UW TechConnect

Come and hear your colleagues and IT professionals talk about a variety of IT trends and issues.

The speakers lined up for the virtual UW TechConnect Conference for 2020 will help our IT community explore tough challenges and encourage us to work together to identify creative solutions.

Featured Speakers

Portrait of Ana Mari Cauce, UW President

Ana Mari Cauce
UW President

As the president of one of the world’s great public universities, Ana Mari Cauce is leading the University of Washington in advancing its mission in four key areas: providing a leading-edge student experience, conducting research and scholarship that has a global impact, upholding the UW’s dedication to its public mission and infusing the entire university with a commitment to innovation.

President Cauce will kick off the conference in a pre-recorded message for UW TechConnect conference-goers.


Portrait of Aaron Powell, Vice President and CIO for UW Information Technology

Aaron Powell, Vice President and CIO for UW Information Technology

Aaron Powell is the Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO, responsible for strategic oversight, planning and direction of the University’s information technology infrastructure, resources and services. In this role, Aaron works with the President, Provost, and appropriate University governance committees to determine information technology strategies, policies, priorities and resource allocations throughout the institution.

Aaron is part of the CIO discussion panel comprised of CIOs from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses and the UW Medical Center. They will discuss the role of IT at our University.


Portrait of Christy Long Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO for UW Bothell

Christy Long
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and CIO for UW Bothell

Christy Long is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at UW Bothell and heads the Information Technology Division. Christy provides leadership for the overall direction of central technology for Bothell UW.

Christy is part of the CIO discussion panel comprised of CIOs from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses and the UW Medical Center. They will discuss the role of IT at our University.


Portrait of Eric Neil Interim, Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine

Eric Neil
Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine

Eric Neil is the new Chief Information Officer for UW Medicine. Part of this role is providing leadership for one of the largest projects ever undertaken at UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance — the implementation of a single electronic health record that will bring together inpatient, ambulatory, and specialty care.

Eric has worked in healthcare IT and revenue cycle for 27 years. In the last 12 years, he has served UW Medicine in the roles of; Revenue Cycle Director, Epic billing implementation Project Director, and Director of Enterprise Business Systems.

Eric is part of the CIO discussion panel comprised of CIOs from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses and the UW Medical Center. They will discuss the role of IT at our University.


Portrait of Jevin West, Director of the Center for an Informed Public and Associate Professor, UW Information School

Jevin West
Director of the Center for an Informed Public and Associate Professor, UW Information School

Jevin West is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He is the co-founder of the DataLab and the Director of the new Center for an Informed Public at UW. He holds an adjunct faculty position in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. He is also a Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute and Affiliate Faculty for the Center for Statistics & Social Sciences.

Jevin’s research and teaching focus on the impact of technology on science and society, with a focus on slowing the spread of misinformation. He co-developed a course, Calling BS, that teaches students how to combat misinformation wrapped in data, figures, and statistics. He is also the co-author of the book, “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World.”

Jevin will talk about launching the Center for an Informed Public during the pandemic.


General Speakers

John Borwick, Director, Project & Innovation Management, Office of Academic Personnel

John Borwick
Director, Project & Innovation Management, Office of Academic Personnel

John started his career at Wake Forest University as a UNIX systems administrator; managed the reporting team; led the IT service management (ITSM) implementation; and became PMO director. At Virginia Tech he was University Libraries IT director; he served on the University’s IT council and supported central IT’s ITSM initiatives. He was managing process consultant at TeamDynamix, where he helped higher education institutions improve their ITSM, PPM, and IT governance capabilities.

He joined UW’s Office of Academic Personnel (OAP) in 2018. His team manages OAP’s project portfolio, conducts business process improvements, and manages OAP’s IT services.

John holds the ITIL Expert, PMP, and CGEIT certificates. His career goal is to make people’s lives easier through improved IT management.

John is the speaker for the Sustainable IT Patterns For Smaller Organizations session.


Rob Fatland portrait

Rob Fatland
Research Computing Director, UW Information Technology

Rob Fatland is a Research Computing Director at the University of Washington division of Information Technology. He also works closely with the eScience Institute promoting adoption of technologies and methods to advance data-driven research. His background is in earth science, particularly remote sensing of glaciers; and he has a history of supporting K20 outreach in mathematics, science and computing.

Rob is a speaker for the Jupyter Notebooks session.


Stephanie Kraft Assistant Professor, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Stephanie Kraft
Assistant Professor, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Stephanie A. Kraft, JD, is an Assistant Professor at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. She conducts conceptual and empirical research on issues related to building respectful relationships in research and healthcare, with an emphasis on how to ethically incorporate new technologies. Her primary research interests are in understanding how people make decisions about research participation and improving how research teams demonstrate respect to and build trust with potential participants, especially among historically underrepresented patient populations. She also serves as a clinical and research bioethics consultant.

Stephanie is the speaker for the Responsible Conduct Of It In The Age Of Big Data And The Internet session.


Chris Land Software Developer, UW Information Technology

Chris Land
Software Developer, UW Information Technology

Chris is a Software Developer for UW-IT’s AXDD where he has been responsible for developing, deploying and maintaining the cloud based infrastructure that powers the Jupyter Lab service. His work focuses on extending the existing JupyterHub system to better support multiple concurrent classes. Previously, he has worked in the healthcare field, primarily in the area of Clinical Decision Support.

Chris is a speaker for the Jupyter Notebooks session.


Sean Mooney, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education; Chief Research Information Officer, UW Medicine

Sean Mooney,
Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education; Chief Research Information Officer, UW Medicine

Professor Sean Mooney has spent his career as a researcher and group leader in biomedical informatics. He now leads Research IT strategy for UW Medicine and is leading efforts to support and build clinical research informatic platforms as its first Chief Research Information Officer (CRIO) and as a professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education at the University of Washington. He also leads biomedical informatics for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. He is involved in a number of other NIH programs including the NIDDK Kidney Precision Medicine Project. Additionally, he has a strong interests in leveraging the community of scientists to collaboratively solve difficult problems in biomedical research through open challenges and has participated in several as an organizer, assessor, predictor and advisor.

Sean has won several awards and accolades for his work. While at UCSF, he won the annual Frank M. Goyan Award for research in physical chemistry. He was part of the team that won the $150k Grand Prize in the Garage.com PlanEDU Business Plan Competition in 2000 and his team was featured on CNN and in BusinessWeek. Previous to his CRIO role, he was an Associate Professor and Director of Bioinformatics at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. As an Assistant Professor, he was appointed in Medical and Molecular Genetics at Indiana University School of Medicine and was founder and director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Bioinformatics Core. In 1997, he received his B.S. with Distinction in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Then receiving a Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of California in San Francisco, and then an American Cancer Society John Peter Hoffman Fellowship at Stanford University.

Sean is the speaker for the Responsible Conduct Of It In The Age Of Big Data And The Internet session.


Karen Morrill-McClure, Computer Systems Administrator, Washington Sea Grant

Karen Morrill-McClure
Computer Systems Administrator, Washington Sea Grant

Karen graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a Masters in Engineering and worked on the Space Shuttle Program. They switched to web development and user interface design. They’ve always been passionate about making tech and information accessible and usable.

To that end, they’ve designed and coded websites; taught front-end web development, information architecture and user experience design; facilitated user testing; maintained websites; and provided tech support. For the last 4 years they have worked for Washington Sea Grant (WSG) as a web developer and IT support. They are co-chair of the WSG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup and the College of the Environment’s Diversity Committee, a member of the UW-IT DEI Community of Practice and a UW Accessibility Liaison.

Karen is the speaker for the Accessibility, Usability & Equity in IT session.


Jim Phelps, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, UW Information Technology

Jim Phelps
Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy, UW Information Technology

Jim Phelps is the Director of Enterprise Architecture & Strategy at University of Washington. As Director, his focus is on linking business and technical strategy, aligning investments to this strategy and growing the practice of architecture across UW. He has over two decades of architecture experience in higher education spanning research computing to the student experience.

Jim is also the founder and chair of ITANA (https://itana.org) a professional group for Enterprise, Business and Technical Architects in higher education. Jim has taught leadership competencies, architecture skills and facilitation to architects nationally. He is the winner of the 2018 EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award.

Jim is the speaker for the Future of the Student Information System (SIS) session and the Data Integration – Critical Capabilities for Higher Ed session.


Elizabeth Sharpe, Assistant Director, Communications, UW Information Technology

Elizabeth Sharpe
Assistant Director, Communications, UW Information Technology

Elizabeth Sharpe is assistant director of communications in UW Information Technology where she produces content and develops communications strategies with teams who manage a variety of IT tools and services. She has worked as a writer, editor and communications specialist at the University of Washington for more than 17 years. She has a master’s degree in English, and taught writing for four years at Cascadia Community College and at the University of Phoenix.

Elizabeth is the speaker for the Communicating Tech: The Write Words for the Job
session.


David Shean, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

David Shean
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

David’s research involves the development and application of new methods to study dynamic Earth system components with real-world implications for water resources, sea level rise, and natural hazards. His current research uses satellite, airborne, UAV, and terrestrial remote sensing observations to understand the Earth’s cryosphere, with focus on mountain glaciers, seasonal snow, and ice sheets. Much of this work requires modern data science approaches and high-performance computing to answer questions that cannot be addressed using traditional approaches.

David is a speaker for the Jupyter Notebooks session.