Vincent Cirel

Vincent Cirel, SVP / CIO – Norwegian Cruise Line
Since early 2008 Vincent Cirel has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami, Florida. From 2003 - 2008 Vincent served as Vice President and CIO for Regent Seven Seas Cruises in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Both of these well-known and respected cruise brands, along with Oceania Cruises make up the current cruise industry portfolio of Apollo Management - today one of the largest and most successful global private equity firms.

With over a decade in international luxury tourism and nearly 20 years in information technology and engineering, Vincent adds a wealth of business, technology, and industry specific experience to the NCL executive team. After joining Regent as its first CIO, Vincent built a world-class IT organization facilitating the systems and process requirements to fuel the Regent brand expansion. Vincent also served as a key member of the executive team facilitating the Apollo acquisition of Regent.

Prior to joining Regent, Vincent served as Vice President and CIO for Grand Expeditions (GEI) based in Boca Raton, FL. As VP/CIO, he was a key contributor to the M&A activities of GEI as a roll-up of eight global luxury travel brands.

In addition to key industry memberships and certifications, Mr. Cirel holds several degrees including a BS in Mathematics and MSEE in Information Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as an MBA from Vanderbilt University.

Lura Campbell

Lura Campbell, Operations Director at AT&T (retired)

Daniel M. Baeza

Daniel M. Baeza, Ph.D., P.E; Chief Technology Officer, Green Point Partners

Dr. Baeza is the Chief Technology Officer at Green Point Partners.   Dr. Baeza has over 35 years of experience in the fields of engineering, engineering management, and system design. He has architected and built numerous complex communications systems over the years and is at the forefront of innovative design. His infrastructure plans and installations have provided voice and data services for hundreds of thousands of businesses and to millions of people.

As a veteran scientist and project coordinator, Dan has been at the forefront of technological innovation throughout his career – first at Coulter Electronics, then at BellSouth, Bell Communications Research, and the prestigious AT&T Labs, where he directed a product performance lab, including environmental testing and analysis. Dan is also a patent holder as well as a published author, with several scholarly papers and a textbook to his credit.


Denise Jeffries

IEM Faculty


  • M.Eng., Information Engineering and Management - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BSBA, Information Technology with emphasis in Ecommerce - Colorado Technical University

Meet Denise

Denise Jeffries is Senior Vice President Enterprise Data Services at Regions Financial Corporation and has the accountability for the design, development, transformation, consistency of data, and support of BBVA Compass’ data warehouses and data marts and the Business Intelligence reporting on them.  This includes the development of metadata, data transformation into the warehouse and Informational data marts, providing guidance and support for analysis/reporting for all Lines of Business (LOB). The Director and her team work to identify and maximize opportunities for using data warehouse systems to improve the development and delivery of business information.  A primary responsibility is to promote the strategic use of information and provide the standardized methods and tools to enable effective use the information.  Denise provides leadership, vision, and direction for data warehouse/data mart systems and for the support and use of Business Intelligence applications.

Denise is a proponent for data warehousing and business intelligence technologies. She is a contributing member of TechBirmingham and is actively involved in the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) IEEE Alumni group and the UAB Information Engineering School.  She holds a Masters in Information Engineering from UAB, Masters certifications from The Data Warehousing Institute, The Data Management Association and the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals, as well as a Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Michigan Management School, and is CMMI v1.1 certified through Carnegie Mellon University. 

Cassidy Cash


   Marketing and Outreach Coordinator


  • Bachelor's Degree in English - University of Montevallo


Meet Cassidy

Cassidy helps develop and implement marketing strategies to grow IEM. Cassidy writes and edits our marketing material. She maintains our website, writes our newsletter, updates our social media channels, schedules the speaking engagements for Dr. Callahan, and regularly interviews past alumni.  She is responsible for getting the live feeds going when we live stream courses, and is the respondent for live clients when they have questions via twitter, facebook, or google hangout. 

Maria Whitmire


IEM Program Manager

  • BS, Administrative Office Services - University of North Alabama
  • Certified Administrative Professional (CAP)
  • Organizational Management Specialty (OM)


Meet Maria

Maria has been employed at UAB since 1993.  She serves on the Business Technologies Advisory Board for Lawson State Community College and the AOM/ACS/HRM/IT Advisory Board at Virginia College.  Maria is very involved with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) and has served as the President of both the Birmingham Chapter and Alabama Division.  She has received numerous awards for her work in IAAP including Member of Excellence.  She regularly teaches classes for UAB employees through their Human Resource Management – Organizational Development Department.

John Giordano


IEM Faculty, VP-Information Security at SunGard, WMA

  • MSEE, Information Engineering and Management - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science - Purdue University


Meet John:

John is an expert in information security, serving as VP of Information Security at SunGard, WMA.   John brings his real world knowledge of computer and information security from the business world to the classroom.