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Computer Science and Information Technology

On November 7, EHS will host our third annual Alumni Leadership Day. This event gives seniors an opportunity to hear from a variety of alumni regarding their respective careers.

Based on their occupation, each alumni member sits on one of eleven panels. Every senior rotates through two panels in the morning, and the day concludes with a roundtable lunch.

Read about our Computer Science and Information Technology alumni panelists below.

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Fahd Alfadli '94

Owner, Cloud Risk and Advisory Services, LLC

falfadli@gmail.com or fahd@cloudras.com

BA, Information Systems Technology, University of Houston

I work as an independent consultant for my firm Cloud Risk and Advisory Services. I help clients solve their most complex business problems with a mix of business acumen and technical leadership. I run a boutique consulting firm and we have served multiple large and small businesses.

I focus on Salesforce technologies, and prior to starting the firm I used to be a Senior Technical Architect at Salesforce. I also worked for Accenture’s software integration practice and KPMG’s financial security group. I have held many roles at multiple Fortune 500 companies.

My typical day is working on client system development and business goals and issues. Examples of this can include helping them define their requirements, designing their solutions, and building their business processes on the Salesforce cloud based platform. I specialize in software architecture, systems integration, and data model design.

Recent projects include development of custom account forecasting software, EPA-compliant and chemical industry management processes. I essentially build, help automate, and operate their daily processes. My current primary role is at a large chemical client managing their internal Salesforce team. Please see cloudras.com to learn more about us.

Andrew Hawthorn '91

Senior Product Manager, Server Solutions, Dell EMC

andrew@andrewh.com

BA, Psychology, Emory University

MBA, Rice University

As a product manager at Dell EMC, I am responsible for the lifecycle and profitability of a portfolio of server products that we sell. I talk with customers to understand their IT business challenges, and work with engineers to incorporate new technologies from partners, such as Intel, into new products. I’m responsible for the "why, what, and when" of the product that our engineers will build. I often present information about future products to customers and our sales makers, and have frequent interaction with people of different teams as well as external partners. Some of the key attributes of a successful product manager include the ability to spot business opportunities, influence teams, develop strategies, present information to various audiences, perform financial analysis, develop plans and roadmaps, evangelize, and rally teams to fix things when they go wrong. The products that I develop let you request a rideshare driver on your phone, buy plane tickets online, and play online games with your friends around the world.