Steve Fleagle, Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer
CIO Address: IT Innovation at Iowa

Speaker: Steve Fleagle, UI Associate Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Bio: Steve Fleagle is the Chief Information Officer and an Associate Vice President at the University of Iowa. He has held this position since 2005, after serving as the Director of Telecommunication and Network Services and on the Information Technology Services Management Team for a combined eight years. He worked briefly at General Electric Medical Systems and spent a decade as the technical director of the Cardiovascular Image Processing Laboratory, a research laboratory at the UI. Higher education collaborations, particularly focused on networking infrastructure and services, are of chief interest to Fleagle, and he has devoted much of his career to founding and leading such ventures through his work with the BOREAS Network, Northern Tier Network Consortium, Big Ten Academic Alliance CIOs, and Common Solutions Group. Fleagle serves on the Board of Directors for Unizin and the Board of Trustees for Internet2. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the UI.

Amin Quazi
Keynote Address: "Unizin's Lessons Learned on Collaboration as Another Path to Innovation" 

​Speaker: Amin Quazi, Chief Executive Officer of Unizin

Bio: Qazi is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Unizin, a university-owned consortium focused on the evolving world of digital education. The Unizin ecosystem consists of essential and strategic capabilities that serve emerging, diversified teaching and learning models at our institutions. Quazi has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Abstract: Unizin is a consortium of universities, including the University of Iowa, that believe higher education should own, direct, and share a set of services that advance and optimize teaching and learning. By sharing both risks and resources in a non-profit, learner-focused environment, members of the consortium can more easily develop, test, and access data, content, and applications for instructional and research purposes. There are myriad benefits and challenges to collaborating in a consortium to accelerate local innovations. These lessons learned may be applied within many UI communities to be better collaborators, facilitate innovation, and leverage partnerships (such as Unizin) to aid in University of Iowa's pursuits.

Tong Wang
Breakout Session: "Series Finder - A RoboCop for Detecting Series of Crimes"

Speaker: Tong Wang

Bio: Tong Wang is an Assistant Professor of Management Sciences at the Tippie College of Business and an affiliated faculty of Iowa Informatics Initiative. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016. Her general research interests include interpretable machine learning and applied data mining, with its application in computational criminology, healthcare, social marketing, etc. Her research on crime data mining is the second place winner in "Doing Good with Good OR” at INFORMS 2015. Her work on crime data mining has been reported in multiple media including Wikipedia,, etc.

Abstract: Many crimes can happen every day in a major city, among which, the majority are committed by repetitive offenders. Figuring out which ones are committed by the same individual or group is an important and difficult data mining challenge. It is time-consuming and labor-intensive for crime analysts manually identify these serial crimes. If automated, data-driven tools for crime pattern detection are made available to assist analysts, these tools could help police to better understand patterns of crime, leading to more precise attribution of past crimes, and the apprehension of suspects. To do this, we propose an algorithm called Series Finder, that grows a set of discovered crimes from within a database, starting from a “seed” of a few crimes. Series Finder incorporates both the common characteristics of all series and the unique aspects of each specific series, and has had promising results on a decade’s worth of crime pattern data collected by the Crime Analysis Unit of the Cambridge Police Department.

Ed Hill
Michael Alberhasky
Breakout Session: "Enterprise Application Development with Cloud Services"

Speakers/bios: Dave Miller works on the Cloud Services team in Enterprise Infrastructure. He helps teams and departments move new and existing applications to Amazon Web Services and Azure. Michael Alberhasky (left) is a software developer in Administrative Information Systems (AIS) who builds enterprise applications for campus such as Dispatch and Campus Data. Ed Hill (right) leads the Architecture team in AIS and has designed and developed several in-house and campus-wide applications.

Abstract: AIS has leveraged Amazon Web Services to deploy an open-source platform called Snowplow. This platform allows us to collect, store and analyze massive volumes of event data about how users interact with institutional resources. Dave will talk about the recently created Cloud Services team and, using the AIS project, how the cloud can provide value to developers. As AIS's first foray into cloud services, Michael will discuss the Snowplow platform and some of the lessons he learned while developing for AWS. Ed will provide a high-level overview of the application and platform.

Annette Beck
Breakout Session: “You Want Me to Pay What?…Successful Negotiating with Vendors"

Speaker: Annette Beck

Bio: Annette Beck is the Director of Enterprise Instructional Technology for the Office of Teaching, Learning & Technology. Her team provides services such as ICON, lecture capture, clickers, digital media solutions, etc. for teaching and learning campus-wide. Annette provides strategic vision and leadership to provide solutions that are pedagogically sound. She has been in higher education for almost 20 years and enjoys the rapid changes in technology. A typical day for Annette is attending meetings to see how the solutions she provides fits well with campus needs as well as learning about campus needs for new solutions. Annette enjoys golf (hitting for the hole-in-one and for the best technology solution), fishing (for fish and the best pricing) and travel (for fun and attending conferences to enhance relationships with vendors). 

Abstract: Do you ever wonder why some vendors are better to work with than others? Do you know that sometimes it is you who can make all the difference in the world when negotiating with vendors? This session is for you. Tips and Tricks will be offered at this session for how you can use relationships, leverage The University of Iowa and other memberships and how you can plan, plan, plan so that when you are actually talking with a vendor, you can “successfully negotiate with the vendor.” Join me and learn negotiating strategies that have been successfully used to “get what I want.”

"Breakout Session: Beaming Car Crashes into the Emergency Department: Project TraumaHawk"

Speaker: Daniel McGehee, Director of UI's Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Program

Bio: Dr. Daniel V. McGehee is director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator and Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Emergency Medicine, and Public Health. For over 25 years Dr. McGehee has done research in driver performance and distraction and has developed numerous advanced driver assistance systems and post-crash technologies that prevent or reduce the severity of crashes. He has been a principal or co-principal investigator of over $35 million in research for the US DOT, NIH and the automotive industry. From bench to policy, his research experience integrates engineering, medicine, public health, and public policy.

Abstract: TraumaHawk, a UI-developed smartphone app for law enforcement and first responders, was designed by the University of Iowa to send photographs showing extent of intrusion and vehicle damage in a vehicle’s occupant compartment to the receiving trauma center. With some basic training, first-responders and law enforcement personnel were taught how to photograph vehicles at a crash scene; trauma staff similarly received training regarding crash injury biomechanics and traumatology.  

UI Self-Driving Car
"The History and Future of Automated Driving"

Speaker: Daniel McGehee, Director of UI's Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Program (bio above)

Abstract: This talk will discuss the history of automation in vehicles. While the Google car steals many headlines, automated systems have been in production for decades. Learn how these technologies have matured over the year paint an interesting story—one that systems designers can learn from. 


Rich Schappert
"Mobile and Payment Technology Innovations in Retail"

Speaker: Rich Schappert, Vice President of Information Technology, Casey's General Stores

Bio: Schappert has over 30 years of experience in the information technology field, working for insurance and retail companies, software vendors, and consulting firms. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a bachelor's degree in computer science, he entered the IT profession as a programmer. He started with Casey’s General Stores in 2000, joining the company as a software development manager where he oversaw the implementation of desktop applications deployed in the stores and corporate office, automated grocery ordering system for the stores, check verification processes for the stores, and corporate business intelligence solutions. In 2008, he became senior director of information technology, and in 2013 he was promoted to vice president of information technology. He oversees all activities of the Casey’s IT department, which consists of approximately 100 employees who comprise the help desk, software development, technical support, and data center operations teams. Schappert serves on the Youth Homes of Mid-America board and belongs to several professional organizations: the Central Iowa CIO Forum, Technology Association of Iowa, IEEE Computer Society, and the Project Management Institute.  

Abstract: The customer experience continues to evolve. Recently, retailers have seen numerous innovative changes in payment and mobile technology. Implementing innovative changes takes thought and work. This session discusses the recent changes in payment and mobile technology, what the changes in technology have meant to Casey’s, and how the innovations have enriched the Casey’s customer experience.  

Aju Jugessur
"The UI Microfabrication Facility: Converging Science and Technology at the Nanoscale"

Speaker: Aju Jugessur, Director, University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility - Optical Science and Technology Center

Bio: Aju Jugessur received a Ph.D. degree in Optoelectronics, Electronic engineering, with a focus on Nanofabrication, from the University of Glasgow, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University. His expertise is in the area of photonic devices, nanolithography, and nanofabrication. He was a Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he spearheaded the establishment and development of a state-of-the-art Nanolithography Facility. He has introduced several training materials and courses on nanolithography and micro- and nano-fabrication. He is the Director of the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF), which is a multidisciplinary core service center. He has led the design, set-up and development of state-of-the-art cleanroom facilities for research and fabrication work in the area of micro and nanofabrication. He continues to drive the UIMF to make greater impacts on research and training within both the UI community, external academic and industrial partners. In addition, he was recently awarded the Innovation in Teaching Technologies Award that will enable him to develop the technologies and materials to offer an online Nanotechnology course with a focus on remote lab sessions. His research interests are at the crossroads of several areas such as photonic crystals, nanofabrication and optical sensing. He has authored numerous scientific and technical journal publications. He is a Member of IEEE.

Abstract: Nanofabrication is the meeting ground of engineering, biology, physics, medicine and chemistry. Most of these disciplines converge at the nanoscale, towards the same building blocks, principles, tools of investigation and fabrication. The UI Microfabrication Facility (UIMF) offers a common platform for the convergence of multiple scientific and engineering disciplines and facilitates collaborative research with strategic partners and information exchange. It is a core multi-disciplinary facility serving the academic, industrial and governmental researchers across campus and beyond. Key research areas enabled include micro- and nanofabrication techniques, optical devices, sensors, micro/nano-electronic devices, plasmonics, graphene electronics, photovoltaic, bio-medical and micro- and nanofluidics. The seminar will highlight several key tools, capabilities and research projects within the UIMF.