The BAITLC Mobile Standing Committee will initiate discussions to help campus seek methods to implement and capitalize on mobile technology to improve delivery of services and the overall end user experience. Ideal outcomes include improving coordination of UT’s mobile app presence, lowering costs, increasing flexibility and availability, and expanding functionality. 


The committee’s work will include the discussion, research, and escalation of key topics. Charges include: 

  • Evaluate the landscape of existing mobile apps for UT 

  • Determine existing student (faculty, staff, and visitor) needs and desires related to mobile tools 

  • Explore opportunities to consolidate UT’s mobile app ecosystem (including enhancements and integration with MyUT) 

  • Determine a path forward for mobile app development at UT (both iOS and Android) 

  • Establishing full-time staff positions for mobile app developers 

  • Contracting with outside companies 

  • Opportunities for staff development (i.e., mobile app development) 

  • Explore development of platforms that adequately separate front end from backend and allows CSUs to rapidly add content to mobile tools. 

  • Explore App Ecosystem 

  • Campus-wide platform for payments via mobile devices 

  • Layered interactive campus map 

  • QR codes for check-ins 

  • Biometrics feasibility 

  • Facility access 

  • Consider and support solutions for campus community without access to modern mobile devices 

  • Advance the “Mobile Credential” concept (smartphones as supplemental physical UTID card for identification, physical access and mobile payments)                                                                           

Committee Deliverables 

As a standing Committee, the group will meet regularly and communicate proposed solutions and direction regarding UT’s mobile presence, functionality and guidelines for UT’s mobile apps. 

Out of Scope  

Some apps have features that are used on mobile devices but outside of the committee’s scope. 

  • Responsive design as part of browser-based apps 

  • Mobile components of vendor products that complement a primary business application 

  • Apps that are modern and often used on mobile devices but that are not explicitly related to mobile development, e.g. chatbots. 

The committee does not intend to consult with UT partners on mobile app development nor does it want to require approval of those apps by the committee. 


Committee Officer

Steve Preiss                   
 Senior IT Manager                                           
 Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs      
Derek Knight  Senior IT Manager  Division of Recreational Sports




Committee Members

 Alex Cruz                      
 Director of IT  
 Intercollegiate Athletics   
 Principal Software Developer/Analyst               
 Academic Information Systems                            
 Sam Heimbach  Assistant Director  University Marketing and  Communications
 Program Director
 Technology Resources
 Brian Kaleh  Assistant Director  Enrollment Management & Student Success
 Associate Director of IT
 University Housing & Dining