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Computer Project Advisory Committee

Jim Sterken, the Advisory Committee Chair, has been an entrepreneur and software development executive for the past 25 years.  He was co-founder and CEO of Arbortext, a publishing software company, then Vice President of product development for PTC, a global enterprise software company.  He is an information technology expert and this year led the configuration and installation of a new computer system at a medical clinic in rural Honduras.  Jim earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.  He will participate in the September 2010 KUEF service trip to Meru. 

Marianne Clauw spent twenty years as a management consultant directing large business re-engineering and computer systems projects for US government agencies and Fortune 100 companies, prior to transitioning to the nonprofit sector. She is currently the Executive Director of KUEF.  Marianne earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan and will return to Kenya for the second time in the KUEF Service Trip in September 2010.

Jim Jeffries is currently the Manager of IT/Facilities at Accuri Cytometers and has IT experience which includes system administration, customer support, and managing IT support teams and departments.  He was also the Manager of IT for the Physics Department at the University of Michigan and was involved in college IT and network support for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.  Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Davidson College and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from Wayne State University. 

Gary McClusky spent twenty years in drug discovery and research management in the pharmaceutical industry, and was very involved in analytical technology and information systems.  His prior experience included three years in chemical carcinogenesis research and also development of analytical methodology.  He is currently the Treasurer of the Kenyan Urithi Education Fund, and has been intensively involved in funding the construction of school buildings and developing education programs in Meru, Kenya over the last 7 years.  Gary has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Michigan. He will return to Kenya for the eighth time in February 2011 and has led seven previous service trips to the Meru area.

Larry Simmering has a BSEE and MSEE from Penn State University and an MBA from University of Michigan and spent 39 years in the development and management of advanced technology at IBM, RCA, Threshold Technology, and Ford Motor Company. Larry is retired from Ford Motor Company where he held the position of Chief Engineer Energy, Electronic, and E/M Systems.   He is currently on the Board of Directors of three non-profit corporations, including KUEF.  Larry has been to Kenya twice, both times teaching in the auto mechanics class at Kithoka Polytechnic, a school adjacent to BLISS in Meru, Kenya.