The fast, volatile, and scaling digital demands require enterprise infrastructure and operations (I&O) to change beyond supporting traditional data center and cloud environments. How are organizations rethinking and investing in people, process, platforms, and tools to provision newer and faster digital technologies and methodologies including Edge Computing, IoT, RPA, and AI?
John Kolb, Vice President for Information Services and Technology & Chief Information Officer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer provides leadership for strategic planning in the acquisition, use, and growth of Rensselaer’s campus-wide information resources, services, and techn... More View all posts
The Vice President for Information Services and Technology and Chief Information Officer provides leadership for strategic planning in the acquisition, use, and growth of Rensselaer’s campus-wide information resources, services, and technology to support education, research, and administrative activities. John Kolb received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rensselaer. A licensed professional engineer, Kolb’s Rensselaer career spans over 30 years. He previously served as dean, Computing and Information Services; assistant dean, Engineering; head, Core Engineering; and director, Engineering Computing Services. Kolb has taught courses in Engineering, Science, Management, and Information Technology and Web Science. He is a member of the NYSERNET.org Board, and chair of the NYSERNET.net Board; co-chair, University of the State of NY Technology Policy and Practices Council; member of the Boards of Internet2, WMHT, the Rensselaer Newman Foundation; member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; former chair, CIO Council of the Capital Region Business-Higher Education Roundtable, former member and chair of the Board for the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology; and past recipient of the Boeing Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. Kolb was instrumental in attracting and implementing the $100M Center for Computational Innovations (CCI), and is the PI for the NYS High Performance Computing Consortium (HPCNY). Working with IBM, Rensselaer currently has in place AMOS (Advanced Multiprocessing Optimized System), a PetaFLOP supercomputer, and Watson, a cognitive computing platform. Less View all posts
Stan Waddell, CIO, University of New Hampshire
Stan Waddell, a senior information technology specialist, joined the University of New Hampshire in May of 2015 as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In this role, Dr. Waddell oversees the university’s central IT orga... More View all posts
Stan Waddell, a senior information technology specialist, joined the University of New Hampshire in May of 2015 as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In this role, Dr. Waddell oversees the university’s central IT organization, with a focus on ensuring that UNH IT continues to be positioned to meet the rapidly growing challenges and changes facing the university and higher education. Waddell also works closely with the other University System of New Hampshire CIOs to identify ways of sharing IT services across campuses to provide cost-effective service excellence. Prior to joining UNH, Waddell worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Infrastructure/Operations and Communications Technology divisions with the Information Technology Services department at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was also the Chief Technology Officer for that University. During his time in this role, he was responsible for major wireless network coverage expansions, Enterprise resource planning infrastructure deployment, development and implementation of technology refresh programs for information technology infrastructure, and numerous efficiency improvement efforts. Prior to his appointment at UNC-Chapel Hill, he served as chief information security officer for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he coordinated all information security-related activities for the Medical Center, the University and its two hospitals, Zale and St. Paul University. Waddell had held both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credentials. Waddell also holds a graduate certificate in information assurance from Nova Southeastern University a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance. In addition, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University. Waddell is considered a subject matter expert in regards to information technology. He has presented his thoughts on technology and leadership related subjects at various local, state, and national venues. He has presented at national and regional EDUCAUSE meetings, as well as, at various professional development seminars hosted by higher education institutions and professional organizations. He has had articles published in an EDUCAUSE Research Bulletin, the Infrastructure InsITe magazine, and The Journal of Investigative Medicine. This is in addition to his completed dissertation: “A Study of the Effect of Information Security Policies on Information Security Breaches in Higher Education Institutions.” Waddell is a member of the State of New Hampshire IT Council, the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative Leadership Team, the University of New Hampshire Information Technology Executive Council, and an ACM SIGUCS Mentor. Less View all posts