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Executive Leadership Team

Allie Blackburn

Director of Social Media

My curiosity allows me to develop skills quickly in new environments which has allowed me to grow in accounting as well as the areas of my two minors. Over my past year and a half in college I have exponentially improved my communication skills which are a huge factor in any business situation. This recent improvement has prepared me for my current involvement in a student run business consulting firm and being the recruitment chair for the largest business organization on campus, Women In Business. I am now ready to use all of the business experience I have learned in my courses and my previously listed campus involvement to a real world setting, where my curiosity will drive me to contribute to the best of my abilities.

blackba2@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Jack Gilcrest

President

Jack Gilcrest is the current President of Miami University Blockchain Club. Stepping up from his role as VP of Research in 2019, Jack aims to continue to expand the professional operations of the club. As a computer science student, Jack often focuses on the more technical aspects of blockchain, having completed Hyperledger and Ethereum-based projects. Outside of academics, Jack Co-Founded and currently serves as Chief Technology Officer at blOX Consulting LLC. In the future, Jack hopes to continue down the path of software consulting working with corporate companies to harness the power of distributed ledger technology.

gilcrejp@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Torsten Overbeck

VP of Education

Torsten Overbeck is a junior Computer Science major with a minor in Computer Engineering. He has a passion for all aspects of computation which eventually led him down the path of working with blockchain technology. It all started when he was in middle school when he had built his first computer. Going into high school he was a part of the underwater robotics team giving him experience in working with both software and hardware. He continued this passion into college by following the path he does today, chasing his dream of becoming an expert programmer, also with a focus in computer hardware. Post graduation he aspires to be working with emerging technologies such as blockchain. He will be using his passion in the space to help assist members with pursuing their own goals and provide them with the tools to create their own solutions.

overbetn@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Alex Stan

VP of Operations

Alex Stan is a sophomore Accountancy major in the Farmer School of Business. Alex is very passionate about blockchain technology and is eager to see how it will be applied in the world of business. He was part of setting up MUBC’s first ever Blockathon this past semester and is excited to carry that momentum into the spring semester for the annual Blockchain Conference. As VP of Professional Development he will be responsible for creating successful club events as well as connecting club members to various industry related companies that are looking for like minded students to extend internships and job offers too. Alex is looking to create more buzz around MUBC events in hopes of attracting more Miami University students as well as company sponsorships.

stanam@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Adrian Czajka

VP of Public Relations

Adrian Czajka is a junior Software Engineering Major, and Finance Minor from Cleveland, Ohio. Over the past couple of years since coming into college, Adrian has gained an extensive appreciation and understanding for the world of Blockchain. He will be spending this summer as an Information Technology intern at Kautex-Textron, where he will be learning the ins and outs of the world of Information Technology. Adrian hopes to become a software project manager in his future, and learn new leadership skills through MUBC. Within MUBC, he hopes to be able to expand his knowledge in not only Blockchain in the future, but also in the world of software development as a whole. Adrian’s main goal within MUBC is to get the club more involved with the community, and to expand the club in terms of not only size, but also accomplishments and goals.

czajkaat@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Peter Cooke

VP of Projects

Peter Cooke is a Junior Computer Science Major and has worked on multiple large-scale projects. Peter planned, prototyped, and developed the android app Running2win, which is being used by thousands of people to record information about their runs. Peter also helped MUBC in the past year with the blockchain peer-to-peer solution for insurance, TandaPay. Peter is looking forward to bringing his experience to the club to help plan and lead development of future projects!

cookepf@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Strategic Advisors

Dr. Jeffrey Merhout

Academic Adviser

Jeffrey W. Merhout is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. and MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). He has information systems consulting experience in several industries, including financial services, manufacturing and retail. His current research interests focus on agile software development project management; blockchain; sustainability issues with information technology and sustainability solutions offered by information systems; IT governance, information risk management, IT security and information systems auditing; and recruiting underrepresented students into the information systems major. He has presented and published his research at numerous MIS conferences and in journals, including the Communications of the ACM, Communications of the AIS, Journal of Information Systems Education, Information Technology & People, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, Review of Business Information Systems, and Information Systems Control Journal.

merhoujw@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Dr. Arthur Carvalho

Academic Adviser

Dr. Arthur Carvalho is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Analytics at Farmer School of Business, Miami University. His research interests lie at the intersection of Information Systems, Analytics, and Decision Analysis. In particular, Dr. Carvalho works on the development of mathematical techniques and decision support systems that assist decision makers in making better decisions.

carvalag@miamioh.eduLinkedIn

Ashton Barger

Strategic Adviser

People, the environment, and technology absolutely fascinate me. They are where my passions lie; through being a lover of sales, marketing, consulting, leadership, and economics, actively getting experience with developing blockchain solutions, and being an environmentalist through a love of sustainability. Professionally, I am the Co-Founder and CEO of blOX Consulting, a Blockchain Consulting and Development company bringing valuable Blockchain Solutions to multiple clients. Besides Consultation, we provide introductory Blockchain Presentations and Webinars, Blockchain Development work with Solidity and Hyperledger, software security audits, testing and feedback, compliance expertise, marketing, and more. I plan to graduate in 2020 from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Business Economics and a minor in Data Analytics. I have also enjoyed taking classes in science and entrepreneurship. After college, I am looking to work in Blockchain consulting and run my own business, but I am interested in hearing about any internship or job opportunity that comes my way and am very flexible. Thank you so much for visiting.

ashton@blox.consultingLinkedIn

Patrick Young

Strategic Adviser

People, the environment, and technology absolutely fascinate me. They are where my passions lie; through being a lover of sales, marketing, consulting, leadership, and economics, actively getting experience with developing blockchain solutions, and being an environmentalist through a love of sustainability. Professionally, I am the Co-Founder and CEO of blOX Consulting, a Blockchain Consulting and Development company bringing valuable Blockchain Solutions to multiple clients. Besides Consultation, we provide introductory Blockchain Presentations and Webinars, Blockchain Development work with Solidity and Hyperledger, software security audits, testing and feedback, compliance expertise, marketing, and more. I plan to graduate in 2020 from Miami University of Ohio with a B.S. in Business Economics and a minor in Data Analytics. I have also enjoyed taking classes in science and entrepreneurship. After college, I am looking to work in Blockchain consulting and run my own business, but I am interested in hearing about any internship or job opportunity that comes my way and am very flexible. Thank you so much for visiting.

patrick@blockkeycapital.ioLinkedIn