Max J. Tsai

Innovating Tomorrow's Technology, Leading Today's Change | Building AI and Cybersecurity Workforce Development

I am a seasoned IT leader with a demonstrated history of leading cross-functional teams, aligning technology with business goals, and delivering innovative solutions that drive operational efficiency. Recognized as the Distinguished Innovator by Cal State ITS and one of ten Education Champions nationwide by Amazon Web Services, I am passionate about leveraging the power of technology to transform organizations and enhance productivity.

Throughout my career, I have successfully developed and executed IT strategies that incorporate the latest and most practical technologies to improve processes and maximize return on investment in customer-service-oriented, fast-paced environments. My extensive experience in executing large-scale IT projects, combined with strong executive support and strategic campus and industrial partnerships, has enabled me to seamlessly integrate digital technology into various aspects of university operations and student life.

In my most recent role as the Innovation Officer and Director of Planning and Digital Transformation at Fresno State, I led a team of IT professionals, managing all aspects of IT operations including Campus Applications and Data Integrations, Digital User Experience and Accessibility, and Digital Transformation initiatives. My commitment to fostering an inclusive and equitable environment is evident in my leadership of the Leadership, Innovation, Technology experience internship program and Program C.I.T.Y., which provide diverse and inclusive platforms for students, especially underserved students, to explore digital technologies through hands-on activities.

Professional Experience

Director of Planning and Digital Transformation and Innovation Officer, Technology Services
California State University, Fresno  |  Aug 2022 – Current

Part-time Faculty, Computer Science
California State University, Fresno  |  Fall 2022 - Current

STEM Curriculum Designer/Instructor, Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
California State University, Fresno  |  Oct 2021 – May 2022 

Digital Transformation and Innovation Officer and Coordinator of Technology Experiences and Internships |  Feb 2021 – July 2022
Innovation Architect and Coordinator of Digital Transformation |  Jan 2019 – Jan 2021
Innovation Architect |  Sept 2016 – Dec 2018
California State University, Fresno 

Information Architect and Development Lead
California State University, Fresno  |  July 2006 – Aug 2016

Senior Systems and Network Analyst (Expert), Jan 1999 - Jan 2003
Systems and Network Analyst (Career), Jan 1997– Dec 1998
California State University, Fresno 

Development Lead/Integration Specialist, Title V / Digital Campus
California State University, Fresno  |  Feb 2003 – Jun 2006

Grants and Awards

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