CSC News

January 22, 2021

Three New Members Named to Strategic Advisory Board

The Computer Science Department is pleased to welcome three new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB):

 

  • Dave Gill:  Executive Director, Global Information Security Officer at PRA Health Sciences
  • Steve Grobman*:  Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at McAfee
  • Beth Smith*:  GM, IBM Watson AI at IBM

 

*NC State Alumni

 

The SAB is a group of industry executives and academic leaders who play critical roles in shaping the department’s vision and strategic focus. The group provides the foundation for the department’s strategic planning efforts; these are essential to the department. The SAB meets annually on campus and acts as a virtual working team through member involvement on subcommittees, executive panels, and other engagement opportunities. Each term with the SAB group is three years in length and membership may be renewed for a second term.

 

Dr. Gregg Rothermel, Professor and Department Head for the NC State Department of Computer Science expressed his gratitude to the new members. "Even during a global pandemic, and perhaps especially during this period, we find ourselves facing strategic decisions that will impact the department for decades to come,” said Rothermel. “We depend greatly on our SAB to provide industry-specific guidance and direction that helps us ensure that our strategic plans are well aligned with industry needs, and ensures that we can continue to play a significant role in providing the talent and research that fuels the economy of North Carolina and beyond. These new additions to the board bring tremendous experience and wisdom that will benefit us greatly on our journey."

 

The SAB is currently chaired by Tracy Doaks, who was recently appointed President & CEO of MCNC.  Kim Calhoun, Founder and CEO of Guardianator and Senior Executive Producer of MoneyMasters.TV, is the current vice-chairperson.

 

Because of the global pandemic, the SAB has been meeting virtually for the past year and plans to hold their next ‘in person’ meeting in Raleigh next fall.

 

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