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.
Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University
Rick Anderson is the Co-Director of the Makerspace, the Director of Virtual Worlds for Rutgers University, and a trustee at the Fair Use Building and Research Labs (FUBAR). As the Co-Director of the Makerspace, Rick assists students with projects that involve Arduino, Raspberry Pis', or Programming. He also works closely with the DoCS department in order to set up programs and workshops with various middle schools and high schools in the New Brunswick area. FUBAR is a community Makerspace for the residents of New Brunswick. There Rick provides workshops for soldering, electronics, and 3D Printing for the New Jersey Community. As Director of Virtual Worlds, he has created World Manager for LMS compatible game technology and web-accessible learning scenarios.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Director, Digital Experience Design
Vicente is a leader in digital design at J& J Design and has extensive knowledge of user experience and interaction design, strategy and innovation in online and mobile applications. Whether designing microsites for marketing campaigns, pioneering online capabilities for patients or envisioning the next-generation predictive systems for clients, Vicente's approach is a creative process that understands business goals, audience needs, and the potential of technology to design and build impactful products and experiences. The ultimate outcome is more effective target audience engagement, increased brand loyalty and improved business results.
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!
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.
Director of Behavior Science
Heather is a Behavioral Epidemiologist with training in Biomedical Informatics. Heather has over 10 years of work experience and academic research training in disease prevention and management, specializing in the use of consumer-centered technology to leverage behavior change and improve health outcomes. Heather has been recognized as a leader in the field of mobile health (mHealth) research and evaluation. Her research and consulting experiences span various settings, both domestic and international and she has applied experience in the areas of maternal and child health, HIV and STI prevention, adolescent sexual health, and diabetes, with a particular focus on global settings and underserved populations in the United State
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.
Associate professor of Game Development
William Crosbie has a long history of merging art and technology. He began his career as a graphics programmer for Argonne National Laboratory developing visualizations of large data sets. Since 2011 he has worked to raise awareness of technical art in academia, first as co-chair of the IGDA Education SIG and later as the technical artist community’s adopted academic. He has produced a series of video interviews with technical artists from the industry and students frustrated by programming OR art in academia when they would rather explore programming AND art.
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%.
Michael Gradin, or Maka, is the Assistant Director of Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) at Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, a founding member of two game design studios, Cooperative Shenanigans and Quixotic Games. He has also been an adjunct professor of Game Design and an IT professional for more than 20 years, including running Rutgers' Sakai Help Desk for 5 years. Maka helps GRID work with faculty and staff to create immersive experiences to improve student's educational outcomes by combining his experience on over 20 published board games, years of IT support, and his teaching knowledge. At Cooperative Shenanigans, Maka works to create new ways for humans to work and play together!
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.
Jerry Ridder is a graduate of Rutgers College of Engineering (’77) and has more than 40 years of experience in industrial design and construction covering diverse industries from Pharmaceuticals to nuclear power plants. He has held a variety of leadership positions in engineering, including an emphasis on Information Technology, and management guiding teams to successful project conclusions. Jerry has formed and assisted numerous start-up companies during his career and enjoys the pursuit of the intrapreneurial spirit. His current interest is focused on IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) where he leverages his expertise in IT and industrial systems to improve processes.
Senior Director - Healthcare Solutions
Somi Kim is Senior Director, Healthcare Solutions at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Design, where she champions human-centered design solutions with real-world impact. She is responsible for building the design practice in support of J&J’s healthcare initiatives across Pharmaceuticals, Global Public Health, and Medical Devices. Her passion for cultural context, brand experience, and human behavior fuels her desire to integrate design into larger conversations about business and society. To further these goals she is proud to be a member of the J&J Design Leadership Team and to co-lead J&J’s WiSTEM2D (Women in STEM + Manufacturing and Design) Youth Programs.
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.
Manager, Global Community Impact (Employee Engagement)
Saadia Malik is a Manager in the office of Global Community Impact at Johnson & Johnson. She manages the Corporation’s efforts to engage and empower employees in social impact including skill-based volunteering programs and mentoring initiatives. Saadia has been an employee of Johnson & Johnson for 15 years. She began her career at J&J as a Finance Co-Op and returned as an IT Co-Op while working on her graduate degree. Saadia advanced through a series of Procurement positions within Corporate and the Pharmaceutical Sector managing complex, cross-enterprise projects partnering with key stakeholders both internally and externally. Her passion has always been to connect people, which lends well to her current role.
After graduating from Rutgers with a Bachelor's in Information Technology, Brenden was hired at SHI International. While working he began the final stretch of his Master's Degree in Information Science. His role at SHI involves sales of IT solutions to Local Governments in New York. With the foundational knowledge of classes like Capstone in ITI and Project Management, his transition into technology sales was fluid. Brenden has now sold over $1 million in Revenue and worked with partners such as Dell, HP, Cisco, and Oracle. He continues hits work with Rutgers as a Teaching Assistant and Grader.
Director of User Experience
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.
Assistant Director of GS-LSAMP
Cris San Miguel is the Assistant Director of the Garden State-LSAMP, an NSF-funded program designed to increase the participation and success in STEM of students historically underrepresented in these fields. The alliance includes seven New Jersey Universities (Fairleigh Dickinson, Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and William Paterson) and Essex County College. Cris holds a BA in Art History from Princeton and an MS and Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from Rutgers-New Brunswick. Cris has taught both General Biology and Microbiology at Essex County College.
Joe is a partner with Middlebrooks Shapiro, P.C. in Springfield, NJ where he concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate and individual reorganization, liquidation, bankruptcy, creditor/debtor rights, and state, federal, and appellate litigation. Since 2014, Mr. Shapiro regularly presents continuing legal education courses through the New Jersey State Bar Association on various aspects of bankruptcy and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Since 2018, Mr. Shapiro has taught business law as an adjunct professor at Union County College. Since 2016, Mr.