Robert Villegas, seated at the far left with the panel.
Robert Villegas took home a diploma along with his fellow Gabelli School of Business graduates on Saturday, May 19.
But Villegas, who majored in management of information and communications systems (MICS), was already well on his way to a promising career, as evidenced by his inclusion in an April 30 panel discussion, “Welcoming the Next IT Generation,” at the CIO Executive Council, held at San Marco Island, Florida.
Villegas was the only college student to participate in the panel, which featured six standout entry-level rising stars in information technology, aged 18-25, and was designed to educate chief information officers on how to increase student interest and attract top talent to the IT industry.
He was nominated to be on the panel by Frank J. Sirianni, Ph.D., vice president and CIO at Fordham. A Davie, Florida native, he interned with Fordham IT’s Business Intelligence team, the Investment Bank Technology Audit department at JP Morgan Chase, and as an IT desktop analyst with the Crohns & Colitis Foundation.