Who We Are – Roles & Duties of Senior Design Staff

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Ms. Margaret R. Heil

Ms. Heil is the Director for the CSC Senior Design Center. She received her MS in Technical Communication from NC State in December 2001. As Director of the Center, she is responsible for initiating and maintaining relationships with industrial sponsors who support the Center by providing projects for CSC undergraduate seniors. Ms. Heil acts as a liaison between students, the Associated Faculty, and/or industrial sponsors of the Center, and she manages the budget, staff, resources, and activities of the Center. As team coordinator, she assists students with team formation and development, interpersonal communication, written documentation, oral technical presentations, and task planning. Additionally, she will help you manage your project and maintain your Project File over the course of the semester.

Ms. Heil’s professional experience ranges from proofreading/editing scientific documentation to toxicology study coordination to system analysis and project management. Before being named Director of the Senior Design Center in January 2015, she served in various roles in the Center since 1996:  Team Coordinator, Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Interim Director.

Dr. Lina Battestilli

Dr. Battestilli is Associated Faculty of the CSC Senior Design Center. She received her PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2005. After working for many years in industry, Dr. Battestilli joined the NCSU teaching staff in 2012.  Dr. Battestilli serves as the technical advisor to Fall 2017 Section 1 students in Senior Design. As your technical advisor she will act as a mentor for your project, providing feedback, guidance, and support regarding all areas of your project. This is Dr. Battestilli’s third semester serving as an advisor in Senior Design; she comes to us with many years of teaching and industry experience.

Mr. Michael DeHaan

Mr. DeHaan is a 2001 alumni of NCSU CSC (and of the Senior Design Center!). He serves as a Technical Consultant to the Fall 2017 Section 1 students in Senior Design. Mr. DeHaan is the co-founder of Ansible.

Dr. Sarah Heckman

Dr. Heckman is Associated Faculty of the CSC  Senior Design Center.  She received her PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2009 and is also a former student of the Senior Design Center.  Dr. Heckman serves as the technical advisor to Fall 2017 Section 2 students in Senior Design. As your technical advisor she will act as a mentor for your project, providing feedback, guidance, and support regarding all areas of your project.  Dr. Heckman started teaching at NC State during the Fall 2009 semester and started with the Senior Design Center in Spring 2014.

Dr. David Sturgill

Dr. Sturgill is Associated Faculty of the CSC Senior Design Center. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Cornell University. Dr. Sturgill serves as the technical advisor to Fall 2017 Section 3 students in Senior Design. As your technical advisor he will act as a mentor for your project, providing feedback, guidance, and support regarding all areas of your project. Dr. Sturgill started during the Fall 2011 semester with the Senior Design Center and NC State; he comes to us with many years of teaching and industry experience and has worked with capstone courses at other institutions.

Mr. Nicholas Freeman

Nick Freeman, a Senior in Computer Science, will serve as a teacher’s assistant for Sections 1 and 2 of the Fall 2017 Senior Design Course.  Nick has served as a TA in Senior Design since Spring 2015. As co-creator of our updated website, Nick also serves as one of our website consultants this semester.

Mr. Ignacio X. Domínguez

Mr. Domínguez is a Computer Science PhD student. He received his bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and he just recently completed the Preparing the Professoriate Program at NC State. Along with Nick Freeman, he created our updated website and he now serves as one of our website consultants. Mr. Domínguez was a Technical Advisor in the Center from Spring 2014-Spring 2016, and he previously served as a Teaching Assistant for Senior Design since 2011. During the Fall 2017 semester, Ignacio will serve as Teaching Assistant to Section 3 students.

Dr. Robert J. Fornaro

Dr. Fornaro is Associated Faculty of the CSC Senior Design Center. He received his PhD in Computer Science from The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Fornaro acts as a mentor to the entire Senior Design Center staff.  Dr. Fornaro formed the Senior Design Center along with former Department Head, Dr. Alan Tharp, and he served as Director of the Center from 1994-Spring 2011.