About Us

jim roberts head shotJim Roberts

Director of Student Affairs IT
Phone: 847-467-2842
Email: james-roberts@northwestern.edu

Jim has been with Student Affairs at Northwestern University since 2008 when he joined the division to create a new IT department.  His previous experience includes engagements in higher education and the private sector. He holds a BA from The College of William and Mary and a JD from Loyola University Chicago.  He is a member of the Illinois Bar and has a keen interest in the intersection of law, technology, higher education, and intellectual property.

mary carp head shotMary Carp

IT Consultant

Mary graduated from Northwestern in 2011 with a BA in Classics. Computers, especially hardware, have been a hobby of hers since high school, and she joined the SAIT team as a workstudy student her junior year. She became a full time staff member in 2011. She is continuously learning from fellow SAIT staff, and is currently studying for a certification in networking.

david gundrum head shotDavid Gundrum

Systems Engineer/Administrator

BS Computer Engineering 2010, Northwestern University

David joined Student Affairs part-time in June 2009 while pursuing his undergrad degree at Northwestern. After achieving his BS in Computer Engineering in 2010, he joined SAIT full-time as a User Support Specialist. In September 2012 David took up the reins as manager for User Services & Support, his current role. He loves the world of IT for the challenge of constantly encountering new types of problems to tackle and the opportunities to develop strong professional relationships with a large number of staff. Outside of the workplace, David is a collector of eclectic music, as well as an avid guitarist and is working (albeit slowly) toward producing an album with his guitar work.

Saad Haqqi

saad haqqi headshotInformation Technology Consultant
Email: saad.haqqi@northwestern.edu

With the idea of becoming a lawyer when he was younger, Saad realized law school was not for him once he completed his BA in Political Science from Cleveland State University in 2010. Instead Saad decided to pursue his passion for IT and has never looked back. He has worked as the Lead Support Analyst at a major commercial real estate company, DDR Corp in Cleveland and then as a Desktop Engineer at an IT managed services firm, Digerati Group in Chicago. Saad joined the SAIT staff in the Fall of 2013 and is excited to be here at Northwestern. He is passionate about sports especially the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Francisco 49ers, and Ohio State Buckeyes (now he has love for the Purple as well).

Hao Luohao luo head shot

Web Applications/Software Developer
Email: hao@northwestern.edu

Hao attended Vanderbilt University in Electrical Engineering with dreams of developing a WallE-like robot.  However, soon he realized that, currently, robots aren't really smart, and that robots in the future will most likely utilize the internet as their brain power.  So he started devoting his time to web development, and started learning about various web technologies.  The more he delved in the world of web development, the more he loved the freedom to create in a seemingly infinite space.  He started doing some freelance work and created websites.  Right now, his work consists of developing in PHP, Javascript, HTML/CSS, MySQL. When he's not glued to his computer, he usually goes outside and takes pictures, or goes swimming.

nina modi head shotNina Modi

Systems Manager
Email: n-modi@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847.467.2423

  • B.Sc.(Hons)Mathematics and Computing; University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK
  • London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts various examinations, London, UK
  • Project Management and Information Systems Advanced Project Management Certificate from Northwestern University
  • Business Analyst Certificate from Northwestern University
  • Business Administration Certificate from Northwestern University
  • Leadership Development Certificate from Northwestern University

Nina has over twenty years of experience in various information technology/systems environments.

chris robinson head shotChris Robinson

IT Consultant
Phone: 7-7248
Email: chris@northwestern.edu

  • A.A.S Computer & Information Systems, Oakton Community College
  • B.S Information Assurance & Security Engineering, DePaul University

luke ross head shotLuke Ross

Systems Engineer/Administrator

Luke Ross has been with Student Affairs IT for the past two and a half years. He focuses on infrastructure systems, databases, and management systems. Before Student Affairs IT, he worked for Housing and Food Service, where he focused on maintaining the systems used for housing assignments, meal plans, and point of sale. He graduated from Northwestern in 2002.

Harry Seong

harry seong headshotUser Support Specialist
Email: harry@northwestern.edu

Harry graduated from Northwestern in June of 2013 with a B.S. in Biology.  He joined the SAIT team as a workstudy student his junior year and has been a full time staff member since graduating.  His interests involve music, as he enjoys playing guitar and piano.  He also plays tennis periodically to get a healthy dose of exercise and enjoys looking for quirky things to do like looking for various potted plants to take care of.  Currently he is exploring the field of IT and looking to further his education within the field.

chris walker head shotChris Walker

Lead Web Applications/Software Developer

Chris specializes in modern web standards with a focus on responsive and accessible design.  He has authored and contributed to various open-source and public-domain initiatives.  He is interested in linguistics and ethnographic fieldwork, having spent several years in Central Asia absorbing whatever possible of local language and culture.  Chris is also an avid fan of music, ranging from bluegrass to opera.

Student Workers

Student workers are an important component to our SAIT team. They help us make sure the division is getting taken care of in a timely, efficient manner. Here are our workers for this academic year:

Alex Benfield


Brandon Joseph Staunton   


Brandon is a sophomore in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science double majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science. For fun, he likes to play with his dog, Loki.

Cameron Stephen LeCrone   

Cameron is a Jazz Studies/English Literature double major in the Class of 2014 Bienen School of Music. He enjoys playing music around Chicago for fun. 

Joseph Zhong-Hua Deng

Joe majors in Psychology, Class of 2014. His interests/hobbies are cooking, running and film-making.

Learning Outcomes

Students who are employed by Student Affairs Information Technology will [or will be able to] . . .

  • Analyze and solve problems through application of technical skills. (Cognitive and Practical Skills)
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility and effective collaboration in a team environment. (Personal Development)
  • Develop interpersonal skills, such as respectful and timely communication, applicable to future professional and personal relationships. (Interpersonal Skills)