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 is 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 of the lab. Previously, he was formerly in charge of building out the X-Reality tech track with new VR, AR and 360 video content. On top of this, he helped build the FarmBot autonomous farming robot in the greenhouse.

Tyler Goodwin

Year: Senior

Major: Marketing

Role: Lab Manager

Tyler is a senior studying marketing with a concentration in professional sales leadership. He has a passion for emerging technology and business, and hopes to further develop the scope of OPIM innovate as a lab manager. Outside of OPIM Innovate, Tyler is a varsity rower on UConn Men’s Crew.

Nicolas Michel

Year: Senior

Major: Computer Science

Role: Lab Research Specialist

I am a senior studying CS with a concentration in security. For fun I participate in hackathons, climb, and ride mountain bikes. This semester at OPIM Innovate I'll be working on our predictive analytics tech kits.

Julia Somma

Year: Senior

Major: Management and Engineering for Manufacturing

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Julia was formerly in charge of the 3D Technology tech track, and updated the 3D Printing and 3D Modeling tech kits last year. Currently, she is assigned to the Data Visualization tech track in order to further her interest in the use of data analytics and visualizations for evaluating and optimizing manufacturing processes.

Yasin Balogou

Year: Senior

Major: Mathematics

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Yasin is a senior studying Mathematics, and his interests are currently in cryptography and cybersecurity. He will be running the blockchain tech track which includes ledgers, cryptocurrency, and NFTs.

Annabel Terry

Year: Junior

Major: Management Information Systems

Role: Lab Research Specialist

This semester Annabel will be in charge of the Internet of Things (IOT) learning module. She will be working on revising the digital assistants tech track and building the smart tech tech track. She is pursuing the 4+1 MSBAPM track.

Zahra Abdulmajeed

Year: Junior

Major: Management Information Systems

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Zahra enjoys interacting and learning about new tech. She has been assigned to work with VR, AR, and 360.

Muneeb Syed

Year: Sophomore

Major: Management and Engineering For Manufacturing

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Muneeb is passionate about robotics and engineering. He was the former Captain of a 2-time state championship FTC Robotics Team. He has also worked on projects using microcontrollers in various medical applications. He hopes to bring his knowledge and passion for learning to the OPIM Innovate Lab!

Audrey Larson

Year: Sophomore

Major: Materials Science and Engineering and Civil Engineering

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Audrey Larson is a sophomore Materials Science Engineering and Civil Engineering student who is passionate about our environment and sustainable materials. Here at OPIM she works with our 3D printing, scanning and modeling tracks in addition to planning our events and working on our social media.

Brennan Giglio

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

Role: Lab Research Specialist

Brennan is going to be working with Artificial Intelligence in the lab this semester, and hopes to be able to work with AI later on in his career. He currently has a concentration in software design and development, and enjoys hitting the gym outside of the lab.

Mariah Donahue

Year: Senior

Major: Applied Math

Role: Web Development Specialist 

Mariah maintains the OPIM Innovate website and recently took over the Programming tech track. Aside from her appetite for problem-solving, she loves yoga and watching Netflix with her cat. She's looking forward to meeting new explorers in the Innovate lab.