University Committee on Information Technology


  • Advise the President of Rice University and the Vice President for Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) on matters related to the use and evolution of information technology.
  • Review and advise on major IT projects and investments and review prioritization of those investments.
  • Review proposed major changes and new services, and serve as a communication link between the information technology organization(s) and the university community.
  • Review and make recommendations for enhancements of the faculty and student academic environment through technology; advise on technology support for research, teaching and learning and administrative needs.
  • Prepare a brief, written report on the year's activities of the Committee at the end of each academic year and submit copies of the report to the president of the university, the provost, and the Faculty Senate.

2023-2024 Membership

Name School/Dept
Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, chair Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
Paul Padley, non-voting liaison Physics and Astronomy, VP CIO
Arko Barman Engineering
Lydia Beaudrot BioSciences
Michael Byrne Psychological Sciences
Andrew Colopy Architecture
Frank Geurts Physics and Astronomy
Alida Metcalf History
Satish Nagarajaiah Civil & Environmental Engineering
Kirsten Ostherr English
Scott Rixner Computer Science
Brent Smith Business
Tayfun Tezduyar Mechanical Engineering
Sharath Kalyanapuram Graduate Representative

Updated July 27, 2023