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Class of 2010
Shaw Levin (BS, CS) began work for The Vanguard Group directly after graduation, originally commuting from Philly but now living in Bryn Mawr. He is a financial software developer focusing mostly on database and application development for internal clients. He is actively involved with his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, serving as advisor for the chapter at Lehigh University, President of the Philadelphia Alumni Club and as a presenter for their leadership conferences. His free time usually includes his girlfriend, volunteering or working with his freelance web development group (Greek Solutions) at the Baiada Center.
Class of 2009
Sam Bossen (MS, SE) is a software developer and building commissioning engineer at Lutz Engineering. He received his bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and, with a strong interest in programming, continued in the field of computing and received his Masters in Software Engineering through Drexel’s online program. Sam enjoys his work at Lutz. He provides web applications both for the back-end work (timecards and project management) and for the side visible to our customers (meeting minutes and exception reports). Since it’s a small company, he gets to make most of the design decisions. The company’s next software project will be applications for android cell phones that integrate with the website and collect our test data results. They validate the software by applying the test procedures learned at Drexel using Selenium and phpUnit.
Quincy Brown (Ph.D.) accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Bowie State University. Brown completed her Ph.D. at Drexel August 2009 with her dissertation, “Mobile Intelligent Tutoring System: Moving Intelligent Tutoring Systems Off the Desktop.” Her advisors were CS Professors Drs. Frank Lee and Dario Salvucci. After graduation, she completed a one-year postdoctoral at the Human Interaction Laboratory at University of Maryland College Park.
Class of 2008
Anthony J. Ambriz (SE) graduated from Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Marines.
Tom Bennett (BS, CS) is a Software Development Engineer at Amazon.com in Seattle, Wash., where he works on the Search Inside the Book program. He played a key role in deploying the AJAX-based book preview widget across 6 marketplaces over the summer, and is currently the lead dev integrating the book ingestion pipeline with a major publisher. In his spare time he writes iPhone apps, practices capoeira, and watches the Eagles play every Sunday with other Philly expats.
Class of 2006
Sean Durkin (BS, CS) works as a product manager at Financial Software Systems, an international provider (located in Horsham, PA) of capital markets software. His primary focus is on risk management and valuation of derivatives. As a part of his responsibilities, Sean recently spent two months in our Singapore office. Outside of work, he enjoy playing poker and watching baseball.
Nilesh Karia (MS, CS) is working at Bloomberg, where he is part of the Web Crawler team in Bloomberg Research & Development. He works in low level C++ and designing fast algorithms to fetch news stories, company releases, financial market information and government and regulatory information and releases. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, race karts and skiing. (Though he doesn’t get much free time).
Dan Stamate (MS, CS) is a senior developer at Bloomberg in Princeton, N.J., working on a target web crawling system. In 2009, he was selected as the recruiting captain for Drexel University and responsible for conducting interviews on campus, attending career fairs, organizing events and promoting Bloomberg.
Class of 2005
Michael Becker (BS, CS) is currently a Software Engineer at AWeber Communications in Chalfont, PA where he works on advanced analytics. In his spare time he runs the DataPhilly meetup group.
Ilya Braude (BS/MS, CS) worked at a “real job” before being recruited to work at Drakontas, a technology startup that came out of a Drexel’s ACIN research lab. While there, he designed and built a messaging server for a real-time mobile collaboration system used by law enforcement agencies and first responders. Most recently, he co-founded CloudMine, a startup that aims to replace the need for developers to create back-end solutions for their applications, allowing them to focus on making their apps awesome. He also continues to train and teach at the Drexel Karate Club and to contribute to the Philly tech community.
Christina Kirby (BS, CS) is a senior engineer at Comcast, where she manages the core network infrastructure with an eye towards scaling the deployment of new services nationwide. She serves as capacity planning lead for Metro Ethernet and Cell Backhaul initiatives including the launch of 10-Gigabit Ethernet. Christina also directs the development and testing automation within the planning and implementation organization. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and wine tasting.
Class of 2004
(MS, SE) is involved in multiple projects that focus on organizational improvement. His primary focus has been on software processes, especially agile and lean practices and the creation of high performing teams. This led him in helping establish Agile Philly
, one of the largest user groups in the area. Apart from being active within the Philadelphia software community, Ravindar works as an Agile Coach
and consultant helping organizations transitions to a lean and agile model. He also is the Director of Technology for a small startup in Philadelphia called United by Blue
Neel Pahlajani (BS, CS) is a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton with eight years of industry experience designing, developing, and managing commercial and government software systems. He has delivered software solutions in the internet, government, healthcare, tourism, insurance, and legal industries. In his spare time, Neel designs proprietary software that he can pitch to businesses.
Class of 2003
Aparna Nanjappa (BS/MS, CS) is a Client Project Manager at Financial Software Systems, an international financial risk-management software and consulting firm headquartered in Horsham, Pa. Building on her experiences as a Software Engineer and Integration Technology Specialist at the firm, Aparna now represents and leads projects implementing their product, Spectrum, at banks across the globe. Her current projects include Brown Brothers Harriman, New York, and Square One Bank, North Carolina.
Class of 2002
Lisa Anthony (BS/MS, CS) received her Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University and graduated in 2008. She currently lives in Philadelphia and commutes half the week to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for a post-doctoral research assistantship in the Information Systems Department. She works on making computers more accessible for all users, including those with disabilities, through multimodal interaction such as speech, touch, gesture and other alternative modes of input. In her spare time, she volunteers at Philly PAWS, tends her roof-deck vegetable garden, enjoys the Philly arts and culture scene, and spends time with her partner, Isaac, and their cat, Andrew.
Mu “Cathy” Yang (BS, CS) works as an intellectual property attorney with Woodcock Washburn, LLP. Cathy’s practice focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent applications, related to the computer software and hardware, telecommunication and business methods. Her clients include Microsoft, AT&T and Drexel University.
Class of 2001
Christopher Cera (BS, CS; MS, 2004) is a co-founder and the CTO of Vuzit, a document sharing, control, and analytics company. Chris also co-founded Philly Startup Leaders, currently the largest and most active community of startup entrepreneurs in the Philadelphia region. Since leaving Drexel, Chris has been employed at large, small, and startup companies, submitted 6 patent applications, and still enjoys living in West Philadelphia.
Class of 1999
John Mattei (BS, CS) is currently working as a software developer for a certified Microsoft partner, ASI Business Solutions, Inc., in King of Prussia, Pa. Daily development includes writing systems to handle enormous volumes of pharmaceutical data, using Visual C++ and Visual C#.Net. He is also slowly building his own software development company with his father, Ralph, called Mattei Systems Intelligence, which will develop Windows Phone 7 apps. When he’s not working, John likes to spend as much time as possible with my family: Bridget, Angela and Peter.
Class of 1998
(MS, CS) has been a Research Scientist for the Center for Advanced Computing Research
at the California Institute of Technology since 1998. He works on visualization of large scientific data resulting from collaborations with professors and laboratories across campus, which ranges from portals for geophysics
to 3D Immersive visual exploration tools for fluid phenomena, to visual paradigms for gene expression. His work has graced the cover of Science and Nature magazines and his artwork has been shown on two separate occasions Siggraph's Art Gallery.
Class of 1997
Lee Fisher (BS, CS) is Applications Development Manager at Vishay Intertechnology, an international electronic components manufacturer headquartered in Malvern, Pa, where he leads technical development for Internet and Commerce Web projects. Lee also contributes articles for BoardgameNews.com and plays Tuba in the Chester County Concert band (with other fellow Drexel Alumni). He also works with Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania Circle K as a member of University City Kiwanis.
Jason Frye (BS, CS) is a director in the Office of the CTO at BMC Software,with particular emphasis on Mobility and Cloud Computing. Previously, he was responsible for all technical marketing functions across BMC’s Enterprise Service Management portfolio. He has served as a Sr Product Manager for BMC’s Cloud Lifecycle Management solution and BMC’s partnership with Cisco for Unified Computing. Prior to joining BMC Jason was the director of systems engineering for Voltage Security, an encryption, privacy and security management vendor. He has also held positions with the United Stated Department of Defense specializing in artificial intelligence and systems management. Jason lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and son.
Mathew Inger (BS, CS) is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer for Comcast, in the Comcast Interactive Media division. The division powers the delivery of TV Listings on the web and the online content on the xfinitytv.net website. He is also an active member of the Philadelphia Area Java Users Group, which meets in King of Prussia.
Class of 1996
M. Scott Smith (BS, CS) works as a computer scientist and researcher with the U.S. Government, where he has invented a unique social networking and collaboration environment that is resulting in rich unplanned collaboration. He also operates DCSki.com, an award-winning on-line publication and community geared towards skiers and snowboarders in the mid-Atlantic region. Scott juggles his time between many passions, including photography, writing, hiking, skiing, travel adventures, and music.
Class of 1995
Richard Pedersen (MS, CS) is an engineer at Lockheed Martin (Moorestown, Pa.), working as a systems architect on the US Navy’s DDG-1000 guided missile destroyer designing command and control software. Lockheed has filed patent applications for several of Richard’s inventions, including a O(log(n)) method for determining whether a point is in a polygon, a priority delivery algorithm for reliably distributing radar measurements under heavy load conditions, and a O(C) method for recognizing patterns in data streams. Richard and his wife, Robin, have four daughters and two grandsons, and in their spare time are advisors for their church’s youth groups.
Class of 1993
Dan Parmet (BS, CS) is a Software Developer at Susquehanna International Group in Bala Cynwyd, PA. He has worked on various systems including firm-wide P&L, general ledger, haircut/margin requirements, research publications and enterprise reference data. He is married to Donna Rebecca Parmet (Drexel '94, MS in Math & Computer Science). In his spare time, Dan helps raise his fraternal twin boys and bowls in a league.
Class of 1992
Dr. Gregory Hartman (BS, CS) graduated from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science and Software Engineering's PhD program in 2010 and started working at Google in Pittsburgh, PA. He's currently working on the shopping reviews team for a project that involves adding monitoring to an automated data pipeline to alert staff when things go wrong.
George Lang (CS) provides trading solutions utilizing a variety of Microsoft and Adobe technologies for financial services clients in the New York and Boston area. He is eagerly anticipating the summer season to fully enjoy newly purchased LandRoller skates and get his scooter out on the road.
Gary Rosenzweig (BS, CS) founded CleverMedia, Inc in 1996, an Internet content company that makes games and podcasts. He has produced hundreds of games for CleverMedia’s sites and clients. Gary has written 16 books on game programming and guides for new computer users. He produces and hosts MacMost.com, a website and video podcast that teaches people how to use Apple products. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Debby and daughter, Luna.
Class of 1989
Dr. Rebecca Mercuri (MS, CS) is the CEO and lead forensic expert at Notable Software, Inc. where she and her team of investigators provide support for criminal defense, intellectual property and election-related matters. Her caseload has included contraband, murder, computer viruses, malware and security, wrongful work termination, financial fraud, class-action suits, copyright and patent infringement. Recently, she contributed a chapter to an upcoming Springer book on Digital Image Forensics.
Zikria Syed (MS, CS) is the Co-founder & CEO of NextDocs Corporation, the worldwide leader in compliance software for the life sciences industry and one of the fastest growing software companies in America. Prior to founding NextDocs in 2006, Zikria founded another software company. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft for over ten years. He lives in Malvern, PA his wife Vatsala, also a Drexel graduate and their daughters Jasmine & Sara.
Barbara (Brake) Timblin (MS, CS) worked more than 10 years in the software industry at Oracle, Symantec, Texas Instruments, and IBM Tivoli in technology services and solutions, product specialist, product marketing, sales and distribution, as well as education. Barbara then took 10 years off raising two boys with her husband Andrew in Vienna, Virginia; but it was her love for education that developed at the end of her first career that ultimately drove her back into the work force, getting yet another degree in education, with a concentration in mathematics. Barbara is now an 8th grade math teacher, teaching Algebra at Lanier Middle School in Fairfax, VA.
Class of 1988
Robert Hessler (BS, CS) has been working for Verizon since 2000. He’s currently a lead systems analyst with the call management systems usability and speech sciences team. His primary responsibility is the voice user interface for Verizon’s technical support and order status voice portals. Robert received his master’s of engineering in Engineering Science from Penn State University in 1994. He lives in Bucks County with his wife and three children. He’s an avid distance runner, having completed 12 marathons, and also an active member of the Knights of Columbus.
Class of 1986
Suzanne Miller (BS, CS) achieved two master’s degrees in Science and Educational Technology from George Mason University (GMU) respectively. She worked at heritage IBM Federal Systems for 25 years as an engineering program manager with emphasis on Space Products and Solutions to serve our national security. Suzanne has been active in the community including membership on the Prince William Chamber of Commerce and Committee of 100. In August 2011, Suzanne ran in the Republican primary for Virginia’s Prince William County Board of Supervisors for the Gainesville District that represents a citizen constituency of 60,000; and received 13 percent of the vote and third out of five candidates. She is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at GMU and specializing in National Defense and plans to continue her career transition and work in the public sector.
Jeanne Steuber (BS, CS) has been teaching mathematics at Drexel University for six years. After graduating with her BS from Drexel, she received her MS in Computer Science at Boston University in 1990. She worked as a software engineer for a dozen of years and turned to teaching because of having a family. In her free time, Jeanne is a stroke/turn judge at the Lansdowne YMCA (where her children also swim).
Lisa (Byrne) Stoltz (BS, CS) is pursuing a degree in Nursing and hopes to re-enter the workforce in a few years. After graduating from Drexel, Lisa worked as a software developer for ten years, but since then, she’s been concentrating full-time on family development. Lisa feels blessed to have had the time to be home with her children and volunteer in her church and at her kids’ schools. Lisa also served as the Teaching Director of the Southern Chester County Community Bible Study class for several years. While not studying, Lisa loves to hang out with her husband, Joe, and kids, Rachel, Joey and Rebecca.
Class of 1985
John “JD” Dougherty (MS, CS) went to Temple University to complete the PhD degree in CIS in 1998 while simultaneously teaching CS and Mathematics at Philadelphia University. JD is presently an assistant professor of computer science at Haverford College where he work on such topics as computing education, K-12 outreach, and dependable parallel computing in the sciences, including MapReduce. He has served CCSC as Papers Chair and K-12 Liason, along with SIGCSE, most recently as Symposium Chair in 2008. He also conducted a NSF workshop on data-intensive scalable computing in education at the University of Washington in 2008. He has also initiated Philadelphia Area CS Educators (PACSE), now part of CSTA, and works with regional K-12 colleagues to promote standards and certification for K-12 computing education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Todd Rimmer (BS, CS) is an Architect for Intel and is responsible for the design of high speed InfiniBand networking products for use in building world leading High Performance Computing clusters. These systems are used for important medical research (cancer, genetics, etc), engineering design (air and space craft, automotive, defense, etc), and a variety of scientific analysis/research (weather, energy, global warming, theoretical physics, etc). In his spare time he’s involved with Habitat for Humanity, an avid golfer and restores and collects muscle cars.