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 2020

(check back soon...more judges to be announced)

Ben Bakelaar

Founder and Lead Designer

Ben is the founder of Human Experience Systems, LLC, consulting with small businesses, startups, and academia on user experience, product design, and digital libraries. He is working on his own mental health startup with the goal of improving the therapist-patient connection. Ben is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University teaching design, innovation, and human-computer interaction.

George Boyajian


A highly motivated, innovative, and technically sophisticated executive with more than 20 years of leadership experience in product development, market penetration, new business development, and strategic planning. Expertise encompasses capital raising, sales generation, PR support, and disruptive technology commercialization within startup organizations. Visionary, strategic, and entrepreneurial leader with an innate ability to raise money, build companies, and exit successfully utilizing broad scientific and business knowledge. Demonstrated success in identifying innovative technologies and establishing/introducing products and services to the marketplace.

Marcus Crews

Graduate Fellow

Marcus Crews is a doctoral candidate and Presidential Graduate Fellow in the Organization Management program at Rutgers Business School. Prior to pursuing doctoral study, Marcus worked in the new ventures and entrepreneurship group of Rutgers technology transfer office as Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship and Venture Support Programs. In addition, Marcus has been involved with several startups as a founder, co-founder, or as an early employee. He has earned the Richard Branson Entrepreneur award from the Rutgers MBA program and was a winner of the Campus CEO Challenge statewide business plan competition. He has also earned several certificates in various areas of entrepreneurial management from the New Jersey Small Business Development Center and the National Council of Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer.

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.

Loretta Harris

Independent Consultant

Loretta Harris, an independent IT Consultant, has over 30 years of experience in Information Technology. Her expertise includes network and systems administration, cybersecurity, and IT management. Her clients range from non-profits to investment management firms. Most of her IT career was spent at Carnegie Corporation of New York holding positions from Programmer to Director of Information Technology. She also served on the board of the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), a 1200 member non-profit organization that promotes the power of technology to advance the goals of the philanthropic sector. Loretta holds a B.S. in Information Systems Management from New York University. In addition, she holds two cybersecurity certifications – GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) and GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE).

Phillip Kennard

Chief Executive Officer

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Terry Luciani

Vice President, Innovation

Since 2011, Terry has been working to establish a culture of innovation at MetLife. This includes developing the process and tools for social, facilitated and co-innovation. Lately, Terry has focused on the sourcing of external capabilities through relationships with 16 leading venture capital companies and their portfolio companies. Before joining MetLife in 2001, Terry was an Assistant Treasurer at the Bank of New York. Terry holds a BA in Political Science and MS in Computer Information Systems from American University, in Washington, DC.

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 large Azure footprint in three countries. Jeff led the effort to move workloads from traditional data centers to Cloud-based operational models 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.

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.