Sam Ellis (BSComS ’83) is Program Director for Hybrid Cloud Development at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, and a member of the IBM Faculty Academy. In prior roles within IBM, he was Software Program Manager for the development of the BlueGene supercomputer, and led Development and Research projects on Stream Computing, Hypervisor Technologies, Systems Performance, and Operating Systems. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University in 1983, and his MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, in 2010. Ellis also is the IBM Campus Relationship Manager for Iowa State University, focusing on recruiting and research collaborations. He is a member of the external advisory boards for the Software Engineering program at Iowa State, and the MBA program at Iowa State. Sam joined the ECpE External Advisory Board at Iowa State in 2010.