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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.

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.

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.

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 (BSE CE ’88, PhD CSE ’95) – CSE Advisory Board Chair

Rich Uhlig

Rich Uhlig is an Intel Senior Fellow, Corporate VP, 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.