BruinTech Connect Spring Conference

  • May 24-26, 2022
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Virtual & Hybrid

Join us for one or more sessions over three days of presentations and networking from May 24–26, 2002!

  • Learn how to protect your privacy in the online space.
  • Apply design thinking to your work.
  • See the results of our BruinTech listening sessions and surveys.
  • Meet your IT Strategic Partners and BruinTech colleagues.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (Virtual) • Data Privacy 

10:00 a.m.

Kelly Arruda
Andrey Nikolayev

10:10-11:00 a.m.

Workshop: Introduction to Data Privacy
Facilitator: Pegah Parsi, UC San Diego

Pegah is the inaugural chief privacy officer for the UC San Diego campus where she spearheads the privacy and data protection efforts for the research, educational, and service enterprise. She is passionate about data ethics and privacy as human rights and civil liberties issues and is an advocate for the idea that privacy requires much more than legal compliance. She provides thought leadership on privacy values, ethical frameworks, and philosophy.

Pegah manages a complex portfolio of privacy initiatives related to employees, students, applicants, alumni, and research participants and provides guidance on privacy laws and regulations, such as the GDPR, FERPA, HIPAA, PIPL, California privacy laws, and research privacy/Common Rule. Her day may involve anything from a consult on license plate readers to research involving smart devices to using AI and predictive analytics to support student success.

Prior to San Diego, Pegah was a privacy manager at Stanford University, focusing onmedical studies and international collaborations.She is an attorney and holds an MBA. In her spare time, she volunteers for the #AfghanEvac coalition and advises the City of San Diego on privacy and military matters. She is a Veteran, who, among other things, was the Honor Grad of Army Truck Driver school!

11:00-11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Privacy workshop (continued)


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (Virtual) • Developing A Culture Of Design

10:00 a.m.

Kelly Arruda

10:10-11:00 a.m.

Developing a Culture of Design

Speakers: Anna Ahearn, Cody Ashe-McNalley, Scott Gruber, Annie Watanabe-Rocco

The BruinTech Human Centered Design Subcommittee started with a common goal: promote an improved digital user experience at UCLA. Nuanced terms like “design thinking” and “human centered design” can be challenging to understand and convey, so our team researched, debated, and collaborated to move past specialized terminology and identify the underlying practical and understandable principles. Join us to hear about our journey from this shared ideal to create events, programs, and projects to promote design culture at UCLA. Whether or not you are a designer, learn through theory and our examples how you can introduce design principles to your work. Help us continue to develop a culture of design throughout the UC!

11:00-11:10 a.m.


11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Speaker: Lynn Boyden

Good user experience, like good librarianship, is invisible to our customers, but how does it get that way? Lynn will walk us through some guiding principles that we can use to provide more useful, relevant, and valuable tools and services.

About the speaker: Lynn Boyden trained as a librarian at UCLA and has provided strategy, user experience research and information architecture for a number of digital agencies, Symantec, UCLA, and USC; she currently works at a sociotechnical researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Labs. Her strategy consultancy in Los Angeles counts Instagram, the California State Library, the UCLA School of Nursing, UCLA Marketing & Communications, the LA County Museum of Art, the University of Illinois, KB Home, and others among her past and current clients. At USC she worked with internal clients to revamp the business processes and web content for the entire business and finance operation of the university. She developed the strategy for the main USC gateway and countless school, administrative, and research unit sites on campus. She taught user experience design in the master’s degree program in Information Studies at UCLA since 2001, and currently teaches in the Design Tech department at Santa Monica College. She is an active speaker, mentor, and advocate for equity and professional communities in user experience, research, information architecture, and content strategy both locally and globally.

12:00-12:15 p.m.

BruinTech Assessment Updates | Kelly Arruda

12:15-1:00 p.m.

Informal Networking Sessions | Virtual Breakout Rooms


Thursday, May 26, 2022 (In Person/Hybrid)

Location: James West Alumni Center, 325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

2:30-3:15 p.m.

IT Strategic Partners Meet & Greet - The BruinTech community is invited to refreshments with IT Strategic Partners on the outside patio ahead of the keynote presentation. 

3:15-3:30 p.m.

Introduction | Lucy Avetisyan, CIO

3:30-5:00 p.m.

IT Security in Higher Ed
Rob Belk, EY

Rob is a Principal in the EY Cybersecurity practice and Leader for Cybersecurity in our firm’s Higher Education sector. A retired United States Naval officer, he has over 25 years of security experience in various operational and strategic roles.

  • Rob focuses on the interplay between business risk and technology risk for decentralized and federated organizations, particularly focused in the Higher Education, state government, power and utilities, and technology sectors. He assists clients in developing cybersecurity governance and integrated defense in-depth strategies to better mitigate cyber risk to business operations.
  • He has developed multi-year IT and Cyber transformational programs, including multiple for Higher Education clients. These programs integrate various aspects of technology, people and processes across the CIO portfolio and include program and change management. Rob is particularly versed in the challenges facing Higher Education clientsand understands the organizational demands of R1 institutions like UCLA, particularly as it applies to the IT space.
  • He has applied his extensive background in strategy to the specific needs of his clients, and regularly provides training to executives and Boards of Directors on cybersecurity risk management and oversight. This includes specific training to senior leadership teams and Board of Trustees for Higher Education clients.

Vickie Papapetrou, EY

Vickie is a Partner in the EY Advisory Services Cybersecurity Team. She has over 15 years of experience in security and privacy, having just returned from a three-year rotation in London, UK, serving as Director in the EY EMEIA Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence.

  • Vickie has supported Fortune 500 organizations, including those in health care, technology and manufacturing, to assess, design and implement long-term, transformational security programs. She has consulting experience in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy, governance, physical security, risk management, and compliance to help companies mitigate security risks while addressing legal and regulatory obligations.

5:00-6:00 p.m.

Outdoor Patio Reception (light refreshments served)

Please note that photography and audio/video recording may take place at this event.

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