Zachary Telschow

Zachary Telschow

Work History

Work History

Application Developer

In order to increase the efficiency of claims handling, I was one of hundreds of developers working on an Allstate initiative called NextGen.The program streamlined the claim handling process, allowing each customer to be served more quickly and effectively.My team, financials, wrote code that allowed the system to pay customers who had filed a claim within the business logic required.For the last several months, I was working on a small team that had been processing stuck medical bills.

Dec 2008 - Present

PS Engineer


While working at BigMachines, I've implemented our custom sales software solution for a variety of clients.I've been involved in every facet of the process, from building configurators to integrating to CRM backend software to fine tuning pricing logic.Aside from technical work, I’ve also engaged in numerous projects where I’ve had additional requirements gathering responsibility, allowing me to grow my skills in design and project management.The job has been an invaluable experience across a variety of software and business subject matters.

Sep 2006 - Apr 2008

Head Tour Guide

Carthage College Admissions

As head tour guide, my primary responsibility was to arrange an ambassador for every individual and group tour throughout the course of the school year.  In addition, I helped run monthly meetings and replaced my direct superior at events on occasion.  Due to the heavy travel required by my supervisor (Ashley Schmidtke), I was often solely responsible for the tours at the college.  I also implemented an Access database to ease scheduling of tours and events.

May 2007 - Sep 2007

Marketing and GIS Intern

Snap-On Tools

While at Snap-on tools, I used geographic information systems software in order to create deliverable maps which were used to optimize the routes traveled by Snap-on franchisees.  I also queried databases for information on potential customers, produced a series of online surveys for use at the national franchisee convention in Las Vegas, and used basic functions in the statistical software SPSS to analyze long term tracking studies.




I was introducted to C#.NET at Carthage through my database course; my team at Allstate utilized VB.NET.  I have not used it since my time at AllState.


C++ was the language of choice throughout my college years at both Wisconson-Platteville and Carthage.


I wasn't exposed to JAVA until my senior year of college, as Carthage uses C++ extensively, but it is the sole language used at DePaul for my graduate computer science courses and I've become very comfortable with it.


I utilized SQL functions frequently while working at Allstate and was first introduced to SQL through a database course during my junior year of college.  I furthered my skills as a student at DePaul, but have been forced to use a stripped down version of SQL while implementing BigMachines software.


Aug 2008 - Present

M.S. in Computer Science

Education has always been emphasized as important in my family, and as a result of that upbringing and generous employer reimbursement I began attending DePaul University in pursuit of my master's degree in computer science in fall, 2008. After this current trimester, completing just one class each ensuing trimester will allow me to complete my degree in spring of 2011.

Sep 2005 - May 2008

Computer Science

Carthage College

Carthage College is a small liberal arts school located along the Lake Michigan shoreline just north of Kenosha, WI.  Throughout my sophmore through senior years at Carthage, I served as a small group Bible study leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, was the head tour guide for the admissions office, and contributed sparingly to the school newspaper.  I was also a founding member of the Carthage Entrepreneurs Organization.

Although I received my degree in computer science, the most enjoyable and rewarding series of courses I took were for the entrepreneurial studies in the natural sciences (ESNS) minor.  This series of courses begins with two semesters of topical work and a semester of product development.  During the beginning of my senior year, without taking any other business related courses, I scored in the top 10% nation wide in a standardized exit exam for college business majors. 

The last two courses of the ESNS minor require that students write a complete business plan.  Through a partnership with the Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI), students gain access to a  portfolio of ~350 patents in order to develop a unique and original product.  The results of my senior project are attached below my portfolio as "Thermix Business Plan."

Sep 2004 - May 2005

Computer Science

I spent my freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, but decided not to complete my degree there.  After playing varsity soccer, I played several intramural sports and was an active member of a small group Bible study.


I am an entrepreneurial minded and adaptable young man seeking full-time employment that will give me an opportunity to continue to grow my leadership skills as well as expand my technical knowledge.My education in computer science combined with my natural curiosity and an analytical mind allow me to tackle quantitative problems.An ideal job would give me an opportunity to learn new skills, have a vested stake in individual projects, and do something different every day.


I often spend my weekends playing disc golf and going home to visit my family in the Sheboygan, WI area; my wife Andrea and I are huge Packers fans and do what we can to make sure we don't miss any games.  I've come to enjoy bicycling after it became my primary mode of transportation for several months during my time at Allstate.




Mark Mahoney

Professor Mahoney serves as the only dedicated computer science professor at Carthage College.  In addition to being my advisor, he was my professor for approximately a half dozen computer science courses.  Professor Mahoney also takes an interest in the ESNS minor and often frequents the biannual meetings.

Andy Fodale

Andy and I have worked together extensively at BigMachines.

Ashley Schmidtke

Ms. Schmidtke served as my advisor and boss in my role as head tour guide for Carthage College.

Dr. Doug Arion

Dr. Arion serves as the primary professor in the ESNS minor as well as a professor of physics at Carthage College.  He has spent countless hours with my classmates and I as we polished our business plans.