The Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Information Systems Program is comprised of experts in the field, and we engage them actively in the curriculum development process. If you are an information systems leader interested in developing the talents of the next generation of IS leaders, please contact Program Director Amber Turner, email@example.com, 206-616-0290.
John Baughn, Chair
Accenture Partner – Retired
John’s 25 year career at Accenture was focused on systems integration and business consulting. He spent majority of his career managing large design and implementation programs for clients in the Telecommunication industry. During his later years he supported the development of Accenture’s global outsourcing business.
Debabrata “Deb” Dey
Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Information Systems
Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Program
Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Deb joined the University of Washington in 1997. His areas of specialty include: databases and data warehousing, heterogeneous and distributed systems, systems development and contracting, and IT adoption. He has published works in several top tier journals and taught at the undergraduate, graduate and executive education levels.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Ming joined the University of Washington in 2002. He is an associate editor of Information Systems Research, Decision Sciences Journal, and Decision Support Systems. His research interests include: electronic commerce, outsourcing and contract theory, and reputation systems in online markets. He teaches graduate, undergraduate, and Ph.D. courses. Ming has conducted executive trainings on IT strategies for senior managers in manufacturing and high-tech industries and has consulted for Alibaba Taobao,a leading e-commerce company in China.
Gabriel “Gabe” Hanzeli
Information Technology Director – Retired
The Boeing Company
Gabe grew up in Seattle, Washington. He attended the University of Washington and graduated with an honors B.A. in Economics in 1976. He joined Boeing the same year as a financial systems analyst. Among his assignments, Gabe has been the Director for Boeing corporate network operations and corporate IT help center operations, the Director for Commercial Airplanes Spares Information systems and the Director for Commercial Airplanes Technical Services systems. Prior to his last assignment he was the Director for Commercial Airplanes Technical Customer Support systems. In his last assignment Gabe was the Director of IT Enterprise architecture for Boeing. In 2003 he attended INSEAD’s Executive Advanced Management Program. He currently consults part time and is an advisor to ProCogia.
He is currently involved in the leadership of community programs including University of Washington Economics Visiting Committee executive council, University of Washington Business School Masters of IS advisory board and Boy Scouts (assistant scoutmaster). Gabe is an avid soccer player and local club leader. He is President of the Greater Seattle Soccer League.
Strategic Intersect, Inc. (SII)
Don Lewis is President of Strategic Intersect, Inc. (SII), a strategic advisory firm that provides CIO-level expertise and leadership services to organizations. Prior to Strategic Intersect, Don was the Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, and de facto CIO for Group Health Cooperative (GHC), a $4B integrated payer and provider organization in Washington State, where he oversaw the technology infrastructure, middleware, enterprise applications, and digital services functions. Prior to joining GHC, Don provided consulting services through Strategic Intersect, Inc. Don’s focus is on aligning IT with business goals by addressing the people and process challenges that accompany times of significant change in organizations. An executive with experience in turnaround situations and rapid-growth organizations, Don brings 25+ years of healthcare IT experience to the table. Prior to SII, Don was Chief Information Officer at several organizations, including a large multispecialty, multi-site physician group and a 260-bed hospital. In addition, Don worked for three years for a healthcare IT outsourcing company managing an outsourcing account. Don has served on a number of Executive or Advisory Boards for non-profit organizations. Don has experience managing operational business areas in addition to IT, including Health Information Management (HIM) and call centers—a business leader as opposed to a “technology guy.” An accomplished public speaker, Don has presented on many topics in numerous forums during his career, including at the HIMSS AsiaPac conference in Singapore in 2014.
General Manager and Chief Information Officer
Lily Ley is General Manager and CIO for PACCAR ITD. In this role, Lily is responsible to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives. She directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development. She focuses on minimizing cost and maximizing results, in addition she will find new ways to help customers and the organization profit from how data can provide value added services. Lily has been with PACCAR for 26 years. She has held the positions of IT Director Kenmex and IT Director Kenworth Division. She transferred to ITD in February, 2010 since then increasing responsibilities. Lily has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and an MBA from CETYS University.
Expertise: Software development, project management, process oriented, strategic planning and operations.
Sr. Manager – Global Delivery Services
Ernst & Young
Ed directs the build out of Ernst & Young’s global teaming and offshoring capabilities with India and elsewhere. His position leverages a diverse background that includes IT compliance, IT management, and IT infrastructure build outs in the broadcast and telecom sectors. Other responsibilities include overseeing the implementation of a cloud based computing model that enables EY’s global teaming approach, oversight of service delivery quality as well as cultural, communications, and soft skills training designed to improve the integration of onshore and offshore teams.
Senior Director, Information Technology
Liberty Mutual / Safeco Insurance
Jim joined Safeco Insurance in 2006 as Vice President, IT Strategy and later served as Vice President, Application Development. Following the Liberty Mutual acquisition of Safeco in 2008, he moved to his current role leading Safeco Insurance Information Technology. Prior to joining Safeco, Jim held IT leadership roles in vendor management, eBusiness development, and international operations for financial services and hi-tech manufacturing companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Central Florida.
Janet’s passion in technology program management has proven success in her the ability to work cross-functionally to help set the strategy and implement technology initiatives across organizations of various sizes. She is the founder and president of the MSIS Alumni Program whose mission is to build a stronger relationship among the MSIS alumni so they leverage each others’ knowledge, experience, and professional network. She is also on the University of Washington’s Alumni Association Board of Trustees. In March 2016, Janet founded Thriving Elements, a non-profit mentoring program for creating access and opportunities for underprivileged girls pursuing a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) starting at the high school level.
Mehar Pratap Singh
CoFounder and CEO
Mehar holds an MBA from the University of Washington as well as an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He splits his time between Vancouver and Seattle i.e. between the corporate headquarters and clients based here. As a cofounder of ProCogia, he works with clients in solving their business problems on a daily basis, creating a competitive advantage and taking out the ambiguity from decision making. Prior to ProCogia, Mehar did consulting work at T-Mobile and Microsoft and was also involved with a couple of startups in the Seattle area.
Director IT Manufacturing and Quality Systems
The Boeing Company
As director of IT Manufacturing and Quality Systems, Vishwa is responsible for the development, reliability and availability of Manufacturing and Quality systems enterprise-wide (Commercial and Defense both). He is responsible also for defining the strategic applications and deployment roadmaps that promote adoption of standard systems architecture, processes and tools.
Prior to this, as director of IT International for Boeing IT, Vishwa was responsible for implementing the IT International strategy and ensuring operational excellence at all international Boeing sites and programs. Additionally, he and his team worked with Boeing IT’s international suppliers and partners to drive business value. Before moving into the IT International role, Vishwa was the Director for IT responsible for all IT support to Boeing India based at the Boeing office in Bangalore, India. In his pre-Boeing life Vishwa has worked for companies like Honeywell and Cambridge Technology Partners in a variety of cross functional roles. Vishwa holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science from BITS, Pilani, India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad, India.