Our Mission

The Garden State Java User Group, Inc. (formerly the ACGNJ Java Users Group), in continuous operation since February 2001, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a forum to promote the use of Java platforms, APIs, and language. We strive to facilitate interactive discussions and exchange of ideas relating to the application of Java.

Topics will primarily focus on JVM technologies such as Java EE, Jakarta EE, MicroProfile, Spring, Groovy and Kotlin. Topics on non-JVM technologies such as Meteor, AngularJS, and Rust may occasionally be presented.

We are proud members of the MicroProfile Working Group and the Jakarta EE Ambassadors and have adopted the Jakarta NoSQL specification.

All meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month, but may change due to speaker availability. In-person meetings are usually held at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. On-line meetings are held via our YouTube channel. We have previously used Crowdcast courtesy of Jakarta EE for Java User Groups.

Meet the Leaders

Neha Sardana
Scott Selikoff

Meet the Advisors

Diane Liporace
Ari Waller
Paul Furbacher
Pratik Patel
Vincent Mayers

About Mike


Mike founded the heritage ACGNJ JUG in February 2001 and has been facilitating the group ever since. His 501(c)(3) non-profit experience include having served as President of the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey (ACGNJ).

Mike is a Senior Research Technician at ExxonMobil Research & Engineering in Clinton, New Jersey (views expressed are his own). He also serves as the lead Java Queue news editor for InfoQ and has co-authored numerous articles with Barry.

Mike has presented at numerous conferences including Trenton Computer Festival, Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise, and Oracle Code One. For more detailed information about Mike, please visit his about.me page and his personal web site, redlich.net.

Mike may be contacted via email, mike [dot] redlich [at] gsjug [dot] org.

About Barry

Barry has been a regular attendee and frequent contributor of the Java Users Group since May 2003. He is a Professor of Math and Computer Science at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Barry has written numerous books (including Java for Dummies and Java Programming for Android Developers For Dummies) and has presented at numerous venues including the annual Trenton Computer Festival and the annual Droidcon NYC Conference. He was anointed Java Champion in November 2020. For more detailed information about Barry, please visit his personal web site, burd.org.

Barry may be contacted via email, barry [dot] burd [at] gsjug [dot] org.


About Chandra


Chandra has been a regular attendee and frequent contributor of the Garden State Java User Group since March 2018.

He is a technologist in the financial services industry since 2003 and is programming with Java since 1998. Chandra was selected as Java Champion in March 2019. He is a Java User Group (JUG) Leader, and helps run one of the largest Java user groups, NYJavaSIG and a founder-leader at the Garden State JUG.

Chandra conducts code workshops and Code Katas on core Java features. He is a frequent speaker at Java user groups, and technology conferences including Oracle CodeOne, Oracle Code NY, QCon New York, Devnexus, DawsCon and GIDS India. Chandra holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technology, Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University.

For more detailed information about Chandra, please visit his personal web site, cguntur.me.

Chandra may be contacted via email, chandra [dot] guntur [at] gsjug [dot] org.

About Paul Syers

Paul has been a regular attendee and frequent contributor of the Java Users Group since April 2006. He is a PeopleSoft Support Manager Technical at Trane Technologies in Piscataway, New Jersey. Paul has previously served on the ACGNJ Board of Directors as President and Director.

Paul may be contacted via email, paul [dot] syers [at] gsjug [dot] org.


About Neha


Neha joined the Garden State JUG leader group in January 2021. She has been working as a software developer since 2008 primarily in Java based technologies. Neha has experience working in the Financial industry in both North America and Europe. She is a technologist and an OSS enthusiast and loves to talk and blog about all things open source.

Neha may be contacted via email, neha [dot] sardana [at] gsjug [dot] org.

About Scott

Scott has recently joined the Garden State JUG leadership. He has been a professional Java Enterprise architect for over 20 years. Scott is founder of Selikoff Solutions LLC, specializing in building custom mobile and server solutions for businesses in the tri-state New York City area. He is the author 7 best-selling Java books, which helps Java developers improve their skills and acquire a deeper understanding of Java.

Scott has spoken at numerous conferences over years and enjoys helping transform junior programmers into more experienced software developers. He also is a moderator on the popular CodeRanch forum, one of the best Java discussion forums in the world. In his spare time, Scott operates Down Home Country Coding, a blog devoted to exploring programming issues of the day.

Scott lives in New Jersey with his loving wife, Patti; three amazing daughters, twins Olivia and Sophia and little Elysia; a very playful dog, Georgette; and three curious kittens, Snowball, Sugar, and Minnie Mouse. You can find out more about Scott on LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter.

Scott may be contacted via email, scott [dot] selikoff [at] gsjug [dot] org.


About Diane


Diane Liporace has a B.S. degree in Mathematics and an M.S. degree in Computer Science. In 2017, she joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University as an adjunct instructor teaching Object-Oriented Programming in Java. She believes the Users Group is a great way for students to connect with industry experts and learn how Java is being used to solve real problems. Before working in academia, Diane was a Staff Level Software Engineer at IBM automating semiconductor manufacturing equipment and processes.

Diane may be contacted via email, diane [dot] liporace [at] gsjug [dot] org.

About Ari Waller

Ari is currently serving full-time on the Developer Relations Team as the Meetup Event Manager for JFrog. Through this experience, Ari is committed to ensuring JFrog's core value of "community happiness" is a reality for the following Meetup Communities for which JFrog engages: Java, DevOps, Kubernetes, Docker, Microservices, Rust, C++, Go, Python and JavaScript. Ari also currently serves as an Organizer for JFrog Global Meetups, and as a Co-Organizer for GolangNYC Meetup.

Ari may be contacted via email, ari [dot] waller [at] gsjug [dot] org.

Ari Waller

About Paul Furbacher

Paul Furbacher

Paul was a regular attendee and vice-chair of the heritage ACGNJ Java Users Group from 2002 until 2014 when he and his family moved to Boston. He presented numerous topics during his time with the group that were inspirational and very informative.

Paul may be contacted via email, paul [dot] furbacher [at] gsjug [dot] org.