Bill Ayen, Ph.D.

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Bill Ayen, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor Emeritus of Information Systems
UCCS College of Business


Dr. Bill Ayen is a retired Senior Instructor of Information Systems in the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  He has over 40 years of higher education teaching and administrative experience and over 45 years as a professional in the information technology field.  Included is extensive experience in developing and delivering corporate education programs, in project management, and in education, industry, and government leadership roles.  Common themes in all his work is that he is innovative, is focused on the needs of his students and clients, and has the ability to work across disciplinary boundaries.

During his career he has developed and taught undergraduate, graduate, and corporate training programs for clients as diverse as U.S. Northern Command, Federal Express, and Lockheed Martin Corporation.  At UCCS he teaches courses in cybersecurity, information systems analysis and design, and Microsoft Office.  He has also conducted seminars for both UCCS staffs and community members in a range of information systems topics.  Earlier at UCCS he established research programs and taught courses in cybersecurity, homeland security, and space studies.  Each of these programs were uniquely developed to meet the specific needs of target students.

Bill is also an active volunteer in the community currently serving on Boards at Ent  Credit Union and Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains.  Previously he also served on the Board of Directors at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the American Heart Association.  He has received extensive training in many board-related areas such as board governance, financial management, cybersecurity operations, and blockchain.

Bill holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from The Ohio State University.  Prior to UCCS, he retired in the rank of Colonel from the U.S. Air Force where his last assignments were at the U.S. Air Force Academy, he served as Dean, Vice President, and Chancellor Colorado Technical University, and he was Regional Vice President at a national company developing, installing, and maintaining large information systems.