Online Public Lecture May 13th: When Covid-19 Leads To Digital Transformation

Date: 13 May 2020
Other languages: Русский язык |
May 13th 2020, 5:30-6:15pm (Bishkek time, GMT+6)

Dr. Ravi Pendse
Vice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan, USA


When Covid-19 caused campus buildings to close and classes to be conducted remotely, how does a world-renowned research university ensure that tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff can continue to learn, teach and work from anywhere in the world? The answer involves collaborative partnerships, a strong sense of urgency, and digital transformation. In this interactive session, University of Michigan’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Dr. Ravi Pendse will cover steps the university’s technology organisation took, challenges they addressed, and lessons they learned through the university’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Participants will be invited to share their own experiences and lessons learned throughout the session. 

Dr. Ravi Pendse serves as the Vice President for information technology and Chief Information Officer at the University of Michigan (USA). He is an Executive Officer and provides university-wide leadership and strategic direction for information technology. He is also a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has secured more than $21 million in external research grants, developed and taught courses in the areas of computer architecture, networking, and cybersecurity, earned several teaching awards, and published numerous scholarly articles co-authored with students.

His research interests include areas of Internet of things, cybersecurity, and future of work. Dr. Pendse holds a B.S. in electronics and communication engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad (India). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Wichita State University. He serves as a board member on the Global Customer Advisory Board of Cisco Systems, on the Higher Education Advisory Group of Microsoft and as an independent director on the board of High Touch Technologies.
Lecture Format
This lecture will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams video conferencing on Wednesday, May 13th at 5:30pm (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time) at:

The online lecture will be delivered in English.

Past online lectures are available on the University of Central Asia's YouTube channel at

Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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