Meet the 2019 App Factory Team!
Dr. Zaid Altahat has over twenty years of experience as a Software Engineer, Architect, & Researcher working for tech giants such as GE Healthcare, Baxter, & Motorola.
Zaid joined UW–Parkside as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department and the director of the App Factory in 2016.
He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science/Software Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 2010.
His technical expertise spans a broad array of the software spectrum; including Telecommunication, Healthcare, Software Engineering tools, Business Intelligence, Mobile Apps, and Cloud based Web Applications.
Prof. Timothy Knautz has over fifteen years of experience as a Software Engineer for high tech companies such as GE Healthcare, Marquette Medical Systems, Merge Technologies and Fluid Dynamics, Intl.
Mr. Knautz also has over fifteen years’ experience teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Tim joined UW–Parkside as a Lecturer in the Computer Science department in 2001. He teaches the introductory computer, object oriented programming, client and server web programming and web security. Previous to that, Tim worked in industry as a software engineer.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Tim is the Founder and Associate Director of the App Factory and the Director of the Solutions for Economic Growth (SEG) Center. Tim’s technical and programming expertise concentrates mainly on Web and mobile software engineering and programming.
Bryan is a Junior at UW-Parkside who is working on his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He has been a programmer for the App Factory for almost 2 years.
Some of the team projects he is working on include FindYours, The Student Loan App, UW Legal DMS, and Focus-Racine apps.
His favorite programming languages include Java, Kotlin, and Springboot. He also enjoys doing full-stack development work.
Bryan is considering graduate school. His ideal career after graduation is in either Software Engineering, or Sustaining Engineer.
In his spare time, Bryan also enjoys sports, gaming, and R&D. He is also a professor’s aid and works in desktop support.
Damaris is a senior at UW-Parkside and has been on the User Experience/User Interface (UX/UI) design team at the App Factory since 2018.
Damaris worked on major redesign work for Unico’s website. Unico is an industrial manufacturing company.
She enjoys working with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe XD to create mock up and icons for apps and websites.
Her ideal career after graduation is to become a User Experience Designer.
In her spare time, Damaris enjoys playing video games, exploring nature trails, and spending time with family.
Morgan is a Junior at UW-Parkside who is working on her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She’s been working in the App Factory for about 6 months.
Some of the team projects Morgan is working with include Focus Racine, WGTD Radio, and Higher Expectations.
Her favorite programming languages are Java and Swift.
Morgan also enjoys being a Full-Stack developer in the App Factory.
Morgan’s ideal career after graduation is to become a Cyber Security Analyst.
Her hobbies include softball, ice skating, and lifting. She is also on the UW-Parkside’s softball team.
Eh is a Junior at UW-Parkside, and he’s working on his Bachelor’s in Computer Science.
He’s been working in the App Factory for a year. Some of the cool projects that Eh has been working on include the Parkside App, Student Loan App, and the app for Kenosha Parks.
Eh’s ideal career after graduation is “A job that provides opportunity to learn, progress and contribute to the organization.”
His hobbies are playing soccer, reading, and watching movies
Armando is a Senior at UW-Parkside. He is working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
Armando has been with the App Factory for almost a year. He is a team member for the Toffee and Unico projects.
His favorite programming languages are Python, Java, and Scheme, and he enjoys programming on the server side, or back-end programming.
Armando is planning on attending graduate school. His ideal career involves back-end software engineering, networked applications, and independent software projects.
Armando enjoys camping, hiking, playing D&D, reading fantasy and sci-fi, learning organic chemistry, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.
He is also a class assistant for Computer Science 241, and a Peer Career Coach for UW-Parkside’s Student Support Services.
Ben is a Senior who is working on his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He’s been with the App Factory for a year. Ben is a member of the team developing and maintaining apps and projects with the code names KAC and CKDHelper. Top secret stuff!
His favorite programming languages are Python and Java, and he enjoys working with full stack development.
Ben’s goal is to become a Mechanical Learning Engineer after graduation.
Colin is a Senior at UW-Parkside. He is working on his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Minor in Web Development.
He’s worked in the App Factory for the last two and a half years and is the iOS Lead. He’s worked on projects such as Higher Expectations and The Parkside App, leading a few along the way.
His ideal career is a position in Software Engineering and Software Development where he can grow, learn, and be an asset.
Colin’s hobbies are hockey, and working on cars and building dreams in the garage.
Ian is a Junior at UW-Parkside who is working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
He’s been with the App Factory for a few months and he’s currently on the Wisys Student Loan App Team.
Ian’s favorite programming languages are Java, Kotlin, and he’s starting to like Python.
Ian prefers working in the server environment of things, or the back end or behind-the-scenes programmer.
His ideal career is to become an independent developer.
In his spare time, Ian enjoys writing music, drawing, theory crafting, and occasionally writing.
Ky is in his nth year at UW-Parkside, and he’s working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.
He’s been with the App Factory for over two years, and he’s a member of several teams developing apps like the Parkside App, Student Loan, CKD Helper, RUSD, KAC, and CUSH.
His favorite programming languages are Java and Kotlin, and Ky is a Full-Stack developer who can create solutions using both the front and back end of his programming skills.
Ky is considering graduate school. His favorite hobbies include eating. His ideal career is one that will produce large sums of money.
Marshall has been working on the App Factory team for over two years. He is and integral part of the various teams he’s on.
He is currently working on team projects like the Parkside App, Focus Racine, and Unico Reports. His favorite programming language is Kotlin.
He enjoys working on the server side of things, the back-end programming, the behind-the-scenes part of it all. His ideal career involves Android Development, and he is considering graduate school.
In his spare time, Marshall enjoys going to concerts and watching bad, old movies.
Ying is a graduate student at UW-Parkside. She is working on her Master’s in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS)
She deals with management in the App Factory, and she’s been here for a year. Ying’s ideal career will involve Project Management. In her spare time, she volunteers at Women & Children Horizon. She also enjoys watching old movies.
Cristian is a Junior at UW-Parkside. He is working on his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Cristian has been working in the App Factory for two years. He is currently working on team projects called HEX, On The Radar, and Focus Racine.
His favorite programming language is C++ and his ideal goal after graduation is Software Engineering.
Cristian likes cooking and video games. He also like to help others and enjoys being a tutor.
Tony is a graduate student at UW-Parkside enrolled in the Master of Computer Information Systems (MS CIS) program with a concentration in Software Development. Tony graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a Minor in Web Development, and certificates in Cyber Security and Unix System Administration.
Tony started working for the App Factory in 2017. He’s been on team projects such as On The Radar, and the Transit App. He also develops and maintains a few websites such as the App Factory and the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges: Midwest Conference.
Tony enjoys full stack development, the command line and sudo. His favorite languages are PHP, C++, and Java, and bash shell.
His ideal career after graduation would be a Software Engineer, Developer, or working with Cyber Security.