Academic Council

Welcome to SIM Tampa Bay Academic Council Shared Interest Group (SIG)

Mission:  To build and nurture mutually beneficial relationships between the technology and academic communities in the Tampa Bay area.

Purpose:  To foster a stronger relationship between academia and industry to assure a strong pipeline of highly trained individuals to fit the needs of local employers.

Meet the Chair - Natasha Veltri, PhD


We would like to introduce you to the SIM Tampa Bay Chair for the Academic Council.  Natasha Veltri is a professor of Information & Technology Management at The University of Tampa, where she also serves as the Associate Dean of the Sykes College of Business. Natasha has been teaching at UT since 2007. She received an MBA and a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of Central Florida. Passionate about IT education and outreach, Natasha has been involved in promoting interest in Information Technology among middle- and high-school girls in Tampa Bay and increasing the number of female students in UT’s technology-related classes and majors. LinkedIn profile

Steering Committee

Gert-Jan de Vreede, PhD 
Associate Dean for Research and Professional Programs
Muma College of Business, University of South Florida
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Bernie Farkas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Information Technology Management
University of Tampa
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Barry Hubbard, PhD
Dean Associate of Science Program
Hillsborough Community College
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Programs & Events

The Academic Council SIG will have various meetings including regular steering committee meetings, general meetings with targeted topics, and open social events through the year.  
  • SIG Steering Committee meetings
  • SIG General meetings
  • SIG Sponsored meetings
  • National SIG meetings

If you are interested in learning more about the SIM Tampa Bay Academic Council, please feel free to reach out to Natasha at

Join SIM Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay’s IT community represents over 50,000 IT professionals and according to CBRE is the second fastest growing market in the United States. Being a part of SIM Tampa Bay, we not only offer the networking and personal, up-close time with other local IT leaders and practitioners, but also access to significant leadership development opportunities for both leaders and their staffs.

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If you would like more information about membership in the Tampa Bay Chapter, please contact us at  If you would like more information about our upcoming events, please contact us at  Any other inquiries, please contact us at