Advisory Board

The UMass Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences Advisory Board provides external counsel to the Dean of the College in support of its teaching, research, and outreach missions. The Board is comprised of executives and practitioners from industry, governmental agencies, private business, consulting firms, and alumni and friends of the College who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and to the College.

The Board meets in formal session twice each year. It offers advice to the Dean of the College on strategies and means for improving programs and enhancing resources to achieve the goals of the College. The Board also assists in promoting the College to potential students, employers, legislative leaders, governmental agencies, industry, and private foundations.


Eric Brown
Eric Brown '92 M.S '96 Ph.D.
Director of Watson Algorithms, IBM
Madhura Chacko '80 M.S.
Director and Founding Member, Credit Capital Research, LLC
Renu Chipalkatti
Renu Chipalkatti '87 M.S.
Global Head, Vertical Industry Solutions, Verizon
Nancy Wogrin Confrey
Chief Executive Officer, Health Beacons
Wayne Duso
Wayne Duso '85 B.S.
General Manager, Amazon Web Services
Rajesh Jha
Rajesh Jha '90 M.S.
Executive Vice President, Microsoft Office Product Group
Tripp Peake
Tripp Peake
General Partner, Long River Ventures
Debra J. Richardson
Debra J. Richardson '78 M.S., '81 Ph.D.
Professor of Informatics and Founding Dean, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California - Irvine
Robert Sproull
Robert Sproull
Vice President and Director, Oracle Labs (ret.)
Steve Vinter
Steve Vinter '83 M.S., '85 Ph.D.
Executive Coach and Tech Leadership Development Advisor, Google
Steven Willis
Steven Willis '78 B.S.
Engineer, executive, Co-founder of networking companies Wellfleet and Argon