AI & Connected Campus Conference


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Midhat Asghar

Assistant Vice President & Interim Chief Information Officer

Midhat Asghar is on a mission to improve the student and faculty experience on campus with the use of innovative technology solutions. Midhat currently serves Prairie View A&M University as Assistant Vice President and Interim Chief Information Officer.

Midhat has been in an IT leadership position for the last 12+ years, where he led several first-ever projects for the University, including IT Governance & Strategic Planning, Information Security Program & Plan, Project Management Office, IT Service Delivery & Management and IT Compliance Plan. He is currently leading the University’s voice-enabled technologies initiative.

He earned his Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems and his Masters in Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University. He is an avid reader, continuous learner and follows Cricket religiously.


Jesse Boeding

Doctoral Candidate at University of Pennsylvania, Former Director at Blackboard

Jesse Boeding is an education doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. She has been recognized for creating innovative tools, processes and protocols to facilitate student-centered initiatives that provide accountability and scale to student services teams. Jesse has twenty years’ experience developing and running programs in higher education as well as in the corporate environment focusing on training, outsourced support and research management. Jesse is now exploring how emerging technologies can provide a personalized experience for students, while simultaneously creating the space for a personal, high quality one-on-one engagement with professional student services professionals.


Ryan M. Cameron, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice Provost, Digital Experience, Creighton University

Ryan M. Cameron, Ed.D. is a university administrator, contributing faculty member and STEM education advocate who has created innovative student services for over 20 years in higher education and K-12. Starting his career in the GPS/GIS industry, Ryan worked under the mentorship of prolific telecommunications entrepreneur John D. Goeken, founder of MCI, FTD Florists and Airfone. Ryan is a seasoned educator who has taught in various high schools, community colleges and four-year institutions. Building on his experiences in research and development, start-ups and the classroom, Ryan has built numerous technology incubators, think tanks, maker spaces and STEM internship programs for public and private educational institutions throughout the United States. Ryan is the founder of the Creighton University Rad Lab, a research accelerator supporting innovation in higher education, health sciences and the digital humanities.

Ryan is the author of two books, “A.I. - 101: A Primer on Using Artificial Intelligence in Education” and “Onward, Upward. Sometimes Sideways: Empathy-Driven School Leadership in the 4th Industrial Revolution”. His passion is connecting communities with technology that solves wicked problems and creates positive social change. Ryan travels often, speaking about technology and teaches others how to empower students to turn their ideas into actions.

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Mary Frances Coryell

Vice President of Sales and Business Development,

Mary Frances Coryell is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development of, an AI technology company that provides conversational, state-of-the-art chatbots for higher education. Mary Frances has wide-ranging experience from leading Fortune 500 companies to strategic sales and marketing for fast growing start-ups over the past 16 years.  She is an exceptionally skilled communicator with a highly innovative style and approach.  After spending over a decade with ground-breaking new technology for higher education, Mary Frances understands how to reach today’s student - not by providing more information, but by changing how information is delivered. Fast, accurate, and on-demand.

With the competitive nature of higher ed today, Mary Frances coaches each of her partners to determine their strategic edge in capitalizing on technology to drive their goals.  She is an expert educator and connector – consulting on enterprise-wide services and solutions is her passion.  Outside of work, Mary Frances is a mother of three children, splits her time between Charleston, SC and Meeker, Colorado, and loves everything outdoors.


Karen Ferguson, PhD

Provost, VP of Strategic Development, Colorado State University Global

Dr. Karen Ferguson serves as Interim Provost at CSU-Global Campus. Prior to her current position, Karen held several faculty and administrative positions in non-traditional higher education. Karen earned her PhD in Education Leadership and Organization Development from the University of Louisville after serving 12 years in the military. She has worked on federal and state grants and served as an Army Research Institute Doctoral Fellow. Her research interests and passions include student success, retention, and workplace performance. Combining her military and academic leadership skills, Karen is a collaborative academic leader and learning professional focused on achieving strategic results, improving individual and institutional performance, and increasing organizational effectiveness. A non-traditional student herself, Karen is dedicated to ensuring access to a quality education for students of all backgrounds and academic ability.


Andrew Lenzen

Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Andrew Lenzen received his appointment to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent in 2000 and he was assigned to the Miami Field Office. He was part of Miami’s National Security Branch where he investigated cyber intrusions and counterterrorism threats. His work received international attention to include a fugitive investigation targeting one of the most wanted terrorist subjects. Mr. Lenzen was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in June 2007. He worked in the Bureau's Counterintelligence Division and was responsible for managing export law violation cases with a counterintelligence nexus. In March 2009 Mr. Lenzen received a promotion to the Tampa Division managing Orlando’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). As the Orlando JTTF Supervisor, Mr. Lenzen was awarded the FBI’s High Impact Leadership Award. Currently, Mr. Lenzen manages the Infragard Program and cyber investigations in Central Florida.


Marina Macomber

Assistant Vice President, Student & Administrative Services, Student Affairs, Northeastern University

Marina has worked in Higher Education and Student Affairs for nearly 30 years. She currently serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student & Administrative Services at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  Marina provides leadership and direction for many student services areas including Student Affairs technology and the campus “one card”, student housing on campus and across the country, residential security, summer conference programs and external events. In alignment with Northeastern’s academic plan and vision for 2025, Marina’s focus is on creating a network of services and experiences that gives students the opportunity for learning anytime, from anywhere, with anyone.  Prior to joining Northeastern in 1997, Marina worked within Student Affairs at Bentley University, Boston College, and Regis College. Marina received her B.S. in Business from Merrimack College in North Andover, her MBA from Bentley University in Waltham, and her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Boston College in Chestnut Hill.


Cathy O'Bryan

Associate Vice President for Client Services & Support, Indiana University

As AVP for Client Services and Support, Cathy O'Bryan leads university-wide initiatives that ensure IU faculty, staff, and students have clear access to and ongoing support for the tech that empowers their productivity. From enterprise software contracts to mobile device management, O'Bryan believes IT at IU should be ever-present, well supported, and easy to use. And she knows that the highest quality, most successful services come from ongoing dialogue between UITS and constituencies across IU. Prior to becoming AVP, O'Bryan served as director of UITS Client Support.

O’Bryan also leads IU’s CRM Initiative. This new university-wide initiative enables all IU units to manage engagement with constituents (prospective/enrolled students, parents, alumni, corporations, donors, etc.). Ultimately IU CRM will provide a holistic view of each constituent, resulting in higher-quality outreach and a better experience for any person or organization that interacts with IU. In 2018, the IU CRM team earned the Salesforce Dave Perry Overall Excellence in Innovation Award.

In addition, O'Bryan heads the 1IUIT Leadership Council, oversees UITS liaisons to 107 campus IT units, and co-leads IT directors at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Engineering and Technology, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. She is also an appointed board member of IU's Center of Excellence for Women in Technology.

O’Bryan has over 20 years of experience in higher education IT academic technology and support both at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and IU.

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John Rome

Deputy CIO, Data Stewardship, Augmented Analytics, and BI, Arizona State University

John Rome is the Deputy CIO at Arizona State University (ASU) and currently leads the Data Intelligence team within the University Technology Office (UTO) at ASU. He is an experienced Information technology leader, consultant and educator with a long history of working in higher education. John is a pioneer of data warehousing and analytics in higher education, building ASU’s data warehouse in the mid 1990’s. He is also a part-time instructor in the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, teaching big data concepts.

His areas of expertise include analytics/business intelligence, information technology strategy, public cloud, and voice-enabled technologies. His interests include student mentoring, learning science and voice enabling the world. John did a TEDx talk on voice technology in April 2018. He was instrumental in securing a partnership with Amazon to locate a Smart City Innovation Center at ASU’s Skysong campus, which opened March 2019.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clarke University (Iowa) and a MBA from Arizona State University and is a two-time recipient of ASU’s President’s Award for Innovation.

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Somen Saha

CEO and Founder, n-Powered

Somen Saha is the CEO and founder of n-Powered LLC. Somen is a technology innovator, digital strategist and entrepreneur who has been solving difficult technology problems with innovation for over 2 decades. Somen has previously founded Nettrain, an education institution to train digital marketing professionals, and Boston Webdesign (2008-2016), one of Boston’s top digital agencies.

Prior to starting n-Powered, Somen served as the Senior Director of Technology for Northeastern University, in Boston, MA. He is also an award-winning architect of GTECH / IGT, having created a lottery system that costs a fraction of the original, making lottery available to developing economies.

Somen has been a featured speaker at AWS Public Sector Summit, World Lottery Association and other prominent AI events world-wide.

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Julie Sealander

Director, One Stop Student Services & University Veterans Services, University of Minnesota

Dr. Julie Selander has worked in higher education administration and finance for over 30 years and her experience includes a variety of leadership positions in student services and service operations. Julie has worked at the University of Minnesota for 19 years and has served as the Director of One Stop Student Services Office and University Veterans Services for the past eight years. Julie assisted in the creation of the “One Stop” model, providing seamless and integrated student services in the areas of enrollment, registration, financial aid, billing, academic records, and veteran services. She has been pivotal in expanding and enhancing student services in the areas of financial wellness, diversity and inclusion, retention, and student degree progress outreach.

Julie presents frequently on various topics related to higher education student services and has written several articles for publication, including a chapter for NACUBO’s Student Centered Financial Services: Innovations That Succeed. She is a founding board member and has served as the President for the Institute for Student Services Professionals (ISSP) for the past nine years.

Julie has consulted with a wide variety of public and private colleges and universities around the country, including some from around the globe (Sweden, Australia, China, Japan, Canada, and England), on topics of “one stop” student services and customer service. Creating a “one stop” model of integrated services is Julie’s subject matter expertise and she has provided reassuring guidance and advice to all levels of staff and leadership for hundreds of inquiring institutions who want to seamlessly transition to this model of service delivery, improve student satisfaction, and enhance student success.

She has her bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota. Her PhD is in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with an emphasis in Higher Education. Julie has also served as a part-time instructor for several years at the University of Minnesota and has taught Strategic Customer Relationship Management and Customer Service Training.


Joshua Streiff-Fraser

CSI/IoT Project Manager, Indiana University

Joshua Streiff is the Project Manager for the Internet of Things Research House at Indiana University, Bloomington. Working for the Security in Informatics in Computing, Informatics, and Engineering (SPICE) Center, he is the lead on the group’s educational outreach efforts in middle school through undergraduate aged students. His hackathon, threat modelling, and game workshops are as entertaining as they are educational and seek to awaken students to their future as researchers.