CSci 4061 − Introduction to Operating Systems INet 3101 − C Programming: Language and Applications INet 4021 − Dev Ops I: Network Programming INet 4051 − IT Infrastructure Operations
Mark Langanki has been working in the IT industry since 1989, mainly in computing as it relates to telephony, networked applications, and distributed systems. Currently he is the CTO of ConvergeOne and is leading innovation around the next model of IT and cloud services. Since 1997 he has been teaching at the University of Minnesota about operating systems, network programming, languages, and IT operations. He says: “The learning does not stop once a student graduates. IT is a very fast-paced environment that requires people to really focus on learning new things and understanding what creates value and being able to make decisions on directions for your business.” Mr. Langanki is dedicated to ensuring that students learn topics that will be 100% applicable in the tech industry, and he believes that study with the ITI program's talented working IT professionals provides a skill set that makes graduates productive on the job from day one. He has hired dozens of his former students, many of whom still work with him. Mr. Langanki holds a BS from the University of Minnesota in computer science.
Mavis Brehm currently works as an independent health consultant. Throughout a career that spans more than 30 years, she rose to executive leadership roles in hospital ambulatory care and has served as the chief executive officer of community health centers in St. Paul and Duluth, MN. A constant trait has been her dedication to community health and healthy families. Nurtured by early professional work as a public health nurse and pediatric clinic nurse, Mavis became passionate about prevention, community partnerships, and advocacy for the health needs of low-income and medically underserved communities. As a leader within the broader community health sector, she has built strong public relations and conducted public policy advocacy on both state and federal levels. In her ongoing quest for health care quality and safety, Ms. Brehm has led successful initiatives on quality program design, operations improvement, chronic disease management, patient safety and pharmacy, and integration of behavioral and oral health with primary care. Her experience also includes multiple new and remodeled facility projects, securing new and expanded public and private grant funding, and strategic community partnership development. Ms. Brehm holds a BS in nursing from the University of Minnesota and an MA in business from the University of St. Thomas.
Steven Comingdeer is chief of staff for Accenture's $1B North American health care business portfolio, where he oversees its team of 25 professionals across five countries in managing all administrative functions, including finance, human resources, legal, marketing and communications, and operations. Steve was proud to champion the corporate partnership agreement between Accenture and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and works with Accenture’s diversity recruiting to build and cultivate a pipeline of qualified LGBT candidates. He is currently HRC’s corporate engagement lead for the Twin Cities. In his free time, Steve enjoys playing oboe and English horn in the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra and serves on its board. He holds an MA in health care administration and a BA in business management and health care informatics from the College of Saint Scholastica.
INet 4041 - Networking II: Emerging Technologies Dr. Dunn is a technology innovator and educator with experience in creating, deploying, and supporting products, systems, and infrastructure. His leadership roles have involved providing vision and direction, as well as acting as mentor and mediator, creating results via influence, and helping to develop sound decisions, standards, and practices that balance the conflicting business and technology perspectives of the participants. Previous responsibilities have included substantial planning, budgeting, and program- or project-management components, as well as assembling and nurturing high-performance teams. He has served as director of networking at the University of Minnesota, director of Strategic Markets and Applications (Education) at FORE Systems, and manager of advanced architecture at Cisco Systems. His research interests include Internet transport protocols, routing protocols, end-to-end diagnostics and performance analysis, simulation, and distributed systems. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the U of M.
ABUS 4101 − Accounting and Finance for Managers ABUS 4151 − Innovation for Leaders and Organizations ABUS 4509 − New Product Development
Gordon Flanders, a tenured assistant professor of business and winner of a Merit Award for excellence in teaching, service, and research at Montana Tech of the University of Montana, teaches courses in marketing, market research, international business, consumer behavior, strategic management, advanced management seminar, critical thinking and decision making, selling and sales management, and macroeconomics. He also teaches graduate courses at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Before working in academia, Dr. Flanders spent 20 years at 3M/Imation, where he earned the Circle of Technical Excellence Award and three Golden Step Awards for successful new product launches. The new products he launched have also won industry-specific awards for innovation and a US government environmental award. He recently spoke at the 35th International Conference on Critical Thinking, and has had papers accepted for publication in the conference proceedings of the Marketing Management Association Conference and the Journal of College Student Retention. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Montana Council on Economic Education and is the volunteer head coach of the Montana Tech Hockey Club. Dr. Flanders received a BA from Augsburg College, an MBA from the Carlson School, and a DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) from the University of Phoenix.
INet 4032 – Systems I: Storage INet 4083 – Systems II: System Analysis and Design Mr. Follstad began his IT career writing device drivers for VMS systems, then moved into large systems management. He was responsible for seven years for much of the production data center operations of a large document management company in St. Paul. In 2001 he began focusing his career exclusively on the storage industry as a senior systems engineer for EMC Corporation. His clients included a major credit card company, two banks, and numerous other large businesses in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. While with EMC, he advised on storage strategy in the area of enterprise business continuity and storage subsystem performance. In early 2004, he moved from EMC to the University of Minnesota, where he managed the University Data Management Services group, which is responsible for management and architecture of the University’s centralized system backup and centralized SAN storage. In early 2007, he returned to EMC, where he serves as a pre-sales technical consultant. He is a past co-chair of the local Storage Networking Users Group (SNUG) and has been guest speaker at many storage and storage-related conferences. Mr. Follstad is a 1985 graduate of Mankato State University with a B.S. in computer science.
ABus 4022W – Management in Organizations ABus 4023W - Communicating for Results
Dr. Bradley Goodell is a managing partner and organizational and wellness consultant for Integrated Wellness Programs Group, LLC, where he heads the Healthy Worker Program, a program designed to assist employees with managing emotional health-related issues. He is a contributing author and content expert with Whitewater Learning and has authored educational modules related to wellness, mental health, and organizational wellness. He has a strong background in assessment and testing and also has significant experience in individual therapy for adults, couples, adolescents, and families, working with clients from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities, as well as at-risk adolescents in school settings. He is an LGBTQ ally/advocate and an expert on transgender issues. Dr. Goodell is an avid runner, outdoor enthusiast, and cook, and enjoys salsa dancing and spending time with his dog, Izzy. He holds a BA in psychology and a certificate in conflict management from Hamline University. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Minnesota School of Professional Psychology and completed his postdoctoral work at the Program in Human Sexuality of the U of M Medical School.
INet 1001 - Survey of Information Technology INet 4082W - IT Infrastructure Projects and Processes Valarie Griep is a consultant, educator, and project manager with extensive experience managing large, game-changing strategic projects in information technology, manufacturing, supply chain, and retail. She has led and coached teams on projects as diverse as supply chain process improvements, software development, data warehouses and web-based reporting, retail store remodels, and national events planning. Her knowledge of project management has enabled her to help global clients implement and customize process methodologies. Some of the companies she has worked with include Honeywell, Best Buy, Unisys, and American Express. She has taught technology and project management courses at the University of Minnesota for over ten years. In 1998, she became a certified project manager (PMP®). She holds a B.A. in finance from Florida International University in Miami and an M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management.
HSM 4561 − Health Care Administration and Management
William O. (Bill) Kenney is chief executive officer of Dermatology Consultants. From 2009−2014 he worked for Allina Health in Minneapolis, where he served as president of the Phillips Eye Institute and later as the vice president of operations for the United Hospital cardiovascular service line and hospital-based clinics. Following his undergraduate work, Mr. Kenney was a clinical social worker at United Hospital in St. Paul, focusing on oncology, psychiatry, endocrinology, and geriatrics. Later he served at HeathEast and Park Nicollet Health Services in the Twin Cities, Northwestern University and Medical Faculty Foundation in Chicago, and Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Kenney has expertise in clinic, hospital, and long-term operations, and his experience in health care leadership includes administrative responsibility in cardiovascular services, ophthalmology, senior services, dermatology, and primary care operations. He has been an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary’s University since 2010 and received Lean certification while employed at Park Nicollet. He received a B.A. in business administration and social work from St. John’s University and an M.H.A. (Master of Hospital Administration) from the University of Minnesota.
INET 4031 − Introduction to Systems Mr. Loosbrock is a Linux-savvy network engineer who loves to design and build network infrastructure. His recent focus has been on BGP routing, IX peering, cloud network design, and Junos. He enjoys being hands-on with the gear and developing custom tools. He is currently employed as a senior network engineer at Code42 Software, Inc. in Minneapolis. Prior to that he served as a security analyst for Bethel University and also for the National Security Agency. He holds a BS in computer science and mathematics from the University of Sioux Falls and an MS in computer science from the University of Idaho.
ABus 3301 - Introduction to Quality Management MM 4035 - Supply Chain Management
Mr. Martens has extensive experience in strategy, operations, and transformational change. Currently he serves as chief innovation officer for Hennepin County, leading the Center of Innovation and Excellence. He has served as a senior leader in the following organizations: UnitedHealth Group, University of Minnesota, American Express, Ceridian, and General Electric. Since 2000 he has also been an adjunct faculty member for the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, teaching courses in operations, quality, supply chain management, and managerial accounting. Prior to entering the private sector, Scott served as a naval officer and aviator. Scott has held numerous leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, and since 2010 he has served as a strategy consultant to the Minnesota Make-A-Wish board of directors. He is a CPA and a CPL (certified professional logistician). He earned an M.S. in management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a B.B.A. in accounting from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
MM 4201 - Quality Engineering and Process Improvement Dr. Nied has over 25 years of manufacturing operations experience, of which more than half have been in leadership positions. As current lean manager for Donaldson Company, Inc., he has global responsibility for enterprise-wide deployment and progressive development of the Donaldson Production System. Earlier roles at Donaldson were as accelerated product development manager, responsible for facilitating all manufacturing-level activities associated with the introduction of new products, and operational excellence manager accountable for coordinating activities of a quality management and lean system based on ISO 9001:2000 & TS16949. Prior to joining Donaldson he worked with the hydraulics division of Eaton Corporation. Dr. Nied received his B.A. in electrical engineering from the University of Toledo, his M.B.A. from Wayne State University, and his D.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Manager of Operational Excellence, a Certified Quality Engineer, and a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
INet 4709 – Data Management I: Fundamentals Mr. Onkka is a lead engineer with Fairview Healthcare Services He has been a member of the Fairview IT team for nearly 30 years, initially as a programmer working in a number of languages and platforms in support of accounts receivable. He became Fairview's first DBA and architected all of the early database systems. Those systems have now grown to include hundreds of databases in SQL Server and Oracle, in both single instance and clustered configurations. Mr. Onkka has a particular interest in clustered systems (including Big Data) and how they support scalability and high availability. At Fairview he has primary responsibility for Oracle 10 and 11G with multiple AIX and Windows RAC clusters. Mr. Onkka also worked for several years as a pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings. He earned a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in software design and development from the University of St. Thomas.
ABus/INet 3065 - Computer Security for the Business Professional CSci 4211 - Introduction to Computer Networks INet 4153 - Introduction to Security: Policy and Regulation Mr. Raabe currently leads the internal IT audit function at a major health care provider. Previously, he led IT systems administration staff, and he has designed and supported enterprise-class networks and systems. As a certified information systems auditor (CISA), he is particularly interested in IT controls, risk management, compliance, and network design and enterprise IT management issues. He also consults privately on system administration and network management. Mr. Raabe holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Mr. Silverman’s main areas of interest are software engineering, scalable distributed systems, and analytics. After leaving college, he moved from Springfield, MA, to Minneapolis to join Honeywell’s Research Center. In 1989 he left Honeywell to join a venture capital-funded startup in the area of metropolitan area networks. Since then he has been working on communications systems for contact centers and massively scaled unified communications and is currently senior director of engineering at Avaya. He completed his BS and MS in computer science at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
INet 4061 - Data Science I: Fundamentals INet 4707 - Introduction to Databases Ms. Splett works in the health care industry, and has previously worked in financial, identity, and government industries. She has over 25 years of experience developing computer systems as project lead, system architect, database architect, application developer, and electrical engineer. Her technical expertise is primarily in areas of design and development of system architectures, computer applications, and databases. Her style is to teach material from a business perspective, provide an overall understanding from the IT perspective, and delve into specific IT competencies. She received an M.E. and a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Minnesota.
INet 3102 - Web Infrastructure INet 4011 - Network I: Network Administration INet 4165 - Security I: Principles Mr. Tymeson has over 10 years experience in designing and building secure enterprise networks including corporate, Internet-facing, mobile, and extranet environments. He has held roles with small, medium-sized, and Fortune 500 companies including technical support, network support, network architecture, network security, consultant, and network manager. His most significant accomplishments include design of complex wide area interconnect strategies for multinational corporations, perimeter security design and implementations, network and security strategies for manufacturing environments, network quality of service implementations, and mobile network design. His work in information technology spans many industries including agriculture, retail, health care, recreation, insurance, travel, nonprofit, and technology. He holds industry-recognized certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and other vendor-neutral organizations. He received his B.S. in business administration from Missouri State University with a major in computer information systems. He is pursuing an M.B.A. at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.