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I’m very excited to share that UBIT has successfully launched a new file sharing and storage solution called UBbox.
UB Information Technology recently lost a talented leader in Saira Hasnain. Saira has taken an opportunity in Florida closer to family and we wish her the best of luck in her new adventures.
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 enabling trust.
Dan Levin, President and Chief Operating Officer of, recently presented during my Technology and Innovation course for the School of Management via video conference.
The security needs of an institution like UB are constantly evolving. To keep the university's information safe, we must regularly adapt to handle the latest threats.
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 professionals.
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.
As a top-tier research institution, our faculty are our greatest asset. And a lot of our work in UBIT is designed to support our diverse faculty, in everything they do.
I’d like to welcome all UB students, new and returning, to the university this semester. I enjoyed meeting some of you and your families during my tour of North and South Campus during move-in.
Every day, more people rely on the Wi-Fi technology here at UB to keep them connected throughout their day.
It’s the culmination of a great year at UB, and I’m excited as I look ahead to UBIT’s future.
As another academic year comes to a close, UBIT continues to reflect on the level of services that we provide to the institution.

Back to the Future has arrived. While there are no hover boards or flying cars today, certain predictions such as TV glasses and video conferencing have come true.


Back to the Future has arrived. While there are no hover boards or flying cars today, certain predictions such as TV glasses and video conferencing have come true.

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 Libraries.
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.

Dr. Thomas Furlani has been involved in high-performance scientific computing and data visualization at UB for over 20 years. We welcome him to the UBIT blog.

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 students.
UB was fortunate to have our president Dr. Satish Tripathi chosen as the Keynote Speaker for the 2014 New York State CIO (NYSCIO) Conference in July 2014.
Net neutrality is the philosophy of an open, free and unrestricted worldwide Internet, and it is a very complex issue.
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.