CSC News

January 30, 2007

New Strategic Advisory Board Members Named

Dr. Mladen Vouk, department head, and the NC State Department of Computer Science are pleased to announce the addition of four new members to the department’s Strategic Advisory Board (SAB):
Sidd Chopra (CSC B.S. ’88) – President & Founder of Analytrix LLC.
Gail Kramer (CSC B.S. ’85) – VP, Business Intelligence Clients w/ SAS Institute
Eric Wagner – Senior Director, NAS Solutions w/ EMC Corporation
Mark Wyatt (CSC B.S. ’80) – VP, IT Business Applications w/ Duke Energy
The SAB is a cornerstone of the computer science department's strategic planning efforts. This dynamic group of industry executives and academic leaders provide input and guidance which is critical to helping shape the department’s strategic focus.
The SAB meets each spring on campus and functions as a virtual working team throughout the year through conference calls and member involvement on subcommittees and executive panels.
Membership terms are for three years and may be renewed for a second term.
In addition to providing guidance and direction to the department chair and faculty, the SAB has taken an active role in addressing some of the department’s key challenges. 
For example, numerous members of the SAB have contributed to launch the Diversity in Computer Science Endowment, the vision of previous SAB chairperson Keith Collins and his wife Margie. This fund was created to help improve the attraction and retention rates of females and minorities in the field of computer science. The SAB provides guidance each year on how the proceeds for this endowment might best be put to use by the department.
The SAB is currently chaired by alumnus Steve Worth, Director, SPO Global Engineering with EMC Corporation.  Wayne Clark, CNS Architect with Cisco Systems, is the current vice-chairperson.
The SAB will hold its 2007 meeting in Raleigh on April 12th & 13th.
Click here for more information on the department’s Strategic Advisory Board.

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