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The IT Senior Leadership Team provides guidance to the University by staying informed of trends in information technology, providing specialized consulting, and identifying new opportunities. That leadership begins with our accomplished team of officers and directors.

 

John BardenApplications & Architecture

John P. Barden
Chief Technology Officer & Sr. Associate Chief Information Officer

About Applications & Architecture
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John P. Barden is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Associate CIO for Applications & Architecture at the University of Rochester. In collaboration with peers across the University, he supports the effective governance and use of enabling technologies. On a day-to-day basis, John is responsible for deployment and support of University-wide applications, project and portfolio management processes, as well as architecture functions for Information Technology. 

John joined the University of Rochester in 2004, bringing with him ten years of experience at tier-one consulting firms where he served clients in a variety of industries, including healthcare and higher education. His work focused on multi-year, multi-million dollar transformation efforts. This experience primarily focused on information technology organizational transition, process re-engineering, and integrated system implementation. He has led IT teams responsible for a wide variety of areas: student, finance, grant management, supply chain, customer relationship management, advancement, data warehousing, web presence, and human resource systems. 

In his time with the University, John has significantly reshaped the methods associated with IT solution design and delivery. He led the effort to create consistent project management methods, establish a formal quality assurance team, realign the applications group into discrete lines of business to better manage relationships with key colleagues across the university, and establish the architecture function. In addition, his team has delivered significant benefits to the community by collaborating on many projects, including improving the student technology experience through the University’s first student portal, improving information access and decision making through deployment of an integrated data warehouse, supporting campaign and alumni engagement objectives by implementing a comprehensive advancement solution, and aiding in University branding and outreach through substantial retooling of the University’s web presence. During the most recent strategic planning process, John led the planning efforts relating to enabling technologies and information security. In addition, he created and now leads the University’s information technology internship and college-based information technology recruiting programs.

John received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from Albion College, and his M.B.A. from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business. John participates in several information technology and leadership organizations, including Educause and the CIO Roundtable. He has served as a guest lecturer and has presented nationally on project management, major system implementation, Enterprise Resource Planning, and higher education administrative systems management.

In his leisure time, John can usually be found spending time with his family. He is an avid sailor and outdoor enthusiast. In conjunction with his volunteer work, John conducts informal research on the early American wine industry, as well as collaborates with scholars in this field of study. 

Contact Information:
John Barden
PO BOX 278966 
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627-8966
Phone: (585) 275-5458
Email: john.barden@rochester.edu


Devarajulu Ravichandran

Arts, Sciences and Engineering IT

Devarajulu Ravichandran
Senior IT Officer; Arts, Sciences & Engineering

About Arts, Sciences & Engineering IT
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Contact Information:
Devarajulu Ravichandran
306B Lattimore Hall
PO Box 270401
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-0329
Email: devarajulu.ravichandran@rochester.edu


Brendan Mort

Center for Integrated Research Computing

Brendan C. Mort, Ph.D.
Director

About the Center for Integrated Research Computing

Brendan Mort is the Director of the Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC), which provides researchers with hardware, software, training, and support necessary to utilize computational science and big data computing technology in research activities in all areas of academic scholarship. Brendan is responsible for managing a staff of computational scientists, programmers, and system administrators who oversee the identification, development, deployment, and maintenance of computational tools and methods for modeling, analyzing, and visualizing computer-driven research projects. CIRC hosts a symposium series where faculty and students showcase their research to the University community, learn about the application of computing technology to research problems, and participate in discussions that lead to collaborative opportunities. The Center's expertise, consultation services, collaboration, and community building activities are essential for facilitating the research mission of the University.

Brendan received a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University at Buffalo, where he was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. His personal expertise is focused on the use of high performance computing and big data technologies for analyzing chemical and biological systems. As a member of the faculty in the Chemistry Department, his research interests have led to collaborations in the exploration of simulations for the elucidation of structure-function relationships in biomolecular systems and the development of accurate methods for the calculation of molecular response properties. 

Contact Information:
Brendan C. Mort, Ph.D.
418 Hutchison Hall
PO Box 270196
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-8289
Email: brendan.mort@rochester.edu



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Finance

Kate Crowley
Director

About Finance

Kate Crowley is Finance Director for the Office of the Vice President for IT. Kate’s team works closely with the organization’s leadership and management teams to manage the budget, expense and cost recovery systems, and funding models for the organization.  Kate has working relationships with financial peers across the University and collaborates with those leaders to develop cost-effective service models, auditing programs, and to evaluate the need for new services and lines of business.  Kate is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the organization’s accounting and controls as well as the preparation of the organization’s consolidated budget; she is a member of the leadership team.  Kate brings a strong customer service focus to University IT; she has extensive training and development experience in Leadership Through Quality programs.
  
Kate joined the University in 1989, and has served in multiple roles of increasing responsibility.  Most recently she served in several leadership roles in Networking and Communications and was involved in significant projects including the Telephone Modernization Project and the Optical Network Implementation Project as both the financial lead and as a customer service team lead.  Prior to joining University IT, Kate worked in the College of Arts & Sciences.  Her major accomplishments included project managing the College’s network implementation, developing cost models for non-matriculated programs, and managing several multi-million dollar relocation and renovation projects for the College.  She was part of a development and training team that implemented Quality Management and Process Improvement programs for the College.

Kate is a graduate of SUNY Morrisville and earned membership to Alpha Sigma Lambda at St John Fisher College in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She has served on the NEC Users Group Board of Directors for the past five years and is completing her tenure this year as Past President.  She has presented nationally on cost recovery models for Infrastructure and Telephony in Higher Ed and on Managing and Designing Effective Work Flows.  Locally, Kate served on several Agricultural and Conservation committees writing articles on Impacting Agriculture and state legislation that includes a ‘Right to Farm Life’ bill for the Town of Farmington.

Contact Information:
Kate Crowley
PO Box 278937
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 273-4068
Email: kate.crowley@rochester.edu


Robert EvangelistaNetworking & Communications

Robert Evangelista
Director

About Networking & Communications
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Robert Evangelista is currently the Director of Networking and Communications for the University of Rochester. Networking and Communications provides a broad range of integrated services and supports the infrastructure required to advance the University's mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create, and Make the World Ever Better. Robert’s aspirations in his role include advancing information technology service at the University and, as a strong advocate of professional development, he seeks to strengthen IT personnel by encouraging training and goal-setting.

Robert joined University Information Technology in 1996 where he has served in various roles as a technician, engineer, manager, and assistant director in Networking and Communications. Prior to his employment at the University of Rochester, Robert served for ten years with Cornell University where he led the information technology group responsible for networking infrastructure at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Robert attended Alfred State, completed his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Telecommunications and Engineering Science at RIT, and maintains several technology-specific certifications. Robert enjoys spending time with his family and is a proud father of two. When not hard at work maintaining the stables at his home, Robert enjoys sports such as golf, racquetball, and the occasional ski trip.

Contact Information:
Robert Evangelista
PO Box 278937
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-8235
Email: robert.evangelista@rochester.edu


Julie MyersSecurity & Policy

Julie Myers
Chief Information Security Officer

About Security & Policy
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Julie Myers is the Chief Information Security Officer for the University of Rochester. In her current position, she reports to the Vice President for IT.  Julie’s responsibilities include working collaboratively with the University community to grow the University-wide security program including security awareness campaigns and the continued development of the security architecture guidelines.  Her role also includes the tasks of assessing and reducing overall security risk and assuring compliance with government, University, and other regulatory policies and laws related to information security and privacy.  

Julie joined the University of Rochester in 2006, bringing with her 22 years of experience in information technology in a wide variety of roles.  Julie’s most recent position prior to joining the University was as the Global IT Director for Architecture, Security and Planning for Eastman Kodak Company.   In this position, Julie was responsible for a global information security team assisting with Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI, HIPAA, security policy and compliance, risk management and mitigation and information security awareness.  Also included in her responsibilities was management of the global solutions architecture team, process re-engineering team, and IT governance and planning teams. 

Julie has a solid background in project management, strategic planning, IT governance, and IT management processes.  She has led IT lead teams responsible for supply chain, purchasing, security, architecture, advancement, finance, and a variety of other areas.  Julie’s most recent accomplishment at the University of Rochester was in the successful implementation of the Advancement System Replacement project (OASIS), helping to position the Advancement organization for the future.

Julie earned a B.S. in Business Administration, Management Information Systems from the State University of New York at Albany. Julie is a member of various local and national IT centric committees and user-groups.

Contact Information:
Julie Myers
PO Box 278965
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 273-1804
Email: julie.myers@rochester.edu


Samantha SinghalPlanning & Communications

Samantha Singhal
Director

About Planning & Communications
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Samantha Singhal is Director for Planning and Communications in the Office of the Vice President for IT.   She is responsible for information technology planning, with strategic planning being a key aspect of her role.  Samantha has oversight for IT communications, including the development of an institution-wide IT Annual Report.  She also leads the organization's professional development and diversity and inclusion programs.

Samantha joined the University in 2000 as a programmer/analyst.  During her tenure in higher education, she has worked in several IT disciplines, including software development, quality assurance, project management, and communications.   One of her first projects was the implementation of PeopleSoft for Human Resources, Payroll, and Benefits processing.   More recently, Samantha led the University’s computer store and coordinated an institution-wide information security awareness campaign.  She also played a pivotal role in the development of the FY09-FY13 Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Samantha is actively engaged in diversity and organizational development efforts.  She has authored a research bulletin titled “Attract, Retain, and Engage the Best: Building an Inclusive IT Culture through Professional Development” that was published in 2010 by EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research.  Samantha has presented nationally on transformational ways to develop people in an organization and represented University IT’s diversity and inclusion program at the University of Rochester’s second annual diversity conference.

Samantha earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration—Computer Information Systems from West Texas A&M University in 1997 and Master of Science in Information Systems Management from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 2000.  She is currently a member of the EDUCAUSE Fellowship Advisory Committee.

Samantha is originally from India, but also lived in Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates before coming to the U.S. to pursue undergraduate studies, making her extremely familiar with the experiences of an international student on campus.  She is active in the University community through her leadership in the South Asian Professional Networking Association (SAPNA).  Samantha enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations with her family.

Contact Information:
Samantha Singhal
PO Box 270020
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 273-2607
Email: samantha.singhal@rochester.edu


Eileen WirleyEnterprise Computing Center

Eileen Wirley
Associate Chief Information Officer

About Enterprise Computing
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Eileen Wirley joined the University of Rochester as Associate Chief Information Officer in August 2008.  Her initial focus is University Cyberinfrastructure, including the construction of and migration to the new state of the art primary data center environment to expand educational, healthcare, and research capabilities.

Prior to joining UR, Eileen was Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Carestream Health, Inc., the $2.5B manufacturing company that resulted from the sale of Eastman Kodak Company's Health Group to Onex.  Highlights included rapidly carving out and establishing a global IT organization, environment & operations.  Her enterprise-wide responsibilities spanned architecture, strategy and operations across applications and infrastructure. 

While at Kodak, Eileen held several IT Director roles, including divisional CIO and Global Operations positions.  As Global IT Director for Application Operations, she managed a worldwide internal staff of over twelve hundred systems analysts who provided design, development, project delivery and support for a portfolio exceeding two thousand applications. She successfully implemented global sourcing agreements with offshore partners, moving production support and application development to a global delivery model. 

Eileen earned an MBA degree from the University of Rochester Simon School, and a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa).  She chairs the Board of Directors at Career Development Services, is a member of the eBusiness Association Board of Directors, and is an MIS Advisory Board member for the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Eileen was nominated for the Association for Women in Computing 2008 IT Woman of the Year, and was a Finalist for the Women’s Forum 2006 Jane Lanphear Legacy Award.  She is a wife and mother of two.  She and her family reside in Penfield, New York.

Contact Information:
Eileen Wirley
PO Box 278932
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
Phone: (585) 275-5615
Email: eileen.wirley@rochester.edu