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CSE Advisory Board

The mission of the CSE Advisory Board is to help further elevate the stature of CSE at Michigan as one of the top computer science and engineering departments in the world. Comprised primarily of Michigan alumni, the Board provides guidance and help with key CSE priorities, including alumni engagement, industry engagement, development, diversity, entrepreneurship, education innovation, and future initiatives.

Nancy Benovich Gilby (BSE CE ’85, MSE CSE ’87)

Nancy is an entrepreneur with ten successful high-tech startups to her credit and the current CEO and co-founder of Starry Night Mosaics. She recently held an appointment as the first Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Information. Nancy has been involved in major roles in information technology companies since 1987, including Apollo Computer, Firefly Network, Component Software, Wildfire, ON Technology, Asurion Mobile Applications Division, A2O Mobile, and several others. She has played leadership and co-founder roles in numerous startup ventures. Her ten companies have resulted in eight exits, or outcomes that resulted in a return to the original investors and shareholders. In her free time, she coaches FIRST Robotics competitors (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) for 5-18 year olds, an organization founded by insulin pump and Segway inventor Dean Kamen.

Deborah Black (BS CIS ’81 – U-M Dearborn, MSE Industrial & Systems Engineering ’87 – U-M Dearborn) 

Deborah is Vice President for the Ordering Services Group at Amazon, where she is responsible for global systems that enable Amazon’s businesses, including order processing, including shopping cart, order contracts and workflows, global tax, promotions, ship options, and compliance enforcement.

Deborah is also a partner at Social Venture Partners Seattle, an organization that cultivates effective philanthropists, funds nonprofits, and invests in collaborative solutions to help kids and protect the environment. She is board president and a trustee for The Overlook School in Redmond, WA, and is on Stanford’s Patent’s Advisory Board.

Deborah previously held management positions at Microsoft and Bell Northern Research. She is a past board member at Islandwood, which provides children and families of all backgrounds with hands-on learning experiences in science, technology and the arts. Deborah served on the board at Kindering Center, a not-for-profit neurodevelopment center that provides services for children, and as vice president of Seattle Children’s Hospital Mary M. Gates Guild.

Randal Bryant (BS Applied Math ’73, PhD ’81 – MIT) 

Randy served as Dean of the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science from 2004 to 2014 and continues to serve on CMU’s faculty. He spent the 2014-2015 academic year at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), focusing mainly on a new initiative on high-performance computing.

Randy’s research focuses on methods for simulating and verifying both hardware and software. Tools he and his students developed have been adopted by a number of major semiconductor companies, and his fundamental algorithms are widely used for applications ranging from hardware design to computational biology.

Along with David R. O’Hallaron, Randy developed a novel approach to teaching about the hardware, networking, and system software that comprise a system from the perspective of an advanced programmer, rather than from those of the system designers. Their textbook, “Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective,” is now in use at over 320 universities worldwide and has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Macedonian.

Randy has received widespread recognition for his work. He is a fellow of the IEEE and the ACM, as well as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He has received major awards from the ACM, IEEE, and several industry consortia.

Paul Daugherty (BSE CE ’86) 

Paul Daugherty is Accenture’s chief technology & innovation officer. Mr. Daugherty oversees Accenture’s overall technology strategy, research and development, and ecosystem relationships, and is responsible for developing Accenture’s business in emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, and Blockchain.

Mr. Daugherty also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Avanade, a global IT services provider. He is on the board of directors of GirlsWhoCode, Accenture Gobal Services Limited, and the Computer History Museum.

Mr. Daugherty was recently named as Computerworld’s Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017 for his extraordinary technology leadership. The Institute for Women’s Leadership has also recognized Paul with the “Guys Who Get It Award,” which recognizes business leaders who have supported diversity in the workplace and advancement of women, especially in the areas of technology and other STEM fields.

Paul is co-author of Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, a management guide to Artificial Intelligence, which was published by Harvard Press in 2018.

Usama Fayyad (BSE EE & CE ’84, MSE CSE ’86, MS Math ’89, PhD CSE ’91)

Usama Fayyad is co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) at OODA Health. OODA Health was founded in 2017 and is focused on removing waste and inefficiency from the healthcare administrative system by using an innovative approach to change the paradigm between payers, patients and providers. As leader of the technology team, Usama is responsible for designing and building the OODA platform to leverage AI/ML in service of delivering a retail payment experience for providers and members.

Usama is also chairman at Open Insights, a technology and strategic consulting firm he founded in 2008, that helps enterprises deploy data-driven solutions to grow revenue from data assets. Previous to OODA Health, Usama served as global chief data officer and group managing director at Barclays in London, after he launched the largest tech startup accelerator in MENA as Executive Chairman of Oasis500 in Jordan.

His background includes chairman and CEO roles at several startups, including Blue Kangaroo Corp, DMX Group, and digiMine Inc (Audience Science). Usama was the first person to hold the chief data officer title when Yahoo! acquired his second startup in 2004. At Yahoo! he built the Strategic Data Solutions group and founded Yahoo! Research Labs, where early work on big data led to open source and the launch of Hadoop. He has held leadership roles at Microsoft and founded the Machine Learning Systems group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where his work on machine learning resulted in the top Excellence in Research award from Caltech, and a US Government medal from NASA.

Usama has published over 100 technical articles on data mining, data science, AI/ML, and databases. He holds over 30 patents and is a fellow of both the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM). Usama earned his PhD in Engineering in AI and Machine Learning from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. He has edited two books on data mining and served as editor-in-chief of two key industry journals. He also served on the boards or advisory boards of several private and public companies including: Criteo, Invensense, RapidMiner, Stella.AI, Virsec, Silniva, Abe.AI, NetSeer, Choicestream and Medio. On the academic front he is on advisory boards of the Data Science Institute at Imperial College, AAI at UTS, and The University of Michigan College of Engineering National advisory board.

Krisztián Flautner (BSE CE ’96, MSE CSE ’98, PhD CSE ’01)

Krisztián is the CEO of Banzai Cloud, a startup whose “hybrid any-cloud platform” radically simplifies how enterprises can deploy and manage their private clouds based on Cloud Native technologies. Previously, Kris was general manager of the Internet of Things Business and VP of Research and Development at ARM, where he was focused on new business opportunities and the proliferation of ARM technologies. He received a PhD in computer science and engineering, along with a number of other degrees, from the University of Michigan. Flautner authored or co-authored over 80 publications and received various best paper awards including the 2017 ISCA influential paper award for groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing. He was the recipient of the 2012 U-M Alumni Merit Award in Computer Science and Engineering.

Georges Harik (BSE CE ’90, MSE CSE ’92, PhD CSE ’97)

Georges is one of Google’s first 10 employees, where he held the roles of director of Googlettes and distinguished engineer. As director of Googlettes, he led the team responsible for the product management and strategy efforts surrounding many nascent Google initiatives, including Gmail, Google Talk, Google Video, Picasa, Orkut, Google Groups, and Google Mobile. As a distinguished engineer, Georges was the co-developer of the targeting technology behind AdSense, the first engineering manager of the Google Search Appliance, and the co-author of the original product plan for the AdWords Online system. Georges has also contributed to numerous patents covering Google’s search engine and advertising networks and as one of three members of Google’s initial engineering hiring committee, which oversaw the hiring of the company’s first few hundred engineers.

Georges is currently an angel investor and an advisor to startups focusing on the areas of Internet applications, machine learning, advertising technologies, and biotechnology. He is a founder of imo.im and a co-founder of www.hslabs.org, an open source artificial intelligence research lab.

David Leinweber (BA Economics & History ’09 – Vanderbilt, MBA ’14)

David is the CEO of Ascent Cloud, a Detroit-based SaaS company that provides sales enablement solutions such as geolocation, mapping, routing, gamification, and coaching for sales and customer-facing teams. David is also the co-founder of The Ascent Group, a technology investment firm based in Detroit. Prior to Ascent Cloud and The Ascent Group, David was the Director of Marketing at New World Systems, a provider of public safety and local government software, where his responsibilities included industry analysis, product strategy, and product marketing. Prior to New World, David worked for Accenture as an IT Consultant within their Federal Services division in Washington, D.C. In that role, David worked with the U.S. Department of Education to design and build enterprise web applications to provide $134B in student aid to over 20M borrowers.

In 2009, David received the Dr. Henry B. Tyler Academic Achievement award as a graduating senior from the Vanderbilt football team. David is an advocate for the revitalization of Detroit, and he is proud of his prior work with Back On My Feet which organizes running groups for people living in homeless shelters.

Shaalu Mehra (BS Physics ’92 – Notre Dame, MSE CSE ’96, J.D. ’98 – Columbia University)

Shaalu is a partner in the in the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP. His practice focuses on technology transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and venture finance. He has received numerous recognitions as a leading technology lawyer, including regular citations in the Chambers Guide and Legal 500. Shaalu was also recognized as one of California’s Top Twenty Attorneys under Forty by the Daily Journal in 2010, and amongst Silicon Valley’s Top Forty under Forty by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2008. He speaks frequently at international conferences regarding technology law, including featured presentations before the Association of Corporate Counsel, Open Source Business Conference, LinuxWorld, ITechLaw, Sourcing Interests Group, TiE, NASABA, and the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel. His work has been featured in industry publications such as ComputerWorld, Compliance Week, Financial Week, Bloomberg, Informationweek, Inside Counsel, E-Commerce Times, CIO.com, NetworkWorld.com, and InfoWorld.

Shirish Nadkarni (BSE EE ’82, MBA ’87 – Harvard)

Shirish is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience in creating and growing new businesses. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Zoomingo, a leading location-based mobile shopping application that helps shoppers discover the best items on sale at local retail stores and malls. In 2007, he co-founded Livemocha, the world’s largest language learning site with over 15 million registered users. Livemocha was selected as Time Magazine Top 50 site in 2010 and won the prestigious English Speaking Union award in 2009. Livemocha was acquired by Rosetta Stone in 2013. Prior to Livemocha, Shirish was founder and CEO of TeamOn Systems, an innovative developer of wireless email technologies for mobile handsets. TeamOn was acquired by Research in Motion (RIM) in 2002. TeamOn technology is in use today as BlackBerry Internet E-mail with over 80 million users.

Shirish began his career at Microsoft, where he established MSN as an industry leading web portal and successfully lead the acquisition of Hotmail and the partnership with Inktomi, a leading search provider.

Michael Rhodin (BS CCS ’84) – CSE Advisory Board Chair

Mike Rhodin recently retired from IBM after 33 years, and 7 years as a corporate officer. Most recently he was responsible for founding the IBM Watson business units. Prior to that, Mike founded IBM’s solution units around their Smarter Planet initiatives including Smarter Cities, Smarter Commerce and Smarter Analytics. During the last financial crisis, Mike was based in Zurich, Switzerland and responsible for most of IBM’s European operations.

Mike received a BS in Computer Science from University of Michigan in 1984 and was recognized with an Alumni Merit Award in 2016. He was also recognized with an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Roanoke College for his contributions to the development of artificial intelligence systems.

Mr. Rhodin began his professional career in 1984 where he joined IBM as a software engineer. He held various technology and management roles until 1997 when he moved to corporate headquarters and started his executive management career.

He is a member of the Supervisory Board for TomTom, based in Amsterdam, a leader in telematics, HD mapping technologies, and consumer navigation devices. Mike also serves as an Independent Director for HZO, a waterproofing technology provider for IOT devices, where he chairs both the Intellectual Property and Compensation committees. He is a member of the International Advisory Board for Group Santander, one of the world’s leading financial services organizations, and serves on the Advisory Board for Arboretum Ventures, an Ann Arbor based venture capital company focused on the healthcare market.

Mike has also served as a Director in the Partnership for New York City, a not for profit board focused on economic development, as well as Jobs For Massachusetts, a similar not for profit in the Boston area.

John W. Sanguinetti (BS Applied Math ’70, MS CCS ’71, PhD CCS ’77)

John has been active in computer architecture, performance analysis, design verification, and electronic design automation for 35 years. After working as a design verification engineer at Ardent Computer and NeXT Computer, he founded Chronologic Simulation in 1991 and was the principal architect of VCS, the Verilog Compiled Simulator. VCS is still the market-leading logic simulator. Subsequently, he was a founder of Forte Design Systems, where he served as Chief Technical Officer until its acquisition by Cadence Design Systems. He founded Adapt-IP where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He was honored as a fellow of the ACM in 2012, has 15 publications, including the Verilog Online Training course, and one patent.

Richard Sheridan (BS CCS ’80, MS CCS ’82)

After only two years in business, Rich Sheridan, CEO of Menlo Innovations became the Forbes “Hire Yourself” cover story for all those choosing entrepreneurship over unemployment. The next year, it was a Wall Street Journal article on the unique office Menlo uses for software design and development. Within six years, Menlo had become one of Inc. 500’s fastest growing privately held firms in the US. What makes this story truly remarkable is that it occurred against the backdrop of an IT industry that everyone assumed was leaving the US for offshore.  Richard Sheridan has won numerous awards including 2013 “Business Person of the Year” in Ann Arbor. 

Erin Teague (BSE CE ’04, MBA – Harvard ’08)

Erin is a Director of Product Management at Google, where she is responsible for YouTube Sports. Prior to Google, she was Director of Product Management at Yahoo, where she was responsible for the new user experience product development and management for Yahoo’s products worldwide. Before that, Erin worked as a Product Manager at Path and Twitter where she focused on user growth, product strategy and analytics. Erin began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she designed algorithms embedded in electronic trading applications as a Software Engineer and Product Manager in the firm’s Algorithmic Trading Technology group.

In 2014, Erin was named one of Business Insider’s “Silicon Valley 100.” She was also recognized as one of “19 Extraordinary Women in Silicon Valley Tech” and one of the “52 Hottest New Stars In Silicon Valley.” Erin is honored to serve on the board of several Silicon Valley startups as well as the Wells Fargo Advisory Board and Code2040, a non-profit organization.

Rich Uhlig (PhD CSE ’95)

Rich Uhlig is an Intel Senior Fellow and Director of Intel Labs, the organization responsible for research and delivery of break-through innovations to reshape Intel’s future in areas spanning computing, communications, security and intelligent systems. Uhlig is also the Executive Sponsor for the Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTCs) for Visual Cloud Systems (centered at CMU/Stanford) and for Software Principles for Advanced Networking (SPAN), centered at the University of California, Berkeley.

Uhlig started virtualization efforts within Intel in 1998 and led the definition of multiple generations of virtualization architecture for Intel processors and platforms, known collectively as “Intel Virtualization Technology” (Intel® VT). The first generation of VT features were shipped in Intel platforms in 2005. Over the subsequent decade, Uhlig has led a progression of new platform features that extend VT to support an increasing range of new uses and applications for virtualization. Intel VT is now widely used across the industry to improve total cost of ownership (TCO) in cloud data centers, to improve the security of PC systems, and more recently as the foundation for transitioning the legacy communication infrastructure onto general-purpose computing platforms with network-function virtualization (NFV).

Prior to joining Intel in 1996, Uhlig held post-doctoral fellowships at the European national research labs of Germany, Greece, and France, where he worked on advancing simulation technology and on architectural support for microkernel operating-system design.

Peter Wurman (MSE ME ’88, MS CSE ’96, PhD CSE ’99)

Peter Wurman is the Director of Sony AI America. He was previously the CTO and co-founder of Kiva Systems, which pioneered the use of mobile robotics in warehouses and distribution facilities. Kiva was acquired by Amazon, which has deployed more than 45,000 robots to Amazon warehouses. Pete designed the software systems that ran Kiva-based warehouses and is co-author on over 60 patents and 50 technical papers. In 2020, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his accomplishments at Kiva.

Prior to Kiva, Pete was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Pete’s teaching focus was e-commerce systems and his research focused on electronic auctions (especially combinatorial auctions), multi-agent systems, and resource allocation. Pete earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1999, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1987.