College of Business Hosts Midwest Association for Information Systems Conference May 15-16


Dan Ryan, (515) 294-5800,


AMES, Iowa – The department of supply chain and information systems in the College of Business at Iowa State University will host the 2014 Midwest Association for Information Systems (MWAIS) Conference on Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16.


The MWAIS Conference is a gathering of information systems faculty from around the Midwest who belong to the Association for Information Systems (AIS). The AIS is the premier professional organization for individuals and organizations who lead the research, teaching, practice, and study of information systems worldwide. The MWAIS serves the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.


This is the ninth annual MWAIS Conference, and the first held in Iowa. Approximately 50 information systems professionals from academia and industry are slated to attend.


“We are pleased to welcome information systems scholars and professionals from around the Midwest to Iowa State University,” said Sree Nilakanta, chair of the department of supply chain and information systems. “This is an excellent networking and learning opportunity for the information systems field, and a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the College of Business and Ames communities.”


The event kicks off on Thursday, May 15 with an industry keynote panel from the Des Moines technology startup community. Panelists include Geoff Wood, founder of Welch Avenue, an umbrella company for several initiatives relating to Iowa’s startup and technology communities; James Eliason, co-founder and CEO of Goodsmiths, an e-commerce platform for buyers and sellers of handmade and vintage goods; and John Jackovin, co-founder of Bawte, a service that helps you manage the products you own.


AIS President Jane Fedorowicz, the Charles B. Slade Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at Bentley University, will also speak on Thursday. She will be followed by an industry panel featuring Ann Sandve, assistant vice president at Principal Financial Group; Rick Holmes, assistant vice president of system engineering at Union Pacific; and Ross Wirth, senior manager at Accenture.


The day closes with an academic keynote address from Munir Mandviwalla, chair of the management information systems department in the Fox School of Business at Temple University.


Throughout Thursday and Friday, numerous academic sessions will be held featuring the research of top information systems scholars from around the Midwest. The conference is co-chaired by three College of Business information systems faculty: Joey George, John D. DeVries Endowed Chair in Business; Kevin Schiebe, associate professor of information systems; and Zhengrui Jiang, Thome Professor in Business.



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