Before launching his academic career in 2010, Joe worked as a Software Developer in industry for more than 18 years on a wide range of platforms including embedded systems, client-server, Windows desktop, web and mobile. In 1999, at the peak of the “dot-com” boom, Joe started Optimum Software Development and worked as a Software Development Consultant for 11 years. During his industry career he worked with many GTHA companies including Smiths Detection, MDS Sciex and L-3 Wescam. Joe has worked for start-ups, multinationals and everything in between
Joe Varrasso is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at Mohawk College. Prior to joining Mohawk he was the Associate Dean of Applied Computing at Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus. He holds a Master of Engineering degree and has extensive software development, consulting, academic, applied research and management experience acquired during 18 years of industry, 11 years of consulting and 6 years of academic experience.
Joe has been working on Applied Research projects since 1990. He contributed to several complex, multidisciplinary projects including chemical detection systems for the US Pentagon and Homeland Security, stabilized camera systems for US Navy surveillance aircraft, mass spectrometer systems for the pharmaceutical industry and train control systems for the Vancouver SkyTrain. He has also contributed to several Applied Research projects at Sheridan.
Joe is an extremely dedicated team player and is highly creative and results oriented. He has excelled in numerous roles and has always made a major impact at every organization he has worked with.