Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Like any other profession, information technology benefits from a standard, accepted code of ethics that helps guide behavior in sometimes confusing contexts.
Melissa is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Stony Brook University. She previously worked at the central IT organizations at the University of Oregon, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining in the IT realm, Melissa worked in the field of health physics.
Melissa, recipient of the EDUCAUSE 2012 Rising Star Award, is a Frye Leadership (now Leading Change) Institute Fellow. She served as a Senior Reviewer for EDUCAUSE Review Online, has served on the EDUCAUSE 2012 Conference Program Committee, and was a member of the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Advisory Committee, including a year as committee chair. Melissa also serves as a co-chair for the Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC).
Melissa has served on a number of other EDUCAUSE committees and working groups, co-authored articles, and has presented at EDUCAUSE conferences on various topics such as developing aspiring IT leaders, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the IT profession. Additionally, Melissa is a member of the advisory board for the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS), and a member of the InCommon Steering Committee. She completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor's degree in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.
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