Alumni Panel - October 16, 2012

This year's alumni panel was held on Tuesday October 16, 2012 and was great success!  Thank you to all the alumni, faculty, staff and students who attended.  For the first time this year we teleconferenced with alumni on the west coast.

Colin Anderson 
Colin began his career as an educator and recently completed his Master’s Degree in Information Technology with a concentration in MIS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He now works as a Lead Consultant at Blue Slate Solutions in Albany, NY.  Colin’s consultant experience has been focused in both the healthcare and financial  industry.  He is a key team member in leading requirements and analysis in increasing a healthcare payer’s Medical Review effectiveness.  This involves working directly with key members  across, and at all levels, of the organization in the standardization and re-engineering of their Medical Review process with the goal of leveraging the specific root cause for payment denial in a structured form to support targeted provider education along informing the client’s data mining and predictive analytics.   The underpinning technology to support this effort is an ontology in which Colin helped designed. Colin also worked with a Fortune 5 level client on extracting and validating business and technical requirements for a system integration and data migration project related to their enterprise planning function. In addition, he worked to maintain a data management system, while executing data modeling, transformation and validation logic.
Degrees / Certifications
Masters of Science, Information Technology, RPI
Masters of Science, Curriculum and Development, SUNY Plattsburgh
Bachelors of Science, Secondary Education, SUNY Cortland

Ryan DeVito 
Ryan DeVito is an Advertiser Platform Solutions Consultant at Google, Inc. in New York, NY specializing in display ad optimization and custom reporting techniques on the DoubleClick advertising platform.  Prior to working at Google, Ryan was employed at IBM in Poughkeepsie, NY where he worked for five years as a Software Engineer and, later, a Team Leader of 6 Software Engineers tasked with hosting virtual server and storage environments for global IBM product test and development teams.  Ryan holds a B.S. in Information Technology from RPI and an M.S. in Information Systems from Marist College.  

Jinal gorasia
I have worked for a year in Mumbai (India) as an Assistant Systems Engineer at Tata Consultancy Services.
I came to RPI in Fall 2008 to do my Masters in IT. During my course, I interned in Deloitte & Touche and secured a full time job. Now currently, I work as a Senior Consultant in Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Justin Graham 
Justin graduated with a BS in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to RPI, he attended Choate Rosemary Hall on scholarship where he found his passion for technology. Across his professional career, Justin has held senior strategic roles in product support, business analysis, product marketing and technical sales. Justin's accomplishments range from owning numerous product launches for Fortune 50 companies, to developing and implementing go-to-market strategies and processes for several startups.
As Strategy Director at Rational (, Justin leverages his deep experience in business development, product marketing, and sales management to ensure both Rational and its clients are thinking big and exceeding business objectives. Acting as a business partner and trusted advisor, Justin and the Strategy Practice he leads help clients assess, plan, and execute complex strategies at scale.
Past Companies: Apptio (, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies, General Electric

Ryan Jones 

Ryan Jones (BS IT 2003) is currently the Compliance Manager at Square, Inc.  As Compliance Manager Ryan is responsible for implementing all legal, regulatory and card network requirements in Square's products and operations, additionally Ryan spent a year responsible for financial systems at Square.  Prior to Square, Ryan worked as a full time volunteer at where he was responsible for implementing an overhaul of Kiva's financial systems and processes.  Prior to Kiva Ryan worked as a management consultant with IBM serving financial service firms in the United States, Asia and Europe across a broad array of client projects.  In addition to his for profit work, Ryan also worked on an IBM non-profit project with the World Wildlife Fund, which involved work in Africa and Asia.  Ryan's job immediately out of RPI was as a consultant with American Management Systems (now CGI).  In addition to his degree from RPI, Ryan has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Rich Palmer
I'm currently doing product development for a startup called RelSci. My focus for the past year has been on the front-end consumer facing site where I wear almost every hat - everything from marketing and illustration to writing the interface code and working with vendors. We are still in "stealth" mode as a pre-launch institutional startup, so I can't talk about specifics, but we have raised a significant amount of capital to get things going and are looking to launch by the end of the year .
Prior to that I had spent a little over a year working on my own startup between Silicon Valley and Denver, and before that I spent about 3 1/2 years at Capital IQ, which is a financial technology company in NYC. I was a Business Analyst working primarily on their Portfolio Analytics Suite as well as other tools for quantitative analytics.
I am an '07 graduate of RPI with a dual major in IT and in Economics, as well as a minor in Management. I also studied abroad at The University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.

Anand Patil *
Anand is a PMP® Certified Project Manager within the Polaris Solutions practice. He has over seven years of consulting and project management experience in implementing custom solutions for both small and large clientele. He is an emerging subject matter expert in Polaris’s Healthcare Interactions Portal solution. Prior to joining Polaris, Anand worked in CGI’s Public and Commercial Sectors, specializing in Interface and Conversion, Performance, Job Administration, and QA Testing of large ERP solutions. He holds a  B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Bioinformatics and a M.S. in Information Technology from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute. 


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