Senior Design, Computer Science Department, Drexel University
Senior Design

Senior Design Overview
Each year our "Final Four" competition is assessed by a panel of external judges selected from local industry. Often the judges have a strong tie to Drexel's Computer Science Department.

Each student group provides a 20 minute presentation that is evaluated by the judges for the nature of their project, it's technical difficulty, it's impact, how well they followed software engineering principles including specification, design, implementation, and testing, how well the project worked and their presentation style. These criteria are summarized in our Final Presentation Grading Rubric.

The best project is selected to represent the department in the College of Engineering Senior Design competition. A runner up is also selected. All groups receive a monetary prize.

Joshua Daltry is the Senior Vice President of Development. Mr. Daltry started at eMoney as a Software Engineer, working closely with advisors to develop the eMoney system. He was instrumental in the development of eMoney's financial planning simulation engine, client site, and mobile applications which today are an intrinsic component of the company's offering to advisors. He has developed and launched numerous versions of the eMoney 360 suite of solutions and currently leads the product development teams.

Prior to joining eMoney, Mr. Daltry was a Software Engineer at Lighthammer Software which was later acquired by SAP. Mr. Daltry also worked at VerticalNet and Reality Online/Reuters.

Mr. Daltry attended Temple University and is currently an adjunct professor of computer science at Drexel University.

Years: 2013, 2014
Josh Daltry
Josh Daltry

Frank Jacquette, a Computer Science graduate, is the President and CEO of Jacquette Consulting, an information technology services company that serves the pharmaceutical, applied research, and educational publishing industries.  Since the company was founded in 2000 it has been recognized six times as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the Philadelphia area, has been recognized twice by Inc. magazine as part of the Inc. 5000, and has placed in the top 10 in Main Line Today’s “Best Places to Work”.  As an undergraduate Frank led the university’s ACM programming team to victory in the Atlantic Division and on to international competition.  Since graduating he has supported the department’s James B. Maginnis Award, worked with the Baida Center for Entrepreneurship to mentor Drexel entrepreneurs, and has delivered guest lectures for the LeBow College of Business.  Most recently, Frank has served as a judge for the College of Engineering’s senior design competition.

Years: 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Frank Jacquette
Frank Jacquette

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.

Years: 2014

Colin Kerr
Colin Kerr

Earlin Lutz is an Advisory Software Engineer at Bentley Systems , specializing in meshing, bsplines, and analytic geometry.  He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering (Penn State 1978) and PhD in Computer Science (Cornell 1991)

Years: 2011, 2013, 2014

Earlin Lutz
Earlin Lutz

Jim Thompson is the CTO of Unisys’ Technology Products Group which is responsible for the full product lifecycle for Unisys’ technology products.  In this role, Jim is responsible for fostering innovation while developing, implementing and driving the technology strategy for servers, software and appliances.  Jim does this by leveraging and rationalizing current technology investments with the Unisys Corporate Strategy.  

Jim collaborates with the engineering teams, the portfolio team, marketing, sales and partners to create innovative solutions to meet the current and anticipated future needs of both our current customers and the greater marketplace.  

Jim is responsible for the vision and architecture that defines Unisys’ fabric computing platform architecture, this architecture is designed to support our customer’s business critical processing needs and includes our Forward! and ClearPath products  Jim uses virtual teams inside and outside engineering to accomplish these objectives.

Jim’s career with Unisys spans more than 25 years in various customer facing and engineering roles. Jim is an active inventor with both pending and awarded technology patents in the areas of operating systems, storage and banking.

Years: 2010, 2014

Brian Mitchell
Jim Thompson


Past Judges

Nadya Belov -- 2007 -- Software Engineer, Lockheed Martin ATL, Drexel Class of '05 (B.S/M.S.).
Michael Ciliberti -- 2006 - 2010 -President of Integrated Network Consulting, Inc., Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Drexel, Drexel Class of '93 (B.S. In Computer Science)
Col. Jody Daniels -- 2011 - Consultant, Army
Matt Dormond -- 2008 - Senior Consultant at Smart and Associates, LLP, Drexel Class of '04 (B.S. in C.S.) & 06 (M.S. in S.E.)
Ravindar Gujral -- 2007 - 2008 -- Senior Software Architect at Siemens, Drexel Class of '04 (M.S.).
Alex De Jong -- 2007 -- Software Architect at Siemens
Mike Kain -- 2006, 2007, 2011, Unisys, Consulting Engineer and Security Architect
Phil Kaiser -- 2013 -- The Vanguard Group , IT Manager
Nilesh Karia -- 2010 - Software Developer, Bloomberg , Drexel Class of '06 (M.S)
Ken Mankowski -- 2012 -- Vanguard
Eric Martin 2008 -- Lead Architect, Director of Engineering at Siemens
Brian Mitchell -- 2006-2013 -- Chief Architect (Sr. Director), CIGNA Systems [External Link]
Chris Mount 2013 -- Engineering Vice President at Unisys
Lindsay Rutter -- Microsoft Developer Community Champion - Mid-Atlantic States
Dan Stamate -- 2011, Bloomberg
Steve Thompson -- 2012 - Engineering Vice President, Unisys, ClearPath
Sam Wilson -- 2012 - Bentley Systems.
Michael Wisniewski -- 2006, 2007 -- Manager at Smart and Associates, LLP, Drexel Class of '01 (M.S. in Information Systems)
Doug Wright -- 2007 - 2009 - Fixed Income/Commodities Technology at Susquehanna International Group (SIG), Drexel Class of ’88 (B.S.)
Vera Zaychik -- 2006, 2009-2010 - Lead Research Engineer, Lockheed Martin ATL , Drexel Class of '99 (B.S) and '01 (M.S.)