Congratulations Sautter Award Winners!

August 11, 2021


A huge shout out and kudos to members of our One IT family who are recipients of this year’s Sautter Award! They are part of the 10 teams from across the University of California who won awards for technology innovations. The awards, presented yesterday at the annual UC Tech Conference, are for the following projects:

UC Berkeley Building Density Dashboard 

The building density dashboard is a web application to streamline the campus space planning process during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Specifically, it allows space planners, building managers, and campus-safety officials to monitor usage and calculate available physical on-campus space for research, learning, and other activities. Watch the video about the dashboard.

  • Lead: Pierre Chew, Associate CIO and Director of Data and Performance at Berkeley Haas 

  • Project team: Dave Browne, Director of IST-Infrastructure Services and Telecommunications; Courtney Chandler, Senior Assistant Dean and Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, Berkeley Haas; Jody Couch, Executive Director of Enterprise Applications; Isaac Orr, Manager of Network Operations and Services, IST-Infrastructure Services and Telecommunications; Vina Ryan, Business Analyst, Berkeley Haas; Jenn Stringer, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer; Gary Thomas, Wireless Network Engineer, IST-Infrastructure Services and Telecommunications

UCPath Reporting Instance Data Extraction Framework 

A collaboration between UC Berkeley, UCOP, and UC San Diego this project pulls data from the AWS-based Reporting Instance for UCPath — UC’s systemwide payroll and HR system — and sends the data to UC campuses, where staff can import them into a local database for campus reporting.

  • Lead: Quin Bligh, Database Solutions Architect, IST-Enterprise Data & Analytics (UCB)

  • Project team: Carolin Mathew (UCOP), Gregory Boyer (UCOP), Vivek Vennam (UCOP), Joe Lavu (UCOP), Rajani Prakash (UCOP), Jay McGehee (UCOP); Victor Kalchev (UCSD)

Pushing Boundaries, Uniting Campus: Secure Research Data + Compute 

A service that provides secure computing and storage platforms, expert consultants, a community of practice and the combined talents of a deeply collaborative partnership of campus units to researchers working with highly sensitive (P4 and HIPAA) data.

  • Leads: Shawna Dark, Chief Academic Technology Officer & Executive Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL); Ken Lutz, Director of Research IT

  • Project Team: Chris Hoffman, Associate Director, Research IT/RTL; Jason Christopher, Research Computing Architect, Research IT/RTL; Heather AmatoPublic Health Admin; James Duncan, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, Biostatistics; Setareh SarrafanProject Manager, Research IT/RTL; Ronald Sprouse, Programmer/Analyst IV, Linguistics; Mark YasharCITRIS; Karen Fernsler, John White, George Robb, Gary Jung from Lawrence Berkeley National Lab; Blaine Isbell, Systems Administrator V, IST; Gwen Davies, Systems Administrator, IST; Joe Silva, Sr. Storage/Systems Administrator, IST; Joleen Locanas, Business Analyst, IST

The annual Sautter Awards, which are sponsored by the UC Information Technology Leadership Council, recognize collaborative innovations in IT that advance the university’s missions of teaching, research, public service and patient care, or that improve the effectiveness of university processes. The awards encourage collaboration and solution-sharing across the UC system. To be eligible, projects must be active and operational at a campus.

See all 2021 award recipients and other honorable mentions

Please join me in congratulating our Sautter award winners for their fantastic work!

Warm regards,


Jenn Stringer, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer