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Information Systems and Computing (ISC) provides computing infrastructure to the Penn community -- including data, voice, video, and many of the University's central business systems. ISC also provides data administration and security services, offers services for local providers of computing support, and with the Penn community, develops hardware and software standards. ISC's senior staff, the Administrative Systems Project Office, the Administrative Systems Tools and Technologies unit, and the Information Security Office report directly to Thomas Murphy, Vice President for Information Technology and University Chief Information Officer.

Office of Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
265C, 3401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104/6228
Thomas Murphy, Vice President for Information Technology & University Chief Information Officer,
See ISC's organizational chart.

The following units make up Information Systems and Computing. Select a unit to the right, or scroll through the page for more information.

Administrative Information Technologies and Communications (AIT)

265C, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215/898-6300
Jeanne Curtis, Executive Director,
See Administrative Information Technologies's organizational chart

Administrative Information Technologies (AIT) works with University clients to plan, acquire, develop, and maintain core business and student support systems. It consults with University clients on the re-design of business processes and the application of technology to facilitate business change and meet business requirements. It works with University clients to enable exchange of data between school-based or department-based systems and core University systems, and works to appropriately permit access to University data. 

  • Administrative Systems - Installed Base
    265C, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
    Rosey Nissley, IT Director,, 215.898.2801

    The Administrative Systems group provides support and maintenance for the installed portfolio of university-wide business and student systems. Support responsibilities include day-to-day operational activities, projects, and implementation of major administrative system upgrades and enhancements. Client support teams partner with process owners to leverage information technology opportunities with the goal of providing effective, cost efficient administrative processes.

  • Resource Planning and Management
    265C, 3401Walnut Street/6228, 215.573.8242
    Jacqueline Raynor, Sr. IT Project Leader,

    Resource Planning and Management identifies staffing requirements and associated funding strategies in Administrative Information Technologies. This group manages the recruitment of new staff and contractors, and provides management direction for staff assigned to new development projects. The group is also responsible for identifying employee training requirements and for managing tools that support the planning and tracking of administrative information system tasks and resources.

  • Quality Assurance and Internal Administrative Systems Initiatives
    265C, 3401Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.4687
    Elaine Rymsza, Senior Project Leader,

    This group provides quality assurance in collaboration with, and support of, AIT teams. It monitors procedures and processes that bring quality and performance, based on sound practices, training, analytical tools, and the distribution of knowledge of "best practices," throughout AIT. The group also provides project management of internal administrative systems projects, such as operating system and hardware upgrades.

  • Data Administration
    265C, 3401Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.2173
    James Johnson, IT Technical Director,

    Data Administration manages data as a University resource so members of the Penn community have the information they need when they need it and in the form in which they need it.  It manages the University Data Warehouse, conducts data analysis for administrative systems, and provides integration and arbitration services for users of administration data.

  • Communications Group
    305 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107
    Open, Director

    The Communications Group contributes to ISC projects by informing clients and the community about new services, designing friendly and usable applications and web sites, documenting products, and providing editorial expertise. The Communications Group also produces and manages Penn’s Computing Web and supports Computing Web information providers.

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Administrative Systems Project Office

265 C, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
Marion Campbell, Executive Director,
See Administrative Systems Project's organizational chart

The Administrative Systems Project Office provides both a standard methodology and program/project management expertise to successfully guide, lead and support initiatives to acquire, develop, integrate, and implement transformative services, infrastructure and applications. Providing experienced project managers and a toolkit of structured methodologies, techniques, and best practices, the Project Office collaborates with partners across the University to ensure effective and efficient use of resources. This includes performing assessments; evaluating and providing solutions, developing strategies, processes, standard methodologies and techniques; creating budgets, risk management plans and schedules; defining project governance; and collaborating on resource planning and monitoring.

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Administrative Systems Tools and Technologies (ASTT)

265C, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
James Choate, Executive Director,
See the Administrative Systems Tools and Technologies's organizational chart.

Administrative Systems Tools and Technologies (ASTT) is responsible for the development tools, architectures, standards, and programming frameworks for core administrative systems. ASTT works closely with Administrative Information Technologies (AIT) to evaluate, pilot, and assimilate new technology for the development of core administrative systems.

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Finance and Planning

230A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
Gary Delson, Executive Director
See Finance and Planning's organizational chart

Finance and Planning provides decision support and operations support to ISC. It also assists ISC in defining and implementing its business plan and goals to support the strategy and goals of the University. Decision support efforts include financial planning and analysis, cost analysis, pricing, and trending analysis. Operations support includes processing of payroll, purchasing transactions, and billing transactions for charges to clients. Planning includes ensuring (1) alignment between key IT decisions, the organizations mission, and the business plan and (2) integration of all work performed across ISC units. The organization works with central Penn organizations and supports the ISC leadership team to develop the multiyear budget and the annual business plan.

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Human Resources and Administration

230A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
Denise Lay, Director

See Human Resources's organizational chart

Human Resources and Administration manages employment and human resources generalist functions for ISC. It also oversees general administration, including facilities management.

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Information Security

230A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
Joshua Beeman, Information Security Officer,
See Information Security's organizational chart, web site

Information Security provides services that protect Penn's information assets, limit liability, and prevent legal and copyright violations. Such services include training, issuance of policies and technical guidelines, recommendation of software and hardware solutions to security issues, security incident response, incident advisories, proactive network security scans, risk analyses, and investigative and consultative services in the event of system compromise.

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Networking and Telecommunications

221A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228
James Choate, Interim Director,
See Networking and Telecommunication's organizational chart, web site

Networking and Telecommunications provides integrated data, voice, and video communications services for the Penn community. Networking and Telecommunications operates PennNet; its Internet and Internet2 gateways; the campus voice networks; and Penn Video Services (video production, streaming video, videoconferencing, and the Penn Video Network); and installs data, voice, and video connections. It also provides network services, including Penn's World Wide Web server, the Online Directory, Classlists, voice messaging, and call center technologies.

  • Infrastructure, Projects and Planning
    337A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.573.4455
    Greg Hartley, Sr. IT Project Leader,

    Infrastructure, Projects and Planning manages the design and installation of all data, voice, and video cabling projects on Penn's campus as well as planning and implementing the Next Generation PennNet project (greatly increasing the network's reliability). The Infrastructure group also maintains and provides documentation for the University's communication cabling, underground ductbanks, manholes, and aerial pathways. The group works closely with the University Facility Services department.

  • Internet2/MAGPI Services
    221A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.0918
    Greg Palmer, Technical Director,

    Penn provides Internet2 connectivity to its faculty, staff, students, and researchers in conjunction with PennNet commodity Internet service. MAGPI operates the research and education network of the regional Internet2 GigaPoP run by Networking and Telecommunications.

  • Network Engineering and Services (NES)
    221A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.9293
    Deke Kassabian, Senior Technical Director,

    NES provides the design, deployment, and operation of production systems and services supporting PennNet. NES also includes Network Management and the Video organizations of Networking and Telecommunications, including the Penn Video Network.

  • Network and Telecommunications Operations
    337A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.9664
    Mark Wehrle, Technical Director,

    Network Operations monitors the daily performance of the PennNet routing core, wide area links to remote campuses, and voice operations. It also installs and maintains all PennNet and voice wiring and closet electronics in most buildings across campus, including the College Houses and the Greek Houses.

  • Telecommunications Operations
    221A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.578-2290
    Reni Roberts, Sr. IT Project Leader,

    Telecommunications Operations manages Penn's 25,000-line campus-wide voice network. It also delivers voice services for students on and off campus through Student Telephone Services.

  • Telecommunications System Design and Consulting
    337A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.9664
    Mark Wehrle, Technical Director,

    Telecommunications System Design and Consulting advises campus customers as to which voice services will best meet their needs. These services may include departmental voice systems, voice messaging, automatic call distribution, interactive voice response, automated attendant, and operator services.

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Systems Engineering/Operations (SEO)

Suite 850, 3600 Market Street/3396
Ray Davis, Executive Director,
See Systems Engineering/Operations's organizational chart, web site

Systems Engineering and Operations is responsible for the deployment and maintenance of the technical infrastructure and for providing production monitoring and support for the University's core business systems.

  • Systems Engineering
    850, 3600 Market Street/2653, 215.573.4178
    Bill Ramirez, Technical Director, Technical Services,
    Dan Sheehan, Technical Director, Database Administration,

  • Systems Engineering provides system and database administration services for the University's enterprise servers and database systems.  It also provides business continuity and access control services for systems and data.

  • Operations
    265C, 3401 Walnut Street/6228, 215.898.1099
    Donna Manley, Senior Director,

    Operations provides production scheduling and processing and support services for university-wide administrative systems.  It also provides a variety of facilities managed services for schools and administrative departments.

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Technology Support Services (TSS)

203 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107
Mark Aseltine, Executive Director,
See Technology Support Services's organizational chart;

Technology Support Services coordinates an overall program of ISC services for campus providers of computing support, and provides direct support services for clients on a contract basis. It brokers support and facilitates communication across Penn through user groups and other channels. It collaborates with other ISC units and with colleagues in schools and centers to maintain Penn's desktop recommendations and supported products and to address specific issues of interest to IT staff on campus. It provides leadership for the university in the area of local area network technologies. It supports classroom technology design, maintains technology in central pool classrooms, and coordinates activities to advance the effective use of new media in instruction.

  • Classroom Technology Services (CTS)
    221 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107, 215.573.9794
    Jeff Douthett, IT Technical Director,
    See Classroom Technology Services's web site

    Classroom Technology Services (CTS) provides technical support for technology in central pool classrooms. CTS coordinates the design and installation of new technology systems in classrooms renovated by the Provost's Classroom Committee, maintains equipment used in central pool classrooms, prepares written instructions for faculty users, provides training and technical information to school-based support providers, and assists in coordination of end-user support provided by the schools.

  • Client Services Group
    202 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107, 215.573.9194
    Amy Phillips, IT Technical Director,
    See Client Services Group's web site

    The Client Services Group serves as the primary support provider for undergraduates living off campus and in the Greek houses, and for graduate and professional students. It also serves as a single point of contact for Local Support Providers (LSPs) on campus needing assistance with supported products or central computing services, and for faculty and staff referrals to their LSPs or other computing services. The Computing Resource Center (CRC) distributes the PennConnect DVD, which includes Penn's supported network and anti-virus software.

  • LAN Technology Services
    219 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107, 215.898.2184
  • Magida Phillips, IT Technical Director, See LAN Technology Service's web site.

    LAN Technology Services provides leadership for the university in the area of local area network technologies and facilitates information sharing among LAN administrators on campus through user groups and campus teams. In addition, it offers LAN consulting services, shared call tracking and escalation services for Help Desks on campus (PennTIPS), and enterprise calendaring services (Meeting Maker) on a cost recovery basis.

  • Support-on-Site
    302 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107, 215.898.1785
    Kristin Nelson, IT Technical Director,
    See Support-on-Site's web site

    ISC provides a variety of fee-based local support services for University schools, departments, and administrative offices. ISC Dispatch provides a full range of desktop support services (system installation, configuration, and troubleshooting) as well as assistance with special projects, computing needs analysis, and technology planning. ISC Support-on-Site also places full-time computing support staff in University offices; these "distributed" staff take direction from the local unit but are managed centrally by ISC.

  • Technology Training Services (TTS)
    206 Sansom Place West, 3650 Chestnut/6107 (215.898.1785)
    Kristin Nelson, IT Technical Director,
    See Technology Training Services's web site

    Technology Training Services (TTS) provides IT provider support training specific to the University of Pennsylvania, as well as information on discounted end-user and advanced computer training provided by external vendors. TTS also supports two state-of-the-art PC classrooms that are available for rent by the half-day, day, week, or longer.

Administrative Information Technologies and Communications
Administrative Systems Project Office
Administrative Systems Tools and Technologies
Finance and Planning
Human Resources and Administration
Information Security
Networking and Telecommunications
Systems Engineering/Operations
Technology Support Services

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