The 2017-18 academic year has arrived and UB Information
Technology is looking forward to working with the campus community
to provide better service and support than ever before. If
move-in weekend was any indicator of what’s to come, the
future looks bright.
A little more than a week after the annual Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) ended in Las Vegas, UBIT held its own exhibition of the
latest developments in technology here at UB. While we previewed
recent developments like wireless screen casting and laser light
projection, we weren’t just showing off—events like
these are crucial for us to solicit feedback from IT staff about
new and ongoing projects.
My Technology and Innovation class with UB's School of
Management recently had the pleasure of seeing a presentation by
UB’s Director of Internal Audit, Kara Kearny-Saylor. Before
the lecture, she cleared up a few basic yet common, questions about
her work, specifically: what is an internal auditor, and what do
In October 2016, my Technology and Innovation class with
UB’s School of Management had the opportunity to have a
Q&A with Box’s Chief Operating Officer, Dan Levin, on
achieving success and being an effective leader.
Julieta Ross, senior vice president and chief technology officer
of M&T Bank, recently spoke with my Technology and Innovation
course with UB’s School of Management. She is a seasoned
corporate veteran, having worked in over 130 countries and is
currently responsible for 1,500 employees.
From email to HUB Student Center to the Internet itself,
information technology is central to day-to-day life at UB.
That’s why it is also essential to have a structure in place
for prioritizing UBIT’s projects according to the needs and
goals of the university.
In response to requests by distributed IT staff, UBIT held its
first Future IT Upgrade Tech Review on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
The event was very well attended by over 100 central and
distributed IT staff.
Innovative technology is essential in guiding our students to
achieve academic success. UB's faculty and staff work to find new
ways to improve education through creative thinking and
collaboration. UBIT understands that advanced campus technology
leads to enhanced learning outcomes for students.
We did a lot of listening in 2015. UBIT participated in meetings
with UB student government groups and held focus groups with
residence hall advisors and students across varying disciplines. We
sent out surveys, all with one basic question at the core: how can
IT do better?
Data Privacy Day is an international effort, held annually on
January 28 to generate awareness on the importance of privacy
and empower individuals to protect their personal information. The
day puts a focus on respecting privacy, safeguarding data and
I was fortunate to have remarkable guest speakers present to my
Technology and Innovation course for the School of Management
during the Fall 2015 semester. Hosting these speakers gave my
students exposure to different perspectives and professional
experience, and the opportunity to interact directly with
IT at UB has seen considerable transformation in the past 40
years. And one pivotal member of our team, who has helped build our
organization at every turn over the last 35 years, is retiring as
of November 20, 2015.
I invite you to join your colleagues on February 17-18, 2015 for
a program on instructional technology innovation. This two-day
event is part of the Digital Challenges Series,
co-sponsored by UB Information Technology and University
The University at Buffalo has an excellent cadre of IT staff
within both UB’s schools and across central administration.
These professionals do an excellent job in seamlessly providing IT
services to the institution.
I am extremely pleased to welcome Information Security Officer
Nadira Gangadhar Persad, CISA, CRISC. Nadira brings an impressive
18 years of IT, Information Security and Risk Management experience
to the university.
As we begin a new academic year, UBIT is initiating a more
active outreach to campus on new and innovative technology
opportunities and issues. The goal is to understand your needs and
explore ways technology can better serve the faculty and
It’s a great time to be at UB and I’m excited to
join the UBIT team as your new Vice President and CIO. The entire
institution is rallying around the UB 2020 vision and focus is
becoming clear about our future.