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IT Summit 2023

IT Student Technology & Planning hosted the 2023 IT Summit held on October 17th at Corbett Center Student Union, from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
The event consisted of presentations and discussions on current and future information technology related topics.  For questions, contact

Time Block


Doña Ana Room

Senate Room

08:00 - 08:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Thomas Bunton, CIO &
Jay Gogue, NMSU President
08:30 - 09:15 AM
NMSU CyberSecurity Overview
Carlos Lobato
What's New for IT from Apple
Chris Coffelt
Generative AI in Higher Education
Sonia White & Daniel Olsson
09:30 - 10:15 AM
NMSU Metaversity & VR at NMSU
Robbie Grant
Is Your Organization Compliant?
Robert Doyle
Accelerate Research with HPC and AI
Christine Trujillo
10:30 - 11:15 AM
Cyber Threats in Higher Education
Federal Bureau of Investigation
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
State of NM IT & Cyber Overview
NM Acting Cabinet Secretary & State CIO
12:15 - 01:15 PM Lunch Break
01:30 - 02:15 PM
Partners in Regional Economic Development
Wayne L Savage
Modernizing our Enterprise Systems - Banner 9
Pamela Jeffries
Why Esports?
Blake Adkins
02:15 - 02:45 PM
NM State Esports Tour (in the Esports Lab)
Ryan May
03:00 - 03:45 PM
Atomic Aggies Have Rocket Fever
Aryanna Llanez
Cybersecurity Awareness
Robert Doyle
Advancing Analytics for Student Success
Lori Montoya & Dr. Renay Scott
04:00 - 04:45 PM
Transforming IT Service Delivery
Felipe Parra
Tips to Protect Student Information
Carlos Lobato
Student Involvement in Organizations
Gustavo Pina
04:45 - 05:00 PM
Closing Remarks
Thomas Bunton, CIO &
Leslie Cervantes, Chief of Staff

Presentations: A - G

Accelerate Research with HPC, AI, and Deep Learning

Christine Trujillo, Account Executive - Dell Technologies Inc.

Dell Technologies is positioned at the forefront of Artificial Intelligence, machine and deep learning, providing the technology that makes tomorrow possible, today. We uniquely provide an extensive portfolio of technologies to deliver the data analytics and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions that underpin successful AI implementations. Dell is helping researchers at colleges and universities worldwide unlock new discoveries with cost-effective and scalable high-performance computing (HPC) solutions.

  • Push research boundaries with high performance computing
  • Drive more grant revenues using HPC tools
  • Reduce costs with HPC systems
  • Increased processing speeds create a competitive advantage for researchers, students and faculty
  • Implement AI, machine learning and deep learning utilizing HPC technology

09:30 AM - 10:15 AM, Senate Room

Advancing Analytics for Student Success

Lori Montoya, Director - ICT Analytics & Decision Support
Dr Renay Scott, Vice President - Student Success and Enrollment Management

Learn about the partnership between Student Success and Information Technology served as a springboard for advancing analytics at NMSU. Using the Banner Operational Datastore (ODS), custom data modeling and NMSU Analytics (Powered by Cognos), the institution has empowered academic leadership by providing dashboards and drill-through detail reports that provide timely and actionable data supporting strategic direction.

  • How NMSU used pilot teams for engagement
  • Technical Infrastructure
  • Leveraging the Enterprise Reporting Tool (Cognos) for functionality and data access control
  • Data Tools Day Showcase

03:00 - 03:45 PM, Senate Room

Atomic Aggies Have Rocket Fever

Aryanna Llanez, Lead Engineer - Atomic Aggies

The “smoke and fire,” noise, high speeds, and sleek aerodynamics of rocketry encourage students to pursue science, technology, and mathematics-based careers. They have “Rocket Fever!”, and competition motivates them to extend themselves beyond the classroom to design and build the rockets themselves. These students also learn to work as a team, solving real world problems under the same pressures they’ll experience in their future careers. Today, we will be bringing our competition rocket from last year. It sits at almost 12 feet tall, reaches over 10,000 ft. altitude and was built here by students at NMSU with raw Carbon Fiber and Fiber Glass composites.

03:00 - 03:45 PM, Auditorium

Cybersecurity Awareness

Robert Doyle, Privacy & IT Compliance Officer - Information Technology

03:30 - 03:45 PM, Doña Ana Room

Cyber Threats in Higher Education

Jeff Moon, Special Agent - Federal Bureau of Investigation

10:30 - 11:15 AM, Auditorium

Generative AI in Higher Education

Sonia White & Daniel Olsson, Enterprise Instruction Tech Admins - Digital Learning

In this engaging session, we will embark on a journey through the history of AI, from its inception to the present day, exploring how it has evolved and revolutionized various aspects of our lives. Delve into the cutting-edge world of AI-powered language and image generators, gaining a deeper understanding of their capabilities and potential impact on education. Discover the critical issues of AI misinformation and hallucination, as well as the implications of data privacy when using AI. You will discover what AI can do for you and what you need to know to use it wisely and safely.

08:30 - 09:15 AM, Senate Room

Presentations: H - P

Is Your Organization Compliant?

Robert Doyle, Privacy & IT Compliance Officer - Information Technology

Digital Accessibility, ADA Title II, and Section 504 technology, web and app accessibility: Is your organization compliant? Title II is the regulation of the DOJ that implements ADA, relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in State and local government services. Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Section 504 provides: “No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall… solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” This presentation will help you to determine if your organization complies with these two directives.

09:30 - 10:15 AM, Doña Ana Room

Modernizing our Enterprise Systems - Banner 9

Pamela Jeffries, Director - IT Enterprise Application Services

01:30 - 02:15 PM, Doña Ana Room

NM State Esports Tour

Ryan May, Director - NM State Esports

Get ready for an epic adventure into the heart of gaming excellence! Join us for an exclusive NM State Esports Facility Tour that promises excitement and a glimpse behind the scenes of the ultimate gaming hub at NMSU. You’ll step into a world where innovation meets competition, exploring cutting-edge gaming setups, state-of-the-art equipment, and the very arenas where champions are born.

02:15 - 02:45 PM, Auditorium

NMSU Cybersecurity Overview

Carlos Lobato, Chief Information Security Officer - IT Computer Systems

08:30 - 09:15 AM, Auditorium

NMSU Metaversity and VR at NMSU

Robbie Grant, Director - Academic Technology

In February of 2022 NMSU jumped in to the metaverse with our inclusion in the Meta10, a grant program from Meta through VictoryXR that created the NMSU Metaversity. The Meta10 grant approached 10 NCAA division one schools with the offer to build a digital twin campus (otherwise known as a Metaversity) for each school in the metaverse. This presentation will explore what a Metaversity is, its use in education and the future possibilities. We will discuss VR here at NMSU, how VR has been used and touch on the future of AR/VR at NMSU.

09:30 - 10:15 AM, Auditorium

Partners in Regional Economic Development

Wayne L Savage, Executive Director - Arrowhead Center

IT and Arrowhead Center components have unique assets to be deployed in helping to achieve NMSU’s mission and goals for regional economic development.

01:30 - 02:15 PM, Auditorium

Presentations: Q - Z

State of NM IT & Cyber Overview

Raja Sambandam, Acting Cabinet Secretary & State CIO - NM Department of Information Technology

Join us for a presentation from the New Mexico Acting Cabinet Secretary & State Chief Information Officer.

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Auditorium

Student Involvement in Organizations

Gustavo Pina, Professor - DACC Computer Technology Program

The presenter will share their personal involvement with the Cybersecurity Club (CSEC) and its role in preparing students for State and National SkillsUSA competitions. Emphasis will be placed on how these clubs contribute to ongoing education, playing a pivotal role in molding students’ development. These settings not only offer interactive and practical opportunities for young individuals to learn, experiment, and create but also equip them with the essential skills needed for a successful future in the realm of cybersecurity.

04:00 - 04:45 PM, Senate Room

Tips to Protect Student Information

Carlos Lobato, Chief Information Security Officer - IT Computer Systems

04:00 - 04:45 PM, Doña Ana Room

Transforming IT Service Delivery

Felipe Parra, Enterprise Programmer Analyst - Information Technology

04:00 - 04:45 PM, Auditorium

What’s New for IT from Apple

Chris Coffelt, Systems Engineer - Apple Education

This presentation will provide an overview of the new features for IT from Apple’s 2023 World Wide Developers Conference in June. This presentation recaps the announcements from WWDC, reviews what’s new for Managed Apple IDs, managing software updates, new deployment options, and management features for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS.

08:30 - 09:15 AM, Doña Ana Room

Why Esports?

Blake Adkins, Director - Riverside Technologies Inc.

This presentation will discuss the brief history of Esports and key timelines that have helped it to grow at the current pace we are seeing. This discussion will highlight some key Academic Gaming programs in Higher education, including NMSU. Also, we will briefly cover the direction the technology industry sees Esports and Academic gaming going.

01:30 - 02:15 PM, Senate Room