MIS students win big at the National AIS Student Leadership Conference and Competition


Two MIS student teams won big at the Eighth Annual Association for Information Systems (AIS), Student Chapter Leadership Conference and Competition, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, April 13-15, 2017.

1st Place – AmerisourceBergen Analytics Challenge (Analysis Track)

2nd Place – Security Case Study

The above two competitions included two phases. In the first phase, student teams submitted entries virtually. The finalists were chosen from the virtual entries and invited to present their work for another round of judging at the above conference. Other finalists included University of Georgia, Roger Williams University, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, Florida International University, Brigham Young University, and others.

Winners Announced for 4th Annual Temple Analytics Challenge

The Institute for Business and Information Technology is proud to announce the winners of The 4th Annual Temple University Alexion Analytics Challenge. The competition, which was open to all Temple University students and featured problems and data sets from Alexion, AmerisourceBergen, and Merck, culminated on November 16th with final student presentations and an awards ceremony. Students won prizes of $500-$2,500 out of a total pool of $12,000.

The challenge was offered in cooperation with Office of Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and the General Education program.

You can see all of the winners as well as their projects listed here.

You can learn more about the Analytics Challenge at



Professor Doyle receives Fox School Musser award

Mart DoyleProfessor Martin Doyle received the 2016 Fox School Musser Excellence in Leadership Award for Faculty Service. The award was presented at the 20th annual Musser Award reception and dinner Nov. 16, 2016, in Mitten Hall, on Temple University’s Main Campus.

Professor Doyle was recognized for his leadership and service to the Department of Management Information Systems, especially in managing the nationally ranked BBA in MIS and for leading the effort to add more rigor to the MIS curriculum. The Musser Award for Faculty Service is presented annually to one person among all the faculty at the Fox School of Business.


Michael Bradshaw, EVP & CIO of NBCUniversal, appointed Executive In Residence

bradshawTemple University’s Institute for Business and Information Technology (IBIT) has appointed Michael Bradshaw, NBCUniversal Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, as its newest Executive in Residence.

The IBIT Executive in Residence program facilitates interaction between industry leaders and the faculty and students of Temple University’s Fox School of Business. In his role as IBIT Executive in Residence, Bradshaw will visit the Fox School Nov. 14, and engage with faculty and students on topics and projects of mutual interest, while also promoting the activities of IBIT, the Fox School’s Management Information Systems department, and the Fox School of Business.

NBCUniversal is a member of IBIT, and Bradshaw is a member of the Fox IT Advisory Board.

“I’m honored to serve as an Executive in Residence at the Fox School,” said Bradshaw. “The challenges we address today through technology represent a blend of business strategy, planning and communication. It’s important to engage the next generation of students so they understand this complexity and recognize potential opportunities as they pursue technology careers.”

Bradshaw, in his role as Executive Vice President and CIO of NBCUniversal, leads the information technology organization and oversees NBCUniversal’s global IT operations, infrastructure, applications, and strategy.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Bradshaw served as Vice President and CIO for Lockheed Martin’s mission systems and training business. He managed IT services that supported business programs and functions, and led the IT integration for major acquisition, resulting in a global business unit of more than 35,000 employees. He also has served as Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s enterprise IT services, leading the team responsible for enterprise application and infrastructure services. Bradshaw previously held various leadership positions at IBM, where he led its global IT infrastructure transformation initiatives.

He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Operations Management.

Said Laurel Miller, Director of Temple IBIT: “Michael has successfully led major complex projects while managing and implementing dramatic changes in business models. He is the ideal role model for students.”

The 4th Annual Temple University Alexion Analytics Challenge

The Institute for Business and Information Technology announces The 4th Annual Temple University Alexion Analytics Challenge. The competition opens on October 1st, 2016 with the judging and awards presentation on November 16, 2016.

The challenge is open to all Temple University students and features problems and data sets from Alexion, AmerisourceBergen, and Merck. Students can win prizes of $2,500 out of a total pool of $12,000.

The challenge is offered in cooperation with Office of Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and the General Education program.

Learn more at


Top 15th for the fifth year in a row!

BBA MIS Top 15

For the fifth year in a row, the Fox School’s Department of Management Information Systems (MIS) Bachelor of Business Administration major in Management Information Systems (BBA MIS) made the US News and World Report Undergraduate Business Specialties national ranking. In the 2017 ranking, which is based on data from 2016, Temple MIS was ranked 14th in the United States. Also for the fifth year in a row, the BBA MIS is the only ranked MIS program among public university’s in the region. 

The top 15 undergraduate ranking follows the top 15 ranking of the Fox MIS graduate programs by US News and World Report for 2017 including the MS in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber-Security (ITACS), and MS Digital Innovation in Marketing. The program rankings follow the No. 1 in the world research ranking of MIS faculty in 2016.

The Fox BBA in MIS is a STEM major that produces digital business innovators and has achieved 100% placement for the last five years. Students in the program learn and continuously develop their professional skills on a proprietary platform.

Advisory board member endows $100,000 scholarship

Andrea and Jim StewartAndrea Anania, who retired from CIGNA as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer ten years ago, only had one option for her undergraduate degree: the City of New York system because it was free. Her parents simply lacked the funds to support her.

In honor of that formative experience, she and her husband, James G. Stewart, decided to endow a $50,000 scholarship for one student in the MIS program each year (matched by the Fox School for a total endowment of $100,000), beginning fall 2017. Anania, who went on to have a successful career in information technology, and her husband believe very strongly in the value of an education.

“I had to work my entire way through college, and I hope this scholarship relieves some financial pressure for the recipients so they can focus on their studies,” said Anania, who ended up receiving an excellent free undergraduate education from the City of New York system. “In addition, it would be wonderful if it also helped some students make the decision to come to Temple rather than go elsewhere.”

As a Fox IT advisory board member, Anania feels particularly passionate about the Management Information Systems program at Temple because she has seen it blossom under the leadership of Munir Mandviwalla, Ph.D., who has created vibrant partnerships with industry to help shape the program’s curriculum, provide input into research topics, and educate a pool of qualified candidates.

Mandviwalla has also used the program’s advisory board to remain responsive to changing demands in the marketplace, enhancing the curriculum’s focus on software development and project management. Anania noted she feels that the students coming out of Temple’s program are highly qualified to enter the workforce.

“I have formed a deep relationship with Temple over the years and wanted to continue to strengthen the field where I had a very meaningful and challenging career,” said Anania, explaining why she chose to endow the scholarship at Temple.

Particularly, Anania and Stewart are interested in helping smart students with good work ethics succeed.

“Temple attracts that type of student,” she said. “It is tremendously gratifying to know this scholarship could help diligent, intelligent students who only need some financial assistance to make their dreams come true.” 

– Elizabeth Hillaker Downs

Fox IT awards 2016

Fox IT awards 2016

513 attendees are expected at 16th annual Fox IT awards on Tuesday April 16, 2016, beating the 2015 record of 435. The awards will recognize Linda Dillman, CIO, QVC, Robert Moore, Co-founder, RJMetrics, and Rich Brennen, Partner, Spencer Stuart. In addition, the most accomplished members of the 1000+ MIS community of 900+ students, 22 full-time faculty and administrators, 33 adjuncts, 14 Fox IT advisory board, 13 ITACS and 15 DIM advisory council members will be honored:

  • Student Leadership Award: Ciara Murphy
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Senior): Artemid Leskaj, Julia Knable
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Junior): Samantha Talarico, David Yastremsky
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Sophomore): Matt Oberst, Ari Abramson
  • Professional and Academic Achievement Award (Freshman): Drew Holt, Kellen O’Connor
  • AIS Outstanding Officer: Rhea Prabhu
  • AIS Outstanding Member: Bridget Silk
  • Faculty Teaching Award (full-time): David Schuff
  • Faculty Teaching Award (part-time): Wade Mackey
  • MIS Researcher of the Year: Brad Greenwood
  • Faculty Leadership Award: Jeremy Shafer
  • Administrative Leadership Award: Jackie Van Orden

Click here to learn how the awardees are selected. The following scholarships are to be awarded:

  • Niraj And Cara Patel Scholarship: Jacquelyn Kausch
  • IBIT Alexion Scholarship: Ian Usher
  • IBIT AmerisourceBergen Scholarship: Nicole Bilder
  • IBIT Campbell Soup Company Scholarship: Zoe Weiner
  • IBIT Emtec Scholarship: Prince Patel
  • IBIT LiquidHub Scholarship: Ngoc -Tran Tran
  • IBIT Lockheed Martin Scholarship: Kyle Haberman
  • IBIT Merck Scholarship: Ngoc Pham
  • IBIT NBCUniversal Scholarship: Matthew Funk
  • IBIT Pfizer Scholarship: Gabrielle Finley
  • IBIT QVC Scholarship: Kasey Brown
  • IBIT Walmart Scholarship: Emily Jaques
  • Fox IT Advisory Board Scholarship: Quyt to Thi Van

The $100,000 James and Andrea Stewart scholarship will be announced. Endowed by Andrea Stewart, retired CIO, Cigna, and 2003 Fox IT award leader, and member of the Fox IT advisory board. Alexion, AmerisourceBergen, Emtec, and Pfizer will be welcomed as new IBIT members as the community celebrates the Top 15 (for the first time) US News and World Report ranking of graduate programs!


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