Jennifer Skjellum

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IEM Faculty, President/Owner of RunTime Solutions

  • Masters, Communication - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.A., Speech Communication - Humboldt State University


Meet Jennifer

Jennifer Skjellum is President and owner of Runtime Computing Solutions, LLC.  RunTime Computing Solutions provides software and solutions for the high performance and embedded computing space.  Her previous company, MPI Software Technology,  was a profitable software and services company and was acquired in 2003.  Jennifer has extensive experience teaching courses in communication theory, public speaking, and business communication.  Jennifer is also active in her community.  She is a volunteer for Junior Achievement.  In 2008 Jennifer  was the Chairperson of TechBirmingham and continues to serve on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  The BBJ awarded Skjellum the Top 40 under 40 in February, 2009.

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.

Rusty Hyde, PE


IEM Faculty, Principle at Hyde Engineering

  • MSEE, Information Engineering and Management - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BSEE, Electrical Engineering - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE)

Meet Rusty:
Rusty has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from UAB and is a licensed PE. Currently he is chief engineer with Hyde Engineering, a national electrical engineering firm specializing in electrical system designs for healthcare, institutional, governmental, and military clients. Rusty was also a United States Air Force (USAF)  rated navigator and electronic warfare officer, serving with distinction  as a crew member of B-52G heavy bombers and AC-130A gunships. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in project management, leadership and engineering to IEM.

Brian Rabon


IEM Faculty, Project Management Expert, Entrepreneur


  • MSEE, Information Engineering and Management - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BS, Computer Science - Auburn University

Meet Brian

Brian M. Rabon, CSM, CSP, MSEE, PMP is the President of The Braintrust Consulting Group, a provider of project management solutions for a wide range of software related projects. Brian holds a BS in Computer Science from Auburn University and a MSEE from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is an avid author, blogger (, and speaker at conferences, professional organizations, and user groups. Brian loves teaching and is a contract instructor for New Horizons Birmingham and Solutions Cube Group, and a course designer for Samford University. Brian gives back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors for TechBirmingham, as VP of Programs for PMI Birmingham, and as the founder of Agile Birmingham.