The IIT Alumni Association Board of Directors believes that engagement with alumni is crucial to the growth of the university, and the board works to strengthen the university's ties to alumni by striving to reach and inspire everyone who calls IIT their alma mater. Numerous programs and initiatives exist in order to reach this goal:
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Andrea L. Berry (CS '84), TrusteeSenior Vice President, Broadcast Media Services • Fox Networks Group
Andrea Berry is senior vice president of broadcast media services at Fox Networks Group. Her career has also included stints at CBS and NBC. Berry oversees all aspects of digital media management for Fox, the Fox Sports Media Group, Fox Networks Group, Twentieth Television, and MyNetworkTV. Her honors include several Emmy Awards for outstanding technical team remote in sports. She received the 2012 Women in Technology Leadership Award, presented by TVNewsCheck. Berry is a member of IIT’s Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers for the College of Science. She is also chair of the IIT Alumni Association Board of Directors. For her outstanding work, Berry was honored with IIT’s Professional Achievement Award in 2010.
Parth Amin (BA ’85)Founder, Chairman, and CEO • SLK Software Services
Parth Amin is the founder, chairman, and CEO of SLK Software Services, a software development company established in 2000 specializing in IT solutions and services. His expertise in international business development and entrepreneurial skills made SLK Software a forerunner in the offshore software development arena. Amin was the IIT Commencement speaker in winter 2009 and 2012 for IIT's India Campus and inducted the new graduates into the IIT Alumni Association.
Elizabeth Bilitz (MSE '07, M.S. '09)Technical Sales Director • Finkl Steel
Elizabeth Bilitz is inside techcical sales director at Finkl Steel. For five years, she was the representative for an IIT Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program project sponsored by the company.
Bilitz has served as a panelist in support of Women's History Month at IIT and continues to be involved with the alumnae chapter of Kappa Phi Delta sorority, acting as secretary of the board. She previously served on the Young Alumni Council as a liaison.
Sunwoong Choi (ME ’81, METM ’81, Ph.D. METM ’92) Professor • Hanaam University, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering
Sunwoong Choi serves as an associate director at the Institute for Academia-Industry Cooperation at Hannam University, a private Christian university. Additionally, he is director of the university's Business Incubator Center and Manufacturing Incubator Center. Choi is past president of the IIT Korean Alumni Association. He has also participated in the IIT Asian Alumni Association and helped organize the very successful Asian Alumni Meeting held in Seoul in 2003. Choi is the recipient of the 2011 Alumni Global Service award.
James Gagnard (EE ’69), TrusteeChairman • Illinois Technology Association
James Gagnard was appointed chairman of Illinois Technology Association (ITA) in 2012, taking the helm of a nonprofit trade organization with over 700 companies as members and recognized as a leading source of accelerated growth for the technology industry of Illinois. Gagnard has 25 years of experience leading both large and small technology companies. He was president and CEO of SmartSignal and held senior positions with Pansophic Systems, Control Data, and IBM in Europe and the United States. Gagnard is a member of the IIT Board of Trustees and the Board of Overseers for IIT College of Science.
Robert D. Hoel (BE ’70) Retired
Robert Hoel retired in 2000 after a 34-year career with R. R. Donnelley. Hoel is a member of the board at the League of Illinois Bicyclists and serves as vice president and board member for the Active Transportation Alliance. Hoel is on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee and co-chairs the Career and Professional Development Committee.
Brian Ippolito (AE '92)President and CEO • Orbis Technologies, Inc.
Brian Ippolito has served as president and chief executive officer of Orbis since 2006. Under his leadership, Orbis has established itself as a leader in delivering semantic applications and cloud analytics to the Department of Defense and select Fortune 50 companies. Prior to Orbis, he was director of advanced programs and products, C4ISR, and Networked Systems at Northrop Grumman, where he directed a number of advanced technology programs and business operations. A recipient of the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a 2013 Influential Marylander Award, and a host of other honors, Orbis is regarded as a respected leader in the IT industry.
Perri I. Irmer (ARCH ’81) President and CEO • DuSable Museum of African American History
Perri Irmer earned her juris doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 1991. Irmer currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History, the oldest institution of its kind in the United States. Prior to joining DuSable in September of 2015, Irmer ran her own company, Intellectual Resource Management Group, Inc., a global management consulting and strategic planning firm with a mission of promoting economic development through the integration of advanced technology, sustainable design, and public policy.
Irmer has also enjoyed a distinguished tenure in government, having served as the chief executive officer of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority; assistant general counsel for Chicago Public Schools and administrator of CPS’s multi-billion dollar Capital Improvement Program; director of construction services for the Public Building Commission of Chicago; and deputy commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings. As a private sector real estate professional, Irmer served as senior vice president for Mesirow Financial and as vice president of development for Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. To date, Irmer has administered well over $7 billion in public and private construction projects.
Irmer was honored with the IIT Professional Achievement Award in 2007. In addition to the Illinois Institute of African American Alumni Association, Irmer also sits on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including World Chicago and the Catholic Theological Union. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau and was a founding member of the Chicago Sports Commission (now known as Choose Chicago). Irmer is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her involvement in community and youth services, her longstanding support and advocacy of minority and woman-owned businesses, and her promotion of international business relationships within Illinois.
Emmanuel Klu (CS '13)Software Engineer • Google Inc. Emmanuel Klu is a software engineer at Google. He joined Google in 2013 and is currently the technical lead of an engineering team building a data management platform. He is very involved in diversity and college recruiting at Google and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of engineers.
Joseph A. Koblich (BA ’88)Director of Information Technology • American Nuclear Society
Since 1998, Joseph Koblich has been the director of information technology for the American Nuclear Society, where he was honored with a Special Recognition Award for rapid response to nuclear-related events caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, Japan in 2011, as well as having received the organization's Octave J. DuTemple Award in 2007. He has been quoted in industry publications such as Computerworld and Biztech Magazine on topics such as open source software and project financing, and he is currently serving on the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council's Manufacturing & Supply Chain Working Group. Previously, he was a systems analyst for five years at Arthur Andersen, including two years with their Management Foresight Group, where he was the lead developer for the U.S. Machine Tool Orders program currently administered by the Association for Manufacturing Technology. He was also a database administrator at Mesirow Financial earlier in his career.
More recently, he has been serving as member communications chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Chicago Section, where he was honored in 2015 for his involvement in organizing IEEE's first annual Hack Challenge, for which several awardees have been Illinois Tech students or alumni.
William Lam (ME ’82, MAS BA ’88) Founder and Partner • Atar Group
William Lam is a principal at Atar Group, a management consulting firm. He has worked at companies such as OCE, Emerson, ITW, Navistar, General Motors, Avery, and more.
Sherrie Littlejohn (M.S. CS ’82), Trustee Executive Vice President, Internal Innovation Strategies, Innovation Group • Wells Fargo
Sherrie Littlejohn is a recognized expert in leading successful large-scale, technology-based transformation initiatives in regulated industries. She brings over 30 years of experience in strategy, architecture, development, and operations, enabling business opportunities in financial services and telecommunications industries with a keen eye to culture shifts and change management. She is a catalyst for designing and implementing innovative technology solutions with a customer and end-user focus. She is valued for her expertise in assessing overall IT technology programs for manageability and capability to improve customer service for the enterprise and its customers.
Littlejohn joined Wells Fargo in July 2002 and currently leads the innovation labs, technology business development, and enterprise patent office teams within the innovation group. Her key responsibilities include driving enterprise technology idea generation as a catalyst for transformative change across the company as well as steering technology business development to grow and manage relationships with IT industry leaders, universities, venture capitalists, and private equity firms. Additionally, she leads the team that guides the company’s patent strategy, which includes developing, licensing, and buying patents. Littlejohn sits on the Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustees, Alumni Association Board of Directors, Audit & Compliance Committee, Academic Affairs Committee, and Computer Science Advisory Council, and she also serves as the Illinois Tech Alumni Admissions Chair. She received her B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University of Louisiana and her M.S. in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology. She completed the Executive Business Program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
MaryAnn McNally (EE ’82, M.B.A. ’95)VP of Research & Development • Illinois Tool Works, Inc.
Maryann McNally is vice president of the Innovation Center at Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW). In this role, she works with ITW segments and platforms to develop, deploy, and continuously improve innovation processes and tools in support of the company’s unique customer-back innovation culture. Prior to joining ITW, McNally spent 10 years at Motorola, where she held senior management positions directing global product development teams within both the automotive and mobility businesses. Prior to that, she spent 15 years in product development in the defense industry.
Bruce Meier (MATH ’76)Director • Illinois Tech Chicagoland Alumni Chapter – Northwest Branch
Meier has held various information system and data analytics positions in the consumer packaged goods industry at Kraft Foods, Mondelez International, SC Johnson, Ralston Purina, and Miller Brewing. Meier most recently was the director of global and NA financial systems at Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods). During his 17-year tenure at Kraft Foods, he was most recently the director of finance systems, and prior to that, the director of marketing systems. Meier graduated from Illinois Tech with a B.S. in math in 1976 and obtained an M.S. in statistics in 1979 from Marquette University. Meier retired from Mondelez in 2014 and is currently serving as director of the Illinois Tech Chicagoland Alumni Chapter – Northwest Branch and is also active in several volunteer positions in his church. Meier is looking forward to leading a cross functional leadership seminar at Illinois Tech, utilizing his experience leading and participating in cross-functional teams, such as marketing, finance, sales, and legal/HR services.
Anthony Metoyer (ME ’77) Director, Operations and Strategic Development • Boeing
Anthony Metoyer is director of strategic development of Phantom Works at Boeing. His organization finds government investments for areas of technology to be paired with Boeing's own research funds. His responsibilities include leadership of the technology business development group and developing environmental and market understanding pertinent to Boeing's markets of interest.
Victoria Meyer (CHE ’90) Director of Strategic Projects • Clariant
A 20-year oil industry veteran, Victoria Meyer is the director of strategic projects at Clariant and former operational excellence manager at Shell Oil Company, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell PLC ("Shell"). Since 2008, Meyer has also been the performance enablement manager at the petrochemicals arm of Shell. Her work is focused on improving overall costs and performance. Meyer is on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and chairs the Nominating Committee.
George Mui (CS '76, M.S. '80)Market Access Team Lead • U.S. Department of Commerce
George Mui is the market access team lead for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As a global strategist, he provides business consulting services for minority businesses in the area of international business development and strategy with a keen focus on domestic and international partnerships that provide access to global markets. Leveraging his extensive background, Mui also facilitates several industry-specific networking groups and serves as the Asian American business liaison. He is also currently serving on the White House Initiative for AAPI Inter-Agency Working Group and the President’s National Export Initiative Small Business Working Group. He serves on the advisory committee for the Office of New Americans for the City of Chicago and the Advisory Board for the Chicago Association for Corporate Growth (ACG Chicago).
He is a community advocate with a special focus on Asian American business advocacy. He serves on the OCA-Chicago Board as vice president of programming. He recently completed two successful years as the OCA-Chicago chapter president. Under his leadership, he created the OCA-Scholarship Fund, OCA-Chicago Mentoring for Asian American Professionals, and the Asian American Business Expo. He also coordinates the Asian American Executive Network—a nationwide advocacy group for Asian American professionals and entrepreneurs.
In addition to a master’s and a bachelor’s degrees in computer science from IIT, he also completed two Executive Education programs at Stanford University.
Steve Nargang (ME ’96) Vice President • Gage Consulting Engineers
Steve Nargang is vice president at Gage Consulting Engineers, an MEP engineering firm based in Oak Brook, Illinois. He leads the development of projects and partnerships for architectural renovations and new construction. Nargang has 20 years of combined experience in design, engineering, project management, technical sales, and business development. He has a background in mechanical engineering and technical consulting across a range of industries and applications. Prior to joining Gage in 2010, he worked as a project manager focused on design engineering and then as regional manager at Simpson Technologies Corporation for over 17 years. Nargang has been a licensed professional engineer in Illinois since 2000. Nargang is chair of the IIT Chicagoland Alumni Chapter and has been a speaker at the “Introduction to the Profession” class for first-year civil engineering students.
Arun Prakash (AE ’99) Principal • Carbon Arrow Advisors Operating Partner • Virgo Capital
Arun Prakash manages Carbon Arrow Advisors, an advisory firm for middle market companies. He is also an operating partner with Virgo Capital, a private equity firm which invests in software and IT services companies. Additionally, he is on the board of managers of Sayers, an IT solutions company in Vernon Hills, Ill. From 2001 to 2005, Prakash was based in Los Angeles, working as a project manager and systems engineer with Boeing Satellite Systems. While an undergraduate at IIT, Prakash received the Outstanding Contribution to the IIT Community Award. Prakash lives in Austin, Texas.
Stephanie Salem (BA '11)Financial Analyst • Target Corporation
Stephanie Salem is a financial analyst for Target Corporation. She joined Target in 2011 as part of the Finance and Accounting Development Program post-graduation and has held three different roles since. She currently sits on the Supply Chain Finance team supporting the Food Distribution Network. Outside of Target, she serves on the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Young Leadership Committee, serves as a JDRF mentor, and as a mentor in the Next Generation youth group at Church of the Open Door.
Salem has served as a panelist in support of Women's History Month at IIT.
Dawn Schuette (ARCH CRP ’92, MAS CRP ’93) Partner • Threshold Acoustics, LLC
Dawn Schuette’s interest in music and training in architecture led her to the acoustic consulting field, where she has been working for more than 20 years. She assists end users and design professionals with the enhancement of the aural experience in performance and education facilities, worship spaces, cultural buildings, and other places of public assembly. She was recently elected a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
Schuette also works to improve awareness of urban noise, provide suitable learning environments for all students, and bring attention to the needs of the hearing impaired in the built environment. Schuette has been an adjunct professor at IIT College of Architecture.
Michael Siem (CHE '96)Share Holder • Farney Daniels, P.C.
Michael Siem is partner and head of the New York office of Farney Daniels, P.C. Siem’s practice includes intellectual property litigation with a focus on patents. He has litigated cases in many technological areas including pharmaceuticals, chemical processes, and biotechnology. He also has extensive experience representing death row inmates pro bono. He was a recipient of the 2008 Thurgood Marshall Award for Capital Representation given by the Committee on Capital Punishment of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a member of the team that won the 2012 Death Penalty Representation Project Exceptional Service Award presented by the American Bar Association. Siem is the chair of the IIT New York City Alumni Chapter. Siem is on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and chairs the Alumni Engagement Committee.
Scott Ternovits (DSGN ’92) Partner • Gravitytank
Scott Ternovits is a founding partner and leads the design practice at gravitytank, a 70-person innovation consulting firm based in Chicago. During his 20-year career, he has helped develop marquee offerings for blue chip leaders in consumer package goods, retail services, and consumer electronics for clients such as Samsung, Microsoft, Goodyear, and FedEx. Ternovits is on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee and chairs the Alumni Awards Committee. He received the IIT Outstanding Young Alumnus Award in 2000 for his accomplishments as a designer, teacher, and entrepreneur. He has been a speaker for first year civil engineering students in their Introduction to the Profession class.
Maria V. Vasos (PPPS ’06, LAW ’08)Attorney-At-Law • Law Office of Maria V. Vasos, LLC
Maria Vasos is a business and transactions attorney counseling clients who have overlapping legal issues in the areas of business and contracts, tax and estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related real estate transactions. She is the managing member of the Law Office of Maria V. Vasos, LLC in Oak Brook, Illinois. Prior to starting her own firm, Maria worked with notable law firms in the greater Chicago area in the same practice areas. Vasos was an IIT Honors Law Scholarship recipient. She graduated from Illinois Tech with a bachelor of science in political science and a minor in law, and then she earned her juris doctorate from Illinois Tech's Chicago-Kent College of Law. She also returned to Chicago-Kent to take courses in the master of laws program in taxation, with a specia focus on estate planning.
Michael J. Wayte (ME ’61) Retired
Michael Wayte retired in 2003 after a 41-year career with the Boeing Company. His assignments gave him the opportunity to live in places as diverse as California; Washington, D.C.; and Warton, England, in addition to many years in Seattle, Washington. Wayte is the former chair of the Illinois Tech Seattle Alumni Chapter and has been involved in various activities with the university. He keeps busy skiing in the winter and riding his bike in the drier weather. He also volunteers as an AARP Driver Safety instructor. He is looking forward to being involved with the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Steven F. Weiss, FAIA (ARCH ’73)Principal and Founder • Weiss Architects, LLC
Steve Weiss is the principal and founder of Weiss Architects, LLC, where he serves as principal designer of all projects and provides oversight management for all endeavors. Weiss’s designs incorporate functional pragmatism with a particular emphasis on structure and materiality. Weiss Architects is a generalist practice with significant experience in residential, retail, hospitality, and sports/recreation architecture. Prior to establishing Weiss Architects, he was a principal of Solomon Cordwell Buenz and a senior associate at Booth Hansen Architects.Weiss was elected a fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 1995 and has received many awards for both his architectural design work and his service to the profession. In addition to his design practice, he speaks regularly around the country on the workings of the construction industry and the practice of architecture.
Garlen D. Wesson (CHE ’78)Vice President, Research and Economic Development • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Garlen Wesson has a decade of industrial experience, largely while a senior production engineer at the Dow Chemical Company, where he was responsible for the production of Dow's Heat Transfer Fluids plant in Midland, Michigan. During his tenure at South Carolina State University, he held a Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence Professorship in Science and Engineering.
Mae Cheri Whiteside (CE ’99) Owner • Cheri K. Lewis Engineers LLC
Mae Whiteside is the owner of Cheri K. Lewis Engineers LLC, a civil engineering consultant firm providing roadway and airport construction engineering, sustainable transportation design, and erosion control engineering design for inspection projects. She developed her career as a roadway design project manager at the Chicago Department of Transportation. Whiteside is on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Executive Committee and chairs the Admissions Committee. Whiteside has been a speaker at the Introduction to the Profession class for first-year civil engineering students and the alumnae panel for Women’s History Month.