CCI’s Senior Project competition is assessed by a panel of external judges, including Drexel alumni and representatives from industry. Each project team creates a 20 minute presentation that is evaluated on its nature, technical difficulty, impact, and how well the team followed software engineering principles including specification, design, implementation, testing. The judges also assess the project’s functionality and the team’s presentation style. These criteria are provided in the Final Presentation Judging Rubric (pdf or excel).
Mike Stratoti is a Principal Software Engineer at Bentley Systems, Incorporated. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a MS in Computer Science from Drexel University. Over his 40+ year career, Mike has worked on hardware and software from single chip microprocessors to large mainframe distributed systems; including device drivers, long lived commercial applications, and large distributes systems. Mike’s recent work is on automated systems for building large commercial software and tools for verifying commercial product quality (with occasional forays into threat assessment, reverse engineering, IoT, and other hackery to solve problems).
Jim Thompson is Chief Engineer and Vice President, Technology Strategy and Innovation. He is responsible for the design, development and manufacturing of technology products that align with the Unisys strategy and marketplace needs. Jim’s career with Unisys spans 27 years in various customer facing and engineering roles. He is also responsible for creating the vision and architecture for Unisys’ modern mission critical products as ClearPath Forward! And Stealth. Prior to joining Unisys, Jim has held various technical positions in financial institutions and commercial firms, as well as being an independent consultant.
Ori Damary 2005 Drexel CS Grad who took home the 2nd prize in the Senior Project Competition - we built a 3D chess game (with 3D graphics) that was played over bluetooth between two handheld devices. Before the iPhone existed. Co-founded a startup while a pre-junior at Drexel and for the next 15 years, led a small team to building a fully automated web template service tailored for artists and musicians. (We launched the same year as Squarespace!) We hosted over 5000 paying customers' websites in 40+ countries around the world.
Currently an Engineering Manager at Compass, a real-estate unicorn based in NYC, whose building the platform for real estate.
Jedi (Jedidiah) Weller is a speaker, community leader, and developer who advocates for the empowerment of businesses through technology. Jedi and his team have been pioneering new ways of designing mobile solutions for the digital world. His work at OpenForge and the Startup Junto Community continues to lay the groundwork for clearer communication and enhanced transparency in the technology and Startup communities. Jedi is CEO & Head of Innovation at OpenForge and organizer of the Startup Junto community. Previously, Jedi has worked as Director of Operations @ Geekli.st in Silicon Valley, Unisys Corporation, Analytical Graphics Inc., and the Technological Institute of Crete, Greece. He serves on the board of Kitchen Cred, a Philadelphia non-profit 501(3)(c) that fosters youth through culinary exercises. He has been a speaker and mentor at technology events across the world, such as SXSW (Slashathon), The Web Summit (#hack4good Dublin), Duke University (#hackduke), and University of Penn (Penn Apps). In addition, Jedi is an entrepreneur, landlord, and dog lover. Follow Jedi for advice on business, technology, and general ramblings @jedihacks. BS CS 2012 – Drexel University
Jeff Segall is a 2010 BS/MS graduate of the Computer Science department at Drexel University. After graduation, Jeff continued to work for the University as a researcher at the Applied Informatics Group of the CCI (formerly ACIN), working on projects spanning a wide range of technologies and disciplines. Since 2013, Jeff has worked for Red-Spark, an advertising technology company based in Philadelphia as both a Software Engineer and Head of Ad Operations. Jeff resides in Philadelphia with his wife, dog, and two cats and, when not under lockdown, fills his free time running a Skee-Ball league, attending Flyers games, and occasionally returning to campus to teach.
Libu Chacko is a software engineer at KWI and holds a BS in Computer Science from Drexel University (‘05) and an MBA from UMASS Amherst. His experience goes beyond technology as he has been involved in marketing, product development, and operations for many years with several startups. Libu's currently working on an e-commerce platform that brings together the in-store retail experience with your online experience.
Tom Burdak is a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He holds a BS in Computer Science (2013) from Drexel University and has 10 years experience in the games industry. Tom has worked on several Triple A titles from Microsoft on Xbox including Project Spark, Halo 5, and the announced title Halo Infinite. Much of his career has been working on custom engine architecture, systems level optimizations, and user interaction systems. Tom’s most recent work has been a new transition in to the Virtual and Augmented Reality within the Mixed Reality Division of Microsoft. This latest body of work has been a part of the team responsible for remote execution of cloud apps in the mixed reality space. This focus has been on the development of the now open source Mixed Reality Extension SDK, with TypeScript based remote apps and native runtimes for various engines that target VR and Other platforms.
John Cunningham has been an IT professional for the past 35 years, primarily in the retail sector. His roles have included software testing and development at a detailed and management level, performance testing, and website support and technology. He has managed software development teams for the last 30 years. In recent years he has presided over these teams during a period of significant website growth and has streamlined support and deployment processes for Pep Boys. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University and a MS in IT (1990) from Drexel University.
Allan Frank is the President of a local consultancy, Think New Visions. He retired this past December as Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for Capgemini Invent, a global business unit of the Capgemini Group. He also led the Data & Analytics Solutions practice within Capgemini Invent North America. He brings 40+ years of technology and business leadership. His background includes: President, CTO & Cofounder of Hackett/Answerthink, Inc, CTO for the City of Philadelphia, and Partner-in-Charge of Enabling Technologies Consulting, CTO & Boardmember with KPMG Peat Marwick. Allan today focuses on the application of transformational technologies, in particular, the disruptive role of Artificial Intelligence.
Amanda Clark is a Program Manager at NELSON Worldwide, a global Design Firm delivering architecture, interior design, graphic design, and brand strategy services that transform all dimensions of the human experience. Amanda works with clients on implementing and managing their Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS). This software provides data and information on their Real Estate portfolio to help clients make strategic decisions. Each semester, Amanda looks forward to working with the CCI Co-ops and values their insight and contributions.
Paul Ritchey has worked in cyber security for over 20 years. Over the course of his career he helped design, build and deploy an architecture for a highly scalable intrusion detection system (IDS), taught classes covering the Snort IDS and managed teams supporting research and production environments. He now works as a government lead within the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center’s (C5ISR Center) Cyber Security Service Provider (CSSP) managing the software development and system administration teams supporting the infrastructure for their production environment.
Colin Kerr is a Software Engineer at Bentley Systems, working on an application framework which provides a common data format and API to enable a free flow of business data between Bentley applications.
Frank Jacquette (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 1991) is the president and CEO of Jacquette Consulting, an information technology consulting company. He has spent almost thirty years building a career as a speaker, entrepreneur, business consultant, and software architect. His company has been named to the Inc. 5000 twice, the Philadelphia 100 six times, and listed as a Best Place to Work in multiple publications. He has been inducted into the Philadelphia 100 Hall of Fame and profiled in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dave Voyles is a Sr. Software Engineer at Microsoft, where he architects, implements, and imbues best practices with Microsoft's largest customers and partners. Prior to Microsoft, Dave worked as an engineer at Comcast, where his team wrote Comcast's video app for Xbox 360, One, and PlayStation 3. Dave was raised in New York and attended SUNY Oneonta, graduating with a degree in Communication Studies in 2009.
AJ Schmalz is the founder and CEO of QuantumGames, an Esports and gaming video content company. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management from Drexel University. His experience spans 19 years in the areas of engineering, project management, sales, and entrepreneurship.
Kurt Wheeler is a 2014 Drexel CS alumnus. He has worked for the Philadelphia based startup RJMetrics building a business intelligence tool. He then started working in the Greene Lab at the University of Pennsylvania on a large scale bioinformatics project. In 2017 Kurt helped Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation form the Childhood Cancer Data Lab (CCDL) and now leads their engineering team. The CCDL develops tools and training programs to empower childhood cancer researchers to utilize vast amounts of data to make more robust discoveries and cures, faster and cheaper.
Samantha Bewley is a Development Manager at eMoney Advisor. She holds a BS in Computer Science (2017) and a BS in Mathematics (2017) from Drexel University, and a MS in Computer Science (2018) and a MA in Mathematics (2019) from Villanova University. Samantha has worked on eMoney Advisor's Parser Team in the Analytics and Aggregation department since 2015, and was named Development Manager in 2019. Samantha resides in Radnor, PA with her husband (also a Drexel CS graduate!) and their cat. She spends her free time traveling, cooking, and mentoring High School Computer Science students at Lower Merion High School.
Angela V. Harris is an innovative leader with over 20 years of experience as an IT Professional in the healthcare, insurance, and tech industries. She is currently an Operations Program Manager at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Angela has worked on Windows and Dynamics 365 launches. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University and a Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership from La Salle University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Angela currently serves on the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors and Drexel University Black Alumni Council (DUBAC).
Florina Handel is the Director of Partnerships at Ciright, a technology equity firm that contributes their intellectual property in exchange for equity as well as develops and commercializes its own patented products. She manages all aspects of partner and client relations including platform interactions, user interface, product features, web method integration, application testing, contracts, on boarding and training. Florina has been a part of the Ciright team for more than 15 years in various leadership roles involving marketing, business development, user experience, product development, operations, customer service and human resources. She enjoys working and collaborating with Drexel students as co-ops and beyond.
Jerrold Randall is a serial entrepreneur and advisor of impactful financial system, cryptocurrency, and other disruptive technology projects. Companies that he has founded include ⪡⪢EnyVerse, CryptoDBx, Inventiv Systems, and The Philadelphia Think Tank. Jerrold has 20 years experience and over $1B USD in aggregate project value that he has managed, co-managed, or directed. He holds certifications in project management and programming as well as a B.S. Mechanical Engineering.
Brian Stehman is a Senior Sales Engineer with TriState HVAC, a Ciright company. Brian holds a BS in Commerce & Engineering from Drexel '08. At TriState, he works with engineers and designers in the construction industry to apply building equipment spanning a broad range of technology families from chiller plants to cloud-based control integration platforms.