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Sunday, February 19
 

2:00pm

Early Check-in/Registration
If you're coming into town Sunday, stop by the Tech Summit registration desk to get your badge and registration materials early!

The Tech Summit registration desk is located on the first floor of the convention center side, next to the escalators and Exhibit Hall A. Take advantage of this opportunity and beat the Monday rush! The registration desk will be open throughout the entire conference.


Sunday February 19, 2017 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration Desk

6:00pm

Dine with Friends
In town early? We will have someone waiting to meet at the hotel lobby to go out together. 

Sunday February 19, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Local Restaurants
 
Monday, February 20
 

7:00am

Breakfast Buffet (for Workshop Participants Only)
Start the day off right with a continental breakfast buffet! 

Monday February 20, 2017 7:00am - 8:00am
Exhibit Hall B

8:00am

A Real World Guide to Analytics: Slaying the Data Dragon
Limited Capacity seats available

With tools like Google’s Data Studio, you have the power to slay the data dragon. This workshop features a series of short presentations, hands-on practice sessions and Q&As. We’ll show you how to turn data into beautiful, informative reports that are easy to read, easy to share and fully customizable. Walk away from this workshop understanding how to tell great stories with your data and make better business decisions.

Note: This workshop is optional and must be purchased during registration.

Speakers
avatar for Chase J. Friedman

Chase J. Friedman

Digital Services and Marketing Manager, Mays Business School
My current areas of focus for Mays are Salesforce, SEO, digital advertising, conversion tracking/optimization and Google Analytics. | | Favorite web tool at the moment: Zapier - I use this to connect APIs to automate just about anything you can think of.
avatar for James White

James White

Chief Strategy Officer, FreshForm
I love brands and the experiences/opportunities that they afford. With data and insight you can carefully and thoughtfully craft products, services and systems that truly add value to the end user - whether teacher, student or consumer. | | James is a proactive and influential... Read More →



Monday February 20, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Jasmine

8:00am

Chef: Cooking up Infrastructure Automation
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the basics of server automation with Chef and step into the new age of servers as “cattle” rather than “pets.” Attend this workshop and discover how the tools included in the Chef Development Kit (ChefDK) can save you hours of time. We will cover what it means to turn infrastructure into code allowing you to automate the configuration, deployment and management of your servers. Finally, we’ll show you how to test your infrastructure code so you can deploy with confidence.

Note: This workshop is optional and must be purchased during registration.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Mery

Jeff Mery

Field Solutions Architect, Chef Software
Jeff is a Solutions Architect at Chef Software where he helps companies deliver their ideas quickly, safely, and securely.  Jeff has spent the last 6 years working with Fortune 500 enterprise corporations in a variety of ways.  He began his career as a developer and spent significant... Read More →
avatar for Jody Wolfborn

Jody Wolfborn

Solutions Architect, Manager, Chef Software
Jody is a Solutions Architect at Chef Software, helping people solve their automation woes by connecting the dots between infrastructure, security, and application development and deployment. She has worked with tech giants and small startups as a Linux/Windows SysAdmin, studied theatre... Read More →



Monday February 20, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
A1

8:00am

Compliance 411: Roadmap to an Accessibility Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will outline the key components of an accessibility compliance plan including how to analyze gaps, construct a plan and connect campus stakeholders for maximum impact. We will discuss several different methodologies that your unit or institution could utilize as a roadmap to complete a workable accessibility compliance plan.

Note: This workshop is optional and must be purchased during registration.

Speakers
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Dr. Debra Dandridge

Policy Analyst/Accessibility Coord, TEES
Dr. Dandridge currently serves as IT Policy and Security Programs Administrator for the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and the Texas A&M University College of Engineering. Her responsibilities encompass development and implementation of accessibility policy and... Read More →
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Dave Easlick

Assoc. Director, Academic Media & Web Services, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
avatar for Cynthia Kauder

Cynthia Kauder

EIR Accessibility Coordinator, Division of Information Technology
Cynthia Kauder has served as the EIR Accessibility Coordinator for Texas A&M University since 2015, where she and her team have utilized risk-based assessments to drive accessibility compliance. Her recent affiliations include the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) IT... Read More →



Monday February 20, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Tulip

8:00am

Incident Response with Memory Forensics
Limited Capacity full

During the incident response process, memory analysis is quickly becoming the go-to solution for investigation and remediation of malware and threats. Emerging threats and attacks often exist only in memory and defenders must understand how to analyze these threats. In this workshop, we will show participants how to acquire memory samples, analyze memory artifacts and respond to Windows malware and attacks.

Note: This workshop is optional and must be purchased during registration.

Speakers
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Steven Manning

Lead Security Analyst, Texas A&M University



Monday February 20, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Wisteria

8:00am

Project Management Essentials: Skills for Success
Limited Capacity filling up

Project management is a start-to-finish approach to making projects and project teams successful. It includes processes and strategies that anyone can apply to achieve goals and manage work more effectively. Join us in this workshop as we clarify terms, explore the fundamental areas of project management, introduce tools and techniques used to manage projects effectively, and provide practical skills you can apply to projects - both large and small - in your daily work.

Note: This workshop is optional and must be purchased during registration.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissie Cordray

Chrissie Cordray

IT Director, Texas A&M University
Chrissie Cordray is the Senior IT Manager for the division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California State University, Sacramento. After graduation she worked as an Application Developer for Redding Technology Partners... Read More →
avatar for Karen Hrncir

Karen Hrncir

Assistant Director, Texas A&M University
Karen Hrncir is the Assistant Director in charge of Project Management and Compliance for the Provost IT Office at Texas A&M University. Before joining the Provost IT Office Karen worked as part of the team responsible for implementing Ellucian Banner for Financial Aid. Karen began... Read More →
avatar for Carl Ivey

Carl Ivey

IT Project Manager, Texas A&M University
Carl Ivey is an IT Project Manager with the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University in College Station. Prior to arriving at Texas A&M in 2007, Carl spend 25 years in the US Air Force as a Logistics Manager and Cyber Warfare Officer. Carl's teaches leadership workshops... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pace

Michael Pace

Manager, PMO, Texas A&M IT
Michael is currently the Manager of Texas A&M IT's Project Management Office. He is also currently completing his PhD in Business, specializing in Project Management.
avatar for David Sweeney

David Sweeney

Director, Texas A&M University
David Sweeney is currently Director of Information Technology for the Division of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University in College Station. David is also immediate past chair of the university's IT Advisory Committee. David lives in Millican, Texas with his family, enjoys scouting... Read More →



Monday February 20, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
A2

8:00am

The Digital Workspace Powered by VMware
In this workshop, we’ll cover the converging world of identity, endpoint management and virtualization that creates a workspace focused on enabling students, faculty and staff on any device, any application and anywhere.

Note: This workshop is optional and must be purchased during registration.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Reed

Chris Reed

EUC Strategist - VMWare's Office of the CTO, VMWare
Help people by building lasting relationships. Learn what I don’t know, teach what I do and enhance the quality of life for others through technology. | | | | | | | | PROFILE: | | | | An award-winning, influential business and technology leader with over 20 years of experience... Read More →
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Brad Root

Senior Systems Engineer, VMware



Monday February 20, 2017 8:00am - 12:00pm
Orchid

12:00pm

Lunch Buffet
Get your fill of brisket, potato salad, cobbler and more. 

Monday February 20, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall B

1:00pm

Keynote - Crowdsourcing Smartly: Are We Prepared To Flip The Big Data Switch?
Welcome 
Dee Childs, Vice President for Information Technology & CIO, Texas A&M University

Keynote - Crowdsourcing Smartly: Are We Prepared To Flip The Big Data Switch?
No previous generation has needed to tackle the complex challenges society will confront in the coming decades, from combatting terrorism to safeguarding the future of the planet. To succeed, we must find new ways to manage our institutions. Getting outside ideas — often called open innovation or crowdsourcing — should be as vital to the performance of public institutions as it has been to commerce and science. Beth Simone Noveck explores how new data tools hold the potential to transform how we govern, making it possible to pinpoint more diverse expertise in solving hard problems. Through “technologies of expertise” and crowd-sourcing we can create innovative institutions, active citizenship and innovative politicians.
 

Speakers
avatar for Beth Simone Noveck

Beth Simone Noveck

Professor and Director, Yale University and The Governance Lab
Beth Simone Noveck is the go-to expert on fusing innovation with leadership at the highest level. As the US’s first Deputy CTO, she founded the White House Open Government Initiative. She teaches the Governance Innovation Clinic at Yale Law School and directs The GovLab, a think... Read More →


Monday February 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Exhibit Hall A

2:30pm

Redefining Your ePortfolio Strategy: Insights Into Changing ePortfolio Vendors
Limited Capacity seats available

Providing the modern technological tools students need to showcase academic prowess and career readiness has never been as important as it is today. Tarleton State University partnered with Portfolium to develop a modern tool for students to showcase their work and skills. Learn how we transitioned Tarleton State University from an archaic student ePortfolio system to an innovative, cloud-based ePortfolio network with a social media look and feel. We will also highlight the various ways this product is utilized and share lessons learned from over eight years of providing campus ePortfolios.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Carrell

Justin Carrell

T-Bug President, Tarleton State University
avatar for Ashley Hyman

Ashley Hyman

Director of Implementations, Portfolium, Inc
Ashley Hyman is the Director of Implementations at Portfolium where she helps universities and students link learning with career. Ashley is also an adjunct faculty member at National University in La Jolla, California and a graduate of San Diego State and the University of Kansa... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Kelley Shaffer

Dr. Kelley Shaffer

Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation, Tarleton State University
Dr. Shaffer is the Director of the Center for Instructional Innovation for Tarleton State University where she directs academic computing, faculty development and innovation in teaching, and the Learning Management System. She is also an Assistant Professor for the College of Education... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Jasmine

2:30pm

Making It Work Better: Applying Project Management Where it Should Be
Limited Capacity filling up

Whether you’re a project management expert being asked to expand your work into new business lines or a novice seeking to leverage time-tested tools for your own projects, this session will explore applied project management’s broad-sweeping potential. Drawing from real-world projects within the federal workspace, explore practical applications of the tools in our toolkit that will lend both structure and flexible implementation to meet your non-traditional project needs. Leave with confidence in using project management tools in new ways, even when you’re not technically “certified” to do so.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Brindle

Karen Brindle

Deputy Director, USDA-ARS
Karen Brindle is a deputy director in the USDA Agricultural Research Services’ (ARS) Eastern Business Service Center, overseeing Information Technology, Facilities, Property, Safety, and Acquisitions. She also is responsible for a number of ARS administrative projects covering... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Tulip

2:30pm

Real-Life Process Improvement
Limited Capacity seats available

Continual service improvement is a worthy goal many organizations set, but getting there is sometimes trickier than you might think. Join this session to review case studies on the process improvement methodology used within Texas A&M IT and how it could benefit your organization. We’ll discuss how this methodology improved existing processes for supplier contract management and customer service requests, and how this experience led to further changes.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Cheyne

Robert Cheyne

Business Relationship Manager, Texas A&M IT
I've been at Texas A&M IT for 19 years, working primarily with server and desktop support and as an IT Manager working with shared services. I now have the role in IT of ensuring our partners receive the best value from our services.

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
A2

2:30pm

Building an Ecosystem: Strategies for Managing Complex Web Environments
Limited Capacity seats available

Complex organizations build complex websites that include content management systems, APIs, vendor integrations, thousands of links, asset management, payment services, analytics and much more. Adding to the complexity, components are often managed by different groups. Join this session as we discuss strategies to building a common language for website management through the use of an ecosystem model. We will show you how utilizing the model ensures the development of your web presence is collaborative, takes parts in view of the whole, and enables dynamic connections between different parts of the ecosystem.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth German

Elizabeth German

Instructional Design and Web Projects Librarian, University Libraries
Elizabeth German is the Web Projects and Instructional Design Librarian at the University Libraries where she works to create high quality research and learning experiences for the Texas A&M community. Her areas of expertise and research include user experience, universal design... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Hahn

Douglas Hahn

IT Manager, Texas A&M University
Douglas Hahn is a IT Manager at Texas A&M University Libraries with over 20 years' experience in the computer information technology field. He received a Master's of Science degree from University of North Texas. His current interests are in the evolution of the web, and technologies... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Wisteria

2:30pm

What The Auditors Look For
Limited Capacity filling up

Fiscal Year 2017 brings with it nine audits of Information Technology Governance Practices and General Controls, performed by System Internal Audit. Don’t be caught off guard! Get the inside scoop on what the auditors are looking for and an overview of the results historically. We will discuss everything from IT governance structure to data privacy. Don’t miss the details on IT policies and procedures (including the new TAC 202 controls catalog), logical security, change management, disaster recovery and backups, identity and account management, risk management and end-user training.

Speakers
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David Maggard

Senior Manager, Internal Audit, Texas A&M University System
David Maggard is a Senior Manager for the System Internal Audit Department and has been auditing at Texas A&M University and the System collectively for 25 years. David is a C.P.A. and Certified Information Systems Auditor (C.I.S.A.).

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
A1

2:30pm

Wayfinding & Information Delivery Using Fourwinds Digital Signage
Limited Capacity seats available

Over the years, organizations have tried a variety of techniques to provide information in an efficient and professional manner. These techniques fail for a variety of reasons, with the largest being that people are inundated with emails and other messages throughout the day. A well-executed Digital Signage installation can help! Come experience the positive impact of using Digital Signage for information delivery and the key components for a successful Digital Signage install. We will also demo interactive wayfinding for visitor navigation and Digital Signage integration with existing emergency alert systems using standard protocols.

Speakers
avatar for Richard King

Richard King

Associate Director, Division of IT
Richard King is a Senior IT Manager in College Station for the Health Science Center. He has been with the Texas A&M Health Science Center Office of Information Technology since January 2012, and was the Project Manager and is the main administrator on the TAMHSC AirWatch system... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Orchid

3:15pm

Refreshments & Networking
The Brownie Bar is open! Come hungry. 

Monday February 20, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall B

4:00pm

Building CBE for an Affordable Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how Texas A&M University Corpus Christi developed processes to build an affordable baccalaureate program in Mechanical Engineering Technology that takes students three years to complete and costs no more than $15,000. The Mechanical Engineering Chair, university administrators, and instructors in the College of Science and Engineering will partner with instructors and administrators at DelMar College to build the program. Supported by the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Expansion Project, the goal will be to enroll students beginning in the fall of 2017.

Speakers
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Lauren Cifuentes

Director of Distance Education and Learning Techno, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Lauren Cifuentes is Professor and Director of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at TAMU-CC. Her recent interests are focused on designs for learning and administration for distance education.
avatar for Lauran Guerra

Lauran Guerra

Instructional Designer I, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Lauran Guerra is an Instructional Designer in the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at TAMU-CC. She is a TAMU-CC alumni and has 5 years full-time Instructional Designer experience with the office. Her interests are compliance with accessibility and copyright requirements... Read More →
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Alexandra Janney

Instructional Designer of Distance Education and L, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Alexandra Janney is an Instructional Designer in the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at TAMU-CC. Her special interests are in emerging technologies and innovative approaches to delivery of higher education.
avatar for Rinki Suryavanshi

Rinki Suryavanshi

Instructional Designer II, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Dr. Rinki Suryavanshi is an Instructional Designer in the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at TAMU-CC. Her interest is in designs for learning and human performance technologies.

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Jasmine

4:00pm

Project Scheduling 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Project scheduling is one of the most crucial pieces to the success of any project. This session will provide an interactive workflow in creating the work breakdown structure (WBS) and project schedule (using Microsoft Project), starting from the project scope statement and ending with a complete project schedule. We will also cover some of the most important scheduling tools, tricks and tips when using Microsoft Project.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Pace

Michael Pace

Manager, PMO, Texas A&M IT
Michael is currently the Manager of Texas A&M IT's Project Management Office. He is also currently completing his PhD in Business, specializing in Project Management.

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Tulip

4:00pm

Knowledge is Power - Rethinking Leadership in Our Campus Settings
Limited Capacity filling up

In our ever-changing culture, there are many key factors to consider to be an effective leader. This session encompasses topics ranging from dissemination of information, diversity in groups, and utilizing this diversity to find better solutions. By exploring leadership as a skill, we will discuss how to be effective with the ever-growing millennial population entering the workforce. We will also cover the difference between roles as managers and leaders, and how the use of knowledge and information shifts as we focus on being effective leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Deitz

Greg Deitz

IT Manager, Texas A&M University / Open Access Labs
Greg Deitz is the team lead for the Open Access Labs of West Campus at Texas A&M University. He has worked with this group for more than 15 years, starting as a student worker. The biggest goal that he sets for himself in his team is to help give all of his staff the tools they need... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
A2

4:00pm

Real-Time Communication to the Public
Limited Capacity seats available

Real-time communication of important information to the public can be a difficult challenge to overcome. Recently the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) needed to communicate incident and closure information along the Central Texas stretch of the I-35 corridor during its multi- year construction project to widen the highway. To help solve this issue, TxDOT called upon the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). Join this session and find out how TTI is blending the use of a real-time map web application, email, Twitter and SMS to successfully communicate time sensitive information to the public.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Bratlien

Chris Bratlien

Web Developer III, TTI Communications
Chris Bratlien works to understand complex problems and find unique solutions from open source software. He enjoys working on a wide range of projects, often utilizing PHP and single-page JavaScript apps.
avatar for James Moughon

James Moughon

Software Applications Developer III, TTI Communications
James Moughon solves research challenges by making easy-to-use software that engages people. He also loves data visualization and looks forward to the challenge of telling stories with data.

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Wisteria

4:00pm

Managing Technology in Makerspaces
Limited Capacity seats available

Did you know that makerspaces are more than a collection of tables and tools? From 3D printing to database management, this session covers the various technologies used to keep a makerspace operating. Join discussions on topics including personnel management, equipment allocation, virtual clients, digital media applications and infrastructure/operation costs. We’ll cover all the components that are critical to operating a successful academic makerspace.

Speakers
JW

James Wilson

EIC Facility Manager, Texas A&M University-EIC
I have managed campus labs and facilities for over 20 years on campus. My academic expertise lies in Engineering Education and Information Technology.

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
A1

4:00pm

UIN Management Web Services and Identity Management
Limited Capacity filling up

Universities must uniquely identify each individual they interact with and, for many years, TAMUS IT has used the Universal Identification Number (UIN). As we move toward a more integrated System, the UIN is expected to take on a larger role in identity management. Ideally, the goal is to implement the UIN as a single source of identifying data for students and employees. In this session, we will explore an updated version of UIN web services, what this means for the future of the file-based UIN creation processes currently in use, and a possible future-state identity data store.

Speakers
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Dewayne Kessner

Principal Software Developer, TAMUS IT
Dewayne Kessner is a senior web application developer with TAMUS IT's System Enterprise Applications group. He is oversees the design and development of Single Sign-On and many other shared service web applications. Some of his many projects include integrating SSO into the TAMU Shibboleth... Read More →
avatar for Marc Moore

Marc Moore

Manager, Enterprise Software Initiatives, TAMUS IT
Marc Moore is the manager of TAMUS IT's System Enterprise Applications Development team. He has implemented many TAMUS shared service applications including TimeTraq, iBenefits, and Monthly Payroll, among others.
avatar for Mark Schulz

Mark Schulz

IT Enterprise Architect, A&M System IT

Track Sponsor


Monday February 20, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Orchid

5:30pm

Sponsor Reception
Join more than 40+ can’t-miss vendors, sporting the latest technology and service offerings for higher education. The reception features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Prizes will be drawn at 7:00 PM, including a Fitbit, $100 Best Buy gift card, Chromebook and more!

Monday February 20, 2017 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Exhibit Hall B

8:00pm

Quarterly EIR Accessibility Meeting


Monday February 20, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Tulip

8:00pm

GoWeb After Dark
Equidox by Onix treats you to hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary first drink. Join the Texas A&M GoWeb group and end your day in a casual setting. Network with web professionals and discuss everything web, from the latest trends on analytics, accessibility and branding to recent successes and challenges.

Sponsored by: Equidox by Onix 


Monday February 20, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Garden Cay

8:00pm

Special Interest Groups
If you want your group's activities listed, email the details to techsummit@tamu.edu

Monday February 20, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, February 21
 

7:30am

Breakfast Buffet
What says Texas better than some tasty breakfast tacos? 

Tuesday February 21, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall B

9:00am

Keynote - What’s Next: Futurecasting with IT Leaders
Moderator: Adam Mikeal, TAMU College of Architecture

What’s next for higher ed IT? Each year, we face increasing security standards, mounting compliance challenges, and always-growing demand from students who want all the technology right now. Universities face unprecedented challenges to their mission and the role that technology will play. Join leaders from four top universities with an array of experiences in public and private sectors across the nation as they discuss their views of what the future holds for IT professionals and service delivery in a rapidly changing academic environment. The panel concludes with time for questions from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Dee Childs

Dee Childs

CIO, Texas A&M Information Technology
M. Dee Childs serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Dee served as Associate Provost and CIO at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she facilitated Alabama's first 100G... Read More →
avatar for Brad Englert

Brad Englert

Chief Information Officer, The University of Texas at Austin
Brad Englert, Chief Operating Officer for ITS and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for The University of Texas at Austin since 2010, has spent much of his professional life working in and assisting institutions of higher education. During Englert’s twenty-two year career with a global... Read More →
avatar for Keith "Mac"   McIntosh

Keith "Mac" McIntosh

Vice President and CIO, University of Richmond
Keith W. McIntosh is the Vice President (VP) for Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Richmond. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic development... Read More →
avatar for Pattie Orr

Pattie Orr

Vice President for Information Technology, Baylor University
Before arriving at Baylor, I served at Wellesley College in the Information Services Division for 15 years where I provided leadership for information and technology initiatives, developed information services policies, oversaw institutional research for the information services division... Read More →


Tuesday February 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall A

10:30am

Refreshments & Networking
Power up with trail mix, fruit, muffins and more. 

Tuesday February 21, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Exhibit Hall B

11:00am

Inventing the Future: Industry Partnerships to Enhance Learning Technologies
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a continuation of last year's "Creating the Future" discussion. This year, Mark Henry with the College of Engineering and Paige Barnett with Steelcase Inc. will discuss the partnership created to develop a table design for the future Engineering Education Complex Learning Studios. A co-designed, custom classroom table was created by combining Mark and team's learning technology expertise with the capabilities of a global furniture manufacturer. Using this seemingly simple part of classroom design, Mark and Paige will walk through the project's conception and development and have a group discussion to evaluate how you can take advantage of opportunities around you to create truly remarkable student experiences. 

Speakers
avatar for Paige Barnett

Paige Barnett

Regional Education Leader, Steelcase Inc.
Paige Barnett Merino is a Regional Education Leader for Steelcase Inc. based in Houston, TX. She travels within a four state region visiting campuses and exploring how classroom space can impact behavior, learning and engagement. Before joining Steelcase, Paige graduated with a Bachelor’s... Read More →
avatar for Mark Henry

Mark Henry

Senior IT Professional, College of Engineering
Mark Henry has been part of several innovative IT strategies since starting in 1999 in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University including VDI, classroom and computer lab design, faculty recording studio development.  Mark continues various innovative projects for the college... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Jasmine

11:00am

Managing Projects In A Matrix Organization
Limited Capacity filling up

The ability to manage in a matrix organization, where employees may have dual reports, is becoming a distinguishing characteristic for effective leadership in modern society. Current and aspiring leaders are invited to explore the challenges of project delivery in complex organizations. We’ll provide a framework, tools and tips that will help you find increased satisfaction in your role, boost your influence and get more done.

Speakers
TM

Tim Masters

PMO Director, Ascension Information Services
With a career in IT spanning over 20 years, Tim Masters brings experience ranging from Manager of Care Management Systems at New York State’s largest nonprofit health plan, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, to his current role as PMO Director for Ascension, the largest nonprofit... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Tulip

11:00am

Innovation for the Institution
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology leaders must drive value to their institutions while maintaining successful processes and looking for new opportunities to grow. This requires a holistic approach to strategic innovation – a balance between honing internal service delivery and allowing for adaptation to external forces. Establishing a culture of innovation in these circumstances is never easy and budget constraints are just one hurdle education IT leaders face. However, aligning with the needs of the institution while taking sound risks can help drive enterprise advancements. Join your peers for this lively discussion on the risks, disruptions, opportunities and triumphs inherent to a culture of innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Hashem

Randy Hashem

Enterprise Account Executive, Dropbox Education
Randy has been partnering with Education & Technology leaders over a span of two decades. In his role at Dropbox he helps institutions break thru silos, empowering collaboration and productivity with the most popular collaborative platform in the world
avatar for Ben Stern

Ben Stern

Solutions Architect, Dropbox
Ben Stern has worked in education his whole career, ranging from work in the classroom, to IT, and now to working in startups focused on the education market. Now, Ben is a Solutions Architect at Dropbox, where he partners with universities around the country to transform how professors... Read More →

Track Sponsor


Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
A2

11:00am

Continuous Deployment for WordPress
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to make the switch from FTP clients to the creation of a continuous deployment pipeline, and see how it can help your WordPress theme and plugin development. Hear about a successful implementation of Github for repository hosting, Codeship for deployment, and WP Engine for web hosting. We will also cover build tools like NPM, Bower and Coffeescript. Learn how to automate releases on Github with Grunt and walk through using Sass to assist development on your staging servers while minimizing code for your production servers.

Speakers
avatar for Zachary Watkins

Zachary Watkins

Software Applications Developer I, Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Zachary Watkins is a software applications developer for AgriLife Communications. He has nine years of experience developing for the web and more than three developing custom plugins and themes for WordPress.

Track Sponsor


Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Wisteria

11:00am

Configuring Windows 10 for Usability, Stability and Security
Limited Capacity filling up

With Windows 8, users were presented with a confusing and almost universally-hated interface. As a solution to the problem, Microsoft released Windows 10. The main idea was to fix the interface issues, but this new solution created issues of its own. By combining live demos and discussion, we will address some of the main issues surrounding Windows 10, including security issues raised by features like the telemetry and Cortana, and the stability concerns caused by the rapid rate of updates.

Speakers
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Bill Hobson

IT Manager II, TEES
Bill Hobson is a digital pioneer and has worked with microcomputers for 35 years and has worked with Windows since version 1.0 and is an early adopter of Windows 10. He is currently the Information Security Officer for Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the College of E... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
A1

11:00am

Texas A&M IT Solutions & Support - We’re Here to Help
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Texas A&M IT as we showcase some of the diverse offerings from our portfolio. In this session, we will discuss custom development services, vari­ous features of digital signage, as well as database services, including SQL and MySQL. We will also review enterprise content management provided by Laserfiche and the ServiceNow model and how it can define, structure and automate the flow of work to streamline your delivery of services. Come hear how you can rapidly create new services, deliver services at record pace, and most importantly - manage services.

Speakers
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Jeff Boynton

Enterprise Account Executive, ServiceNow
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Jeffrey Phillips

Assoc. Director Division of IT Solutions & Support, Texas A&M University

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Orchid

12:00pm

Lunch Buffet
Join the fiesta with enchiladas, fajitas, chips and salsa. 

Tuesday February 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall B

1:00pm

Game-Based Learning in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Game-based learning (GBL) is a valuable tool for innovating instruction and creating immersive learning experiences, but is not as prevalent and accepted in higher education. Join this panel discussion of TAMUS faculty that have been using GBL in the classroom to hear how the LIVE Lab at TAMU and Triseum, LLC. is changing this trend! You will hear how Macenas, created to teach art history by students in the Live Lab, is now being used at universities around the country. We’ll also identify best practices for implementing games in your class or while conducting research.

Speakers
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Daniil Leiderman

Instructional Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
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Amber Muenzenberger

Director of Learning, Triseum
Amber is currently the Director of Learning at Triseum where she works a multi-talented team to design education games and conduct efficacy research.
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Carey Rote

Professor, Texas A & M--Corpus Christi
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Andre Thomas

TAMU & Triseum
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Emily Vincent

Concept Artist, Triseum
Emily is currently a concept artist at Triseum where she works with learning directors and game designs to create the art seen in educational games. She is also a resent Visualization graduate from Texas A&M and former member of the LIVE lab.

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Jasmine

1:00pm

Leading & Empowering Innovation
Limited Capacity seats available

Join an exploration of innovation in modern business. We’ll focus on leading and empowering both individuals and organizations to embrace and champion innovation, exponential thinking and an innovative culture. In this session, we will discuss the evolution of innovation, innovation as a learning process, how to innovate successfully and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that individuals and organizations easily fall into. The discussion will also include divergent perspectives on the future of innovation and technology from authors and recognized experts.

Speakers
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Timothy Hoch

IT & Innovation Leader, GE / APM
Timothy Hoch is the Information Technology and Innovation Leader for Atlantic Plant Maintenance (APM), located in Pasadena, TX. APM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Electric and is responsible for maintaining power generation turbines across North America. Drawing on more than... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Tulip

1:00pm

Strategic Planning for an IT Service
Limited Capacity filling up

Strategic planning is more important than ever. William Shakespeare noted that ‘what is past, is prologue.’ So why stay there? With imagination, innovation, and intense moments of fellowship with your colleagues, paving a path to a future state is possible. This presentation will outline the Bryson Model for strategic planning, offer insight into how the ServiceNow strategic plan was developed, highlight pain points, and offer an overview of the ServiceNow Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Kissee

Joshua Kissee

Chief of Staff to the Vice President for IT and CIO, Division of Information Technology
Joshua Kissee serves as the Chief of Staff to the Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer in the Division of Information Technology. Joshua is responsible for managing the university-wide IT governance program, strategic planning, project portfolio management, organizational... Read More →
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Anthony Schneider

IT Manager, Texas A&M University, Division of Student Affairs

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
A2

1:00pm

{U}X, Not {Me}X: Putting People Back into the Experience
Limited Capacity seats available

You can see it in your mind - the website of your dreams. You have it all: carefully written content, awesome graphics and the perfect layout. What could go wrong? No aspect of development and design is more important than crafting a positive experience for your audience. Join us as we explore the importance and approach to viewing our audiences as people, not just users; introduce useful tools and tricks to develop better experiences; and create a development workflow that supports this thinking.

Speakers
avatar for Xavier Porter

Xavier Porter

IT Creative Manager, Division of Information Technology
Xavier Porter is the IT Creative Manager for the Division of Information Technology. With more than 15 years creating user-friendly design experiences, he now manages a team of designers and developers whose passion is developing user-friendly, accessible interfaces for Texas A&M... Read More →
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Andy Swaffar

Software Applications Developer III, Texas A&M University
Andy is a Lead Software Applications Developer and former student at Texas A&M University. He has worked in IT Services for the Division of Finance and Administration since 2010 and specializes in mobile-friendly, user-centric web development.

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Wisteria

1:00pm

Why Data Center Attackers Are Aiming Low
Limited Capacity filling up

While most data center security focuses on protecting the virtualized layers, the real-world attackers are increasingly subverting the data center’s physical infrastructure. Join us as we focus on the reality of data center cybersecurity. We will cover recent attack tools and how they can be used, the hidden role of infrastructure, and the sanctioned backdoors into your data center. Get a better understanding of how to protect your data center from attackers!

Speakers
avatar for Alex Waterman

Alex Waterman

Sr. Director of Product Management, Vectra Networks, Inc
Alex Waterman is the senior director of product management at Vectra Networks, responsible for the company’s data center product line. | | Prior to Vectra, Alex was senior director of product management at VMware in the NSX team, where he was responsible for NSX security solutions... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
A1

1:00pm

Business Process Efficiency Case Studies Using the Laserfiche Shared Service
Limited Capacity seats available

If you’ve ever heard, “But we’ve always done it this way!” when it comes to document storage, this is the session for you! Join a panel discussion to hear details of successful Texas A&M Laserfiche shared service implementations from a customer perspective. We’ll cover a variety of topics from choosing the initial process to re-engineer to strategies for creating buy-in from people who do not want to accept change. Learn how to answer the illusive “we’ve always done it this way” comments, track your ROI, and prepare quantifiable evidence. If you missed this session at EDUCAUSE 2016, now’s your chance!

Speakers
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Linda Ding

Director of Strategic Marketing, Laserfiche
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Christopher Huff

IT Professional I, TAMU College of Engineering
Christopher Huff graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Technology Management and now works to streamline business processes within the College of Engineering's Information Technology Department.
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Judith H. Lewis

Sr. IT Manager, Texas A&M Information Technology
Among other responsibilities, Judith is the Program Manager for the Texas A&M Laserfiche Shared Service. She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration and has published and presented on IT Governance subjects.
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Emily Weers

Associate Director, Academic Affairs Business Services

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Orchid

2:00pm

Session Cancelled: Plenary - Interrupting Bias in Hiring and Promotion
**ANNOUNCEMENT: SESSION CANCELLED**

This session has been cancelled due to a speaker unavailability. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Be sure to check out the Sponsor Hall in Exhibit Hall B and visit with our sponsors to get your Sponsor Passport stamped. Turn in your completed Sponsor Passport at the Registration Desk for the chance to win a $500 Amazon gift card!

If you are heading over to Speed Geeking in Exhibit Hall A, make sure you grab your business cards. With the entire pool of Tech Summit attendees in the mix, you’re sure to engage with old friends and meet new ones — but when the bell rings, it’s time to move on! Grab some cracker jacks and pretzels on the way in!

Speakers
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Mindy Bergman

Professor, Psychology, Texas A&M Information Technology


Tuesday February 21, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Exhibit Hall A

2:00pm

Mapping, Charting and Custom Graphics with D3.js
Limited Capacity seats available

Creating data visualization on the web is often viewed as a type of art. While tools are available to help you visualize data with dashboards or charts, these tools often lack the customization and ability to work with live data. Discover how to bring your data to life with D3.js, a JavaScript library. Using HTML, SVG, and CSS, D3.js can turn static graphics and maps into meaningful visualizations that drive decision making. Learn how Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is using D3.js to bring its data alive in new interactive ways.

Speakers
avatar for James Moughon

James Moughon

Software Applications Developer III, TTI Communications
James Moughon solves research challenges by making easy-to-use software that engages people. He also loves data visualization and looks forward to the challenge of telling stories with data.

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Wisteria

2:00pm

Cybersecurity Frontiers
Limited Capacity filling up

We’ll take a critical look at the current trends in cybersecurity and information assurance. Designed specifically for you, the educator and information technology professional, this session will delve into current trends and how they affect our organizations. We’ll also spend time in a hands-on demonstration of offensive and defensive techniques to address these trends.

Speakers
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Daniel J. Ragsdale, Ph.D.

Director, Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center and Professor of Practice, Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Ragsdale serves as a Professor of Practice in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and as the Director of the Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center. His previous experiences included being a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
A1

3:00pm

Speed Geeking & Refreshments
Networking on steroids. Tech Summit puts its own twist on speed dating in a professional context. Make new, professional contacts through brief but intense one-on-one conversation (don’t worry - we’ll even provide topics). With the entire pool of Tech Summit attendees in the mix, you’re sure to engage with old friends and meet new ones — but when the bell rings, it’s time to move on! Grab some cracker jacks and pretzels on the way in!

***Be sure to bring business cards!  

Tuesday February 21, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Exhibit Hall A

4:00pm

‘Lighting Up’ ECON 202 Lectures with the Lightboard
Limited Capacity seats available

A lightboard facilitates high-quality videos of instructors writing on a board to explain concepts while still facing their students. It creates a more engaging experience for the students and a teacher presence in an online environment. Last summer, Texas A&M University installed its first lightboard in the College of Liberal Arts to convert ECON 202 into a completely online format. The mini-lectures were recorded in the lightboard studio and then edited. We will share how we implemented the lightboard, from design and development, to project management, partnerships, lighting, video recording, editing and production. We will also address the challenges we faced and what we learned.

Speakers
avatar for Shweta Kailani

Shweta Kailani

Senior Instructional Designer, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Shweta is a Senior Instructional Designer in the College of Liberal Arts. She collaborates and consults with faculty in integrating educational technology in their courses to increase engagement and student learning. She facilitates numerous workshops and professional development... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Jasmine

4:00pm

Rethinking Resource Allocation: Managing in the Real World
Limited Capacity seats available

The Division of Student Affairs IT supports a large set of diverse custom applications inherited through consolidation. Even with a high performance project team, the allocation of appropriate resources can be a tricky business. In this session we will discuss how to come up with a management solution that works and planning strategies for resource allocation. Using real world experiences and struggles we will show you how to show a department overcame them, lessons learned and the roadmap moving forward.

Speakers
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David Swanson

IT Manager, Texas A&M University
David Swanson is an IT Manager with the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University in College Station. With more than 30 years of experience designing and building custom applications for Texas A&M, he occasionally takes a break to hike to the highest point in other cou... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Tulip

4:00pm

Human Security Factor
Limited Capacity filling up

In today’s world of IT security, most companies have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to secure their network perimeters. However, they have neglected one of their most vulnerable areas... humans. Explore the human security factor and how it affects corporations today. We’ll look at the facts behind the latest breaches and how they could have been prevented. Join us to discuss changing the behavior of your employees so that your organization is less vulnerable, and also sees increased productivity.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Boykin

Chris Boykin

CTO, Future Com
Chris has been in the IT industry for over 20 years in various roles and has spent the last 12 years focusing on IT Security, where he has led teams of highly skilled consultants to provide solutions to enterprises and small-to-medium businesses. Chris is currently the Chief Technology... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
A2

4:00pm

Addressing Web Application Security - Major Attack Vectors and Countermeasures
Limited Capacity seats available

When developing a secure web application, it is critical that developers know the vulnerabilities and countermeasures that must be addressed. Join us as we discuss the most common attack vectors for web applications including Click-Jacking, Cross-Site Scripting, Script and SQL Injection, Man-In-The-Middle, and Spoofing. We’ll walk through basic best practices, discuss tools to guard against the different types of attacks, and review application architecture, code and settings that should be implemented to secure a web application.

Note: The specific coding and setting changes demonstrated will be done in a PHP application on a standard Linux, Apache, MySQL system, and an ASP.NET application written in C# code, running on IIS.

Speakers
avatar for Guillermo "Gil" Muñoz

Guillermo "Gil" Muñoz

Lead Software Developer, Texas A&M Health Science Center
Gil has a Master's degree in Linguistics from Trinity Western University. He was Senior Systems Analyst for TAMU Ocean Drilling Program until 1999. Along with his wife and four kids, Gil served with a non-profit organization working with minority languages in underdeveloped countries... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Tarpley

Jeremy Tarpley

Dir Web Services, Texas A&M Health Science Ctr
Jeremy is a graduate of the Mays Business School at A&M and has worked in IT for the university since 2002. During this time, he has worked in IT support, systems administration, web development, and IT management. For the last five years, Jeremy has managed the web team for the Health... Read More →

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Wisteria

4:00pm

Practical Applications of Next Generation Firewalls
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that you have a next generation firewall, what should you be doing? Join us as we unpack and answer that question. We’ll discuss protocols and applications that should be blocked or limited for security purposes, how to write inbound security policies with security and convenience in mind (how to move to Layer 7 from Layer 4), and how to lock down unknown URLs, applications and protocols based on countries. We’ll cover an introduction to SSL decryption, segmenting your network by purpose (VPN, servers, etc.), as well as using QoS for your SaaS applications.

Speakers
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Andrew Crown

Systems Engineer, Solid Border
Andrew ran the IT department for a publicly traded oil and gas company before joining Solid Border. His background is in security, data center design, and mergers and acquisitions as they relate to IT.

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
A1

4:00pm

Workday @ The Texas A&M University System
Limited Capacity filling up

Get the inside scoop on the overall strategy for the Workday implementation and an overview of technical components, such as APIs, Data Warehouse and Integrations. We will also cover potential items on the future roadmap, including components (such as a new financial system) and subsequent project phases. Data consumers of BPP data are highly encouraged to attend! Let’s develop partnerships across the System and raise awareness of all the potential project impacts.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Schulz

Mark Schulz

IT Enterprise Architect, A&M System IT

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Tuesday February 21, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Orchid

5:00pm

She Started It: Documentary Screening
Go behind the scenes to see the roller coaster ride for five young women as they face the challenge of launching a tech start-up. We’ll have the popcorn ready.

Tuesday February 21, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall A

5:00pm

Early Rainforest Tours
Head over to the Rainforest Pyramid before sunset! Tech Summit attendees can visit the Rainforest Pyramid for free beginning at 5:00 PM and continuing through 7:00 PM, so don't miss a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. 

Tuesday February 21, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Visitor's Center

6:00pm

Dinner Buffet & Casino Night
Join us for a dinner buffet, casino games and prizes galore! In between games, head over to the Rainforest Pyramid or 3D Theatre for more fun. In the Rainforest Pyramid, you can enjoy a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. The state-of-the-art 3D Theatre features the largest screen in Texas and top-of-the-line surround sound system for the best viewing experience in the world.

5:00 - 7:00 Rainforest Tours
6:00 Casino Games, Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktails
6:00 Ice Age Showing @ 4D Theatre
6:00 Wild Africa Showing @ 3D Theatre
6:30 Dino Island Showing @ 4D Theatre
6:45 Secret Ocean Showing @ 3D Theatre
7:00 Dinner Buffet Opens (grilled filets, smothered chicken, roasted salmon, cheesecake and more!)
7:00 Ice Age Showing @ 4D Theatre
7:30 Dino Island Showing @ 4D Theatre
7:45 Wild Africa Showing @ 3D Theatre
8:00 Ice Age Showing @ 4D Theatre
8:30 Dino Island Showing @ 4D Theatre
8:30 Secret Ocean Showing @ 3D Theatre
9:45 Prize Drawing (includes GoPro Hero, Apple Watch, $100 Gift Card and more!)

Tuesday February 21, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Visitor's Center
 
Wednesday, February 22
 

7:30am

Breakfast Buffet
We're going all out! Can you smell the bacon and eggs? 

Wednesday February 22, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall B

9:00am

Strategies and Best Practices for Distance Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

In a world where the change in technology is never ceasing, there are strategies and best practices to ensure distance learning is the best it can be! Learn how to include faculty, administration and - most importantly - students in the planning, design and implementation of your distance learning course content. Even though distance learning now includes a combination of hybrid, blended and completely online classes, there are several strategies that have stood the test of time. Join us as we combine research from leading experts regarding industry standards for both distance learning and teaching innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Holmes

Stephanie Holmes

Instructional Designer, Prairie View A&M University
Stephanie Holmes, MCD in Community Development, 8 years at Prairie View A&M University as an instructional designer.
avatar for Major Stewart

Major Stewart

Instructional Designer, Prairie View A&M University
Major Stewart, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, 3 years online instructor at Troy State University, 5 years online teaching at Prairie View A&M University and 10 years as an instructional designer.
avatar for Charlene Stubblefield

Charlene Stubblefield

Executive Director - Center for Instructional Innovation and Technology Services, Prairie View A&M University
Charlene Stubblefield is an Executive Director - Center for Instructional Innovation and Technology Services at Prairie View A&M University. She has over 15 years technology experience in corporate America. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Master of Education... Read More →

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Jasmine

9:00am

Does Your Scope Creep?
Limited Capacity filling up

Uncover the process to achieving effective scope management. Join this session as we discuss the skills required and various techniques to implement for managing project scope. We will identify ways to manage scope which allows projects still come in on-time and on-budget.

Speakers
avatar for Chrissie Cordray

Chrissie Cordray

IT Director, Texas A&M University
Chrissie Cordray is the Senior IT Manager for the division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California State University, Sacramento. After graduation she worked as an Application Developer for Redding Technology Partners... Read More →
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Karen Hrncir

Assistant Director, Texas A&M University
Karen Hrncir is the Assistant Director in charge of Project Management and Compliance for the Provost IT Office at Texas A&M University. Before joining the Provost IT Office Karen worked as part of the team responsible for implementing Ellucian Banner for Financial Aid. Karen began... Read More →

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Tulip

9:00am

Types, Teams and Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered why a work team didn’t function as intended or how someone else with identical instructions could produce a different product? We will use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to identify an individual’s basic preferences and show that no one way of thinking or working is more correct than another. Participants will receive a brief introduction to MBTI on a personal and professional level, tips for working in teams, and tools to take back to the office. When you understand your preferences, you can approach your own responsibilities in a manner that best suits you, including time management, decision making, problem solving and stress.

Speakers
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Meredith Simpson

Assistant Commandant - Academics, Texas A & M University
Meredith Simpson oversees and executes the academic programming and international experiences for the Corps of Cadets. She regularly uses her MBTI lens to help students operate more efficiently in both the classroom and leadership environment.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
A2

9:00am

Web Accessibility Testing Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Web Accessibility testing ensures everyone, including individuals with disabilities, are able to access online resources. There are many software programs and online testing tools to help you determine if your web content meets critical accessibility guidelines. In this session, we will review a variety of tools and testing methods to help you determine a strategy, including color contrast analysis, keyboard accessibility testing, screen magnification testing, and browser extensions/evaluation tools.

Speakers
avatar for Puneet Gaddam

Puneet Gaddam

Senior IT Accessibility Policy Analyst, Division of Information Technology
Puneet Gaddam serves as a Senior IT Accessibility Policy Analyst for Texas A&M University with responsibilities which include monitoring and performing accessibility assessments of Texas A&M web and software applications and performing periodic accessibility scanning of high-risk... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Watkins

Dawn Watkins

Senior IT Policy Analyst, Texas A&M University
Dawn Watkins is new to Texas A&M but she was a champion for accessibility at her previous state agency position for over six years. She has experience with accessibility requirements associated with communications, web development, and project management.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Wisteria

9:00am

Tired of Updating Programs for Users? We Have Your Answer!
Limited Capacity seats available

Imagine if users could get instant turnaround on software installation requests. And best of all - no more paperwork, compliance reports, and audit findings! With Viewfinity, an admin escalation tool that enables you to assign granular admin-level access to restricted features for normal user accounts, this just scratches the surface of the possibilities. This session will teach you the basics, including Privilege Management Inbox, Application Control Inbox, Reports, and individual computer setting options. Come see what a future with nearly zero privileged user accounts looks like!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Melton

Laura Melton

Senior IT Associate, College of Architecture
Laura Melton is a senior support professional who has been with the College of Architecture for almost two years. Her interests and responsibilities include desk-side support and systems administration, esp. in the areas of Exchange, Active Directory, and Viewfininity, just to name... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Pampell

Stephen Pampell

Systems Administrator IV, Texas A&M University Libraries
Stephen Pampell is an experienced systems administrator and engineer. He has worked for Texas A&M University for the last 16 years, the last 9 of which have been with the TAMU Libraries. He currently leads their Systems and Networking team, which is responsible for the Libraries... Read More →

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
A1

9:00am

Master Contracts Available Across the System
Limited Capacity seats available

The Texas A&M University System Office has negotiated multiple Systemwide vendor contracts. These master contracts meet State and System procurement requirements, simplify access to products and services, migrate processes to best practices, and provide discounted pricing. This presentation will deliver a comprehensive overview of existing contracts, a forward look at future contracts, and an explanation of how to use contracts.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Stone

Mark Stone

System Chief Information Officer, The Texas A&M University System
Mark A. Stone serves as the System CIO for the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M University System is one of the most influential systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies... Read More →

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 9:00am - 9:45am
Orchid

10:00am

Finding Tech-achu: Explore the Potential of Augmented Reality
Limited Capacity seats available

Recently, research on the uses, advantages, effectiveness and challenges regarding the application of Augmented Reality (AR) in educational contexts has progressively increased. The time for AR adoption is projected as two to three years, hence reinforcing the need to fully leverage this technology in education. This session seeks to share ways this may be realized. Throughout the conference, you will experience the opportunity to play an AR game. After which, we will demonstrate the practical application of Augmented Reality by showing you how we implemented the game at the venue and discuss applications in a classroom setting.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth German

Elizabeth German

Instructional Design and Web Projects Librarian, University Libraries
Elizabeth German is the Web Projects and Instructional Design Librarian at the University Libraries where she works to create high quality research and learning experiences for the Texas A&M community. Her areas of expertise and research include user experience, universal design... Read More →
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Stephanie J. Graves

Associate Professor, Texas A&M University Libraries
Stephanie Graves is the Director of Learning and Outreach for the the University Libraries. Her research explores the intersectio of information literacy, user experience, and emerging technologies. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Reference Services Review, Journal... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins

IT Consultant for Learning Technologies, University Libraries
Michael Hawkins is an Information Technology Consultant at the University Libraries where he provides advanced technical support, consulting and training for specialized online learning objects software for Library faculty and staff. Develops instructional materials to assist in using... Read More →
avatar for Shweta Kailani

Shweta Kailani

Senior Instructional Designer, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Shweta is a Senior Instructional Designer in the College of Liberal Arts. She collaborates and consults with faculty in integrating educational technology in their courses to increase engagement and student learning. She facilitates numerous workshops and professional development... Read More →
avatar for Sarah LeMire

Sarah LeMire

First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Sarah LeMire is the First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian at Texas A&M University. She is interested in information literacy instruction, assessment, scalability of instruction and outreach, and outreach to special populations, especially veterans.
avatar for Rhonda Newton

Rhonda Newton

Instructional Design Specialist, Texas A&M University Education & Human Development
Rhonda Newton is an Instructional Design Specialist in the College of Education and Human Development, where she works collaboratively with Faculty members to improve online course delivery following a standards-based approach. Rhonda has a keen interest in leveraging technology to... Read More →

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Jasmine

10:00am

Keeping it Simple: A Simplistic Approach to Project Management
Limited Capacity filling up

Tired of endless project documentation? What if we told you that it’s possible to manage a project with a one-page document? This presentation covers the ease of managing a small to mid-size project with a one-page project plan. The page covers: scope, quality, schedule, budget, resources and risk. All of this is on a one-page document, and as the page is updated, it provides the current status of the project. It’s an excellent tool to leverage for team collaboration, project communication and compliance with TAC 216. In this presentation, we’ll show you the benefits and how to create your own.

Speakers
LD

Lori DeMello

Director of Risk and Compliance, Columbia Advisory Group
Lori DeMello has been with Columbia Advisory Group since 2013, she specializes in managing Security, Audit, Compliance, and Infrastructure projects.  Lori has been a certified PMP since 2010, leading projects in the Financial, IT Reseller, and Educational arenas.  Prior to that, Lori was... Read More →
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Melissa McCall

PMO Director, CAG
Melissa McCall, PMP,CSM, ITIL- 15 years IT project management experience.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Tulip

10:00am

Put a Couch in Your Office
Limited Capacity seats available

In the IT world, the simple fact that we are supporting individuals is often lost in the hustle of new technology, projects and technical issues. Learning how to interact with customers as individuals and fellow collaborators, instead of mass consumers, is essential to building good working relationships. By placing value on each person as an individual, we are able to build rapport with customers and better understand their needs. We will discuss collaborative working relationships; the benefits of knowing your customers and having them know you; and how to foster those relationships and goodwill.

Speakers
avatar for Scotty Shepherd

Scotty Shepherd

IT Team Leader, HSC OIT
Scotty has assisted people in finding IT solutions for 10 years, the last 3 of those having been at Texas A&M.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
A2

10:00am

Supporting and Modernizing ‘Legacy’ Homegrown Web Apps
Limited Capacity seats available

We all have them: homegrown, purpose-built web applications from a previous era. They are several (major) versions behind on their framework, have an outdated look and feel, and lack brand standards, among other problems. But they never seem to make it to the top of the to-do list until they stop working, the person who built them leaves, or the security scanner finds a laundry list of vulnerabilities. We’ll discuss modernizing legacy web apps, including: decoupling data access, upgrading the UI/UX, where common resources/libraries can be helpful, why rewriting from scratch is so common in higher ed, and takeaways for building new apps that can withstand the test of time.

Speakers
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Craig M. Wellington

DevOps Guru, Agricultural & Food Policy Center
Craig is a full stack developer for the Agricultural & Food Policy Center, a research and extension services arm of the Department of Ag Economics at TAMU. He was formerly a developer and sysadmin in the Memorial Student Center, and Senior DevOps Engineer at  Apple.

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Wisteria

10:00am

More Connected = Less Secure
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s world, everything from our computers, phones, houses, cars and watches are connected. This connectivity provides a great convenience to our lives, but in turn provides great threats as well. Join Chris Boykin on a journey through the past and into the future, as he explores the technologies of old to the Internet of Things. Learn how a more connected world translates to a less secure one and the steps we can take to protect ourselves and our organizations. Explore how to have ‘More Connected = Secure.’

Speakers
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Chris Boykin

CTO, Future Com
Chris has been in the IT industry for over 20 years in various roles and has spent the last 12 years focusing on IT Security, where he has led teams of highly skilled consultants to provide solutions to enterprises and small-to-medium businesses. Chris is currently the Chief Technology... Read More →

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
A1

10:00am

Using ServiceNow for Change Management and Contract Administration
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about the intricacies of Contract Management and Change Management when integrating a Systemwide Shared Service into ServiceNow. We’ll discuss the implementation of Contract Management from planning to oversight to vendor performance, including a formal supplier management process, and other tools and techniques. We’ll also talk about the successes and trials of Change Management, outlining our top challenges, such as shared service team management, process inequalities, and technical demands, along with the innovative solutions that solved them.

Speakers
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Robert Cheyne

Business Relationship Manager, Texas A&M IT
I've been at Texas A&M IT for 19 years, working primarily with server and desktop support and as an IT Manager working with shared services. I now have the role in IT of ensuring our partners receive the best value from our services.
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Melanie Iden

Lead IT Service and Process Improvement Consultant, Texas A&M IT
Melanie is currently serving as a Change Manager for Texas A&M Information Technology. She has been employed with Texas A&M University for eleven years and previously served as the Change and Release Manager with Instructional Technology Services. Recently, she has contributed as... Read More →
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Kevin Richard

Senior Software Applications Developer, Texas A&M University IT

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:00am - 10:45am
Orchid

10:45am

Refreshments & Networking
Enjoy sweet or salty with roasted nuts, chips and dip, chocolate bark and peanut brittle. 

Wednesday February 22, 2017 10:45am - 11:15am
Exhibit Hall B

11:15am

Keynote - Leading in IT: Technical, Meet Relational
Keynote - Leading in IT: Technical, Meet Relational
The hallmark of a highly effective leader is maximizing the performance of those they are privileged to lead, individually and collectively, to achieve superior results. Being the most proficient technologist, the smartest person in the room or the hardest worker is not enough! To be truly effective as an (IT) leader, it’s imperative to be able to establish and maintain positive relationships with your subordinates, peers and superiors. Join Keith as he shares examples of developing relationships during his distinguished military and higher education career, and how they contributed to his success as a leader.

Closing Remarks
Joshua Kissee, TAMU IT

Speakers
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Keith "Mac" McIntosh

Vice President and CIO, University of Richmond
Keith W. McIntosh is the Vice President (VP) for Information Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the University of Richmond. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic development... Read More →



Wednesday February 22, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Exhibit Hall A