Industrial Advisory Board


The mission of the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) Department Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is to establish an enduring partnership between faculty, students, and industry to achieve a position of academic excellence and national prominence in information technology (IT).

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If you would like to get involved with the board, please contact the board chair:


IAB Members


    Michael Antonoff, Director, Information Technology
    National Dentex Corporation
    Falcon Heights, MN
    CPT Alumnus (1999)

    Michael Antonoff is a 1999 graduate of Purdue University, with a BS in Computer Technology. He began his career with Braun Consulting, a mid-size consulting firm specializing in business strategy, data warehousing, and customer relationship management. Michael spent four years with Braun working as a Senior Consultant and Team Leader specializing in Extraction, Transformation, and Loading (ETL) technologies. In 2003, he joined Guidant Corporation as a Senior Analyst in Reliability and Quality Assurance in Cardiac Rhythm Management. His responsibilities include mentorship of Intermediate and Senior Analysts, Project Technical Lead, and the administration of the Reliability Analysis Detection and Response system (for analysis of performance of Cardiac Rhythm Management devices and regulatory reporting for the FDA and BSI). Currently, Michael is the Director of Enterprise Systems at AGA Medical Corporation, a company dedicated to the development, design, manufacture, and marketing of nitinol-based occlusion devices for the minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular defects and peripheral vascular disease.

    Rachel Sitarz, CIT Graduate Student Representative
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN
    Ryan Green, CIT Undergraduate Student Representative
    Purdue University
    West Lafayette, IN

    Ryan Green is a current Computer & Information Technology student looking to graduate in May 2016. He serves as a Student Ambassador for the Purdue Polytechnic, assisting in many recruiting efforts both on and off campus. Ryan is also involved with Purdue’s Student Chapter of the Association of IT Professionals as the current Vice President and 2014 Computer Roundtable Chairman. In his many roles on campus, Ryan helps mentor and advise many of his peers on academic, professional and personal matters. Ryan hopes to pursue technical leadership roles after graduation.

    Dan FayDan Fay, Manager, Microsoft Research eScience Program
    Microsoft Corporation
    Redmond, WA

    Daniel Fay is the Manager of eScience Program in Microsoft Research, where he supports academic research projects focused on utilizing computing technologies to aid in scientific and engineering research. Dan was previously the Program Manager for Project 7; a unique project that brought together a variety of academic languages and language researchers to target and give feedback on the Common Language Runtime and its multi language support. Before joining Microsoft in 1992, Dan was a senior software engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation working on OSF/1 and embedded network devices. Dan is a graduate of Northeastern University in Electrical Engineering.

    FisherJena FisherBusiness Systems Analyst
    Boston Scientific
    Saint Paul, MN
    CPT Alumnus (2013)

    Jena Fisher graduated from Purdue in 2013 with a BS in Computer and Information Technology. She has spent all of her time outside of Purdue working for Boston Scientific. The first two years outside of work were dedicated to the iDEALinIS Rotation Program where she spent four six month rotations in different functional areas of IS on different projects and in various run support roles. After her graduation from the iDEALinIS program she took her full time placement in the Infrastructure division as the application owner for the company’s request system, an admin for the help desk system, managing a team of developers for creating request webforms, and works on other projects as a business analyst. She continues being involved on campus via campus recruiting and attending at least two home football games a season. Jena currently resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    FisherTamara Fisher, Independent Consultant and Owner
    A Horse to Water Consulting
    Columbus, IN
    CPT Alumnus (1984)

    Tammy Fisher is an independent consultant and owner of A Horse to Water Consulting. Ms. Fisher has 31 years of professional experience in the Consumer Goods, Logistics, and Health Care (Payer, Pharmaceutical, Provider, and Biomedical devise) industries. She holds degrees from Purdue University (BS Computer Technology), Murray State University (MBA), and Stanford University (Advanced Project Management). She has an extensive record of achievement in Crisis Project Management, Program/Project Management, IT Effectiveness and Efficiency Engineering - bridging the gap between business operations and technical delivery.

    MarkMark Gackenheimer, Manager - Computer Services
    Neenah, WI
    CPT Alumnus (1993)

    Mark Gackenheimer graduated from the School of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Technology is 1993. Mark began his career in systems development working for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a leading health and hygiene company. He has been a part of numerous IT related initiatives at Kimberly-Clark including the development and deployment of a multi-lingual global desktop service platform as the senior service delivery manager for Desktop Services. Mark's most recent challenge is leading K-C's enterprise architecture strategy around Mobility and the formation of a User Centered Design practice. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mark is heavily involved in the community as the Assistant Fire Chief for Harrison Fire Rescue and is also a certified Emergency Medical Responder. He and his wife Cindy live in the Sherwood/Fox Valley area in Northeast Wisconsin and have 4 children – Ryann, Jeremy, Emma, and Ellie.

    GriegerStephanie GriegerIT Operational Excellence Advisor
    Exxon Mobil
    The Woodlands, TX
    CPT Alumnus (1986)

    As a business venture manager for ExxonMobil, Stephanie is leading her organization through a transitional upgrade of their IT ERP system. She brings with her years of change management skills coupled with vendor interfaces from around the globe. Stephanie has been with ExxonMobil for over 25 years holding positions within IT that cross both applications and infrastructure as well as business assignments in the Chemical organization, Controllers organization, SH&E organization, and Data Privacy. A 1986 Computer Technology graduate, she continues to be involved with Purdue University as VP of the Industrial Advisory Board. Stephanie enjoys shopping, traveling, and cooking and resides with her husband (who also works for ExxonMobil) in Sugar Land, TX.

    ImpagliazzoJohn Impagliazzo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
    Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY

    Professor Emeritus John Impagliazzo has supported many educational computing activities over decades. His accomplishments include eighteen books, contributions to model computing and engineering curricula, efforts to encourage diversity in the field, promoting computing ethics, and developing a history of computing. His professional services enhanced engineering and computer science education through accreditation, curricula development, conference leadership, and mentoring of colleagues.Dr. Impagliazzo represented the IEEE Computer Society on the 2004 Computer Engineering Task Force where he served as a principal co-author and as editor of the IEEE/ACM Computer Engineering Curriculum Report (CE2004). In addition, he was an active participant on the task force that produced the ACM/IEEE Computing Curricula 2005 Report (CC2005), also known as the “Overview Report”. These documents have been very influential in the development of computer science and engineering programs worldwide. Currently, he is the ACM lead on revising the CE2004 report. Impagliazzo serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine ACM Inroads and he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the SIGCSE Bulletin (a publication of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education), positions he held continuously since 1997. He is an associate editor of the five-volume Wiley Encyclopedia on “Computer Science and Engineering”, published in 2009. Impagliazzo also championed diversity in computing education. In June of 2002, he developed a special issue of the SIGCSE Bulletin on “Women and Computing”. Impagliazzo helped to generate sufficient funds for this effort, which enabled the distribution of over 24,000 copies of the issue worldwide. Three years later, in cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and the IEEE Computer Society, he developed a special CD called “Pathways: Women and Computing” that contained a compendium of articles that had appeared in the Communications of ACM, in ACM’s SIGCSE Bulletin, and the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.

    KobrinetzTony Kobrinetz, Vice President
    Bloomingdale, IL

    Tony Kobrinetz is CTO of PCTEL. PCTEL is a publicly traded company specializing in antenna's and radio system test equipment. Previously he was Vice President and General Manager of Motorola's Canopy wireless broadband products. As a seasoned technology and business professional, Mr. Kobrinetz has devoted over 30 years to the shaping of mobile telephony, wireless local area networks, cellular telecommunications and telematics. Key accomplishments include the development of a private wireless data network in the United States as well as the pioneering of a wireless local area network at 18 GHz. Mr. Kobrinetz holds numerous patents in communication components and systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University in Chicago.

    MartinTim Martin, Director, Enterprise Risk Management
    Welltower Inc.
    Toledo, OH
    CPT Alumnus (1995)

    Timothy J. Martin – MBCP/CISSP/CERM: Director Enterprise Risk Management at Welltower Inc. (HCN). As such, Tim is responsible for establishing the ERM program which serves as the foundation of their risk management philosophy. It establishes the governance structure, operating model, infrastructure and resources enabling achievement of their primary objective: to identify, evaluate and control material risks in a manner that preserves and creates value for the company.

    Tim has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, is a Master Business Continuity Professional, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Enterprise Risk Manager. Tim's career began as a support engineer in centralized systems – hardware and software; continuing to distributed systems, network infrastructure design and telecommunications; presently Tim focuses on risk assurance, control management, business continuity, disaster response and security. Tim is a CIT distinguished alumnus.

    John McDonaldJohn McDonald, CEO
    Fischers, IN
    CPT Alumnus (1992)
    John McDonald is the CEO of CloudOne, Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing IT company in Indiana two years in a row and winner of the 2015 IBM Beacon Award, the highest honor given to a business partner. Formerly a technical sales executive at IBM for over 20 years, he is one of the founding members and on the steering committee of the 450+ member Cloud Customer Standards Council, a board member of the Venture Club of Indiana, a member of the IBM PartnerWorld Global Business Partner Advisory Council, and of the Industrial Advisory Board for Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. John was also an original IBM Champion in 2011, an honor granted again every year since. Outside of work, John is a lay minister and author of two local history books about Indianapolis, where he lives with his wife and family.
    MilleNicholas Miller, Advisor, IT Program Management
    Eli Lilly and Company
    Indianapolis, IN
    CPT Alumnus (1986)

    Nick Miller is an Information Technology (IT) Advisor at Eli Lilly and Company where he has been employed since 1986. He has an extensive background in IT program management and leadership. He has published several papers and spoken at national conferences on the subject of IT Project Management. Nick has a BS in Computer Technology from Purdue University and holds a Masters of Project Management (MPM) from ITT Technical Institute. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified in Critical Chain Project Management, (CCPM), Organizational Change Management and Service Management (ITIL – Foundation)

    PayneEdwina Payne, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

    Zimmer Biomet

    Warsaw, IN
    CPT Alumnus (1986)

    Edwina Payne is an experienced and accomplished C-level leader with over 25 years global experience in information technology, supply chain, life sciences and the medical device industry. For the past five years she has worked at Zimmer Biomet, where she has served as Vice President and CIO since early 2012. In this role she is responsible for global IT strategic development and delivery for Zimmer Biomet. As CIO, Edwina has led the transformation of Zimmer Biomet’s IT organization, creating a global organization focused on delivering competitive advantage for Zimmer Biomet. Edwina and her team have pioneered many innovative uses of technology at Zimmer Biomet, including a global rollout of an innovative mobility program. Edwina is also actively engaged in shaping direction in the Information Technology community at large through her role on the Steering Committee for the SAP Life Sciences Advisory Committee. In 2012, Edwina was named as one of CIO Magazine’s top 100 CIOs.

    Edwina began her corporate career at Kellogg Company. While at Kellogg she was promoted to several positions of increasing responsibility, including in-country leadership assignments in Brazil and Mexico. In her last assignment at Kellogg she established a Global Information Services and Support Center.

    Following Kellogg, Edwina joined Johnson & Johnson at their DePuy Orthopeadics medical device unit as Director of Information Management. She progressed through a series of roles with increasing responsibility and global scale, eventually serving as a Worldwide Vice President and Program Manager of a global manufacturing deployment of SAP for Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices and Diagnostics sector until joining Zimmer in 2010.

    Edwina earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology from Purdue. She was named a Distinguished Technology Alumna by the school in 2009, and has served as a member of its School of Computer Technology’s Industrial Advisory board and its College of Technology Dean’s Council. Edwina is active as a board member for several non-profit organizations in her community. She is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese.

    PostDan Post, ExxonMobil Development Company IT Manager
    ExxonMobil Technical Computing Company
    Spring, TX
    CPT Alumnus (1986)

    Dan Post received his B.S. degree from Purdue University in Computer Technology in 1986. He joined Exxon Chemical's (now ExxonMobil) Systems and Computing Division immediately following graduation. His career has progressed via several positions of increasing responsibility including: applications programmer, project leader, financial analysis, strategy and planning, supervisor/manager, infrastructure engineering and design manager, IT service owner to his current assignment as ExxonMobil Development Company IT Manager. Dan currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife and four children.

    RamhapRonald Ramhap, Service Delivery Manager
    West Chester, OH
    CPT Alumnus (1985)

    Ron Ramhap is a proud Purdue CNIT graduate (1985, B.S. in Computer Technology) and long-time member of the CNIT Industrial Advisory Board. Ron, Service Delivery Manager for itelligence, is an expert consultant on Application Management Services Delivery. Itelligence is the leading SAP Gold Partner providing consulting and services to mid-market customers. Ron leads AMS delivery to itelligence Strategic Accounts bringing 25+ years prior experience with Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard, Satyam, and HCL Axon in IT and manufacturing systems. Ron also has significant experience in program management and project management for large efforts especially for business transformation, application implementation or update, and application integration or separation for acquisitions and divestures. He has been successful building and leading large teams of resources from multiple employers, countries, and time zones. Ron is married to Cincinnati native Mary Ann. They have three children and are very active in Church, Marching Band, and Scouting activities.

    Chris Reffkin, Senior Manager
    Crowe Horwath
    Indianapolis, IN
    CPT Alumnus (2005, 2008) 
    Chris Reffkin is a senior manager and a national leader of information security services for Crowe Horwath and CHAN Healthcare, a subsidiary. Chris brings experience in a wide spectrum of information security services across multiple industries, from penetration testing to Board-level cyber security education. Chris focuses on information security governance and strategy, third party risk management, security process improvement and risk mitigation strategies. Chris graduated from the College of Technology in 2005 with a B.S. with Distinction in Network Engineering Technology (NET). Chris also obtained his M.S. from the College of Technology in 2008.
    Scott Rench, Senior Manager – New Technology Group
    Walt Disney Park & Resorts Technology
    Orlando, FL
    CPT Alumnus (1988) 

    Scott is a 1988 graduate of Purdue University, with a BS in Computer Technology. Scott started his career with Andersen Consulting based out of Boston. In 1991 Scott started with The Walt Disney Company based in Orlando at Walt Disney World. Over the years he has helped to build new parks, resorts and cruise ships. Since 2000, Scott has been leading the New Technology Group. This team looks at technologies in the 0-3 year time horizon that could have an impact on guests in the park as well as the Cast Members behind the scenes.

    SmithSteve Smith,President
    Innovative Network Solutions, Inc.
    Indianapolis, IN
    CPT Alumnus (1992)

    Steve Smith is the President of Innovative Network Solutions, Inc., an IT services and solutions provider for homeowners and small to medium-size businesses. Steve has fulfilled many roles in IT from Unix Engineer to CIO which have included working in various countries such as Japan and England. During his tenure with IBM, Steve leveraged his role and relationship with IBM and Purdue to introduce the first ever University program for Tivoli Systems whereby Tivoli training is offered within the curriculum. Steve is a 1992 graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology.

    SpreenJeffrey Spreen, Senior Project Manager

    Beacon Technologies, Inc.

    Madison, WI
    CPT Alumnus (1989)

    Jeffrey Spreen earned a BS in Computer and Information Technology from Purdue in 1989. He is currently a Senior Project Manager with Beacon Technologies, Inc. in Madison, WI, where he manages various business development and information technology projects. Jeff's prior positions include Senior Project Manager with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) in Madison, WI and Project Management and Business Analyst positions with SumTotal Systems, Inc., the Credit Union National Association in Madison, WI, American Girl in Middleton, WI and Exxon Mobile in Houston, TX. Jeff brings 26+ years of project management and IT experience to the CIT Industrial Advisory Board. He is a member and project manager mentor with the Project Management Institute (PMI). He and his wife Barbara have one son and live in the Madison, WI area.

    Stidd-SchulmanDeborah Stidd-Schulman, Director, Systems Design and Integration
    Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information
    Orlando, FL

    Deborah Stidd-Schulman, Director of Systems Design & Integration for Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems, is responsible for the successful delivery of software solutions to Lockheed Martin businesses and functions enabling customer achievement of strategic and tactical business objectives. During her 25 years of experience in the Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ms. Schulman has held numerous technical and managerial positions of increasing scope. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she was the Director of Data Processing for the City of Anderson, Indiana. Ms. Schulman has won numerous awards for her technical and leadership accomplishments including the Martin Marietta Corporation's highest Award, the Jefferson Cup, and in 2004 the Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems President's Award. She holds BS and MA degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

    WertzRonald Wertz, Executive Vice President
    Gottlieb & Wertz Inc
    Carmel, IN
    CPT Alumnus (1985)

    Ronald Wertz is cofounder and executive vice president of Gottlieb & Wertz, Inc (G&W). Founded in 1990, G&W is a software development company that focuses almost entirely on Juvenile and Family Courts and the issues of juvenile justice. Mr. Wertz is a graduate of Purdue University, Lafayette, IN with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Technology.