Rod van Buskirk, Ph.D., M.B.A.
What he does: Leads utilities in the development of strategies for IT-enabled business and operations performance improvements.
Resides: El Dorado Hills, CA
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
School: Stanford University, Stanford, CA; University of California, Irvine; University of Phoenix
Career Highlights: Has led dozens of strategic planning engagements with water, wastewater, and electric utilities – including IT-business alignment, CIO advisory, IT strategic planning, IT research and evaluation, and IT systems selection. Facilitator of Water/Wastewater Utility CIO Forum and California-based Utility Technology Leaders Association (UTLA). Previously, served as IT Director and technology advisor with several IT systems vendors. Information Management faculty and Business School faculties for the University of California - Irvine, the University of California - Berkeley, Stanford University, the University of Phoenix, and the University of San Francisco.
Memberships: American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Research Foundation (WRF), Water Environment Federation (WEF), American Public Power Association (APPA), Water/Wastewater CIO Forum, Utility Technology Leaders Association (California), Association Business Process Management Professionals, Business Process Management Institute, IT Governance Institute, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Workflow and Re-engineering International Association (WARIA), The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI), The Open Group Architectural Forum (TOGAF).
Passion in life: Improving efficiency of public utilities by applying sound technical strategies. Researching better ways to apply information management and technology to support business decision making. Watching the Tour de France. Watching college football. Sacramento Kings fan (returning). New York Yankees fan (long-time).
Recommended Books: The Real Business of IT: How CIOs Create and Communicate Value, Richard Hunter and George Westerman; World Class IT: Why Businesses Succeed When IT Triumphs, Peter A. High; Enterprise Architecture As Strategy: Creating A Foundation for Business Execution, Jeanne W. Ross, Peter Weill, David C. Robertson.
Recommended Movies: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; Smiley’s People; Rubicon (TV series); The West Wing – Seasons 1 & 2 (TV Series).
Musical Genres: Rock Ballads