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Mark S. Russell
RAHD Oncology Products
RAHD Oncology Products (no longer in business)
has had a software development relationship
with Dr. Michael Zeleznik for over ten years. During that time we have
benefited from Mike's effort and skill on a broad spectrum of
projects. These have ranged from small, well-bounded efforts to very
large and complex solutions involving multiple participants. In every
case I have found the following characteristics.
I have learned from Mike that the best investment is good
workmanship. Mike's workmanship is always exceptional.
- A wealth of knowledge is brought to every project with a talent
for discerning how and when to apply these resources to each task.
- Mike has the knack of intuitively realizing that a solid
foundation is critical in every technology build project. He first
seeks for the proper foundation elements and then assures that they
are in place. This is the product of exceptionally good pre-planning
skills and design architecting.
- His work is carefully thought out and the effort is orchestrated
to be efficient and orderly. Collaboration is sought from relevant
resources so that the product is reflective of the solution envisioned
by all principals.
- The commitment is placed properly on finishing the project; not
just doing the work. Consequently, the elements of good workmanship
are evident. Excellent documentation, clean code, supporting scripts,
and diagnostic tools are in place.
I have known Dr. Zeleznik for over thirty years and have always found that he
has held himself to the highest professional standards. I have most recently
worked closely with Dr. Zeleznik on the volume fusion product that was sold by
RAHD Oncology Products,
and has been used (and is still being used) in research projects at
NYU Medical Center, the
Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden),
Dr. Zeleznik's work ethic and sense of professionalism are outstanding. He is a
very accomplished professional programmer as well as having a great
understanding of the whole picture. He has been a co-author on many papers and
has contributed to the tools used in the project, analyzing the data, and
improving the exposition of the papers.
Marilyn E. Noz, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Radiology (Physics)
New York University School of Medicine
I have known Mike Zeleznik since the early 1970s when we were both undergraduate
students in physics. We have cooperated on various projects over these years
ranging from pioneering work on picture archiving and communication systems
(PACS) in the early 1980s to a lot of work on volume fusion in the last
decade. He has consistently applied his intelligence to solving real problems
over a wide spectrum of areas. He works well with others and is also able to
Mike is not content to "just do the job", he really wants to understand what the
real problem is, then create a good solution. When he starting working with one
of the first EMI computed tomography (CT) scanners at New York University's
Medical Center he became one of the first (if not the first) non-EMI employees
to attend their internal course about this scanner. After this EMI starting
sending their field technicians to him for training!
When he started working with IBM's data explorer (DX), he was the first user to
develop commercial products upon their code base. The result was the outstanding
visualization code that he developed for RAHD Oncology Products' radiation
treatment planning system. Not only is Mike a very good software developer, but
his code is a pleasure to read.
If you are looking for great solutions that combine knowledge of physics and
computer science from visualization to networking and security, Mike is the
person to go to.
Gerald Q. Maguire Jr., Ph.D.
Computer Scientist, Professor Emeritus
Kungl Tekniska Hogskolan (KTH)
I have worked with Michael for more than a year. He worked on some complex image
processing algorithms and came up with some new techniques that enabled us to
improve the quality of our service. If you are looking for an independent
thinking high energy and smart technologist Micahael is the man.
Michael provided design, development, and operations for a high-reliability,
scientific testing system. Michael's design and implementation has been in
operations for more than 3 years and it continues to perform well and provide
value to our research group.
Michael was hired by our company to produce an automated visualization pipeline
that provided animations of seismic wavefield propagation on a continental
scale. The data sources were waveforms from more than 400 seismic stations and
the presentation required diligence in data preparation, color keying to data
points, and generation of animation frames using a 3D graphics engine.
Michael quickly assessed the appropriate technologies for the job and submitted
numerous working drafts for us to evaluate and re-scope as needed. Michael was
always very responsive to our requirements changes as we were challenged by
scientific and aesthetic demands for the product to be a success.
The end result was a fully automated movie generator that would capture data
from a recent earthquake and make a movie available using open-source and
accessible server-side solutions. Michael's product was demonstrated at the
American Geophysical Union Fall meeting in December 2007 to scores of
individuals and had seen much exposure in the scientific community.
Michael was invaluable in implementing the university's (University of Utah) campus network. He took
the initiative when appropriate, was very versatile in the skills he applied to
a variety of problems, and was extremely responsible in delivering results.
Mike displays an amazing attention to detail and has provided 100% dedication to
excellence in all endeavors he has been associated with. I have known and worked
with Mike for over the 30 years, so this is not an idle claim.
Lucky Star Sales LLC - YOPA
Mike at Saya Systems transformed my
website from a disaster, created by a previous web developer, into a
successful, working and manageable site.
My YOPA website was created less than a year ago (in 2004) by
someone referred to me. His hourly rate was reasonable, but as it
turned out I was billed for a lot of his learning curve. My simple
site ended up costing a thousand dollars. Although it looked good, I
soon discovered that (1) it was unmanageable, (2) it could not evolve
with my business needs, and (3) it could not be seen by search
engines! I communicated with a few different webmasters, and none of
them could believe what a mess it was. They all felt that the site was
a dead end, and had to be completely redeveloped from the ground up,
which Saya Systems did.
Working with Mike has been an extremely positive learning
experience. He took the time to examine the situation, assess the
problems and my business needs, and then provide options and
suggestions on how to proceed with the redevelopment. Rather than have
me build a whole new site from scratch, as was suggested by the other
webmasters, he helped keep the costs down by working with the original
site, piece by piece, turning it into a professional, real
working site. He instructed me about search engines and told me what I
need to do to optimize the site, which I still have to work on.
He told me how I can make additions and changes to the site,
requiring less work on his part, which also keeps my costs down. When
I ask for something, he follows up quickly and provides a time frame
for completion of the work. His explanations are concise and thorough,
and he always offers alternatives and recommendations, which are
usually improvements on what I asked for.
Mike is conscientious and knows how to build and maintain a site
that works to whatever degree you need. He knows all of the
intricacies behind the website you see on the computer. I've learned
that just because a site looks good, it doesn't mean it is good!
Saya Systems customized a billing and payment schedule to fit my
needs, which is not a common practice these days. It was greatly
Since Saya Systems has taken over my web site, I feel confident I
am actually in business and that my internet business will grow.
Thanks Saya Systems!
When deciding on a web developer, don't rely on a friendly referral
alone. Ask questions and take the time to check references! Make sure
you understand how your site will be able to change and grow, to
evolve with your business needs. Having to pay twice to get the job
done right was an expensive lesson.
As a principal with Saya Systems, I work closely on web site design issues.
As the owner of Saya Treasures,
I had a vision of how I wanted my own web site to look and feel.
Working with Mike at Saya Systems,
it turned out exactly as I wanted, and has demonstrated the
flexibility to grow with my business, having undergone many changes
since the first version. I also get good exposure through search tools
like Yahoo (though getting into Google requires extensive cross
linking, which I have not bothered with).
The entire site is driven from a database which contains all
information on items, pricing, discounts, availability, display color
schemes, and so on. I can easily manage this database, especially
with the database integrity tools provided by Saya Systems.
I am especially pleased with the high quality images, which reflect
the quality of my jewelry. Initially, Saya Systems handled all the
photography and image processing. Now, with training from Saya Systems,
I take most of the pictures,
and Saya Systems handles the image processing to produce quality web
images. There is much more to it than I ever imagined.