advisors, CTO Forum and the LEMO Foundation Advisory Board. She 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 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, Toulouse's responsibilities have included oversight of IT Global Network Engineering, where he was responsible for providing the connectivity infrastructure that enables all internal Boeing applications and delivery systems to integrate, communicate and pass data throughout the company and beyond. He was also the Director of Business Integration for Engineering, Operations & Technology (EO&T) after spending two years in the Executive Development Program (EDP), which prepares managers for assignments of increasing responsibility through cross-disciplinary rotational assignments. Before joining the EDP, Toulouse managed International Program Development for Delta Launch Services, the marketing arm for Boeing's expendable launch vehicle program, and served as the test director for Aero-Optic and Aerothermal Effects in Hypersonic, Turbulent Flows. 

Toulouse 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. He serves on the  Board of Directors for Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo and Adler Planetarium.  

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. He oversees all aspects of Chicago Ventures including fund management, deal sourcing and investments, and he works directly with portfolio companies. He joined the fund in June 2013.

From 2011 to 2013, Willer was the president and chief executive officer of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). The CEC manages, operates, and programs 1871, a leading co-working center serving hundreds of startups building their early-stage businesses located at Chicago’s famed Merchandise Mart. Since opening in May 2012, 1871 has welcomed thousands of visitors to events and curated hundreds of workshops and office hours with mentors for entrepreneurs. High-profile visitors have included British Prime Minister David Cameron, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, AOL Founder Steve Case, Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy, and YouTube co-founder Steve Chen-- shining a spotlight on Chicago’s growing startup community nationally and globally. During this time, Willer was also a Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital, overseeing their early-stage seed Investments.

Previously, Willer co-founded the Google Chicago office in late 2000. In his over 10 years with Google, Willer helped grow this office to more than 400 professionals and led relationships with some of Google’s largest marketing partners based in the Midwest. Before Google, Willer held business development positions at CMGI, an early internet incubator, and USRobotics, the pioneer in modem technology.

Willer is actively involved in several civic and charitable organizations. He was named to Crain’s 2011 “40 Under 40” list as well as Crain’s 2012 Tech 50 list. He is a director of The Economic Club of Chicago and is a trustee of his alma mater, Loyola Academy, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Chicago and of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He served on the steering committee for Mayor Emanuel’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and is a member of the mayor’s technology council, ChicagoNEXT. He serves on the boards of NorthShore University HealthSystem, the BigShoulders Fund, World Sport Chicago, the Future Founders Foundation, the CEC, and the inaugural Development Council for USA Soccer. 

Willer earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he sits on the Executive Advisory Board for the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. Willer was honored to deliver the 2013 Commencement address at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the 2011 address at Loyola University’s School of Business. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and studied at the London School of Economics. Willer, his wife Victoria, and their children, Jacqueline, Max and Lizzie, reside in Winnetka.

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.