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. In recent years John works in the non-profit space as a Partner at Social Venture Partners. He provides assistance to companies helping sustain and support our environment including the adoption of clean energy resources.
Sandeep has been in the high-tech industry for almost 30 years including 23 years with Accenture. At Accenture, Sandeep has held various positions including COO for its Health & Public Service Operating Group and Managing Director for Accenture’s Global Delivery Network in India. In his current role as the Global Risk Management & Quality Lead, Sandeep is responsible for ensuring that Accenture delivers what it promises to its clients. Sandeep has an E-MBA from University of Washington, MS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi, India.
Faculty Director of the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Program
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.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Alaska Air Group
As Alaska Air Group CIO, Charu brings to the role a proven track record of setting and executing technology vision and delivering results. Recognized for her business and technology acumen, Charu leads a department of more than 400 information technology professionals where she builds positive, and genuine relationships with employees and external stakeholders.
In her previous roles at United Airlines, and working across industries at IBM and PWC, Charu has successfully delivered integrated, scalable technology solutions that enable fast-growth expansion, dramatic business efficiencies, and lasting improvements in market competitiveness, service delivery, and customer satisfaction.
Charu represents Alaska’s information technology interests by serving on the Foster School of Business MSIS Advisory Board.
Selected as Computerworld’s 2009 Premier 100 IT Leader, Charu holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA in International Management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
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.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Lily Ley is Vice President 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 28 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. She is on the MSIS Board of Advisors at University of Washington.
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
Mark leads the IT functions at Costco for all things related to Pharmacy, Hearing, Optical, Jewelry and other groups. Each of his teams is tasked to focus on modernization, innovation, and forward-looking steps to support this $116B international multi-channel retailer. He has also led the PMO, Strategy & Planning, Infrastructure Support, and Enterprise Architecture functions at Costco.
Prior to this current role, Mark spent nearly a decade as an information security expert, both as the head of global Information Security & Compliance at Costco and as a management consultant serving large multinational corporations. He was a frequent speaker at the regional and national levels on information access, federal cybersecurity policy, and privacy topics. Mark has also served on the board at the University of Washington Information School.
Going back even farther, he was a philosophy instructor at an all-boys prep school where he taught the primary text classics in preparation of getting students ready for top-tier universities.
Sr. Manager – Global Delivery Services
Ernst & Young
Ed currently leads the cross-sector software testing practice at EY with clients in the life sciences, utilities and consumer goods sectors. His primary focus is SAP, but he has broad experience with various software packages and IT infrastructure.
Prior to his current role, Ed directed 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 included 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.
DVP- IT BI & Merchandising
Seshan is an IT Divisional Vice President leading the Merchandising, Private Brands, Business Intelligence and Analytics Technology division. Accountabilities include delivering the Next Generation Merchandising planning & execution applications and enabling REI to be a data & analytics-driven enterprise. Prior to joining REI in 2014, Seshan spent 11 years with Nordstrom leading various transformational IT programs in Business Intelligence, Store Systems and Personalization.
Seshan graduated from University of Missouri – Kansas City with a Master’s degree in Computer Science. Outside of work, he is passionate about traveling around the world and plays flag football, softball, and league cricket.
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.
Vishwajeet (Vishwa) Uddanwadiker
Vice President IT
The Boeing Company
Vishwa Uddanwadiker is the Vice President, IT Business Partners for Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) and he is responsible for all aspects of IT for BCA. His focus is on driving customer advocacy, strategy alignment, value delivery and technology leadership. Prior to this, he was the IT Director for Manufacturing & Quality Systems for Boeing driving factory automation and shopfloor systems modernization across both Commercial and Defense businesses within Boeing. Earlier, 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. 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.