Project Plan Pitch Judges
Chih C. Chao, PhD
Prof. Chih C. Chao is Vice President of Tunghai University (THU), Taichung, Taiwan, established in 1955 by New York based United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia. Trained as a chemical and environmental engineer, Dr. Chao has a vast experience of teaching, research, industrial and governmental consulting in North America and Asia, most recently focusing on sustainability-related subjects, including: green technology, integrated waste/resource management, value-added waste/resource recycling, cleaner production, eco-industrial networking, cross-disciplinary sustainability research, etc.
Serving in the capacity of program advisor, association president, committee chair and task force leader, Dr. Chao is active in multi-national collaborative research and sustainability advice. Innovation and entrepreneurship has always been his motto of professional practice, with which he is spearheading the implementation of I&E curriculum at Tunghai.
Sean Cuttler currently serves as Vice President of Information Technology at Billtrust, a recognized leader in the billing and payment industry. He is responsible for setting the direction and strategy for their technical infrastructure, applications and systems environment and to establish best practices to help create and accelerate value for its customers ensuring best-in-class service and support.
Prior to joining Billtrust, Mr. Cuttler was Head of Program Management at inVentiv Health, a leading global provider of best-in-class Clinical, Commercial, and Consulting services for companies seeking to accelerate performance. Before that, he spent five years as the Global Director of Technology and Strategic Integration for Integra Lifesciences Corporation where he supported and lead global technology, project planning, delivery and a variety of strategic programs to drive and accelerate growth. Prior to joining Integra, he spent numerous years with New York Life Investment Management, Ipreo Holdings (Now KKR) and Lifecell Corporation in a variety of business and technology leadership positions.
Mr. Cuttler earned an MS in Information Systems from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a BS in Computer Science and Telecommunications from DeVry University and has completed the Executive Management program at the Columbia Business School. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a variety of IT certifications.
Walter M. Geslak
Walter is owner and President of LA Products which is one of the oldest pressure washing manufacturers in the USA since 1961. Chemex since 1971 manufactures a full line of soap and degreasers that are used in the pressure washing machines.
Jaclyn J. Flor, PE, PP, CME
Jaclyn J. Flor is a Licensed Professional Engineer and a Licensed Professional Planner with 15 years of experience in municipal engineering, coastal engineering, planning and zoning, and urban redevelopment. At T&M Associates, she provides consulting engineering and planning services to a variety of clients which include local governments, county governments and redevelopment agencies. Ms. Flor is an Engineering Consultant to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, and to the Hudson County Planning Board. Ms. Flor is also the Borough Engineer of Sea Bright, NJ, which recently sustained the impacts of Hurricane Sandy. As both an engineer and planner, Ms. Flor has worked for a variety of clients that have benefited from her multidisciplinary skill set. She has been a Planning and/or Engineering Consultant for various municipalities and Counties within the state, including the City of Jersey City, Bergen County, Somerset County, City of Long Branch, the Townships of Woodbridge, Neptune, Hazlet and Marlboro, and the Boroughs of Red Bank, South Plainfield and Highlands. Ms. Flor holds Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Florida Tech, Melbourne, Florida.
Ms. Flor specializes in sustainable urban design. She is the Project Manager for the engineering and survey of Canal Crossing in Jersey City, a 111 acre redevelopment area that just completed the design phase. The design of this new urban development includes a new light rail station, separation of the combined sanitary sewer into separate stormwater and sanitary infrastructure, new water mains, streetscapes, multiple parks, road design, and a new street grid that subdivides 17 existing city blocks into 40 new city blocks.
Ms. Flor previously managed the Circulation Element of the Jersey City Master Plan, which won the 2009 Outstanding Plan Award in New Jersey as presented by the American Planning Association.
Ms. Flor was on a four member panel at the 2013 APA New Jersey Planning Conference where she spoke on Stormwater Harvesting and Sustainable Infrastructure. Ms. Flor spoke in April 2013 at the ASCE Infrastructure Seminar on the Impacts of Super Storm Sandy to NJ Infrastructure. She has also spoken at Rutgers University, NJ, on the infrastructure damage from Super Storm Sandy; has lectured several times at Columbia University, NYC, on Building Sustainable Cities; and spoke at the 2009 APA New Jersey Planning Conference, where she provided guidance on the integration of transportation planning and land use planning.
Prior to joining T&M, Ms. Flor designed coastal structures and beach replenishment projects for Fire Island, Estero Island, Key West, and Panama City Beach. She was previously an onsite engineer in Key West for the construction of the Smathers Beach Terminal Groin and Beach Replenishment project.
Wei Lao graduated from New York University and Stevens Institute in 2007 with BS/BE in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and ME in Chemical Engineering. She worked in general consulting at Accenture for two years, and discovered the user experience field during this time. She joined Accenture's software group at the end of 2009 as a user experience designer. She's worked on design for a variety of products in the insurance industry. Currently, she focuses on user research to gather the data-driven insights that inform design.
Emily Wheeler is currently the Deputy Director of NYC ACRE and the Operations Manager for PowerBridge NY. Previously she was a Project Manager in the Loan Program Office at the Department of Energy. Emily conducted encompassing technical and partial financial due diligence of large-scale renewable energy projects within the Loan Program Office. Emily managed the engineering analyses of six commercial-scale, first-of-a-kind technology loans moving toward financial close within nine months. Emily graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
Paul Wojnicki, PhD
Dr. Paul Wojnicki is business consultant and inventor who has developed multiple products for retail, commercial and biomedical markets. With real world experience in product development and manufacturing, Dr. Wojnicki can draw from multiple disciplines to develop and create products. Dr. Wojnicki’s familiarity with biomedical systems allows him to identify new technologies and markets for progression of business. Having worked in sales, marketing, production and product development, he is a versatile leader and capable of solving problems, making strategic business decisions and aiding in all aspects of the growth of a new business.
Dr. Wojnicki has a variety of academic and business achievements, including involvement in the management of several companies including a 35 year old business in packaging, automation and custom engineering. Current owner of Icy Cools, Inc., Dr. Wojnicki has developed a line of 50 products, based on the unique ice mats and cubes created by the proprietary self-designed machines. Having spent 30 years around production automation businesses, Dr. Wojnicki understands product development and manufacturing thoroughly. Dr. Wojnicki founded Beryllus, LLC in 2005 as a consulting service for engineering and biotechnology customers, serving companies including Amersham Pharmacia, Becton Dickinson, Johnson & Johnson, Invisalign, Therics, HPI and Philips Lighting.)
Dr. Wojnicki has developed products for FedEx envelopes for cold chain shipping, the co-designer of SoftBox LDPE recyclable shipping system used by DHL for biological shipments (with SoftBox UK) and has developed multiple products for treatment of sports injury and pain.
Recently, Beryllus, LLC has developed a network with China including a factory (Realstar), business connections and manufacturing facilities to enable full inception to market services for clients.
Dr. Wojnicki received a B.S. from The Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering in 1992, masters education in Electrical Engineering at UCLA, a M.S. from UMDNJ-Rutgers in Biomedical Engineering in 2002 and a Ph.D. from UMDNJ-Rutgers in Biomedical Engineering in 2004.
Mr. Zammataro has over 30 years of operating experience within large and small organizations primarily in the development and marketing of emerging technologies. Prior to co-founding Rentricity where he sits as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zammataro served as Chief Marketing Officer of w-Technologies, a wireless software company, where he drove global market and product strategy, business development, and corporate communications activities. Prior to that, his career started at Merrill Lynch, where over 21 years, he served as FVP/ Managing Director of Investments and Alliances in the Private Client Division, where he maintained overall responsibility for technology related strategic alliances, investments, marketing, and sales.
Mr. Zammataro is a contributing columnist, speaks frequently at leading industry events, and participates in various industry, municipal, and academic organizations. After graduating from St. John’s University with a B.A. in Political Science and Communications Arts, Mr. Zammataro attended New York University to pursue a master’s degree in New Media. Mr. Zammataro also completed the Executive Leadership Development Program at The Wharton School.