“The Monk Listens” – Musical Presentation
Salvatore Macchia (composer)
Greg Spiridopoulos (trombonist)

Salvatore Macchia has had a long interest in the intersection of technology and music and has written a number of compositions for instruments and fixed electronics, other works that incorporate live electronics and performers, (“The Monk Listens,”) and pieces that incorporate combinations of the two. Trombonist Greg Spiridopoulos has gained recognition as one of the most sought after trombonists in New England. Since 2001, Mr. Spiridopoulos has been principal trombone of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, which is dedicated to commissioning and recording new American works. He can be heard on the Albany Symphony’s 2014 Grammy winning album, Conjurer, featuring music by John Corigliano, and the 2016 Grammy nominated album, Kabir Padavali, featuring music by Christopher Rouse.

Christopher Bent
Founder/Creator, Piccles

At Piccles, we aim to bring together communities and individuals through a bigger picture by leaving them with a bigger/greater impact. As a bootstrap startup, we constantly work to improve our platform by co-creating with community partners (we already have an IOS app and an web app accessible to all). Additionally, we hope to expand our services by working with companies to bring together their customers and audiences through the act of coloring and discussion.

Jamal Coleman
Senior FX Artist, Big Huge Games

Jamal Coleman has been in the gaming industry since 2012 as a VFX Artist. He has worked on Lord of the Rings Online, Infinite Crisis, Smite, Wartide: Heroes of Atlantis and an unannounced Unity mobile game. He has also taught Traditional Animation Fundamentals at UMass Amherst. Coleman most enjoys the creative process that comes with collaborating with a passionate team to deliver delight and a sense of awe to the player’s experience.

Laura Fish
Digital Product Designer

Boston-based Laura Fish is a digital product designer focusing on strategy and vision(eering). She’s currently authoring The Designer’s Guide to Visioneering and organizing the respective movement to help fellow designers level up. Now she’s dedicated to helping her fellow digitally-minded designers working in today’s user experience design space, standing in the spot she once stood—wanting to find a better way forward for their career, their company, and their product work. Call her the visioneering sherpa, here to guide the journey.

Kamal Hatami
Lead Artist, Standing Stone Games

Kamal Hatami has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. After graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in computer animation, he moved to Los Angeles and began his career working in motion graphics. During his time there he worked on commercials and show opens for television, and film titles. He then made the move to visual FX in gaming, working on AAA MMO titles such as Lord of the Rings Online, and Dungeons and Dragons Online. During his time in games he has been able to Branch out into many other aspects of video game production, as well as providing artistic support for marketing. Kamal also enjoys teaching college classes in Maya, Animation and 2d Compositing when opportunities present themselves.

Bruce Rosenbaum

Bruce Rosenbaum
Steampunk Reimagineer, ModVic

Bruce Rosenbaum has been dubbed the Steampunk Guru by the Wall Street Journal and Steampunk Evangelist by Wired Magazine. Bruce’s functional Steampunk artwork has been featured in the Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, CNN, NPR and featured on MTV, A&E and HGTV and Netflix.

Bruce and his wife Melanie recently purchased an 1876 Victorian Church in Palmer MA to convert it into their home, gallery and workshop space. The Rosenbaum’s church conversion project is featured on Netflix’s new Original Series ‘Amazing Interiors’ (Steampunk Wonderland – Episode 8) of unique homes across the world.

Bruce’s company, ModVic, works with clients all across the world to take period, repurposed, personal and meaningful objects, and creatively infuse them with modern technology to transform the ordinary into incredible Steampunk functional art. The Steampunk art and design process celebrates history, while setting a path for a reimagined better future — telling the personal resilient stories of individuals, organizations and places.

In 1984, Bruce became a graduate of the School of Management (Isenberg School of Management), UMASS Amherst. In addition Bruce got his MBA in 1988 at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Technology Education Concepts

Technology Education Concepts, Inc. (TEC) has been an “Experienced Provider of Design-to-Manufacturing Solutions and Teaching Labs” to Educators and Students for over 30 Years. Based in Concord, NH, TEC is a family-owned business started by an educator who is passionate about providing secondary and post-secondary schools with 3D Solutions used to teach today’s young people about the fields of engineering, design, manufacturing and architecture

Rebecca Tarr Thomas
Acquisitions Editor, Adams Media


Rebecca Thomas
graduated from UMass Amherst in 2010 with a BA in English, a certification from Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC), and a specialization in non-fiction writing. Since graduation, she has grown her career in the publishing industry, and is currently working at Adams Media, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, as an acquisitions editor. She has acquired a variety of titles for Adams, including Awesome Women Who Made History – Paper Dolls, 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, and my upcoming title, Finding Your Higher Self — Your Guide to Cannabis for Self Care, which is due out in December of this year.

Gabrielle M. Capolupo
Engineering Office of the CTO, Juniper Networks

Gabrielle Capolupo
is responsible for providing management for the Junos Architecture Board and the Juniper Distinguished Engineering (DE) community. This includes managing the Juniper DE Council – responsible for approving DE promotions and new hires, as well as the annual DE Summit. Previously in this team, she was responsible for project managing several DEs working on major OS library re-architecture. Prior to her work in the CTO office, she was Sr. Director of Junos Governance, responsible for policy, process, criteria and schedule for all Junos OS software releases.

Prior to Juniper Networks, in her more than 11 years with Cisco Systems, she was Sr. Engineering Manager for the IOS Packet Engineering Group, responsible for large-scale corporate level software infrastructure planning and implementation. In addition, previous roles included remotely managing the Edge Services software team in Bangalore India, the collective hardware and software engineering teams for the leading Broadband Aggregation platform, and the IOS Source Code team, responsible for all major source code integration.

Ms. Capolupo has served as a lead judge for the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition for the last 24 years, after participating as a graduate student for San Jose State University, and has made a number of industry panel presentations including sessions for Women in Technology International (WITI), Women in International Trade (WIT), Women Unlimited, and the Project Management Institute of Silicon Valley.

Ms. Capolupo received her Master of Business Administration from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and the Men’s Varsity Crew.

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