Leadership Team

Dale CallahanDale Callahan, Ph.D., PE Screen_shot_2012-01-04_at_3.49.00_PMMaria Whitmire
Jennfier Skjellum HeadshotJennifer Skjellum
Cassidy Profile Image WebsiteCassidy Cash
Screen_shot_2013-04-04_at_8.42.05_PMDon Appleby 
Screen_shot_2012-01-04_at_3.54.43_PMBrian Rabon                   
Screen_shot_2012-01-04_at_3.55.57_PM Jon Giordano Screen_shot_2012-01-04_at_3.56.46_PMRusty Hyde, PE
Screen_shot_2012-01-05_at_2.10.07_PMDenise Jeffries  David George IEM Spotlight July 2013David George

Dr. Dale W. Callahan, PE

Director of IEM, Faculty, Entrepreneur, Author
dale callahan Background
  • PhD, Engineering - University of Alabama
  • Master, Electrical Engineering (MSEE) - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Master, Business Administration (MBA) - Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Bachelor, Electrical Engineering - Auburn University
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), Alabama

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Dale Callahan is an entrepreneur who has started many successful companies.   Dale has recently written a book, Resumes are WorthlessResumes are Worthless. Dale sits on the advisory boards for TechBirmingham and the Alabama Information Technology Association.  Dale was recognized in 2011 as one of UAB's 40 School of Engineering graduates making a difference.

Don Appleby

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 Systems Engineer, Faculty, Author


Don Appleby is a technology consultant with nearly four decades of experience in enterprise system design, implementation, and support.  He is retired from IBM, where he held positions in systems engineering, product sales, technical sales support, software defect support, billable services, technical project management, and quality assurance processes.  He has also authored papers and spoken at conferences on the subject of solution assurance methodologies.  

Mr. Appleby has been an instructor in the UAB School of Engineering since 2004, teaching courses in the IEM track of the Master of Engineering Program.  He is also the author of Effective Speaking: An Introvert’s Guide to Making Presentations.

Mr. Appleby holds a BSIM degree (with highest honor) from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MSEE from UAB.  

Brian Rabon

IEM Faculty, Project Management Expert, Entrepreneur

iem rabonBackground

  • President, Braintrust Consulting group
  • Adjunct Instructor, UAB
  • Program Director, XSP
  • Programming Team Leader, Infinity Insurance Companies
  • Senior Client, Infinity Insurance Companies
  • Software Developer, Doozer Software
  • Systems Engineer, Capitol Vial
  • MSEE, Information Engineering and Management
  • Bachelor of Science, Auburn University
  • University of Alabama, Computer Science

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. Rabon holds a BS in computer science from Auburn University and a MSEE from UAB. He is an avid author, blogger and speaker at conferences, professional organizations, and user groups. Rabon is also a contract instructor for New Horizons Birmingham and Solutions Cube Group, and he works as a course designer for Samford University. Rabon 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.

Rusty Hyde, PE

IEM Faculty, Principle at Hyde Engineering

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

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

John Giordano

IEM Faculty, VP-Information Security at SunGard, WMABackground
  • MSEE, Information Engineering and Management - University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science - Purdue University

John Giordano 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.

Maria Whitmire, CAP-OM

IEM Program Manager

Maria Whitmire


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

Maria Whitmire, a UAB employee since 1993, currently serves on the Business Technologies Advisory Board for Lawson State Community College and the AOM/ACS/HRM/IT Advisory Board at Virginia College. Whitmire is 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.


Cassidy Cash

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Cassidy Cash Background
  • Bachelor's Degree in English—University of Montevallo

 Cassidy Cash wants everyone to know how beneficial an IEM Masters Degree can be. In addition to publicizing the program and recruiting new clients, she works hard to promote the many success stories of IEM alumni. Cassidy coordinates all promotional and outreach events for IEM. Do you need a speaker for your next event? Contact Cassidy at cassidycash@uab.edu


Jennifer Skjellum

IEM Faculty, President/Owner of RunTime Solutions

Jennfier Skjellum


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


Jennifer Skjellum is president and owner of Runtime Computing Solutions, LLC., a state-of-the art company that 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 that was acquired in 2003. Skjellum has extensive experience teaching courses in communication theory, public speaking, and business communication. She is also active in her community as a volunteer for Junior Achievement. In 2008 she was the chairperson of TechBirmingham and continues to serve on its executive committee and board of directors. The Birmingham Business Journal 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

Denise Jeffries is senior vice president of enterprise data services at Regions Financial Corporation.

Jeffries is a proponent for data warehousing and business intelligence technologies; she is a contributing member of TechBirmingham and is actively involved in UAB's IEEE Alumni group and the UAB Information Engineering School. She holds a masters in IEM from UAB, master's certifications from The Data Warehousing Institute, The Data Management Assn 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.


David George

David George IEM Spotlight July 2013IEM Faculty, Management Information Technology

  • Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Information Engineering and Management (IEM) 2011-2013- University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Management of Information Systems (MIS) 1989-1993-University of Alabama at Birmingham

David George is an IT professional that prides himself on the ability to find the common ground in people, projects and processes.  He currently manages a team that specializes in the management and warehousing of data that is used for decision making processes across an entire organization.  With a career in the technology world that spans over 20 years he has seen firsthand the value and realized results when people stop working for their own interests and instead seek out the common ground for a greater return.  David joined the IEM faculty team in 2013 and currently teaches the Leading Technical Organizations course.  Feel free to contact him at dageorge@uab.edu with any questions you may have.