Office of the VP for Information Technology & CIO

Dr. Melissa Woo

Vice President for Information Technology & CIO

Connect with Melissa!  


Woo Named No. 35 on Huffington Post's Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2016

April 26, 2016

Woo Co-Authors EDUCAUSE Review Online Article About Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

May 2, 2016

Dr. Melissa Z. Y. Woo became Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stony Brook University on April 4, 2016. In this position, she reports directly to President Samuel L. Stanley and his a member of his senior leadership team. She works with senior academic and administrative leaders across the institution and oversees the Stony Brook Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and the provision of IT services to faculty, staff and students. She collaborates with the Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital in the ongoing development of information systems between the main academic campus and the Stony Brook Medicine campus.

Dr. Woo came to Stony Brook from the University of Oregon where she served as the Vice Provost for Information Services and Chief Information Officer since 2012. Prior to her appointment at UO, she was at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as Director of Research Cyberinfrastructure and was later appointed an IT Director in University Information Technology Services. Her career in higher education includes appointments at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she began her career in information services, and earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics. Prior to that she received her B.A. in Biophysics at UC Berkeley.

A graduate of the EDUCAUSE Institute Management and Leadership Programs, and a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, Dr. Woo received the EDUCAUSE 2012 Rising Star Award, and from 2012 through 2015 served as a senior reviewer of EDUCAUSE Review Online. She earned a Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management, and her involvement in the IT community includes co-chairing the Higher Education Information Security Council (2014-15); serving on the advisory board of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies, Inc. (2013-2016); and serving as a founding member of the Trust and Identity in Education and Research Community Investment Council.

Senior Leadership

The DoIT Senior Leadership Team is committed to providing the University with a world-class teaching and learning with technology environment.


Patricia Aceves
Assistant Provost, Assessment & Technology-Enhanced Pedagogy

Shady Azzam-Gómez
Senior Director of Information Systems

Philip Doesschate
Director of IT Policy, Decision Support Services, and Chief Information Security Officer

James Hart
Director of Data Network Services

Joseph Loughren 
Director, Finance and Administration

Michael Ospitale 
Senior Director, Operations

Kerrin Perniciaro 
Manager, IT Communications & Web Strategy

Chuck Powell
Assistant Provost for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Andrew White
Senior Director, Research Computing

Departments / Staff Directory

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) supports the academic, research, healthcare, and administrative missions of Stony Brook University.


DoIT Staff Directory and Departments


Our staff directory provides individual information about employees inside the DoIT organization. 


Staff Directory

IT Partners

The IT Partners community is designed to not only gather IT teams from across the institution.


IT Partners Directory

DoIT Org Chart

Get a quick glance of DoIT's organizational reporting structure.


View the Org Chart

Our Core Values

During the spring semester of 2014, the senior leadership team in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) collected input from other members of DoIT to create five core values for the organization to follow as a guiding framework when making decisions and taking action. 


We are committed to engagement, communication, and sharing information with a human voice.


We will actively hire great people, develop their growth, encourage a healthy work/life balance, promote a diversity of voices, and support our staff.


We will work to delight our customers in the innovative delivery of our solutions and services.


We will work collaboratively across Stony Brook University to provide a responsive environment that enriches and enhances teaching, learning, service, and research. 


We will encourage innovation, even where concrete business benefit is not initially apparent.

To learn more about our core values and how we follow them, please visit the link below.

Our Core Values


Our Initiatives

DoIT's Six Areas of Strategic Focus


Construct a world-class teaching and learning with technology organization that has an appreciation for learning design.


Create a competitive research computing infrastructure and services that support the needs of faculty across the research community.


Provide a consistently safe, secure, and compliant information technology environment for Stony Brook.


Provide services that greatly enhance the work of our faculty, staff, and students.


Enhance a culture of operational excellence at Stony Brook.


Encourage an agile, flexible organization with forward-facing staff who are leaders in their fields.

IT Governance

Strengthening IT at Stony Brook University

What is IT Governance?

A strategic partnership between Functional and Technical areas, Stony Brook University IT Governance is a series of business processes and mechanisms that centralizes, prioritizes and coordinates the scheduling of IT-related project and policy requests representing an operational or capital expense of $50K or more for Stony Brook University.

Why is University IT Governance Important?

Creating a central channel to process these IT project and policy requests will enable smart decision-making. IT Governance will:
•Provide clarity on the direction of University IT
•Continuously improve the University’s IT performance, delivery and results
•Map our technology projects to the University’s business, strategic and organizational goals
•Contribute and share ideas on the University’s technology needs

Visit the IT Governance Website

DoIT Student Advisory Board

DoIT's student advisory board provides student perspectives on the technology needs of the Stony Brook student body. This involves providing feedback on current DoIT services and policies and suggesting new services that would help students be successful learners.

DoIT Student Advisory Board

Information technology goes beyond computers and printers and also includes networking, telephones, technical support, and technology workshops. Since all students, (undergraduate, graduate, commuters, residents, part-time, and full-time) utilize campus technology, it is important for DoIT to understand all of the different needs.


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Responsibilities of DoIT Student Advisory Board Members

•Attend scheduled meetings
•Inform their consitutents of information discussed at meetings
•Voice their constituents' concerns, opinions, and questions about services and policies
•Provide assistance in testing and implementing new technologies 
•Review the performance of existing services and facilities
•Provide feedback on existing policies and help create new policy when appropriate

If you are interested in participating, please contact Diana Voss at

DoIT Recognition

DoIT team members celebrating other DoIT team members

What is DoIT Recognition?

The mission of DoIT Recognition is to help encourage our organization to recognize both individual employees and group achievements that show consistency, outstanding achievement and remarkable results in a simple, fair and flexible manner. 

DoIT Recognition strives towards creating a fulfilling and rewarding work environment; one where all employees can work together and stay aligned with the overall mission of DoIT which is to Communicate, Grow, Satisfy, Engage and Innovate. 

Submit a Story

In order to submit a recognition story, familiarize yourself with the awards (Core Value Awards and Annual Awards). Once you have decided which award you would like to recognize a DoIT Staff member for, proceed to the DoIT Recognition Form and complete the relevant fields.

Learn more about DoIT Recognition
Submit a Story

Richard W. Reeder Scholarship

Richard W. Reeder was a trusted colleague, mentor and friend to many at Stony Brook University during his tenure that spanned more than 40 years. He was also a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.

Rich was a visionary who championed technology, saving Stony Brook University millions of dollars and taking it to the next level. Rich passed away much too soon and in celebration of his life and legacy, the Richard W. Reeder Endowed Scholarship was created by his family and friends.

Richard W. Reeder Endowed Scholarship


•Full and part time students, in good standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
•Enrolled for the Spring Semester 2016

Application must include:

•A 250-500 word essay outlining how you exemplify performance, promise, excellence, citizenship and integrity
•A faculty member’s contact information including their email address. Please note you should contact the faculty member, prior to submitting your application to confirm they are willing to support you. The faculty member will be required to provide a letter of support on your behalf.




Three $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded Spring 2016 

Only completed applications will be considered.

Application deadline: December 1, 2015


Learn more about the scholarship

Apply Online