Each semester judges from academic, entrepreneurship and IT-related organizations join us at ITI Showcase to provide our ITI 210 and Capstone students with their advice and feedback on their IT prototypes and designs.

Meet the Judges for Spring 2019  (check back soon - more judges to be added) 

Ben Bakelaar

Founder and Lead Designer

Ben Bakelaar has 9 years of academic experience in the field of information science, usability, and user experience, including a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers. Ben is the founder of Human Experience Systems, LLC and dSpace Design Bootcamp.  For the past several years, Ben has also been an adjunct professor at Rutgers University teaching web design, prototyping, and human-computer interaction.

Joshua Beggs

Senior Vice President- Global Infrastructure and Operations

Josh is an accomplished technology executive with 20 years of experience in financial, media, and education verticals. He has a distinguished record of global technology leadership with a focus on digital transformation, information security, and M&A activity. Currently, Josh is charged with the secure and stable delivery for all of McGraw-Hill Education’s digital learning products and back office systems. Prior to his current role, Josh held technology leadership positions with EMC and America Online.

Alfred E. Blake IV

Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Programs

Alfred is Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Rutgers Business School.  He is excited about anything that deals with entrepreneurship and innovation.  He is the author of The Students Handbook To Breaking All The Rules, a Huffington Post/Elite Daily Contributor and the founder of Rule Breaker University - a company focused on helping students to break rules to break records in life. Even with the aforementioned accomplishments, the one he is most proud of is being the father of Skylar Jaelle Blake.

Holly Cole

Senior User Research Analyst

I was born in Texas, dropped out of high school and was a neo-hippie for a good while, eventually went to the University of North Texas and got a degree in Sculpture. Worked in oil and gas and marketing for years. Got involved in the Applied Design Research graduate program at UNT and haven’t looked back. User research is the only thing that doesn’t get boring, that doesn’t get old. People are fascinating and I never get tired of watching and observing people interacting with each other. Right now, I work for a company called iCIMS, the second-largest applicant tracking system in the US and its growing so fast we can barely keep up with the number of research ideas – much less the amount of research data and insights we need to generate.


Lori Dars

Associate Director, Office of Economic Development

Lori Dars is the Director of the NSF-Funded Innovation Corps (I-Corps) site at Rutgers, which provides customer discovery training, mentoring and funding to teams (Students, Faculty/Staff or Alum) looking to commercialize their innovations. She supports numerous entrepreneurship programs throughout the university, working with students, faculty, staff, the local community and state organizations and is the Founder and Chair of the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Coalition. Lori is an active member of the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, a partnership of 16 higher education institutions to advance data-driven innovation and education in New Jersey

Mark DeGuzman

Research Project Coordinator - Physics Department Staff

Mark DeGuzman currently works as the Research Project Coordinator for Dr. Daniel Murnick's Research Labs and is one of the main researchers for the IntraCavity OptoGalvanic System (ICOGS) a highly sensitive laser-based system to measure isotopic Carbon-14 in microgram gas samples from Pharmaceutical or Environmental Monitoring industries. Mark is also deeply involved in the Rutgers entrepreneurial ecosystem and has participated in the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Program in Washington, DC as the Entrepreneurial Lead. In this role he was part of a team tasked with determining the feasibility of creating a startup company around the NSF-funded university technology developed from the ICOGS research project.

Nelson Fernandez

Global Project Executive

Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems and now IBM have employed Nelson L. Fernandez. During the 1980s and early 1990s Nelson was engaged in research in the fields of computer and network security (hacking), ECAD software and computer system administration. He worked in the Bell Labs’ UNIX Research lab with world-renowned computer scientists such as Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson. In the mid1990s Nelson focused his work on E-manufacturing and global business systems. With the 2001 “tech bust”, Nelson led a global team that within 22 months retired more than 1,400 servers globally and lowered the cost of Agere’s server services by 80%.

Jeanne Gray

Publisher - American Entrepreneurship Today

Winner of the 50 Best Women in Business in NJ - 2018 award, Jeanne Gray has spent most of her career as an entrepreneur, building three companies in three different industries.  Her current venture, as publisher of American Entrepreneurship Today (AET), draws upon what she learned to be a successful entrepreneur.   First started as a single site covering entrepreneurship in New Jersey, AET is now an umbrella national site for entrepreneurship to 50 micro state web sites that detail each state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The sites are intended to be a ready resource for entrepreneurs to find the right support and programs to grow their start-ups and high growth tech ventures.  She was honored by the US SBA upon the launch of the New Jersey, and recently attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley via press credential from the White House. 

Dean Guida

Chief Executive Officer and President

Dean Guida serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Infragistics, Inc. a Cranbury NJ based maker of User Experience / User Interface tools for software development such as Indigo Studio Design. A visionary leader with technical dexterity and entrepreneurial drive, Dean oversees all aspects of Infragistics’ business operations and corporate direction. Dean and his team cultivated the company from its roots as a small startup in 1989 into a multinational business with more than 350 employees in Bulgaria, Uruguay, India, the UK, and Japan. In 2013, Infragistics was named the number one component vendor by IT analyst firm, IDC. With over one million developers in the Infragistics community and over one million people using Infragistics enterprise mobility products the firm is recognized as the leader in the UI / UX component development market.

Ed Hand

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Ed leads Sales and Marketing at Nuvulo, a rapidly-growing SaaS which recently raised $10 million series A funding. Ed's experience in sales management, field marketing and product management has helped companies like Symantec, Quest Software and STEALTHbit Technologies experience significant revenue and valuation growth. Ed currently serves as a business mentor and strategic advisor for UC Clearly, an exciting cloud management startup cloud integration and solutions provider.

Jerome Katz


Jerome Katz is a leader in helping organizations to envision and implement systems to transform the customer experience. Jerome is a Partner at Appirio, A Wipro Company where he sells and delivers consulting projects using cloud software, such as Salesforce.com to improve student and faculty experience for higher education institutions and constituent experience for enterprise nonprofits. Prior to Appirio, Jerome served as Managing Director at Accenture where he focused on customer relationship management strategy, business process, and systems projects for Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies across the High Tech, Communications, Media, and Entertainment industries. Early in his career, Jerome founded a company focused on law firm technolog

Cobey Maynard

Business Operations Manager,

 Cobey joined the Marine Corps out of high school and served as a Marine Corps Court Reporter for four years, leading the MOS as the subject-matter expert for his last two years.  After graduating cum laude in Information Technology and Informatics, Cobey now works for Nuvolo as a Business Operations Manager, overseeing operational structure, efficiency, training, and data analytics for Nuvolo. Cobey is also a project manager for key internal software integrations focusing on automation and data analytics.  Cobey is also part of the Rutgers Business School Mentoring program where he finds giving back and mentoring student entrepreneurs is something he truly enjoys and is always excited to see what innovations the students are bringing to the table. 

Beth Ann Murphy

Translational Pharmacologist and Pharma Industry Scientific Strategist ▪ STEM Advocate

Beth Ann Murphy is a scientist with experience in the pharmaceutical and life sciences biotech sectors. Presently she is the Founder of BAM Consulting LLC, whose mission is to share industry know-how with scientist-entrepreneurs to advance their ideas from the lab to commercialized products. Prior to starting BAM Consulting LLC, Dr. Murphy held positions in a start-up company that spun out of an academic lab at Rutgers University, and most notably, 25 years as a research scientist at Merck & Co. She has extensive and holistic experiences in all aspects of drug discovery across multiple disease areas and has contributed to the success of innumerable drug discovery programs.


Chris Pallé

Director of User Experience

Currently, the director of user experience for Collective Chameleon, Chris Pallé has over 20 years of strategic, creative, and analytical User Experience (UX) Design leadership for institutions ranging from small startups and boutique shops to Fortune 500 companies such as Junior Achievement, IEEE, Merrill Lynch, TIAA-Cref, KPMG, Merck, Eli Lilly, CBS, The Economist among others. A recognized thought leader, Chris has lectured on UX best practices, Strategic Design, and Marketing to various audience levels for Parsons the New School, General Assembly, NYU, Rutgers, MediaBistro as well as numerous conferences and Meetups. Chris also serves on multiple advisory boards for Blockchain startups as well as the Web Design program for Freehold Regional High School District.

Jeffrey Pascal

Founder - Senior Consultant / Cyber Security and Technical Infrastructure

Jeff is a seasoned IT leader with deep experience in leading teams for strategic implementations in large, complex organizations.  At Access Data Management, he was responsible for the management of infrastructure for this $280 MM Records Management Company with 126 branch offices, including Central/South America, and the Caribbean. He managed a large team of people as well as a a large Azure footprint in three countries. Jeff led the effort to move workloads from traditional data centers to Cloud based operational model and data center/cloud design and management. Jeff is also skilled in implementing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans and materially assisting with SOC and other compliance audits. While at Access, he assisted the SVP of Information Security in managing the Security Posture of the Enterprise. Managed and created annual budgets.

Tim Rollender

Senior Venture Officer

Timothy Rollender is a Senior Venture Officer in the NJEDA’s Technology & Life Sciences division, responsible for marketing the Edison Innovation Fund and technology-led incentives to potential applicants, intermediaries and partnering organizations.

Previously, Tim was a Senior Analyst with asset management firm Hirtle, Callaghan & Co., where he led due diligence on alternative investment opportunities. He started his career as an Investment Analyst for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury and has extensive experience in private and public equity investing.   Tim earned an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Drew University in Madison.

Harsh Sharma

Director Sales and Business Development

Harsh runs the Business Development and Inside Sales at Nuvolo. As an experienced Business to Business technology sales professional, Harsh has worked for major Fortune 500 corporations such as Thomson Reuters and Salesforce as well as technology startups as ScrollMotion and Nuvolo. As one of the first members of Nuvolo’s sales team, he helped the company grow at a very rapid pace US. He is also instrumental in creating Nuvolo’s footprints in the European market.

Judith Sheft

Associate Vice President - New Jersey Innovation Institute

Judith A. Sheft is the Associate Vice President Technology and Enterprise Development at the New Jersey Innovation Institute at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is responsible for technology commercialization and strategic use and protection of university IP assets. In addition, Judith is managing the HealthIT Connections program assisting entrepreneurs accelerate their revenue and job growth through executive coaching and cluster development activities. She supports economic development and entrepreneurship having responsibilities for management of NJIT’s high technology /life sciences business acceleration/incubator, the Enterprise Development Center, and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.  Judith has a BS and MS in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an MBA in International Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

William (Bill) Stuckey

Managing Director

William (Bill) Stuckey has been in the Information Technology world for forty-four years.  He began his career with General Motors in 1969 as a Junior Programmer eventually leaving the company in1976 as the Director of Systems and Programming for the Frigidaire Division.  From there, Bill held IT orientated leadership positions for organizations such as Sunbeam Corporation and Pratt and Whitney. Bill joined AT&T in 1995 to help design the new systems and communications needed when AT&T broken into  AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and NCR Corporation.  Bill rose through the ranks to become the Chief Information Officer for Lucent where he was responsible for all Lucent’s business units as well as Bell Labs and Corporate Finance. Bill retired from Lucent in 2003 (click on name for more information)       

Teressa Clark

User Experience Architect

As a User Experience Architect for Colgate-Palmolive in Global Information Technology Teressa is responsible for improving the user experience of IT solutions provided to Colgate’s business functions Using best practices of user-centered design she has utilized user research techniques, user testing, and UI design principles to redefine an overall user experience for employee facing solutions. She graduated in 2017 with a double major in ITI and Design from Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. Also an incoming masters student in the MBS program concentrating in User Experience Design from Rutgers University.

John Toklu

Managing Director

John Toklu is an operations and technology leader with extensive experience in product innovation, project execution and global business development in positions as an executive leader, program manager, management consultant and principal technical expert. He has grown organizations and driven digital transformation in a variety of sectors including information technology, communications, healthcare, defense, finance, homeland security and energy through a unique combination of education in electrical and computer engineering fused with experience in Business Process Management (BPM), Business Intelligence (BI), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Enterprise Architecture Planning (EAP), change management and custom software development. He also served as an advisor to the president of Borsa Istanbul to form an enterprise architecture program.

Sree Vuthaluru

Systems Engineer

As a Systems Engineer for SAS Institute, Sree works with government organizations to leverage data and help them make data driven decisions to ultimately ensure a high quality of life for citizens. Sree graduated in 2016 with an ITI major and a CS minor from Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences and was a member of the Spring 2016 Capstone class where she was a member of the team that created SlingShot - a technology based teaching tool designed to inspire young women into careers in Information Technology.  Sree is pursuing her interests in Analytics, Data Management and Project Management and plans on obtaining a MBA as well as continuing to bring the SlingShot project to life.