"IT is the future." This catchy phrase is Number 10 on the list of business cultural ideals to live by that our advisory board drafted for students a few years ago. Recently that phrase was extensively explored in a July 8 Wall Street Journal special section entitled, “The Future of Everything.” What’s amazing is that for most, if not all of the visions that guest writers tackled, IT is front and center. Students will be moving into their ASU dorm rooms very soon. Our industry advisors’ ideal number 10 reminds us all how important our role is in preparing the next generation of information management professionals.
Clinical Assistant Professor Altaf Ahmad is anybody’s definition of a team leader. He has shouldered leadership positions within the department and has been instrumental in the redesign of several courses as well as the creation of the new B.S. in business data analytics. But ask his students, and they will tell you that he shines in the classroom. For all this he was awarded the Huizingh Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher Award this spring.
Raghu Santanam is known internationally for his research, particularly in the area of health care information and delivery systems. This spring he was named the Outstanding Doctoral Professor for his work teaching, mentoring and collaborating with information systems Ph.D. students. In this role he shares what he has learned as an academic researcher, helping young scholars learn how to identify and pursue promising topics.
Avnet CIO Steve Phillips, a featured speaker at the recent Association for Information Systems Student Chapter Conference, recommends against writing anything in an email or making a digital post that you would not want to see on a highway billboard. After hearing the talk, department chairman Michael Goul found himself thinking more carefully about electronic communications. After exploring the topic further, he concludes that every message you send should reflect your core values.