Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason is dean of the School of Information, Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science at U-M, and a professor in the School of Information, the School of Public Policy, and the Department of Economics. He is well known for his pioneering research on the economics of the Internet, including his projects on spam reduction, peer-to-peer resource sharing, and incentives to increase information security. He has taught courses on incentive-centered design for information systems, the economics of information, information policy, human choice and learning, and antitrust.
MacKie-Mason earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental policy from Dartmouth College, his master’s degree in public policy from U-M, and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in 1990-91 and a University Partnership Fellow with IBM in 1998-2001. MacKie-Mason was the founding director of the Program for Research on the Information Economy at U-M. He also founded and is the past director of the Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions doctoral fellowship program.
Thomas Finholt is a professor at the School of Information and the senior associate dean for academic affairs. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of UMSI's academic and faculty program initiatives.
Finholt's research focuses on the design, deployment, and use of cyberinfrastructure in science and engineering. His recent work has focused on the development of NEESgrid, the collaboratory component of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation. In addition, Finholt is the co-founder of the Collaboratory for Research on Electronic Work and the Center for Information Technology Integration. He was also a co-developer of the world's first operational collaboratory, the Upper Atmospheric Research Collaboratory, which was a finalist in the science category for the 1998 Smithsonian/Computerworld awards. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in social and decision science at Carnegie Mellon University.
Douglas E. Van Houweling is a professor at the School of Information and the associate dean for research and innovation. He is responsible for overseeing all research and grant activities at SI. He previously served as the vice provost for information and technology at U-M, where he was responsible for the University's strategic direction in the information technology arena.
Van Houweling has been president and CEO of Internet2, a consortium of universities, government, and industry developing ultra-high-speed computer networking. In addition, he played a major role in Internet development in the United States, including chair positions on the boards of MERIT, Inc., the Advanced Network and Services Corporation, and EDUCOM. Before coming to U-M, he served as vice provost for computing and planning at Carnegie-Mellon and as director of academic computing at Cornell. Van Houweling earned his bachelor’s of science degree at Iowa State University and a PhD in government at Indiana University.
Judy Lawson oversees all operational aspects of the school for students and curriculum. Previous to this appointment, she was the director of the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at UMSI.
She began her career at the University of Michigan Career Center, where she served as assistant director of internship services and senior assistant director of recruitment services. She is the 2008 recipient of the university's Outstanding Leadership Award. She is co-author of The New Information Professional: You Guide to Careers in the Digital Age, published by Neal-Schuman. She holds an MA in higher education and student affairs and a BA in psychology from The Ohio State University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of higher education at the University of Michigan.
Jo Ann Preissner is responsible for the daily administrative operation of the School of Information, and oversees Human Resources, Budget and Financial Administration, Facilities and Business Affairs, and Marketing and Communications.
She holds a BS from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Prior to joining the School of Information in 2008 as Director of Budget and Financial Administration, she was Director of Finance for Pfizer Global R&D. She serves on the board of The Women's Center of Southeast Michigan.