Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | May 31, 2024
Ravi Pendse
Ravi Pendse, vice president for IT and chief information officer (Joel Iverson, ITS Communications)

Greetings everyone,

I hope you are having a wonderful start to the spring-summer term of 2024. I am looking forward to getting a little downtime and finding more opportunities to connect with our colleagues in Michigan IT.

There are a lot of exciting developments on the horizon. First, I want to remind everyone to keep an eye on the AI training workshops that Teaching & Learning has been hosting. There are some great new classes available, ranging from “Leveraging Generative AI to Create Imagery” to “Master the Art of Prompting with U-M GPT.” If you have not already browsed the upcoming schedule, you definitely should.

Next, PBS Detroit recently aired a segment all about our groundbreaking GenAI program, which included interviews with myself and David Jurgens from the School of Information. It is wonderful to see our GenAI efforts highlighted in such a positive way.

You probably also saw the announcement about U-M receiving a $15 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. This is an exciting addition to our university’s existing work with the U.S. national laboratories. Our community will be playing an important role in this grant and will continue our laser focus in supporting research at U-M. 

I am pleased to share that the ITS Teaching & Learning 2024 Summit will be taking place on August 14 and 15 from 12-4:30 pm. This event will include sessions on our Generative AI tools and applications, Canvas External Tools, MiVideo, and more. You can learn more about the summit’s programming here.

On a final note, I want to remind everyone that June marks the beginning of Pride Month. Each one of us deserves to be respected, valued, and accepted for who we are. I encourage you to reflect on the importance of celebrating and embracing our differences as part of the Michigan IT community.

Thank you for everything that you do for our university. I am honored to be part of such an extraordinary team.

With gratitude,


Ravi Pendse PhD
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan