Joseph Kosteczko, MS
Assistant Director of Digital Shipbuilding
Joseph Kosteczko received his Bachelor of Science and USCG Merchant Marine License from the US Merchant Marine Academy in 1998 and a Master of Science in Operations and Project Management (OPM) from Southern New Hampshire University in 2015.
Mr. Kosteczko currently is serving as the Assistant Director of the Digital Shipbuilding Program at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (ODU/VMASC). Prior to joining ODU/VMASC in 2018, Mr. Kosteczko spent over 11 years working in the shipbuilding, ship repair, US Navy Training and Readiness, and maritime industry as an Analyst, Project Manager, Contract Manager, and Program Manager.
He also spent over 8 years on active duty as a qualified US Navy Surface Warfare Officer which included three sea tours, and 3 years in the US Navy Reserves while working in the commercial port operations throughout the US Gulf of Mexico.
At ODU, Mr. Kosteczko is responsible for leading the daily operations of Digital Shipbuilding Enterprise in developing programs and strategies, creation of Industry 4.0 curriculum, promote and conduct workforce development, and conduct research for the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.
Research Associate Professor
Dr. Rafael Diaz
Dr. Rafael Diaz is a Research Associate Professor at VMASC. Previously, he has been an Affiliate Researcher at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics and an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program.
Dr. Diaz is a co-director of the Advanced Analytics Lab. He has a Ph.D. degree in Modeling and Simulation Analytics focused on Operations and Supply Chains Management and an M.B.A in information technology from Old Dominion University.
Prof. Diaz’s research is in business analytics, complex supply chain management, logistics, and the intersection between operations management and Industry 4.0 technologies. He focuses on two application domains: maritime and shipbuilding and emergency management, and resilient supply chains.
Jessica Johnson is a Curriculum Coordinator at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (ODU-VMASC). She is an educational and cognitive psychologist with extensive experience in learning science, immersive learning design, user experience design (UXD), advanced learning technologies, learner analytics, and the implementation of educational and advanced technology innovations.
Mrs. Johnson is a doctoral candidate in educational psychology, studying immersive learning environments and adaptive instructional systems within K-20 education. She has served as a STEM coordinator, instructional designer, and educator designing and implementing engineering design curriculum, content, training series, professional development series, and various STEM programs at the local, state, and national levels for K-20+.
Mrs. Johnson has served on game design, social and educational sciences, national modeling and simulation organizations, conferences, and STEM workforce development committees.
Katherine Smith is a Research Associate in Digital Shipbuilding at Old Dominion University’s Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center.
She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. She is an alumna of Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering.
Jessica Zimmerman, MA
Jessica Zimmerman has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a News Broadcasting emphasis and a master’s degree in Journalism, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her master’s thesis focused on nonverbal communication and bias portrayed from local Las Vegas television news station broadcasters.
Jessica is a Public Relations Account Executive with 15 years of experience in PR, television news and higher education recruiting. She possesses well-developed skills in broadcast writing and AP style, preparing compelling press releases, and building relationships with clients and media sources.
A dedicated cross-functional leader with outstanding communication skills and a proven track record of success producing engaging multimedia stories across various digital and social media platforms for a defined target audience, Jessica also can execute a client’s media strategy, and increase a client’s social media presence.
In her spare time, Jessica is working on writing a romance novel.
Gul, who grew up in Virginia Beach, is a recent graduate of the ODU Department of Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering, with a bachelor’s degree in Computational Modeling and Simulation Engineering.
Gul is interested in augmented and virtual reality development. She is an experienced AR developer and 3D Modeler with a demonstrated history of working in the motion pictures and film. Gul is skilled in Research and Group Management and is a strong community and social services professional.