Judges

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 Fall 2019  (check back soon - more judges to be added) 

Liz Angelucci Beggs

Head of Brand & Communications

Liz Angelucci Beggs is an experienced business partner and storyteller with over 15 years of cross-functional experience delivering corporate communications, brand amplification, and talent acquisition programs within entrepreneurial, B2B technology companies. In 2018, she received the NJBiz Best 50 Women in Business award #Best50WomenNJ. Later that year, Beggs earned her #SHRM-SCP certification. Today, she is heading up Brand and Communications at Internet Creations, a Salesforce AppExchange and Consulting partner, based in Hamilton, NJ. Liz is passionate about building the company narrative and telling the stories of people who make IC extraordinary. 

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.

George Boyajian

CEO

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.

Victoria Cilurzo

Research Analyst

Victoria is a recent graduate of the ITI/MI Dual Degree program concentrating in Interface Design and Informatics. Originally from CT, she currently works as a Research Analyst at iCIMS, a recruiting and applicant tracking software company located in NJ. As a student at Rutgers, Victoria gained a wide range of experience in Human Computer Interaction and Psychology research labs as well as positions such as Psychology Peer Mentor and Graduate School of Education Marketing Intern. She continues to strive to gain breadth and depth of knowledge by studying topics such as machine learning and database architecture, and meeting new people!

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. 

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.

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.