Alumni Judges


Your project and presentation will be judged by these experts

Josh Aas '05
Engineering Manager, Mozilla Corporation
Josh double-majored in English and computer science at Macalester before joining Mozilla to code on the then-young Firefox web browser. Since then he's worked in various roles including engineering management, web standards development, partner relations, security, and technology strategy.

Roya Ansari ’83
Director, Sales and Business Development, Silicon Expert Technologies
Roya is director of Sales and Business Development for Silicon Expert Technologies, a Santa Clara component data and supply-chain management company. A political science major at Macalester, Roya has over 30 years of experience with high-tech businesses and her own start-up companies. She is also a 2008 recipient of Macalester's Distinguished Citizen Award.

Steve Arnold ’72
Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus, Polaris Partners, Polaris Ventures
Prior to founding Polaris as a venture capital firm in 1996, Steve had senior executive positions at Microsoft, LucasArts, LucasFilm and Continuum (now Corbis) Corporation. With George Lucas, Steve is a co-founder of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. He also serves on the boards of several other education-related non-profit organizations.

D. Christian (Chris) Koch ’87
Group President, Diversified Products, Carlisle Companies, Inc.
Prior to Group President position at Carlisle, Chris held a variety of positions at Carlisle, Graco and H.B. Fuller, including a six-year posting in China managing Asia Pacific business for Carlisle and Graco. An economics and history double-major at Macalester, Chris has an MBA from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota and serves on their Alumni Board. In addition, he is the lead director on the Arctic Cat board.

Paul L.H. Olson ’72
Executive Advisor; Corporate Board Member
A Macalester trustee, Dr. Olson is currently board chair of Entegris, a board director at Liaison Technologies, the company that acquired nuBridges when he was their President and CEO, and other corporate and non-profit boards. Paul has corporate executive as well as start-up experience in the technology field, and in addition, has been both a college administrator and an NFL football player.

Peter Pascale ’94
Director, Product Strategy and Architecture, Pearson VUE
A geography and environmental studies double-major at Macalester, Peter has M.S. degrees in both geography and software engineering. With over 15 years experience in software development, Peter guides product and technology investment for Pearson VUE, a global testing and educational certification provider.

Kate Ryan Reiling ’00
Founder, Morphology Games; Product Department Manager, InBoxDollars
Kate launched Morphology, a word/board game, in 2009, shortly after completing her MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She was a political science major and a three-time Division III soccer All-American at Macalester. In 2013, Kate licensed the Morphology Games portfolio, which includes a Junior version and an iPhone app, to PlaSmart, Canada’s leading toy and game company, and took a product manager position with a Minneapolis start-up.

David Sielaff ’90
Principal Lead Software Engineer, Microsoft Corporation
Key software engineer on program analysis software used on critical Microsoft projects, including Windows, Office, Xbox and SQL, and is a co-holder of multiple patents. He was the chief software architect at Intrinsa, a startup acquired by Microsoft. In addition, David is an angel investor and advisor to technology startups. At Macalester he had a hard time focusing, so he double-majored in math and computer science, and minored in religious studies and East Asian studies.

Per von Zelowitz ’94
Founder and CEO, Cowri
A former Macalester trustee, Per has over a decade of experience as a venture investor in digital media, communications, enterprise software and consumer software and service spaces. Per is the chief event judge and, along with Seth Levine '94, generated the Macathon concept.