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Dave Gieseke, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (515) 294-7742
Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720
Iowa State alums return to Ames to discuss the future of business and
AMES, Iowa -- Some of the nation's foremost experts on the future of
business and technology -- including three ISU alumni -- will discuss
globalization, new technologies and public policy during a free panel
discussion Sept. 2 on the Iowa State University campus.
The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial
Union Gallery. Students, staff, faculty and the business and technology community
are invited to attend the panel discussion, sponsored by ISU's College of
Business and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Iowa State University
President Gregory Geoffroy will give opening remarks.
Lloyd Taylor, retired corporate vice president and chief information
officer of Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, will moderate the panel discussion.
Taylor also served as CIO at Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, Calif. He's a
member of the management information systems (MIS) advisory council for
ISU's College of Business.
Joining Taylor are:
- Doug Troxel, founder, chairman and chief technology officer, SERENA
Software, San Mateo, Calif. Troxel founded the company in 1980 to do
contract work at Bank of America in San Francisco, then expanded SERENA's
focus into software development in 1982. As the original developer of the
SERENA Comparex® product, Troxel established it as the industry standard
for the mainframe. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Iowa
State in 1967.
- David Kingland, chairman, chief executive officer and president of
Kingland Systems Corporation. Corporate offices are in Clear Lake and Ames;
Rochester, Minn.; and Longmont, Colo. Kingland Systems provides technology
solutions for government agencies and the financial services industry.
Kingland created the company when regional banks began to enter the retail
brokerage business and required robust compliance and trading systems to
support their geographically dispersed operations. He holds a bachelor of
science degree in industrial administration (1980) from Iowa State, as well
as numerous NYSE/NASD securities brokerage licenses.
- Jeff Townsend, chief of staff, Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo. Cerner,
with offices in seven U.S. cities and 10 countries worldwide, is a leading
supplier of healthcare information technology solutions. Townsend joined
Cerner in 1985, left in 1987 to assume a management role in a family-owned
business, and returned to Cerner in 1989. Prior to becoming chief of staff,
Townsend served as chief engineering officer, where he oversaw product
development of Cerner Millennium, a unified IT system that helps health
professionals measure, manage and improve the quality of care. Townsend
received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Iowa State in
- Carl Chang, professor and chair of computer science at Iowa State
since 2002. Chang is immediate past-president of the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a technical professional
association of more than 365,000 members in 150 countries. Chang's research
interests include requirements engineering, software architecture and
net-centric computing. He has published extensively in these
Panel participants plan to cover a wide array of topics and welcome
audience interaction. They'll discuss the skills today's graduates need to
compete in the business and technology arena, the expertise required to
start and lead large technology companies, and the impact of outsourcing IT
More information about the conference is available at