Meet the Team

The OPIM Innovate initiative is led by MIS Academic Director, Jonathan Moore, with assistance from In-Residence faculty member, Stephen Fitzgerald

The Lab Specialists each specialize in a specific technology focus area but are cross-trained in technologies across all 8 learning modules. They are available anytime the lab is open to assist you with any questions you have while completing our tech kits as well as to walk you through the process of design thinking and provide all of the resources in our Innovation Space and Research Lab.

The Marketing Specialists each have their focus on a different part of representing the OPIM Innovate initiative. Our website, marketing strategy, and organizational relationships are all overseen to create as much synergy with partners as possible.

 

The Lab Team

Nick Satta

Year: Senior

Major: Electrical Engineering

Role: Lab Manager

Nick was formerly in charge of building out the X-Reality tech track, updating the VR and AR tech kits and adding a new 360 video section. Last year, he helped build and maintain the FarmBot Genesis autonomous farming robot in the greenhouse. He is currently working on updating the lab space with new technology, equipment and programs for the UConn community to enjoy as well as running day to day operations.

Justin Tomaino

Year: Senior

Major: Management Information Systems

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Justin is most interested in the Predictive Analytics & xReality Tech Tracks that are currently offered. A few projects he has worked on in the past are creating a database for the Individualized Major Department, being a Teaching Assistant of Tech Kits for the BCLC, and working as an Oracle Academy liaison.

Tyler Goodwin

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Tyler has a passion for innovation and the implementation of technology in business. This year, he will be focusing on our applied tech track which includes drones and robotics.

Alexandria Arena

Year: Senior

Major: Management Information Systems

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Alex is currently assigned to the Data Visualization tech track and is interested in data visualization, predictive modeling, and data analytics.

Nicolas Michel

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

Role: Lab Research Specialist

This semester in the lab Nicolas will be working on revamping the Git, Python, and SQL tech kits and maintaining the farmbot. He is studying CS with a concentration in cybersecurity. He will be participating in this years cyberseed, and is looking for teammates!

Julia Somma

Year: Junior

Major: Management and Engineering for Manufacturing

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Julia is interested in 3D technologies including the printing, modeling, and scanning applications used in additive manufacturing processes.

Marco Nardone Guerra

Year: Senior

Major: Management Information Systems with Computer Science Minor

Role: Lab Research Specialist

This semester, Marco will be handling the Predictive Analytics Tech Kits and creating the Python Data Analytics tech kit. He is currently on the 4+1 MSBAPM track and his career interests lay in Business/Data Analytics.

Yasin Balogou

Year: Junior

Major: Mathematics

Role: Lab Research Specialist

My name is Yasin, I am a junior studying Mathematics, and my interests are currently in cryptography and cybersecurity. I will be running the smart tech track which includes blockchain, voice tech, and artificial intelligence.

Annabel Terry

Year: Sophomore

Major: Management Information Systems

Role: Lab Research Specialist

This semester Annabel will be in charge of running the Git, Python, and SQL tech kits. She has past experience using Java, Python, and Scheme. She is interested in the 4+1 MSBAPM track and is currently deciding on a minor.

Leo Lima

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Leonardo at the present is in charge of the circuitry and 3D printing tech tracks. Leonardo used to do competitive robotics under Vex RECF. Currently, he practices the knowledge he gained from classes by doing hobbies projects.

The Marketing Team

Brunna Louzada

Year: Senior

Major: Graphic Design

Role: Graphic Designer

Brunna works with the marketing team to create logos, flyers, and other designs that reflect the identity of OPIM Innovate. Her passion for graphic design has been flourishing within the department and grows stronger each day!

Mariah Donahue

Year: Senior

Major: Computer Science and Engineering

Role: Web Development Specialist 

Mariah has been working with the OPIM department since the start of Spring 2019. Within OPIM Innovate, she works closely with the rest of the marketing team to develop the websites for OPIM Innovate, the OPIM Department, and for the Information Management Association.