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Tom Howa

Director of Data Management & Analytics

tom.howa@utah.edu

Tom Howa has been with the University of Utah as the Associate Director of Data Management & Analytics since December 2014. Before working for the University, he spent nine years at Zions Bancorporation, working as a BI manager. Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Utah State University and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Utah. He is also a Certified Business Analysis and Business Intelligence Professional. He enjoys cooking for his family, playing with his two dogs, and reading high fantasy novels.

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Brian Harris

Principal Data Warehouse Engineer

brian.harris@utah.edu

Brian Harris has been with the University of Utah for nine years. A Senior Data Warehouse Analyst, he primarily writes code to move data between various databases. In his time, he has also worked for StarRez in Denver, Colorado. Brian has two degrees from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Arts in Information Systems and a Master of Science in Information Systems. He is happily married with three children and enjoys biking, skiing, ice cream, and not being stuck in traffic.
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Bryan Harman

Senior Data Architect

bryan.harman@utah.edu

Bryan Harman has worked for the University of Utah since 1993. A Senior Data Architect, he ETLs data from operational systems to the data warehouse. Prior to working for the University, he worked for IBM, during which time the University of Utah was one of his customers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Bryan plays the piano and goes to the gym 4-5 times a week. He enjoys solving crossword puzzles and the daily Jumble. The accomplishment he is most proud of is successfully raising his two children.
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Dane Luby

ETL Analyst & Quality Assurance

Dane.Luby@utah.edu

Dane Luby has been working for the University of Utah since June 2015. He first started with the Data Management & Analytics team as a student intern for three years before joining AER (Assessment, Evaluation, & Research) in Student Affairs. He returned to the team in November 2019 and now works on integrating cloud systems across campus with our operational data store. Dane holds both a BS and MS in Information Systems from the University of Utah. In his free time, he likes being outdoors hiking, camping, and fly fishing.

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Dominic Davis

Business Data Analyst

Dominic.Davis@utah.edu

Dominic has worked for the University since April of 2020.  He provides support for the Student Data Warehouse.  He served MGM Resorts international in Las Vegas as Administrator of the SAS Business Intelligence (Red Hat) and Visual Analytics platforms (Red Hat/Hadoop).  He returned home to Utah, and before working for the University, worked for Zions Bancorporation developing dashboards and reporting (SQL Server, SAP BO).  Dominic is certified in SAS Enterprise Miner and SAS Administration.  Dominic was born and raised locally, in Brigham City.  He is married with two children has several dogs and loves technology.  The future is automated.
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Erin Otterstrom

Senior Data Governance Analyst 

erin.otterstrom@utah.edu

Erin Otterstrom has worked for the University of Utah as a Senior Data Governance Analyst since October 2020.  She worked on the implementation of the Collibra Data Governance platform and currently helps to improve and maintain the system.  Before working for the University, she spent 16 years at L3 Harris Corporation working as a Business Systems Analyst.  Erin recently completed the University of Utah Full Stack Web Programming Bootcamp.  Prior to that, she earned three degrees from the University: a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Business Administration, and a Juris Doctor.  Erin is the proud parent of four adult children.  In her free time, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, and going to the gym.
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Hui Qiao

Marketing Analyst

hui.qiao@utah.edu

Hui Qiao has worked as a Marketing Analyst in the Data Management and Analytics team since 2019. Before that, she worked as a Training and Development Specialist in Institutional Advancement at the University of Utah for 5 years. Hui has an M.A. in Education from Shaanxi Normal University in China and Ed.S in Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences from Utah State University. Hui speaks Chinese, English and some Japanese. She enjoys reading and cooking with her daughter.
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Jawahir Ahamedkasim

Senior Big Data Engineer

j.ahamedkasim@utah.edu

Jawahir Ahamedkasim has been working for the University of Utah since November 2015. He is a Senior Data Warehouse Analyst, which entails writing code to move data between systems and to store it in a place to support Reporting and Analytics. Jawahir has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Anna University in India and a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Utah and is also ITIL v3 and Six Sigma Green Belt Certified. Hailing from Southern India, Jawahir speaks Tamil and Hindi in addition to English. He likes cooking, playing volleyball, watching Netflix, and traveling. He also just got married!

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John Bogart 

Database Report Writer

j.bogart@utah.edu

John Bogart has worked for the University of Utah since 2017 as a Database Report Writer. He dual-reports to the Data Management & Analytics team under Tom Howa and the Data and Reporting team in University Advancement under Christian Singleton. He focuses on updating and pulling data relating to donors and alumni at the University. John earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah. Before working at the University, he worked at American Express as a business analyst and project specialist. He is happily married with five kids. With his little remaining free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, learning useless information he'll never use, and reading.
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Micheal W. Monson 

Database Report Writer

micheal.monson@utah.edu

Micheal Monson has worked for the University of Utah since 2017 as a Database Report Writer. He dual-reports to the Data Management & Analytics team under Tom Howa and the Data and Reporting team in University Advancement under Christian Singleton. He focuses on updating and pulling data relating to donors and alumni at the University. Before working at the University, he worked in Data Security and Systems Administration for Goldman Sachs and FireEye. He has two daughters. In his free time Micheal works on various programming and robotics projects.

 

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Paul Peterson

Data Warehousing Engineer

p.peterson@utah.edu

Paul Peterson has worked for the University of Utah since September 2013. Aa a Business Intelligence Developer, he provides support for the Student Data Warehouse. He has also worked in the Office of Admissions in Admission Systems. Before joining the University, he worked for the Department of Workforce Services and the Utah State Office of Education. He has three degrees from the University of Utah, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Master of Public Health, and a Master of Public Administration. Paul is a proud parent who loves Dr. Seuss (and uses his daughter as an excuse to read it).
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Tyler Ford

Big Data & Machine Learning Architect

tyler.ford@fm.utah.edu

Tyler Ford has been working for the University of Utah since 2015. A Senior Data Architect, he focuses on the performance and scalability of the DM&A platform and big data design and implementation, among other things. In years past, he has worked as a SQL Server Consultant, the SQL Server Principal Architect for Fanzz, a Systems Administrator for Larry H. Miller, and a C# .Net Database Tier Developer for Myroons Inc., to name a few. Tyler holds two degrees – a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science with an Emphasis in Psychology from Utah Valley University and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Minot State University. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: SQL Server 2012/2014, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Management and Analytics Charter Member, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Data Platform. An avid biker, Tyler has completed the Harmons Best Dam Bike Ride (a 115-mile, single-day ride) as well as 25 century bike rides. He is happily married with two kids and lives on a small dairy farm. He loves all things outdoors in addition to any books relating to databases and database platforms.

Susan Schaefer

Susan Schaefer

Data Governance Manager

susan.scheafer@utah.edu

Susan Schaefer has worked for the University of Utah for seven years. She recently graduated from the U with her masters in Information Systems. As a Data Governance Manager, she is working with different departments and systems to gather and combine metadata so data stewards and users can better understand where data is and how it is being used. Prior to her working at the U, Susan had some interesting jobs during her undergraduate career. She worked in Russia as an ESOL teacher and Alaska as a production supervisor at a fishing cannery. Susan enjoys hiking and kayaking, and she is hoping to travel more now that she has finished her grad program.

Last Updated: 7/1/22