I am an Enterprise Architect / Senior I.T. Architectfor the Division of Information Technology at UW-Madison in Madison, WI. I work with campus to: bring various Information Technology projects into alignment with each other and the campus-wide strategic directions; to facilitate discussions and to capture requirements, use cases and issues; to create standard documents (like UML models) for the project and to develop road-maps for Information Technology.
I am also Chair of ITANA.org, a peer group for I.T. Architects (Enterprise Architects) in Academia.
I also work with vendors and other groups on issues that surround Information Technology in academic environments including Identity and Access Management issues, integration technologies and the unique requirements of academic institutions.
I love living in Madison. It is a very pretty small city with intelligent planning. I have a 15 minute bike ride to work on a rails-to-trails bike path – no cars, just bikes and joggers and walkers. There are several large (250 acre) dog parks close by where we take Lola, our Labradoodle, to swim and play.
I enjoy cooking fine food in a style I call Nouveau American Bistro. I make things like scallops with a grapefruit pan sauce over braised greens. I also do art – water colors and colored pencils mostly though I have done some papercraft stuff.
I’m married to Ena Urbach who is Director of R&D for a small biotech company called eMetagen.
Brief History: I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I lived in the Palo Alto, California area for several years then moved to Corvallis, Oregon where I lived for seven years. I did a brief stint in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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