The MSIS Student Leadership Council

The purpose of the MSIS Student Leadership Council is to help foster relationships among students in the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program, as well as with alumni and world-renowned industry professionals. The Student Leadership Council provides terrific opportunities to network, attend cutting-edge industry discussions, and immerse yourself in the information systems field.

Mission Statement

The MSIS Student and Alumni Leadership Council serves to build a community to help students and alumni stay connected through knowledge sharing and providing professional enhancement.

Vision Statement

Graduate students and alumni associate of the MSIS program will create a family and network that will contribute to the growth and success of Northwestern’s MSIS community.

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2022–2023 MSIS Student Leadership Council Members


Carolina Arias

David SchatzCarolina is an IT Senior Business Leader with 10 years of experience currently pursuing a Master's degree in Information Systems. She helps lead data related projects focusing on IT strategies and technology implementations. She is also an advocate for Latinx and she is implementing the Latinx ERG (Employee Resource Group) at her current job. In her spare time she likes to travel, cook, paint, explore new restaurants, spend time family and give back to her community.



Swetha Popuri

Swetha PopuriSwetha graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Information Systems with a specialization in Data Science. While working in the Data Analytics field, her passion has been focused on AI in healthcare and Data Science as a whole. In her free time, Swetha enjoys working out, learning new skills, dancing, trying out dessert shops, and reading.






Mathew Pinckney

Mathew PinckneyMathew is a Security Account Director at IBM and US Navy Veteran with 11 years’ experience in Cybersecurity. His current focus at IBM is working with critical infrastructure organizations in the energy and utility industry. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Economics and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems with a specialization in Cybersecurity. In his spare time, Mathew enjoys spending time with his growing family, golfing, and mentoring veterans.



Nicolas J Schultz

Nicolas SchultzNicolas Justin Schultz has completed comprehensive educational programs in the science, technology, and business domains. His primary pursuit of knowledge appertains to enterprise vision and strategy development. He has expertise in predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, and hybrid team leadership. Nicolas thrives on exploring nature, stargazing, physics theories, the future, photography, music, pickleball, and swimming.





Otto Charity

Otto CharityOtto is currently a Data Analyst at Randstad, a HR Staffing Firm that works closely with Fortune 500 companies. He graduated from Marquette University with a dual degree in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. Immediately afterward he enrolled in Northwestern’s MSIS program due to his passion for technology. He lives in Orange County, California, and spends his free time playing tennis, boat riding, cooking, and indulging in unique cuisines.




Richard Pearl

Richard PearlRichard has been enrolled in the MSIS program since early 2021. He is a graduate from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he double-majored in Marketing and Professional Sales. Since then, he has worked in software sales in the Austin, Texas area - first at Oracle Corporation, and later as Account Manager at Epicor Software. He is excited to combine his sales and marketing experience with his education in Information Systems to provide value to the communities and people in his life.




Tony Trim

Tony TrimTony Trim is a Digital Strategist and IIoT Solution Architect with significant experience that spans over 15 years, including but not limited to having an extensive background in the Oil and Gas Industry, underlined by technical expertise in industrial automation, data mining, and Edge IoT ecosystems with an insatiable growth mindset.

Tony is the Solution Architect for Oil and Gas with Industry 4.0 Initiatives. In this role, Tony is the subject matter expert for Eaton’s Brightlayer Industrial Suite products for oil and gas customers.

Tony joined Eaton a little over a year ago but has 16 years of oil and gas experience. Prior to being a Solution Architect at Eaton, Tony served as a journeyman electrician, subsea control system engineer, drilling control system engineer, and most recently a lead data engineer where he was instrumental in capturing and analyzing oil rig data on a custom-built cloud-based dashboard.

Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, an Executive MBA from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, and a Master’s in Information Systems with a specialization in Data Science from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


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