The Gateway

by Dr. Biagio Palese + Russell Devereaux

Casual conversation exploring the intersection of technology, business, and research. With industry-leading experts, these discussions will analyze the forefront of innovation, critique the implementation of technology, and ponder the pathway we are traveling upon, as a society.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • Getting Up with Higher Ed

    Getting Up with Higher Ed

    For this episode, The gateway will explore technology and higher education with our good friend Kirk Paille! Kirk brings over 20 years of recruitment, sales, and operations experience to his role as Director of Solutions Architecture at Collegis Education, a company enabling innovation in higher ed as thought leaders and tactical pros. During his 12-plus years at Wiley Education Services (formerly Deltak) and AVENU Learning, he led cross-functional teams to facilitate the successful launch of multiple new college and university partners, in addition to leading existing partners in the expansion of program offerings to accelerate revenue. Prior to that, he held admissions leadership roles at DeVry University Online. Kirk leverages his recruitment experience and deep understanding of the student lifecycle to enable partner universities to implement process enhancements that drive student engagement. He earned his B.S. from John Carroll University in University Heights, OH, where he played collegiate football and met his wife, Amy. Kirk and Amy live in Naperville, IL with their dog Birdie and during his free time, he is an avid college and pro football fan, takes his endless pursuit to create the perfect chicken wing very seriously, and spends countless hours trying to improve his golf game. For more

  • The Pathology of Flow

    The Pathology of Flow

    The this episode, The Gateway is happy to welcome Don Kenobi.Don Kenobi is a hip hop artist/songwriter who resides in Cleveland, Ohio. A former college baseball player turned music artist, Don draws influence from seasoned hip-hop acts such as Mac Miller, J Cole and Gucci Mane . Don has established a solid international fanbase through his middle Eastern Roots while also generating a steady following in the US in his six year career. Don Has worked with the likes of Mick Jenkins, Mark Battles, Skydxddy, and Sarcastic Sounds which has evolved his sound through the years. Listen to Don Kenobi on Spotify! (

  • Black Box Algorithms

    Black Box Algorithms

    For this episode, Black Box Algorithms, the Gateway way will explore the unknown world of artificial intelligence while contemplating the ethical and social implications of utilizing technologies we don’t fully understand. To help us navigate this black mirror of existence, the gateway is excited to have Dr. Amin Vahedian. Amin is currently an Assistant Professor of Information Systems with Northern Illinois University. He received a Ph.D. in Business Analytics in 2019 at the University of Iowa. With a background in engineering, Amin enjoys research and teaching at the intersection of Applied Computing and Business. His research interests are in Business Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning Applications and Spatial Big Data Analytics. His work has resulted in numerous top tier journal publications in addition to several presentations and proceedings in highly selective conferences.

  • Generative AI

    Generative AI

    For this episode, The Gateway will be venturing into the unlimited potential of generative AI. With novel tools like Chat GPT dominating the media cycle and our imagination, our future seems boundless… if these tools are utilized effectively. To help us exam the multitude of possible futures, we are excited to have Dr. Dominik Dellermann captain this conversation into a new frontier. Dr. Dellermann is the CEO and Founder of Vencortex—a ground-breaking start-up augmenting the entire decision-making process by combining human intuition with artificial intelligence.

  • Home Sweet Home

    Home Sweet Home

    David Hochberg! is an NIU alum and College of Business graduate. While at NIU, David completed his Bachelor of Science in Business with a Marketing emphasis. During that same time, David was an SA Senator, President of a fraternity, Tugs Chairman, and Homecoming King! After graduating, David’s career has taken him from scrap trading, to the financial industry with notable stops that include owner of Townstone Financial, Vice president of Mortgage Lending at Perl Mortgage and at Lower LLC where he currently presides. In addition to a glorious reign on NIU’s campus, and an impressive career, David is also the host of Home Sweet Home Chicago radio show airing on WGN AM 720 each Saturday from 10-1pm. David, thank you so much for being here!