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Dr. Robert W. Smiley – The School District of Janesville

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Pens, sheaves of papers, the squeak of chalk across a green board that’s never quite clear of dust—all these are relics of the classroom even before the COVID-19 pandemic led to remote learning. Yet Dr. Robert W. Smiley remembers a time when not a single classroom had internet. In fact, as the technology coordinator for […]

Travis Johnson – T. Johnson & Associates Consulting Group, LLC

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Now the president and CEO of T. Johnson & Associates Consulting Group, Travis Johnson says his experience in technology has led him to this moment—and the many challenges and opportunities to come. “I’ve been leading technology in higher ed since 2005, and I’ve worked my way up,” Johnson says. “My IT vision for higher ed […]

Drew Taylor – Hopkins County School District

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Often when school bus drivers communicate with each other, they speak in code in case their radio channels are intercepted. Doing so helps protect information about students, such as their names and addresses, from being exploited by people who shouldn’t be listening in. Last year, Drew Taylor began exploring a more secure option. After gathering […]

Jack Kufahl – Michigan Medicine

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Jack Kufahl hadn’t been chief information security officer for Michigan Medicine for very long when he was confronted with a computer problem in a radiology imaging lab. The lab staff knew its computer was aging. Its software had been patched and pieced together over the years. It was past upgrading and because of the cost, […]

Julie Judd – Ventura County Office of Education

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According to the K12 Security Information eXchange, student data is one of the top commodities on the dark web. That’s because it’s not monitored as closely as data generated by adults, giving criminals more time to exploit information including social security numbers and medical histories.  “Students don’t have established credit, so we need to do […]

Kenneth Ray Jr. – Sam Houston State University

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While Kenneth Ray Jr. may be more at home with a fishing rod or hunting rifle in hand, he’s pretty handy with technology too.  “I’m kind of a different IT person. I’m a rodeo country boy,” he says. “I got into tech for the people. I like to interact with people, and the collaborative nature […]

Ramon Padilla, Jr. – University of Tennessee System

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When leaders at the University of Tennessee System decided the organization needed a digital transformation, they knew they needed to hire someone with more than just strong IT skills. They needed someone who could help manage large-scale change. Checking both these boxes was Ramon Padilla, Jr., who was hired as chief information officer in November […]

Mimi Royston – American International College

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While normalcy returns to campuses everywhere, COVID-19’s effects remain and not just for public health. With remote study options existing since the spring of 2020, opportunity has abounded for hackers. More recently, federal authorities have warned how the Russian-Ukrainian conflict unleashed a new wave of cyberattacks on Western energy, finance, communications and, yes, higher-education infrastructure. […]

Carl Fong – Orange County Department of Education

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Getting technology to students at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge many school districts faced. Some created pick-up stations for parents, others sent laptops and hotspots home with students, and some coordinated home drop offs. For the 28 school districts in Orange County, California, which have about 500,000 students, and the Orange […]

Ling Huang – Technology North

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It’s been more than two years since Ling Huang launched a business helping companies digitize documents and files while also providing employment for people on the autism spectrum—including his son. Though growth of the business that’s part of Technology North has been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Huang says the results make the conclusion clear. “If […]

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