Industrial Advisory Board
Mr. Billy Brennan
Position: Data Software Specialist
Company: Richard Design Services (RDS)
Biography: Mr. Brennan received a B.S. in Computer Science from Lamar in 1996. He started his career at AT&T and worked in a variety of IT related positions including desktop support, systems and network management, application development, project management, data warehousing and business intelligence.
After 15 years, he left AT&T to work for Clint Harwood at Conn's as a business data analyst where he manages the business intelligence and data warehousing projects as well as ad hoc and production reporting for the company. He enjoys interacting with current CS students at Lamar and sharing his perspectives and experience with them.
He joined Department of Computer Science at Lamar University as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and he became an Associate Professor in 2010 and the Department's Chair in 2013. His research interests are in real-time embedded systems, software verification, and programming analysis. He has published more than eighty refereed scientific papers and co-authored eight textbooks. In addition, he has nineteen years of computer science teaching experience. His papers have more than 150 non-self citations.
Dr. Andrei has been a program committee member or a co-chair for more than 32 international conferences, mainly from the real-time embedded systems and software engineering area. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Journals International (SJI). He has given invited research seminars at several universities and private industrial organizations. For more details about Stefan Andrei, visit his Web page:
Mr. Dominic Cantalamessa
Position: Lead Application Developer/ Vice President
Company: JPMorgan Chase
Biography: Mr. Cantalamessa received a B.S. in Computer Science from Lamar University in 1984. He spent his entire career supporting Human Resource applications at JPMorganChase, a leading financial services company with operations in more than 50 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. Involvement with the Industrial Advisory Board has allowed him to better appreciate the commitment of faculty, administrators and the students of Lamar University., He especially enjoys using his position on the board to have the opportunity to encourage current CS students.
Mr. Dennis Carl
Company: Giddings ISD
A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Mr. Carl is a high school computer science and network engineering teacher at Giddings ISD in Giddings, Texas. His responsibilities include developing networking, Java, and database educational programs to prepare secondary educational students for further studies at technical trade schools, universities, or entry-level careers in computer-based applications. Mr. Carl received a B.S. in Computer Science from Lamar University in 1996. Additional credentials involve minor degrees in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. His professional experience includes tenures with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Johnson & Johnson, Wayport, Inc., and Time-Warner covering such computer science disciplines as C++ programmer, global Microsoft Exchange Analyst, HP Openview consultant, and network engineer. Areas of network engineering specializations involve data security and wireless communications. Industry certifications include MCSE, CCAI, and CCNA. State of Texas secondary educational certification include computer science and composite science.
Mr. Gary Duncanson
Position: President and Chief Executive Officer, Member, Board of Directors
Company: No Magic, Inc.
Biography: Gary Duncanson is a renowned thought leader in the software industry pushing for Standards Compliant software solution and interoperability. Mr. Duncanson is on the Board of Directors of the Object Management Group (OMG). He has held numerous positions within No Magic including Project Manager, Lead Architect, CTO, and Sr. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, growing the revenue and client base many fold over the last 14 years. He is currently Member of No Magic's Board of Directors. Mr. Duncanson holds a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University and has over 27 years of technical consulting experience developing object-oriented projects since the mid 1980s. He has over 25 years of technical project management experience for both the U.S. military and private industry. Companies and organizations such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (ASAS/Ence), Hughes Aircraft Company (Air Defense Systems), Texas Instruments (HARM MISSLE), Magnavox (AFATDS), Motorola, Eaton Corporation (USAF CATIS/SID 88), Contel Federal Systems (USAFE UTAIN/MAIS), Bridge Medical, Alcatel, and Naval Warfare Assessment Center/Division (Battle Force Tactical Trainer) have called upon Mr. Duncanson's talents to make their projects successful. These projects include Command Control Systems, Networking and Communication Systems, Air-Defense Consoles, Cellular Telephones, Medical Devices, Missile Systems, User Interfaces, 2-D and 3-D Computer Graphics, Systems Modeling, Architecture, Data Modeling, War Gaming, and (Air, Sea, and Land) Battle Simulations (www.nomagic.com).
Mr. Michael Claunch
Position: Manager, Application and Infrastructure Optimization, Certified IT Architect
Company: IBM Global Technology Services - BTE
Biography: Michael Claunch is an experienced Information Technology Architect and Technical Manager with IBM corporation. He is recognized as a certified IT Architect within IBM and The Open Group Organization. Since starting his career in 1989 as a software engineer, he has worked for Ford Aerospace, Loral Aerospace, I-NET Corporation, United Space Alliance and IBM where his jobs included, Software Engineer, Systems Performance Engineer, Senior Network Architect, Enterprise Software Architect, Systems Security Architect, and IT Application and Infrastructure Optimization Manager. In his current role, Michael manages a worldwide team in IBM's Global Technology Services division designing and delivering various application and infrastructure business transformational solutions to a work-force of over 125,000 employees. He is recognized as a leader in IBM, providing creative solutions and optimizing business practices. Michael graduated from Lamar University in 1985 with a B.S in Education and in 1989 with an M.S. in Computer Science. He currently resides in La Porte, TX with his wife Kathy, who also graduated from Lamar in 1989 with an M.S. in Deaf Education, and their 7 year old son John Michael. When not working Michael likes to participate in activities at his church, golf, travel (especially to Disney World), spend time with his family and friends, and play popular computer games.
Mr. Chris GrahamPosition: Senior Systems Engineer
Company: ExxonMobil Chemical
Biography: A native of Beaumont, Mr. Graham is a 1990 summa cum laude graduate of Lamar University with a B.S. in Computer Science. While at Lamar, he was involved in many campus organizations including Sigma Nu Fraternity, Blue Key National Honor Society and the Student Government Association. Following graduation, he went to work for Mobil Oil Corporation at the Beaumont Refinery, and has remained there following the merger with Exxon. His job responsibilities during his career at ExxonMobil have been primarily in the area of process control databases and process control systems. He has received his MCSE: Security on Windows Server 2003.
Mr. Clint Harwood
Biography: Mr. Harwood's 28 year career has included petrochemical, university, utility, and retail environments. As Vice President for the IT organization at Conn's, he oversees computer operations, systems and network administration, help desk, software development, user services, document imaging, telecommunications, and business continuity facilities. Mr. Harwood continues to enjoy the opportunity to participate first hand in technical analyses and implementations and often serves as a team member on such projects as well as attending to IT management duties.
Dr. Paul Kendall
Position: Senior Consultant, Advisory Systems
Company: Accudata Systems, Inc.
Biography: Paul Kendall has 38 years’ experience in the Computer and Information Security profession. He is currently a Senior Consultant in the Information Security Regulatory and Compliance fields with Accudata Systems in Dallas, Texas. He has formerly served as Senior Manager for Accenture, LLP's Global Security Practice, Chief Information Security Officer for AmeriCredit Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas, Chief Security Architect for Compaq Computer Corporation, and Global Security Director for Air Liquide S.A. in Paris, France. He has authored over 80 papers on computer and information security in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and France. Paul was a founding member of the South Texas Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Chapter, and has served on the Board of Directors for both the South Texas ISSA and the North Texas ISSA chapters. He was a review and assessment committee member on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Encryption Standard development effort, and was a committee member on the International Standards Organization task force developing the ISO 17799 security standard. Most recently, he served on the ISACA standards development committee for Physical and IT Security Convergence. He is a Certified Information Security Manager, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and a Diplomate, American Board for Certification in Homeland Security. He has a Ph.D./MBA in Information Systems, and graduate from Lamar University with B.S. degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics/Statistics.
Mr. Darren Lewis
Position: Supervisor, Enterprise Technology Delivery
Biography: Mr. Darren Lewis is a native of Southeast Texas. He graduated from Lamar University in 2001 with a B.S. in Computer Information Science. He has over 20 years of professional I.T. experience covering a wide range of industries including financial, legal and healthcare. While working at CHRISTUS Health, Darren brought together virtual teams of infrastructure engineers that designed and integrated new technology services that enabled healthcare providers for a decade. Today Darren works for the Kingwood, TX based company Insperity. There he is a thought leader, innovator, people manager and virtualization engineer. His focus is integrating and evangelizing virtualization technology and strategy to enable a growing mobile workforce access to productivity and collaboration resources anytime and anywhere.
Mr. Tim Magnuson
Position: President & CEO
Company: Kashmoo, Inc.
Biography: Mr. Tim Magnuson is the President & CEO of Austin-based Kashmoo.com, a web-based scheduling system for small businesses. He was a founder, VP, and Director of Austin-based Pavilion Technologies in 1991, and played key roles in taking the company from startup to becoming a world leader in advanced process control. Over his 30 year career, Magnuson has served in roles ranging from Robot Research Engineer, at Milacron, to manager of the Neural Network Research Project at MCC in Austin. He has one patent in robotics, and is listed as an inventor on nine pending patents in software and Internet technology. His academic background includes a B.S. with honors in C.S., with E.E. minor, from Lamar University, and an M.S. C.S. with honors from the University of Texas at Tyler.
Mr. Roger V. Moye
Position: Systems Analyst III
Company: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Division of Quantitative Sciences, Houston, Texas
Biography: Mr. Moye graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Lamar University in 1993. He has been a member of the Division of Information Technology at Rice University for over 11 years. During his tenure at Rice he has performed a number of roles, including UNIX Systems Administrator, Team Leader, and most recently Linux Cluster Administrator. He is responsible for systems administration activities on the university's research computing clusters. He is also responsible for the design and development of all web-based applications, web sites, and online documentation associated with cluster operations. Prior to Rice, Mr. Moye was employed as a Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Information Systems at the Johnson Space Center where he was responsible for developing UNIX workstation performance analysis software used in the Mission Control Center.
Ms. Anita Henson
Position: Senior Project Manager
Company: TransCanada, LLC
Biography: Anita D Henson is a business and information technology professional with more than 25 years of experience. As a project management professional for 15 years, her background includes project/program management, project management office (PMO) and project management consultant in the petrochemical, oil & gas, food services and aerospace industries in the US and internationally. Presently, Anita is employed as a Senior Project Manager with TransCanada, LLC. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Houston and has earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), a Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) from George Washington University and the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification from the Scrum Alliance. Ms. Henson is a partner of Preferred Project Management (PPM), LLC which provides project management training and consulting services to individuals and companies. Her current affiliations include membership in PMI and Toastmasters International.
Mr. James M. Sigler II
Company:Virtual Objects, Inc.
Biography: Mr. James M. Sigler, II graduated from Lamar University in 1985 with a B.S. degree in Mathematical Sciences and a minor in Civil Engineering. Mr. Sigler makes his home in Dallas, TX where he works as an Independent Contractor/Consultant. He is currently working as a consulting senior application architect/developer with Virtual Objects, Inc. in Dallas. His experience is broad and comprehensive with software engineering or architecture experience in many industries. It includes acting as a lead developer on object-oriented projects providing leadership and supervision over other developers in the design and development of desktop distributed n-tier client-server software systems. His experience includes work as a senior architect designing "Use Cases" and core metadata-based systems; it also includes the creation of object-modeling diagrams for the analysis and design of new applications and components with UML. His development experience includes a work history on user (GUI) services, business services, and data services.
Mr. Vivek Singh
Position: Head, Services Business, SIS, North America
Company: Schlumberger Information Solutions
Biography: Mr. Vivek Singh graduated from Lamar University in computer science. He completed his MBA at Duke University, North Carolina. He is currently employed by Schlumberger Information Solutions in Houston, TX, & has over 13 years of professional work experience, a decade of experience with a leading international company, and 5 years of experience in a senior management role. He managed collocated and distributed IT and software teams in a fortune 500 company. He has experience at the helm of a self-owned company. He is recognized as a technical leaser (including leadership roles in the Eureka IT and software community. He is an expert in determining capabilities of technology to solve business problems and in creating new business opportunities, and has filled several patents. He has created cross -functional, cross-organizational teams, to identify and design solution to meet the market needs. Has over decade of experience with software development processes( including RUP, waterfall and agile methodologies) as well as quality monitoring/assurance systems ( such as CMM,ISO).Founding member of the Software Process Improvement Team.
Ms. Brenda K. Williams
Position: Project Manager
Company: SYSCO Corporation
Biography: Brenda K. Williams, PMP is a highly accomplished technology professional who has led the full range from legacy to advanced technology. She is currently a Program Manager at SYSCO Corporation involved with the company business transformation to SAP. She is also a published author and international conference speaker on technology topics and personal development. Active in the community, Brenda teaches project management curriculum as a partner of APB Project Management, LLC. She has served as president and board member of AWC (Association for Women in Computing) and a past board member of MPA (Microsoft Project Association). She is a current member of PMI (Project Management Institute), WFF (Women in Food Service Forum), Lamar University Computer Science Advisory Board, and MPA. Brenda is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where she graduated from East Technical High School and holds a B.A. in Business from Winona State University in Minnesota. Brenda received PMP certification from PMI in 2005 and was honored at the FHPW (Federation of Houston Professional Women) Gala event in September as the 2007 AWC (Association for Women in Computing) Women of Excellence.
Mr. Ed Sturrock
Position: President and Co-Founder
Biography: After founding a successful company of over 15 websites and brick- mortar outlets, ecommerce was a crucial part of his success and became his passion drawing him to Americommerce. His software architect background, Bachelor of Business in Management Information Systems and over 15 years of industry experience enable Ed to merge his business savvy with technical skills to steer the AmeriCommerce family forward and push the limits of our industry, genuinely caring about customers' success, his teammates and AmeriCommerce.
Family and friends remain an importance of his life and enhance his drive and dedication to AmeriCommerce. When not working into the night, he can commonly be found goofing off at crazy events, hatching some off-the-wall scheme and of course, buying his kids lots of ice cream! Ed is an adventure hunter and daredevil who has smile for everyone he meets and this energy enhances his ideas and life. He commonly speaks at conferences, seminars, schools and colleges and is a community player always willing to provide a helping hand by volunteering his time.