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Peter Vassilatos is a technology leader with wide-ranging expertise developing software engineering teams, products and processes. He’s helped teams deliver software projects on six continents–and still waiting to check Antarctica off the list….

Peter recently wrapped up work on a successful technology transition for a high profile bank merger. He served as VP of Software Engineering at MB Financial Bank, and before that led their mortgage division software engineering department, which he built from the ground up. In the past, Peter worked for companies ranging from startups to the largest multinationals. Everything he teaches to his graduate students at the University of Chicago is backed by real-world experience, earned in the IT trenches as a developer, analyst, architect, manager and executive.

Peter has been fortunate to learn from challenging projects throughout his career. Here are just a few:

• Built an analytics engine for a global bank that matched securities products in inventory with tactical gaps in customer portfolios. The system scaled seamlessly to over two dozen product types.

• As CTO, led the technology team for a FinTech startup.

• Successfully remediated trading and logistics support applications for Y2K by leveraging computational linguistics to write software that parsed hundreds of thousands of lines of code to identify non-trivial Y2K vulnerabilities. We entered the new millennium without a single blip.

• Developed the processes for requirements, design and deployment of software for a Global 10 corporation. I worked with the technology executives around the globe to coordinate the successful rollout.

• Guided multinational virtual teams on a variety of strategic projects for one of the largest financial institutions in the world.

• Worked with expert medical researchers and doctors to build a mobile software application that enabled real-time data collection during cardiac arrest episodes. Ultimately, we helped change the American Heart Association’s recommendations for proper administration of CPR.

MS, Computer Science, University of Chicago
MA, English Language & Literature, Univeristy of Chicago

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