We create value for our students, the business community, and the University through
teaching, research, and service.
We educate students with a competency based curriculum that evolves with the changing
needs of the business environment to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills
they need to succeed in the organizations they serve. We maintain ongoing engagement
with the local business community, most notably through our MIS advisory board, to
develop programs and courses that reflect their needs. We measure our success in terms
of student internship placements, graduation rates, job placements, and salaries.
We focus our research on real-world issues affecting many individuals and organizations.
We seek external grant funding and conduct basic and applied research to move toward
creative solutions for the problems of our day. We disseminate our findings to assist
business, non-profit, and government organizations in fulfilling their missions. We
measure our success in terms of the real-world impact of our solutions, external grant
funding, and well-cited publications in high-quality peer reviewed journals.
We support the mission of the Fowler College of Business and San Diego State University
by aligning our initiatives with their greater missions. We collaborate with other
departments and colleges to advance interdisciplinary research and education to create
knowledge and offer programs that we could do by ourselves.
The purpose of the MIS Advisory Board (AB) is to serve as a bridge between the business
community and the MIS Department of the SDSU Fowler College of Business. Specific
objectives of the AB are to:
Enrich the education of MIS students through interactions with business professionals,internships,
and the facilitation of job-seeking activities;
Provide guidance on the curriculum encountered by SDSU students so as to improve the
value of graduates for employment in the San Diego economy;
Support the solicitation and cultivation of private philanthropic support for the
Connect faculty with the business community to increase the impact of their research
and the relevance of their course content;
Guide the department in strategic planning to help ensure that the San Diego region
remains viable for economic growth in the technology sector by supporting the development
of a business-technology workforce.
Meet the Advisory Board
Thad Gustafson Board Chair Managing Director Accenture ’98 Information Systems
Director, IT Accounting Systems
Michael J. Gaudi
VP, Information Technology/CIO
MBR Ventures, Inc.
Michele Gorostiza Director of Productivity and Quality Intuit '98 Public Administration
Michelle Gross Enterprise Account Executive Google Cloud
Dave Henderson Chief Information Officer Millennium Health ’98 Information Systems
Lynne Ketchie Head of Quality Assurance North America SAP Digital Business Services ’90 Information Systems ’92 MSBA
Threat Intelligence Manager Amazon
Robert Loreto Director IT Nvidia
Greg W. Muir Senior Director IT Strategy, Operations, PMO Teradata Inc. '92 Management '93 MBA
Erez Nir Chief Technology Officer Mitchell International
Chris Pendleton Principal Group Program Manager, Azure Space Microsoft
David Samara Director Global IT & Cyber RSI Security