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.

Steve Garwood

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.