UC Women Rock IT – Part 1

Photo graphic for the University of California, celebrating Women's History Month.

Read about some of the remarkable women in IT at UC. Compiled by members of the UC Women in Technology Committee, this list – installment one of three – is just a sampling of the range of accomplishments that UC women in tech contribute – every day, every year.

Amy Work, GIS librarian, UCSD. Helping lead the design of next-generation spatial data infrastructure to support faculty, staff, and research success, including GIS for campus administrative uses.

Julie Slusser, network administrator, Information Technology Solutions, UCR. Helped to achieve an annualized cost savings of $190K over the last year by assisting in developing campus-wide network standards and decommissioning unnecessary infrastructure and services.

Rose Rocchio, director of Mobile and Web Strategy, UCLA. Led the development of the Mobile Web Framework and a number of native mobile apps for complex research projects. She champions accessibility across the UCLA campus and UC system.

Ghanya Thomas, executive assistant, Information Technology Services, UCOP. Coordinates an IT student internship program and established a partnership with the INROADS professional development program so that diverse college students learn about opportunities in the IT field, get job experience, and are exposed to careers at UC.

Sherryl Fawx, desktop technician, Infrastructure and Operations, UCSC. Discovered a persistent fix for failing Microsoft Windows updates on computers in the Staff HR and Financial Affairs departments. This has resolved work disruptions and eliminated the need for repeated updates.

Ying Kussmann, assistant director, UCPath/Human Resources IT, UCI. Played a leadership role in aligning campus IT teams around UCPath implementation planning as a highly visible and important change, and in ensuring a successful rollout of UCPath at UC Irvine.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, professor, Department of Life and Environmental Science, UCM. Researches how soil helps regulate the earth’s climate and how soil can be an important part of the solution to climate change.

Ann Crawford, SR database developer, Student Information Systems & Technology, UCSB. Leads the technical implementation of Power BI, which provides a rich platform for securely sharing data analytics across organizational boundaries.

Shannon Chee, unit IT lead, College of Engineering, UCD. Founded the UC Davis Cyber Security Club as a student. As an employee, has improved security incident response processes and procedures and developed best practices for securing research lab systems and networks.

Suzanne Harrison, director of Digital Learning Services, Research, Teaching and Learning, UCB. Helping lead efforts toward the new Instructional Resilience priority included in the ReIT Strategic Plan. When the PG&E power outages occurred last fall, Suzanne engaged teams and put together a webpage of campus resources.

Ana Buenaventura, Kat Li, Sarah Ngo, Suria Sadat, Alyssa Tecklenburg, various technology roles, UCSF. Lead WIT@UCSF, a member-run community for women in technology. The group provides a network, develops professional development programming, and advocates for women and people of all genders underrepresented in technology.

Jessica Hayes, service & support analyst, Information and Educational Technology, UCD. Provides ongoing technical support and training to clients using Site Farm, the Drupal-based website offering for campus, including posting information on the SiteFarm Blog for campus users.

Veronica Garcia, service operations supervisor for Enterprise Telephony, Information Technology Services (ITS), UCSD. Revamped the voice operations team, implementing cross-training, a revised on-call program, and an energized post-incident review process.

Jennifer Miller, instructional computer labs manager, Infrastructure and Operations, UCSC. Supports the day-to-day operations in 12 instructional computer lab spaces that serve faculty and over 18,000 students. Mentors students and works closely with student managers who help supervise over 60 student employees supporting the instructional labs and the campus libraries.

Olivia Salinas, application developer, Information Technology Solutions, UCR. Created 2 custom Banner forms to facilitate managing evaluator assignments and reprocessing applyUC files for Undergraduate Admissions. These forms put the power of managing updates in the customer’s hands and save time for business units.

Pamela Sampson-Smith, IT supervisor, Information Technology Services, UCOP. Led an application inventory consolidation effort to move data from multiple, legacy inventories into a single inventory maintained in ServiceNow.

Janet Keith, senior network engineer, Information Technology Services, UCSD. Deployed the very first production implementation of Overlay Transport Virtualization on the UCSD network, allowing for better redundancy and network mobility for virtual environments, disaster response, and production offerings.

Heather Felix, program director, Technology Development Group, Anderson School of Management, UCLA. Manages technology-driven courses, mentoring sessions, conferences, workshops, industry mentoring, seminars, and research co-teaching opportunities for MBA students, alumni, and industry professionals in technology.

Liz Wright, IT security analyst, Information Technology Services, UCSC. Leads an initiative to train the ITS helpdesk on handling tier 1 phishing incident response. Also instrumental in launching the student worker incident response program.

Taylor McDougall, junior system administrator, College of Engineering, UCD. Works with the Center for Geotechnical Modeling to design technology solutions for research needs.

Graphic by Chasiri Sherron, UC Berkeley undergraduate student and IT marketing and communications intern, Information Technology Services, UC Office of the President.

For the full list of amazing women, see UC Women Rock IT Part 2 and Part 3.


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