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Rice ITA Management Team

To run its array of programs and best serve the Rice community, ITA relies on a small management team of dedicated undergraduates. The club undertakes many projects that require a lot of work, so every member of the ITA team volunteers a large portion of their time on behalf of entrepreneurship at Rice.

Operational Structure

At its core, ITA is a collaborative organization, believing that only with collective input from diverse minds will its projects succeed in a community as varied and active as Rice. Therefore, the club strives to maximize communication among its officers, and considers meetings most important among its routine operations. To make group interaction as efficient and productive as possible, the club holds two types of meetings each week: committee meetings and organizational meetings.

Committee Meetings

To fulfill one of his/her stated responsibilities, a Committee Chair must hold regular meetings with all Committee Officers in the committee, as well as any other interested officers. During each meeting, a committee discusses its progress in detail for the past week, and brainstorms its direction for the next. It also uses meetings to entertain any ideas or suggestions from officers outside of the committee.

Organizational Meetings

The presidents hold organizational meetings each week that are mandatory for all officers, and that are open to anyone from the Rice community at large. In particular, the president encourages anyone from the Rice community who is interested in becoming an officer or who has proposals for ITA to contact him for the date, time, and location of the next organizational meeting.

During each meeting, the president gives a formal presentation describing major developments and issues of the past week. The president then calls upon each Committee Chair to give a brief progress report, and opens the floor to anyone, officer or not, to propose his/her own ideas or projects. The president sets aside the last portion of the meeting for a brief brainstorming session; however, he asks officers to take lengthier discussions on a particular project to its respective committee meeting.

Positions

Please note that officer positions are liable to change early in the academic year as new officers join and committees are formed to take on new projects.

President

Kevin Daly

Broadly stated, the president crafts policies, recruits personnel, and chooses projects that further the vision and mission of ITA. The president often participates heavily in the planning of a project, but then delegates most of the implementation to the Committee Chairs. With that said, the president is ultimately responsible for the success of every project, and therefore is expected to assist in whatever way necessary to bring a project to fruition.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: The President must be elected by ITA officers each year.

Vice President

Grace Ng

The vice president has a narrower role at ITA than the co-presidents, focusing the day to day operations of each program. The vice president monitors every stage of every project, and picks up tasks to move a project along when a committee is overwhelmed. At the same time, the vice president reports back to the co-president on the status and success of each project.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: The Vice President must be elected by ITA officers each year.

Senior Consultant

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The senior advisor is generally not involved in the micromanagement of ITA projects, but instead advises the co-presidents when they make crucial decisions. The advisor also acts as a liaison between the co-presidents and alumni.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: The senior advisor must be a former co-president or vice president of ITA, and may be either a student or an alumnus/a.

Financial Advisor

Sawyer Bonsib

While all ITA projects spring from great ideas and grow from hard work, none would be successful without sound management of theirs funds. Therefore, the financial advisor is an absolutely indispensable member of the club, charged with collecting and dispensing funds across all club programs.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: The financial advisor is appointed by the co-presidents.

IT Advisor

Alex Stoll

The IT advisor designs, maintains, and updates the website, which is an integral means of communication and marketing for ITA.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: The IT advisor is appointed by the co-presidents.

Committee Chairs

Eric Max, Hailey Hinson, Tanwee Misra

Committee Chairs devote almost all of their energies toward expanding a program and developing projects within that program. ITA grants Committee Chairs considerable freedom in shaping a program, and assigns them several Committee Officers to help them realize the goals of their individual programs. The only restrictions they must abide by are that their ideas must be in line with the vision and mission of the club.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: Committee Chairs are appointed by the co-presidents

Committee Officers

Taylor Johnson

Committee Officers form the backbone of ITA, working together to complete each project down to the last detail. They spend most of their time focused in one program, and consequently do not have as many responsibilities as officers in more managerial positions. However, their role at ITA is anything but trivial; they have a voice in broader decision making at meetings, and chairs, advisors, and elected officials are almost always former Committee Officers.

Responsibilities:

Requirements: Those interested in becoming Committee Officers must first attend two ITA organizational meetings, and then maintain a steady attendance afterwards.

Rice ITA is actively seeking new officers.
Please contact us if you are interested.

Profiles of Officers

 Kevin Daly. Ideas to Action. Rice University.
Kevin Daly

 Kevin Daly. President.

A Brown junior, Kevin is studying Chemical Engineering at Rice.

Sawyer Bonsib Image, ITA, CFO
Sawyer Bonsib

Sawyer Bonsib. Chief Financial Officer. 

A Wiess senior from Indianapolis, IN, Sawyer is studying Psychology, Mathematical Economic Analysis, and Policy Studies at Rice.

At Rice, he is Subscription Manager for The Thresher, a Student Recycling Council member, a 2005-06 Undergraduate Representative on the Committee of Examinations and Standing, a member of the South Asian Society, and a Harris County election clerk.

In high school, he worked with the Nephrology Division at the Indiana University Department of Medicine, with whom he copresented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Nephrology.

Taylor Johnson. Ideas to Action. Rice University.
Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson. Chief Technology Officer.

A Wiess senior from Brenham, TX, Taylor is studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice.

His business and internship experiences include working for two years at Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, TX, an internship at Schlumberger Technology Corporation in Sugar Land, TX during the summer of 2005, and Information Technology consulting through Brotay, Inc. of Muleshoe, TX and SMBology, Inc. of Houston, TX.

At Blue Bell, he developed intranet applications to replace aging desktop applications, including the major parts of a quality control system for use in computerized testing of products in the manufacturing plant. At Schlumberger, he researched programming language metrics, and then led the design and implementation of an automated metrics collection system for use on embedded software source code. His current work with SMBology and Brotay focuses mostly on server-side web programming, with clients including Hermann Park and Association of Women Attorneys - Houston.

Rajen Mahagaokar. Ideas to Action. Rice University.
Rajen Mahagaokar

Rajen Mahagaokar (abroad). Project Manager.

A Wiess junior from Sugar Land, TX, Rajen is studying Mathematical Economic Analysis at Rice.

Tony Lieu. Ideas to Action. Rice University.
Tony Lieu

Tony Lieu (graduated). Co-President.

Tony Lieu is a Sid Richardson senior studying Economics.

Cleo Sham. Ideas to Action. Rice University.
Cleo Sham

Cleo Sham (graduated). Vice President.

A Sid Richardson senior from Hong Kong, Cleo is studying Economics, Managerial Studies and Sport Management at Rice.

At Rice, she is Co-President of the Hong Kong Student Association, a Student Career Advisor, and a member of the Varsity Women's Tennis team.

Her internship experiences include Hang Seng Bank Co. Ltd in Hong Kong, where she worked in the Strategy Implementation Department (Corporate and Institutional Banking Division) and conducted competition analyses for commercial banks within the South China region; The Hong Kong Monetary Authority; Li and Fung (Trading) Co. Ltd; and Deacons Lawyers. At the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, she worked in the Corporate Development division, where she researched economic data and assisted in the launch of the new Hong Kong Bank Notes in summer 2004.

Advisors (Faculty Sponsors)

Ahmad Durrani. Rice Professor of Civil Engineering.

June Ferrill. Ideas to Action. Rice University.
June Ferrill

June Ferrill (emeritus). Rice Professor of Managerial Studies.

Professor June Ferrill teaches New Ventures Communication at Rice University, co-founded a company for providing Internet content and a consulting company which works with companies in preparing business plans and presentations and integrity training. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies (including Bank of America, Ernst & Young, and Accenture) on business strategy and new product presentations. She worked full-time as a communications consultant with McKinsey & Company, assisting consulting teams in planning client proposals, presentations and reports. She worked full-time for Halliburton, training Project Engineering Managers in management skills.

In addition to teaching and researching entrepreneurial and communications, Dr. Ferrill currently teaches the capstone course Managerial Communications for the Managerial Studies major at Rice University. She has taught communications in Rice's Jones Graduate School of Management and is a co-author of Business and Managerial Communications: New Perspectives published by Harcourt. She also teaches Ethical Decision-Making for Engineers and co-authored a book Seven Layers of Integrity, available spring 2006. She has published various papers and given talks at professional conferences including the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators (NCIIA). She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.