Curriculum Vitae

(Always under revision.)

Steve Caruso

Personal Information:

Steven Caruso
Highland Park, NJ
(Further information available through email request)


MLIS, Rutgers University, 2009
Concentrations: Language, Storage and Retrieval, Human-Computer Interaction, General.

B.A. Information Technology and Informatics, Rutgers University, 2006
Majors: Information Technology and Informatics, Religion
Concentrations: Human-Computer Interaction, Data-Driven Web Applications, Early Judeo-Christianity, Historical Jesus

Personal Language Skills and Competences:

First language: American English.

Advanced knowledge of Galilean Aramaic (“Jewish Palestinian Aramaic”), Biblical Aramaic, Classical Syriac Aramaic, several other Jewish Aramaic dialects.

Proficient in various other Aramaic dialects including Old Aramaic, Classical Mandaic Aramaic, and Samaritan Aramaic. Also proficient in Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, French, Napuletano, & Italian.

Basic knowledge of Swadaya (Neo-Aramaic), Turoyo (Neo-Aramaic), and Ma’loula (Neo-Aramaic).

Computer/Technical Skills and Competences:

Advanced knowledge of various academic databases and querying languages, including, but not limited to, EBSCO, Dialog, JSTOR, CAL, SEDRA, Google Scholar, ALTA, BAS, Factiva, ComAbstracts, etc.

Fluent in JavaScript (ES6+), HTML (5.2+), CSS3, PHP, MySQL, Java, ActionScript, XML. Proficient in Python, C++, Perl, Objective C and several other scripting and programming languages.

Proficient with AACR2, MARC, Dublin Core, FRBR and other library databasing formats/schemas.

Extensive knowledge of Open Source conventions, philosophy and version control systems.

Presentations & Papers:

Steve Caruso. (2018). Painting with DEGAS: (digitally extrapolated graphics via algorithmic strokes). ACM SIGGRAPH 2018 Posters. Article No.: 13. doi>10.1145/3230744.3230777. [pdf] [mp4]

Steven Caruso. (2018). Practical Application of the ‘Kobayashi Maru’: What Impossible Test Can Tell Us. Presented at the Center For Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Summer Institute 2018 at Raritan Valley Community College. [mp3]

Jacek Gwizdka et. al.. (2008). Redesigning the Rutgers University Library website. Presented at Rutgers University.

Casey Coakley and Steven Caruso. (2004). The Insider’s Guide: Using Macromedia to Welcome First Year Students. Presented at The 8th Annual Enhancing Connections For Student Development Conference, Rutgers University.

George Kiraz and Steven Caruso. (2003). eBethArké: The Syriac Digital Library Project. Presented at the IV North American Syriac Symposium hosted by the Princeton Theological Seminary.


The Exorcist (Series) (2017). Season 2, Aramaic for exorcism scene.

Zeroville (movie; to be released in 2016). Directed by James Franco. Aramaic language consultant for dream sequence.

GRIMM (Series) (2016). Aramaic inscription first revealed in Episode 512.

Cleopatra – That Goddess. (Art video) (2014). By Margeurite Humeau. Directed by Benjamin Penaguin. Aramaic dialog portion. (Shown at the Extinction Marathon, Serpentine Galleries, 18 – 19 October.)

Paranormal Witness. (TV series) (2013). Season 3, Episode 17, “The Visitors” (Exorcism scene script translation). (2012-present). A website dedicated to Galilean Aramaic studies vis-à-vis the New Testament.

The Black Cabinet. (2012-present). A database of currently circulating counterfeit American coinage.

The Brass Teapot. (movie) (2012). Directed by Ramaa Mosley. Language consultant for teapot inscription.

English text edition and translation of the Mandaic Book of John (drashia d-malki/drashia d-iahia). (2010-2014). Working with Dr. Charles Haberl of Rutgers University and Dr. James McGrath of Butler University.

Sid Meier’s Civilization 5. (video game) (2010). The Imperial Aramaic dialog for Darius I of Persia. Firaxis Games & 2K Games.

DARIUS: The Digital Aramaic Research Initiative for Students. (2009-2012). An Aramaic language learning tool for ancient and modern dialects. (Since rolled into

The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon. (2008-2010).  Working with Dr. Steve Kaufman of Hebrew Union College in Ohio, the project is undergoing a complete revision.

The Aramaic Blog. (2007-2013 merged into A research blog dedicated to the Aramaic language in scholarship and the media at large.

eBethArké: The Syriac Digital Library Project. (2002-2004). Credits on volunteers page of Beth Mardutho: The Syriac Institute.


Wolchover, N. (2011). Early Christian lead codices now called fakes. LiveScience.

Edwards, K. (2007). Rip, slash, and tear: Can plundering books be a form of preservation?. Fine Books & Collections Magazine, Sep/Oct.


Tenure-Track Instructor, Arts & Design (formerly VAPA), Raritan Valley Community College. (2016-present). Courses: [see current research].

Technology Fellow, The Center For Teaching Learning & Scholarship, Raritan Valley Community College. (2018-present).

Proprietor, RogueLeaf. (2007-present). Overarching company for the following ventures:

Translator, Aramaic Designs (2003-present). Aramaic Designs was integrated into RogueLeaf in 2007. (This is my main “bread and butter” project.)

Lead Programmer, Numismetrica. (2011-2013). (Project peripherally on hold.)

Consultant, The Nerd Tank: Affordable Web Solutions. (2007-2009). Part of RogueLeaf before being depreciated.

Tea Blender, RogueLeaf Tea. (2007-2010). Part of RogueLeaf before being depreciated.

Manager-Member/Partner & Horologist, Caruso Kith Kin & Co LLC. (2013-2017). Family business.

Full-Time Instructor, Department of Computer Science, Raritan Valley Community College. (Spring 2016). Courses: CISY-102, Computer Literacy,CISY-114 Interactive Multimedia I, CISY-208 Interactive Multimedia II.

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Computer Science, Raritan Valley Community College. (2015-2016). Courses: CISY-114 Interactive Multimedia I.

Part-Time Researcher, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL), Rutgers University. (2013-2014).

Grader, School of Communication Information & Library Science (now SCI), Rutgers University. (2008).

IT Manager & Webmaster, Cook Campus Center, Rutgers University. (2005-2007).

Webmaster, Livingston College Residence Life, Rutgers University. (2005-2007).

Webmaster & Application Developer, Livingston College Recreation Center, Rutgers University. (2004-2006).

Personal Assistant to the Dean, Livingston College Dean’s Office, First Year Students, Rutgers University. (2003-2004).

Other Skills, Competences, Hobbies & Eccentricities:

Horology. (2013-present).

Vestry Member, Christ Church New Brunswick (Episcopal). (2010-2012).

Numismatics. (2009-present). Member, Garden State Numismatic Association (GSNA R-2306).

Calligraphy. (2008-2009). Professional (2009-present).

Mycology. (2007-present).

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