Kathy Gates, Chief Information Officer at the University of Mississippi (UM), served as project manager for UM's SAP student system implementation. Previously, she worked as a software developer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, as a technical consultant for the Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research, and as the Director of Academic Computing and Enterprise Applications at UM. She holds M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science from the University of Mississippi. In addition to being active in EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and SAP HERUG, Kathy is involved in many initiatives related to technology and higher education. Areas of focus include SOA architectures, mobile computing, and Web applications that interface with SAP. Her underlying objective is always to advance the University's mission through the smart, innovative use of technology.