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Fall 2021, People

IDSC Welcomes New Team Members

by Helen Gynell

August 30, 2021

IDSC is pleased to welcome two new Software Engineers:  Damian Franco and Manouj Govindaraju working with the Software Engineering group. and a Research Intern, Matthew Rossi, working with Dr. Amin Sarafraz in AI and Machine Learning.


Damian FrancoDamian Franco

Damian Franco is a Senior Software Engineer with many years of experience developing Web Applications in many different languages and technologies. Damian started his career at the Miami Herald, gaining extensive experience and skills in software, database, and web development. After a successful 20-year career helping the newspaper industry, he transitioned to a more challenging and dynamic opportunity at Magic Leap, where he was learning and growing his skills in the field of 3D Web Development. For a little more than a year, Damian has been developing web apps for Wels System Foundation, the nation’s most widely used comprehensive data system for quality rating improvement of Child Care.

Damian is originally from Havana, Cuba, and lives in Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Florida International University. Damian is self-motivated, and he is constantly experimenting with new technologies. He loves being a Dad. He practices yoga and meditation.

“I am excited and look forward to this
incredible and amazing opportunity.”



Manouj-Kumar GovindarajuManouj-Kumar Govindaraju

Manouj is an interactive applications developer with 3 years of experience in engineering games, Virtual, Augmented. and Mixed Reality experiences. and 4+ years of experience in Web, UI/UX development. He is a highly creative and motivated problem solver and a dependable team player. While primarily a Unity C# programmer, proficient in a wide array of skills including UI/UX, 3D Modeling, UX research, design, prototyping, and hardware integration skills. Manouj was part of the team that created “The U Experience” Magic Leap campus tour.



Matthew RossiMatthew Rossi

Matthew is an undergraduate from Northeast Ohio with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science (Class of 2023 | Foote Fellow). He intends to pursue an MS in Data Science and hopes to apply the skills he learns to a career as a data scientist in politics, healthcare, or finance. On campus, Matthew runs an undergraduate political magazine, sits on the executive board of the Data Analytics Student Association, serves as Treasurer of the Racquetball Club, and works as a Student Financial Intern for the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations. As a research intern in the IDSC AI and Machine Learning program, Matthew will be working with Dr. Amin Sarafraz, Research Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering.

In his free time, Matthew likes to read, play piano, and go rock climbing.

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