2019 Michigan IT Symposium

A Successful 2019 Event

The 2019 Michigan IT Symposium was held November 25-26, 2019 in its new format. Feedback from past symposiums, indicated that attendees wanted MORE. More breakout sessions, more opportunities to network and collaborate, and more opportunities to grow professionally. With this in mind, the Michigan IT Steering Committee successfully introduced a new format for this year.

Keynote Address

The 2019 Symposium kicked-off on Monday afternoon. Co-chairs Andrea Bolash (CoE) and Michael Warden (HITS) welcomed U-M IT and technology professionals and advocates from across all four University of Michigan campuses to the Mendelssohn Theatre at 2 p.m. This year’s keynote address on the power of networks was given by Marcus Collins, lecturer of marketing in the Ross School of Business and the co-director of the Yaffe Digital Media Initiative. Collins spoke about networks, emphasizing that the Michigan IT community is a network, with beliefs and artifacts, behaviors, and language. We each bring great diversity and more complexity to the network. Underscoring the massive power of such a network to make an impact at Michigan and to the world.

IT Leadership Discussion

Ravi Pendse, Vice President for Information Technology and U-M Chief Information Officer shared the lessons he has learned in his first year at Michigan. He provided insight as to where technology is going and how Michigan can be successful focusing on the people who use it. Andrew Rosenberg, Chief Information Officer, Michigan Medicine, joined Ravi in encouraging attendees in the collaborative part they play across the complex ecosystem of the entire university and Michigan Medicine.

Posters and Presentations

Attendees wrapped up the first day of the symposium at the 2019 Michigan IT Symposium Poster Reception in the Michigan League. Staff from U-M schools and colleges, Michigan Medicine, and administrative units displayed 52 posters in the Vandenberg, Hussey and Michigan rooms on topics including research, teaching and learning, precision health and patient care, diversity, equity, and inclusion and administration. Light appetizers and refreshments were served.

Day two of the Michigan IT Symposium was devoted to learning and professional development opportunities with 33 breakout sessions to choose from—12 more sessions than previous symposiums. Feedback on the breakout sessions has been positive. Look for a full report on the Michigan IT Symposium in the new year.

2019 Photo Gallery

2019 Planning Committee

Andrea Bolash, College of Engineering
Michael Warden, HITS

Event Coordinators
Kim Wooton, ITS
Joel Iverson, ITS

Committee Members
Daniel Burgess, ITS; Jennifer Herron, ITS; Stefanie Horvath, ITS; Alyssa Longo, LSA; Ryan McKenzie, Ross School of Business; Jamie Rasmussen, School of Nursing; Karen Saito, College of Engineering; Brian Simko, HITS; Joshua Simon, LSA; and Jackie Wolf, HITS

The Michigan IT Symposium is an annual event that strives to create connections between community members, while highlighting the innovation and ingenuity occurring across all of the U-M campuses. The event is open to all University of Michigan IT and technology professionals and advocates and includes multiple types of interactions, including plenary and breakout events. The symposium is one of several activities co-sponsored by the offices of the VPIT-CIO and the CIO for Michigan Medicine and organized by the Michigan IT Steering Committee to build community and encourage collaboration among U-M’s 2,700 IT professionals.

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