IIT Alumni Association Board of Directors 

Committees

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 its efforts to reach and inspire everyone who calls IIT alma mater. Numerous programs and initiatives exist in order to reach this goal: 

Are you interested in joining the Alumni Association Board of Directors? Email alumni@iit.edu and share your background and interests. Read the official position description here.


 

Chair

Andrea L. Berry (CS '84), Trustee
Senior 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.

 

Directors

Parth Amin (BA ’85) 
Chairman and Managing Director • SLK Software Services 

Parth Amin is the founder, CEO, and managing director 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.


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. 


Scott F. Cooper (PS ’75, LAW ’78) 
Managing Partner • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen, and Loewy   

Scott Cooper’s practice is focused on employment-based immigration and immigration-related compliance for a broad range of clients from Fortune 100 companies, universities, national research, and cultural and health care institutions, to senior executives, professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors (including EB-5). He is a former adjunct professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. He has won several awards such as Best Lawyers in America, Leading Illinois Attorneys, and Best Lawyers in Crain’s Detroit Business

 

James Gagnard (EE ’69), Trustee
Chairman • 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.


Michael Hill, NCE (CS ’82)
Program Manager/Senior Systems Engineer • PROARC, Inc.

Michael Hill is an electrical engineer with extensive project management, design, and product development experience. He currently leads efforts to integrate radio frequency (RF) equipment on a variety of Army vehicle platforms. Hill sits on the Alumni Board of Directors Executive Committee and is currently chair of the Volunteer Management Committee and African American Alumni Association (4A).   

 

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. He is on the Alumni Board of Directors Executive Committee and co-chairs the Alumni Board's Marketing and Communications Committee. 


Perri I. Irmer (ARCH ’81) 
President • Callidus International, LLC 

Perri Irmer is president of Callidus International. She was previously CEO of Illinois Sports Facilities Authority for U.S. Cellular Field and its surrounding property. Irmer has held such positions as deputy commissioner for the City of Chicago Department of Buildings, assistant general counsel for the Chicago Board of Education, and vice president with Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. Irmer was honored with the IIT Professional Achievement Award in 2007. 


Mariam Kittaneh (CHE ’03) 
Commercial Development Manager • 
AbbVie Laboratories 

Mariam Kittaneh is a commercial development manager at AbbVie. She is responsible for integrating technology and developing innovations that bridge healthcare providers, pharmacies, and payors so patients with immunological diseases don't have to self-navigate through the complex insurance and reimbursement environments to obtain therapy and medicine when they need it. Kittaneh received IIT's Outstanding Young Alumna Award in 2008. She regularly gives seminars to students from IIT and other universities, introducing them to AbbVie and her role in the company. Kittaneh continuously recommends and assists IIT graduates in filling job openings at AbbVie as well as at other companies.


Joel Krauss (MATH ’71), Trustee
Founder and Principal • 
Market Strategy Group, LLC 

Joel Krauss is a founding principal at the Market Strategy Group. Founded in 2003, the company creates and targets new and uncontested markets for its clients. Krauss has been an advisor to executives in financial services, retail, computers and electronics, transportation, health care, and government. In 1985, Krauss co-founded OmniTech Consulting Group, which he grew from a two- to a 53-client practice while serving as managing partner. Krauss is a co-chair of Fueling Innovation: The Campaign for IIT and a member of IIT’s Board of Trustees as well as the Board of Overseers for the IIT College of Science. Krauss received the Alumni Service Award in 2012. 


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.  


Michelle Linden (ARCH ’02) 
Co-owner, Principal Architect • atelier drome, LLP 

Michelle Linden is the co-owner and principal architect at atelier drome. She and architect Henry Walters merged their firms in January 2012. Prior to atelier drome, Linden founded atelier a+d. Her firm worked with both residential and commercial clients to remodel and design new construction. Prior to that, she was a studio architect at Ben Trogdon Architects. Linden is chair of the IIT Alumni Association’s Seattle chapter. 


Sherrie Littlejohn (CS ’82), Trustee 
Executive VP, Enterprise Technology Architecture • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 

Since 2009, Sherrie Littlejohn has been executive vice president for Enterprise Architecture and Technology Strategy at Wells Fargo. She leads architecture governance, enterprise architecture, information security architecture, technology strategy, system review, and the information technology operating model program for Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo reported 2010 sales of $93 billion with 272,000 employees. 


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) 
Commercial Development Manager • 
Shell Chemical Company 

A 20-year oil industry veteran, Victoria Meyer is the 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 Board of Directors Executive Committee and chairs the Alumni Board's Nominating Committee.


Joseph P. Mulvey (EE ’91) 
Principal • Tunnell Consulting 

Joseph Mulvey has more than 22 years of life sciences industry experience. Currently a principal at Tunnell Consulting, he helps develop and deliver advanced pharmaceutical consulting services to a wide spectrum of clients. Prior to joining Tunnell, he helped lead the west regional biopharmaceutical practice at Stantec Consulting, an architecture and engineering design services firm. Previously, he served as vice president of life sciences at AECOM Technology Corporation, an architecture, engineering, and construction management consulting firm. He also managed the life sciences practice at Ernst & Young, working with clients on business strategy and SAP implementation. 

 

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 has been a speaker at the “Introduction to the Profession” class for first-year engineering students. 

 

Arun Prakash (AE ’99) 
Partner • 
Virgo Capital 

Arun Prakash is a partner of Virgo Capital, a private equity firm in Austin, Texas, which invests in software and technology-enabled services companies. From 2001 to 2005, Prakash was based in Los Angeles, working as a project manager and systems engineer with Boeing Satellite System group. Prakash is on the Alumni Board of Directors Executive Committee and co-chairs the Alumni Board's Marketing and Communications Committee. He received the Outstanding Contribution to the IIT Community award. 


Vasudevan “Raj” Rajaram (LAW ’91) 
Senior Geotechnical Consultant • 
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. 

Vasudevan “Raj” Rajaram is senior consultant with GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. with more than 35 years of experience in the design and construction of energy, environmental, and waste-management facilities in the United States and India. He also has worked on technology transfer projects in India, with emphasis on cleaner production and use of clean technologies in Indian industry, waste water treatment for fossil fueled power plants, and land filling of hazardous wastes. Rajaram is on the Alumni Board of Directors Executive Committee and chairs the Alumni Board's International Committee.


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.

She serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors Alumni Awards Committee and International Committee and has been an adjunct professor at IIT College of Architecture.

 

Michael Siem (CHE '96)
Special Counsel • 
Baker Bots 

Michael Siem’s practice includes intellectual property litigation with a focus on patents. Siem has litigated cases in many technological areas including pharmaceuticals, chemical processes, and biotechnology. Siem 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 Alumni Association’s New York City Chapter. In 2011, he hosted an IIT alumni event held in New York City. In addition, Siem moderated a panel at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law called "The Death Penalty in America." 

 
Scott Ternovits (DSGN ’92) 
Founding 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 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. 


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. She 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.

 

About Us | Institutional Advancement | Mies van der Rohe Society | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
© 2012-14 Illinois Institute of Technology | Office of Alumni Relations | 10 W. 35th Street, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60616 | 312.567.5000 / 800.448.2586 | Emergency Information