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.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Director, IT Accessibility & Learning Technology
A loyal son of Rutgers, Charlie has been with the University for over 14 years, first as a student in the ITI program before serving as an instructional designer, project manager, instructor, and IT leader. His expertise lies in the fields of instructional design, learning technology, user experience, project management, and IT leadership. Charlie holds a Masters of Business and Science specializing in User experience. His current responsibilities include accessibility awareness and compliance for all enterprise academic, administrative technology, and digital content. He also participates in University-wide projects, including his current role serving as Project Director for the Learning Management System transition to Canvas.
Associate Director, Office of Economic Development
Lori Dars provides leadership and support for programs and resources that facilitate collaborations between the university, industry, and government and is an essential member of development team for Innovation Park at Rutgers, a planned research park to be located on Livingston Campus. She supports numerous entrepreneurship programs throughout the university, working with students, faculty, staff, the local community and regional and state stakeholders. Lori is currently the program director for the NSF-funded Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site at Rutgers, is the Vice President for Entrepreneurship for the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, and is the Founder and Chair of the Rutgers Entrepreneurship Coalition. Last fall, she led the Coalition in organizing the first student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Expo held on campus.
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.
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%.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Steve Garwood has worked for years in the field of instructional design and technology in higher education. He possesses a Doctorate in Education (EdD) specializing in the design of learning environments, a Masters in Communication and Information Studies (MCIS), and a Masters in Library Service (MLS). As the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for Thomas Edison State University, Steve is responsible for oversight and leadership regarding new degree programs and degree changes, including oversight for academic advising, academic integrity issues, and the University’s non-credit offerings. Steve also participates in strategic planning and budgeting and develops and/or manages the implementation of academic policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.