Professor, Department Chair
Technology Center, T414I
Alexandra Vaschillo has taught computer science courses at LWTech since 2006. She developed curriculum for the Information Technology Applications Development program, has taught every ITAD course offered, and created a number of new courses to keep the program up to speed with the rapidly changing world of software development.
Alexandra holds Masters of Sciences Degree in Computer Science from Florida International University and Masters of Sciences Degree in Mathematics from St. Petersburg State University. Prior to joining LWTech she worked for the High Performance Database Research Center, doing research in the area of semantic databases, and developing system software for NASA Regional Applications Center.
Professor, Faculty Director
Technology Center, T414K
Tom Abbott is a tenure-track faculty member and director of the Computing and Software Development Applied Bachelor’s program.
Tom began his career as a software engineer by earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. He spent the next 35 years as a software engineer in a variety of sectors, including computer graphics, aerospace, gaming, e-commerce, and bio-tech.
In early 1992, Tom started teaching programming classes part-time at local area community colleges. Almost immediately he discovered that teaching was an excellent way to keep up with current industry trends, as well as sharpen his programming skills. He also realized that he liked working with people. So, while continuing to work as a full-time software engineer, he returned to school and earned a master’s degree in computer science in 2012 from the University of Washington, allowing him to teach full-time.
Tom is listed as a co-inventor on the following patents:
Bruce McLean grew up on the Eastside of Lake Washington, has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington State University and a M.S. degree in Computer Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Bruce started his professional career in Computer Science at Bell Labs in New Jersey, programming in C and Unix. At Bell Labs, he worked on an early “Home Information System” that was a joint project with CBS.
Bruce eventually moved back to the Eastside and joined a small company in Bellevue working on real-time control systems for electric transmission and distribution companies plus other similar systems for nuclear power plants, water and irrigation systems, and pipeline companies. His early specialty was in system performance, which led to travel around the world to locations in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. After co-founding a company, growing it, and selling to the French Technology company Alstom, Bruce retired from the business world and turned teaching at LWTech. In his spare time, he stays fit by playing soccer.
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