Meet the Exelaration Team Members

Featured Alumni

Katheryn Rizek, Class of ’20

Katheryn studied Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. Here, she learned the importance of process improvement, which she could then apply to Agile principles when joining Exelaration. Katheryn joined Exelaration the summer after her sophomore year and stayed through graduation. She learned much about full-stack software development and Agile methodologies and got to work on projects with private companies, the federal government, and non-profits. The projects utilized technologies ranging from JavaScript, Java, Ruby, and Python. Today, Katheryn is a Senior Consultant with Excella where she is supporting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with their software for responding to consumer complaints about financial institutions.

 

“Exelaration opened me up to a career in software development that I never thought I could achieve. I had previously taken a computer science class in college with hundreds of other students and finished the course thinking a career in tech was not for me. Through a friend, I found the XC and quickly and passionately learned key software development principles through their supportive, hands-on teaching style.”

 

Dan Nguyen, Class of ’20

Dan studied Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, a field that helped him develop both technical and soft skills in numerous areas. Even though academic obligations and campus involvements kept him busy, Dan went above and beyond in order to pursue new challenges and experiences. For the latter half of his undergraduate career, Dan joined Exelaration where he began an adventure in the world of full-stack software development and Agile methodologies. Today, Dan is a GPS Analyst at Deloitte, where he applies all of his past experiences to make lasting contributions to the firm, putting his technical and soft skills to use.

 

“The XC exposed me to a lot of different languages, frameworks, and technology. It helped me to become more confident in my technical abilities.”

Current Learners

Liam Cespedes

Arlington Talent Program

 

Liam is a junior software engineer who went to Radford University and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. Liam is excited about participating in this program because he thinks it’ll be a great experience to work with people who are experts in the industry. He is eager to learn new skills and apply the skills he has gained throughout his career. Liam used to work in food service at a movie theater and as a cashier, but his passion lies in software development and working with computers. Liam’s dream job is to work at Google.

 

 

 

Quinn Eggleston 

Virginia Tech

 

Quinn Eggleston is a computer science major pursuing a master of engineering at Virginia Tech. She interviewed with Exelaration during her undergraduate education, as she’d heard from word-of-mouth and career fair sources that the company offered an excellent environment and work experience. While she enjoys working with computing software in general, her dream job is to work somewhere in the video game industry with a similarly good environment to Exelaration.

 

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Matthew Enzinna

Virginia Tech

 

Matthew Enzinna is a senior at Virginia Tech studying computer engineering with a focus on chip scale integration. Matthew joined Exelaration in spring 2021 to work with the Blue Tractor Group, helping run DevOps for the company’s Alpha Shielding software. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends as well as a good jog.

 

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Joshua Fay

Arlington Talent Program

 

Joshua Fay is a senior at George Mason University achieving his Bachelor of Computer Science. After his brief time as a programming tutor, he is incredibly excited to get firsthand, guided experience in the field he is studying. While not at work or on campus, Josh is normally preparing for the weekly TTRPG game he hosts. His dream job would be a management position for a software development team, where he can use the leadership skills he has learned from army ROTC to keep projects organized and support his team.

Mital Gajjar

Arlington Talent Program

 

Mital joined Exelaration because of the value they put on mentorship and learning, especially for those with a limited background in information technology. Mital came from a teaching background along with a degree in exercise science. However, technology has always been an integral part of her life. In the near future, she plans on growing and applying her software development expertise, creatively, into other domains such as UX design, Cybersecurity, and EduTech.

Nu Huynh

Virginia Tech

 

Nu Huynh is a junior at Virginia Tech pursuing a major in business information technology with a concentration in cybersecurity management and analytics. She joined Exelaration in the Fall of 2021 due to its stellar reputation in mentorship, helping students further their software development skills and gain real world experience. As a service & people-oriented person, she is especially excited to work with clients and with a team to deliver something valuable to them. Nu has a strong love for her culture; she serves as President of the Vietnamese Student Association at VT.

 

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Caleb McIrvin 

Virginia Tech

 

Caleb McIrvin is a student at Virginia Tech studying computer science. He joined Exelaration because he was looking to expand his knowledge of software development and gain practical experience in a client-focused working environment. Outside of Exelaration, Caleb enjoys playing volleyball and is a member of the Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning club. Caleb’s dream career is to work somewhere he can experiment with state-of-the-art machine learning models.

 

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Abdul Omotosho

Virginia Tech

 

Abdul Omotosho is a freshman at Virginia Tech studying computer science with a passion for code. He joined Exelaration after attending an engineering expo where he met the team and found likeminded individuals who saw code as fun and exciting. Outside of working at the XC, Abdul develops personal projects to improve his skills. He also loves exploring new places and trying new foods. Abdul dreams of becoming a software engineer for an influential company at the forefront of groundbreaking software and technology.

 

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Jacob Parvin 

North Carolina State University

 

Jacob Parvin is a sophomore at North Carolina State University pursing a degree in IT systems management. He joined Exelaration in the winter of 2022 to sharpen his software development skills and apply them in a real-world environment.  Jacob enjoys running, playing and making video games, reading, and hanging out with friends. Post-graduation, He hopes to pursue a career in backend development or information technology. 

 

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Tushar Patel

Virginia Tech

 

Tushar Patel is a computer engineering student at Virginia Tech with a secondary focus on chip scale integration. Outside of school he plays Quidditch for Virginia Tech and is currently the team’s treasurer. Tushar joined Exelaration knowing he wanted to be a part of a company that focused on building their interns’ skillsets rather than just putting them to work.

Connor Roth

Virginia Tech

 

Connor Roth is a sophomore at Virginia Tech pursuing a major in computer science with a minor in human computer interaction. He joined Exelaration fall of 2021 and has since helped to develop software with a small team of interns and professionals. In the future Connor looks to learn more about UX/UI design and become a contractor or software engineer. Outside of Exelaration, Connor is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity where he loves to make memories and become a more balanced man. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights, cooking, and spending time with his friends.

 

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Lauren Scheerer

Virginia Tech

 

Lauren Scheerer is a freshman at Virginia Tech studying business information technology with a focus in cybersecurity management and analytics. She joined Exelaration in spring of 2022 to improve her software development skills by pursuing opportunities to work on different projects and teams. On campus, Lauren is involved in philanthropic organizations such as Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women, the Big Event, and the United Feminist Movement. She also enjoys playing clarinet, reading, and exercising in her free time.

 

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Daniel Setareh

Virginia Tech

 

Daniel Setareh is a computer science student at Virginia Tech who enjoys building software for user enjoyment. At VT, he currently helps maintain the Wireless@VT Testbed (CORNET), involving management of hosts and spinning up new VM’s for student projects. He chose to join the Exelaration team because it offers him the opportunity to write code for clients to use in real world scenarios.

 

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Santiago Solis

Virginia Tech

 

Santiago Solis is a rising senior at Virginia Tech majoring in computer engineering with a focus in chip scale integration. Throughout his undergraduate career, Santiago has been involved with Latin Link, a Latinx cultural organization. He is the current President of Out in STEM, an organization that provides academic and professional resources to queer students. During his free time, Santiago is a photographer and enjoys going to the gym and playing games with friends. In the future, he hopes to work with embedded systems in a biomedical world.

 

Nathan Sudduth

North Carolina State University

 

Nathan Sudduth is a computer science student at NC State University studying software engineering and game design. After graduation, he plans to attend grad school at NC State to further his study of computer science. Outside of work and school, Nathan is a novice game developer and a club leader for The Smash Ultimate Club at NC State, in which he runs tournaments and other events for charity with players of Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

 

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Daniel Tran

Virginia Tech

 

Daniel Tranis a Virginia Tech student studying computer science. He’s involved in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity where he participates in philanthropic events and serves his community. He also enjoys playing sports and cooking by learning new recipes. Daniel chose to join Exelaration due to the welcoming atmosphere and strong mentorship program. He feels it is unique from any other company. Post-graduation, he hopes to gain a full-time Software Developer position at a sustainable business and place investments in different businesses.

 

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Tam Vu

Virginia Tech

 

Tam Vu is a junior at Virginia Tech pursuing a major in computer science and minors in human computer interaction and visual arts.  She joined Exelaration in fall of 2020 and has been eager to grow her software development skills with real world experience. She also has a passion for design. She is a UX/UI Designer on the Eidolon Virtual Reality game team at Virginia Tech, and enjoys making graphics as a hobby. She is also serving as a Computer Science Ambassador as well. In her free time, she enjoys reading fantasy novels and playing on her new switch.

Harold Wolfinger

Arlington Talent Program

 

Harold Wolfinger enjoys learning, playing, and being challenged, so he is excited to team with Exelaration. He is grateful for Arlington County’s partnership in driving this opportunity, especially since his experience in technology consists primarily with the architecture, implementation, and end user training of the Microsoft stack. Harold owes much of his success to principles developed from key influences and professional relationships, and his focus is on accelerating his capacity to reciprocate those investments. He trusts Exelaration’s mission, leadership, and corporate culture, and believes its model should be scaled.

 

Sandy Yeung

Arlington Talent Program

Sandy is a Master of Computer Science student at Georgia Institute of Technology. She joined Exelaration in the fall of 2022 to sharpen her software development skills and make a positive real-world impact. She has a passion to work as a software developer and create products people will love and want to use. Outside of Exelaration, Sandy enjoys playing guitar, learning new languages, and trying new foods.

 

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Louis Zhang

Virginia Tech

 

Louis Zhang is a student at Virginia Tech studying computer science. He chose to intern at Exelaration after noticing the dedication Exelaration gives to its interns. He found the interview process fun and knew it would be a welcoming place to work. Outside of Exelaration, Louis is a student leader in his ministry, Chi Alpha. He also enjoys playing frisbee, guitar, and going outside. Post grad, he is open to many opportunities. Whether he’s working at a large tech company or a start-up teaching STEM to underserved children, Louis is excited about the future ahead.

 

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