Our Team

Bill Aldrich

Senior Software Engineer

Bill Aldrich has an extensive background in all phases of software life-cycle development for commercial products and systems. Prior to joining Elder Research, he worked on a diverse set of subject areas including video analytics, image processing / image understanding, and geospatial data analysis and visualization. He has often worked on substantial software refactoring efforts to improve performance and efficiency in order to meet system goals and requirements. Bill holds a MS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland. Outside of the office, he enjoys running, golf, playing the piano, and contract bridge.

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David Anderson

Partner

Dr. David Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at CUNY, Baruch. His academic research focuses on applied optimization and predictive modeling. David is especially interested in the application of linear programming techniques to data mining problems. His work has been published in academic journals like Nature, Production and Operations Management, and IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering. He also has experience as an advanced analytics developer working in cyber security. David received his Ph.D. in operations management from the University of Maryland, and a B.S. in Applied Math from William and Mary. Dr. Anderson actively consults with Elder Research on security and healthcare analytics with a focus on predictive intervention models.

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David Ball

Project Manager

David Ball manages business operations in our Baltimore office where he oversees resource planning and contracting. David previously managed the end-to-end life cycle of a software application for a government client at a large consulting firm. He was also an investigator and then the DC-area operations manager for a security company. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from James Madison University, and is a grateful husband and proud father of three children.

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Jordan Barr, PhD

Data Scientist

Dr. Jordan G. Barr was excited to recently return to Elder Research after seven years as a Physical Scientist and Hydrologist with Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida. During 2005 to 2008, Dr. Barr served as a Research Scientist at Elder Research contributing to or leading several successful commercial and government projects. The tools and strategies learned at Elder Research proved invaluable in writing some of the first journal articles elucidating real time functioning of mangrove forests and helped to establish their importance in regional and global carbon budgets. In turn, the Everglades experience taught him much about collaboration, cooperation, and dealing with unforeseen challenges. Jordan enjoys tennis and the outdoors and loves spending time with his wife and four children.

Journal Article: Understanding Coastal Carbon Cycling

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Geoffrey Becker

Software Engineer

Geoffrey Becker enjoys building software designed to enhance a client’s experience through its intuitive simplicity. Previously, he worked several years in government contracting as a software developer implementing web applications built to address challenges that clients face when filtering through large geo-spatial data sets. Geoff graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 with a BS in Systems Engineering and earned a Masters in Information Technology from Virginia Tech in 2014.

In his spare time, Geoff enjoys hiking, backpacking, fishing, and a really good scotch by the fire with friends.

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Albert Blackmon

Director of Business Development

Albert Blackmon is passionate about data analytics. Whether it’s how to practice data management, implement a neural network, or create and grow your data science team, Albert delights in helping clients maximize the value from their data-based decisions. His primary focuses are Financial Risk Management, Fraud Detection, and Health Analytics.

Prior to Elder Research, Albert worked for a major analytics software company where he served state and local government clients in pension and asset management, child well-being, and tax fraud detection. These projects all implemented enterprise software, the majority on the cloud. From requirements gathering to the go-live moment, he served as an analytical consultant, technical architect, and account executive to ensure successful implementation. Albert holds BS degrees in mathematics and economics and a master’s in advanced analytics from North Carolina State University where he serves as the President of the Park Scholarships Alumni Society. Additionally, Albert serves on the Board of Directors of the Methodist Home for Children, a non-profit that finds a safe, stable, home for children. Albert loves spending time with his wife, Rachel, and son, Albie, and playing golf on any course in (almost) any weather condition.

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Carlos Blancarte

Data Scientist 

Carlos Blancarte is drawn to analytics for its power to capture complex relationships and influence decision making. Previously, Carlos was lead statistician for a marketing research firm where he engaged in every stage of the project lifecycle from collecting, cleaning and analyzing data, to building and deploying models. Carlos specialized in predictive modeling (with responsibility also for text mining, segmentation, and structural equation modeling) and enjoyed automating tasks to save clients' time.

Carlos earned a BA in Economics from the University of Arizona and an MS in Analytics from NC State University, and loves learning continually, from coding in new languages, to mastering the classical guitar.

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Parker Bleam

Data Analyst

Parker Bleam enjoys solving difficult problems and delivering results to clients using data science algorithms and techniques. At Elder Research he has gained experience in investment modeling, sports scheduling, customer churn prediction, and fraud detection. He is interested in simplifying complexity, and is a firm believer in using effective visualization to communicate abstract concepts. Parker earned a B.S. in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia.

In his free time, Parker enjoys reading, playing sports, programming, and applying his interest in analytics to the NFL and NBA.

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Danny Brady

Data Scientist

Danny Brady has years of experience as a software developer writing in .NET for a hedge fund. He has created tools from the very small, to company wide messaging and automation systems. Danny earned a BS in Computer Engineering from UVA, and more recently, his MS in Data Science also from UVA. He looks to take his experience in computer science, and combine that with his passion for prediction here at Elder Research.

Danny spends, probably too much, of his free time serving as a volunteer firefighter at Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Dept. He continues to volunteer there every week, and has done so for the last 10 years, currently holding the rank of Captain.

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Daniel Brannock

Data Scientist 

Daniel Brannock brings a background in the natural sciences to his analysis work at Elder Research. He earned an MS in Analytics from NC State University, where he gained practical experience with mining electronic health record data. Previously, Daniel obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for three years. His enjoyment analyzing laboratory data sparked a return to school to focus on analyzing data rather than generating it.

Daniel loves basketball (playing and watching), competing, reading, and especially learning what inspires and motivates others.

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Zachary Brown

Software Engineer

Zachary Brown creates robust and efficient software for clients and for Elder Research's data analytics team, magnifying their productivity. He is proficient in Java and Scala and interested in functional programming design and provably correct software systems. Zach earned a BA in Computer Science and in Mathematics at the University of Virginia.

In his free time he enjoys cooking, baking pies, board games, frisbee golf, and reading about cognitive science.

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Kenny Darrell

Lead Data Scientist

Kenny Darrell works on fraud detection, geospatial-temporal sentiment analysis and rare event and anomaly detection. He enjoys interacting with and advising clients and seeing the problem through their eyes. Kenny works primarily within Elder Research's federal government space on data mining projects, as a client advisor and oversees operationalizing data mining solutions to help clients get the most out of technical solutions. He tries to keep an even balance between hacking code and power points. He enjoys learning new things and trying to do old things in different ways.

Prior to joining Elder Kenny has been a Control Systems Engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory and CDI Corp with a primary focus on aviation. Through working on projects related to image recognition, tracking systems, rare event detection and sensor data fusion he realized he could have more fun applying these techniques to more than just aviation issues. Mr. Darrell earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a MS in Quantitative Analysis from the University of Cincinnati, where his research focused on combining data mining algorithms to increase performance.

Outside of work he enjoys cooking, weight lifting and adding new items to his ever growing list of things he gets very excited about for a few weeks and then loses interest in (flying, skydiving, boating, mountain biking, the list goes on). He also enjoys balancing his wife, an artist, out with his more technical logical approach to life although others seem to say the situation is reversed.

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Jeff Deal

Vice President of Operations

Jeff Deal leads tasks involving contracting, finances, logistics, planning, and regulatory/legal issues. In his five years at ERI, he helped to lead the company as it tripled in size and substantially grew its second office in Arlington, Virginia. Jeff has worked with dozens of clients to understand their business needs and organizational goals and, in the process, has gained insight into organizational obstacles to successful data mining engagements. His talk on the Top 10 Data Mining Business Mistakes has been well received at analytic conferences. Mr. Deal is the Program Chair for the inaugural Predictive Analytics World – Healthcare conference scheduled for October 2014 in Boston. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience in business operations, planning, and government relations, primarily in the health care industry. Prior to ERI, he was the President of a health planning consulting business that assisted hospitals and physicians with operational analysis, forecasting, and navigating through complex regulatory processes. Jeff has a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary where he was a member of the wrestling team.

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Paul Derstine

Director of Marketing

Paul Derstine works with clients to understand their data management goals and how Elder Research's vast experience with data transformation and predictive analytic model construction can deliver custom knowledge management solutions that enable continued return on their analytics investment.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Paul worked for 18 years for GE Intelligent Platforms in Charlottesville. In his role as Motion and Machine Safety Product Manager, Paul worked with a broad spectrum of global customers to understand their business needs in order to deliver solution value and optimize profit and growth objectives. Paul has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. When not at work Paul enjoys playing tennis, hiking, travelling and photography. He has two daughters who reside in Charlottesville.

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John Dimeo

Software Engineer

John Dimeo interned at Elder Research for two summers before joining Elder Research full time in 2007. John earned a BS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and has interests in graphics, interfaces, usability, and object-oriented design. Under the advisement of CEO John Elder, John wrote a software tool that manipulates two-dimensional tables to make them easier to read and enhance their aesthetics for his senior thesis. His current work at Elder Research includes applying data and text mining to the fields of intelligence, IT, financial forecasting, and diabetes research.

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Ken Duffau

Data Scientist

Ken Duffau develops solutions to help clients navigate and understand chaotic data environments, and ensures data quality control. Previously, Ken was an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, then an information technologist and GIS Engineer in the Republic of Korea, where he managed client and server GIS applications. He has worked with multiple national security offices to solve data quality and data standard issues and created a data management system that ensures that finished data is homogenous regardless of the original source or format.

Ken earned a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College, and a Masters in the Management of Information Technology at the University of Virginia. During his free time Ken enjoys hiking the Appalachian Mountains, spending time with his family, and reading anything that makes him think.

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John F. Elder IV, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board

20 years ago, John Elder founded Elder Research, America’s largest and most experienced analytics consultancy. With offices in Charlottesville VA, Baltimore MD, Raleigh, NC and Washington DC, they’ve solved hundreds of challenges for commercial and government clients by extracting actionable knowledge from all types of data. Dr. Elder co-authored three books -- on practical data mining, ensembles, and text mining -- two of which won “book of the year” awards. John has created data mining tools, was a discoverer of ensemble methods, chairs international conferences, and is a popular workshop and keynote speaker.

Dr. Elder earned Engineering degrees from Rice and UVA, where he’s an Adjunct Professor. He was named by President Bush to serve 5 years on a panel to guide technology for national security. Lastly, John is grateful to be a follower of Christ and the father of five.

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Ozan Ersoy

Data Scientist

Ozan Ersoy focuses on text mining, fraud detection and data management. Prior to Elder Research, he worked for 16 years as an IT business analyst in the manufacturing and service industries, particularly membership associations. Using his problem solving and business analysis skills, Ozan designed, developed and implemented several IT solutions from global ERP implementations to mobile apps that were strategically vital to the businesses. He has managed several globally-dispersed teams, contributing his vision, energy, and enthusiasm to many difficult projects. Ozan also developed and launched a database-driven storefront for selling exquisite oriental rugs in the early years of the e-commerce boom. Mr. Ersoy is a certified PMP and is experienced with all stages of the software development life cycle. He earned two Master’s degrees from North Carolina State University in Textile Technology Management, and in Advanced Analytics. In his free time, Ozan likes cooking and outdoor sports.

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Cory Everington

Data Scientist 

Cory Everington has extensive experience analyzing healthcare, insurance, and biological data. After earning a BS and MS in Biology from UNC Wilmington, Cory worked five years as a research technician in a genomics sequencing facility, where she designed experiments and managed and generated large biological data sets. Her love of analytic challenges led her to then complete an MS in Analytics at NC State and join Elder Research.

Outside of work, Cory enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and their dog, Toby. She can often be found hiking or biking around Charlottesville, or trying out a new recipe for friends and family.

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Andrew Fast, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist

Andrew Fast directs the research and development of new tools and algorithms for mining data, text, and networks. Dr. Fast earned his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, specializing in algorithms for causal data mining, and for analyzing complex relational data such as social networks.

Andrew has published on an array of applications including detecting securities fraud using the social network among brokers, understanding the structure and behavior of criminal and violent groups, modeling peer-to-peer music file sharing networks, understanding how collective classification works, and predicting playoff success of NFL head coaches (featured on ESPN.com). Written with Dr. John Elder and four others, his Practical Text Mining book won the PROSE Award for top book in the field of Computing and Information Sciences in 2012.

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Wayne Folta

Data Scientist

Wayne Folta enjoys diving into a new problem space, working with customers to clarify their needs and objectives, and using sophisticated tools and analysis to turn their data into insights. His major technical interests are time-series and predictive analytics. Previously, Wayne developed software in the intelligence community as a government employee and a contractor, and worked in the non-profit world as a video producer. Wayne volunteers in his community, teaching and providing statistical consulting for the local library and others.

Wayne earned a Master's Degree in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) from George Mason University, and is also an alumnus of the University of Maryland and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Wayne enjoys snowboarding, the ancient game of Go, and learning R packages and other statistical tools.

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Lanny Fox

Data Scientist

Lanny Fox enjoys working with all types of data to find insights and benefit clients. Lanny earned an MS in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University after receiving a BA in Economics from Brown University. Prior to Elder Research, Mr. Fox worked at the US Census Bureau focusing on outlier detection for surveys, and predictive models to reduce the cost of the 2020 Census.

In his free time, Lanny enjoys playing sports, reading, jogging, and board games.

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Nathan French

Analyst

Nathan French uses his financial analysis experience on projects in the financial risk domain. Previously, he spent eleven years as a 401(k) consultant to approximately 50 small firms specializing in retirement plan design and financial reporting.

Nathan received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is working toward a Masters of Science in Bioinformatics from the University of Maryland. His graduate work has included motif finding (a specialization of text mining), prediction via Hidden Markov Models and the measure of gene-gene versus gene-environment interactions to locate quantitative traits.

His work at Elder Research has focused on the improvement of statistical models, such as the management of selection bias on both the conceptual and implementation levels.

In his spare time, he enjoys jogging on the Baltimore-Annapolis trail, cheering for the San Diego Padres, and cooking unhealthy food.

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Miriam Friedel, PhD

Director of Commercial Analytics

Dr. Miriam Friedel has over a decade of experience with scientific modeling, predictive analytics, and software engineering in fields spanning theoretical physics, transportation, neuroscience, and telecommunications.  Her unique background enables her to bridge the gap between complex concepts and understandable, actionable results. Dr. Friedel has built and deployed models to predict customer churn and user segmentation, has mined survey responses for a major non-profit, and has wide experience analyzing complex scientific data in physics and biology. Miriam leads the Product Usage Analytics Program at Elder Research, and works closely with the Chief Scientist to provide guidance and leadership to the entire Commercial Data Science Team.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Miriam worked as a management consultant, helping clients to build and deploy software solutions with wide-ranging organizational impact; and as a research scientist in a neuroimaging lab, developing scientific software and performing advanced statistical analysis. Miriam has a B.S. in Physics from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a co-author on over fifteen peer-reviewed journal articles. When she is not at work, you can find her practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Anna Godwin

Data Scientist 

Anna Godwin enjoys working closely with customers to assess needs and deliver custom analytic results to generate business value. She values teaming and brainstorming with clients and colleagues. Prior to joining the Elder Research Commercial Data Science team, Anna worked as an engineer in medical device product development, analyzing controlled experiments on production processes to drive decisions in research, development, and manufacturing capacities.  A North Carolina native and Wolfpack fan, Anna holds three degrees from NC State: an MS in Analytics, BS in Biomedical Engineering and a BS in Textile Engineering.

In her free time, she enjoys the challenge of weightlifting, a good game of soccer, and board games with friends and family.

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Isaiah Goodall

Director of Business Development

Isaiah Goodall leads business development for the commercial division at Elder Research focusing on the insurance, financial services, healthcare, and software industries. Isaiah enjoys helping clients understand how they can improve their analytics to solve real business challenges and deliver return on investment.

Isaiah is returning to Elder Research after working two years with an international economic development non-profit. In his previous role at ERI, he led business development for five years in the Arlington, Virginia office and helped secure new advanced analytics projects at several government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. In 2011, he was the founding program chair of Predictive Analytics World for Government, a leading, vendor-neutral predictive analytics conference in Washington, DC.

Prior to Elder Research, Isaiah helped start RelayFoods.com in 2008, a fast growing, online grocery startup company headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia with operations across Virginia, DC, Maryland, and North Carolina. He received his B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech in 2007, summa cum laude, with a focus in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology. 

In his spare time, Isaiah enjoys spending time with family and friends in Charlottesville, hiking, fishing, and off-roading in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and watching Virginia Tech football and basketball.

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Will Goodrum, PhD

Data Scientist

Will Goodrum has a decade of experience applying numerical analysis and engineering to solve practical problems and generate value for customers. Previously, Dr. Goodrum worked in an engineering software firm, helping medium-to-large scale customers across industrial sectors develop superior products and reduce their time-to-market. As a graduate student, he applied statistical modeling and physics-based simulation to estimate the impact of policy decisions on lifetime maintenance costs for a regional transportation authority.

Will holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University. Outside work, Will enjoys the fantastic Charlottesville-area food scene with his wife and son, as well as cooking, (most) music, swimming, distance running, and travel.

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Matt Gordon

Analyst

Matt Gordon helps develop and test InterCEPT, our streaming analytics and alerting engine. Mr. Gordon graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Economics with focus on Microeconomics including game theory, general equilibrium, and international trade. He is pursuing an M.S. in Data Analytics from the University of Maryland University College. Matt enjoys reading science fiction, watching football and baseball, playing games, and anything involving history.

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Todd Grabowsky

Project Manager & Data Scientist

Todd Grabowsky supports multiple projects in the DC area. His primary technical interests include data visualization and predictive analytics. He has provided systems engineering and integration support for research and development projects within the intelligence community, supporting acquisition activities, developing system architectures and concepts of operation, developing requirements, and performing project management. Todd also has experience as a management consultant, managing large-scale IT implementations for multiple federal government agencies. Todd graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering. In his free time, he dabbles in web design/development, plays ultimate frisbee, juggles, and collects cheesy jokes.

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Kennan Grant

Data Analyst

Kennan Grant holds a Master's degree in Commerce -- Financial Services from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.  Kennan has worked as a financial analyst and has previously interned as an analyst for an industrial lubricants manufacturer.  Kennan is intensely curious with a bias for action and finds it exhilarating to discover and apply valuable and actionable insights.  In his free time, Kennan is an avid reader, aspiring runner, and shameless dancer.

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Benjamin Guseman

Senior Software Engineer

Ben Guseman is adept at helping clients understand and realize their vision for software tools, especially through requirements analysis, the design and implementation of graphical user interfaces, the creation of automated software deployment tools, and the use of continuous integration techniques with automated testing. Most often, Ben focuses on the development of an aircraft rotor modeling and risk assessment application used by aerospace engineers. Recent work includes visualization and manipulation of attribute data assigned to finite element models, modernization of legacy user interfaces and build systems, and the implementation of a flexible, schema-based data model API. Mr. Guseman joined the ERI team via the 2011 acquisition of Mustard Seed Software, LLC.

Ben earned a BS in Computer Science (2009) and a BA in English (2002), both from the University of Virginia.

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Robert Han

Director and Program Manager

Robert Han is an experienced technology and management consultant overseeing the application and integration of predictive analytics, data mining, and software engineering technologies that address the specific challenges within government program integrity, oversight, compliance, and fraud, waste, and abuse detection. He works closely with client partners to develop organizational strategies and tactical plans to drive successful and data mining and analytics initiatives, including the deployment of multiple production data mining models and data visualization tools.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Robert worked for a global consulting firm as a technology and management consultant, with most of his experience coming from enterprise and supply chain COTS products implementations. Most recently, Robert came from a small software firm as a technology and professional services practitioner. He worked closely with clients across various industries (technology, software, education, finance, government, human resources) and gained experience in cloud software implementations, enterprise technology architectures, agile software development practices, business intelligence and reporting across multiple platforms, change and risk management, and product and project management.

Robert holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a certified Project Management Professional.

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Carl D. Hoover, Ph.D.

Director and Senior Scientist

Dr. Carl Hoover leads Elder Research's analytics team in our Baltimore office. Dr. Hoover primarily focuses on developing sophisticated, data-driven counterintelligence, security and threat control systems. Other areas of interest are time-series data mining, event-based risk assessment, risk aggregation techniques, and the merging of controls engineering with data mining. Dr. Hoover rejoined Elder Research after graduating from Clarkson University with Doctor of Philosophy and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His doctoral research on control algorithms for a bionic above-knee prosthetic limb is the subject of several peer-reviewed publications and on-going research in the rehabilitation robotics field.

Prior to graduate study, Carl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, worked in the avionics industry as a Test Engineer, and served with Elder Research as a Research Scientist. Carl's diverse expertise in data mining and engineering enables him to develop solutions that help clients make real-time decisions in a complex information environment. Carl’s data mining background includes experience in insider threat, fraud, marketing, pharmaceutical, and financial applications. His engineering background includes experience in dynamic systems, control systems, mechatronics, machine design, musculoskeletal modeling, biomechanical testing, aero-elasticity, avionics production, and process control. Dr. Hoover is a Member of ASME.

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Joseph Howard

IT Analyst

Joseph got his start in the IT industry by purchasing a computer for his children when they were in school. He became interested in how it worked and started tinkering. That tinkering ignited his passion for technology, and using it to solve problems and enable solutions. Joseph has worked for Internet Service Providers, IT consulting firms and small and medium businesses putting his training and certifications to the test in the real world.

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J. Dustin Hux

Vice President and Senior Scientist

Dustin Hux has 15 years of applied statistical modeling and data mining experience. He has led teams solving problems in the commercial, financial, and scientific domains including fraud detection, cross-selling, customer profiling, product bundling, direct marketing, biometric identification, stock selection, market timing, text mining, and atmospheric modeling. Dustin is particularly honored to be a part of projects that apply data mining and advanced analytics to challenges facing the intelligence community. Mr. Hux is expert with leading data mining software tools and advises vendors on enhancements. For KDD, he was on the 2004 Data Mining Standards, Services, and Platforms Program Committee and was 2006 Sponsorship Committee Co-chair. Dustin earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Economics from Emory and Henry College.

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Andy Janaitis

Software Engineer

Andy Janaitis designs and implements software applications to enhance data analysis for national security clients. Mr. Janaitis has experience developing applications to facilitate modeling and simulation of computer networks, and has developed desktop and web-delivered applications. Andy has expertise in Java, Python, and SQL, and is passionate about designing solutions around clients' business needs and driving efficiency through process improvement.

Andy is a proud alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received Bachelor's degrees in Industrial Engineering and History, minoring in Economics. When not in the office he enjoys running, brewing beer, and supporting Pitt football and basketball.

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Bryan Jones

Director & Program Manager

Bryan Jones is a former federal government employee with over 31 years of experience successfully managing and leading programs and people. Bryan’s focus is to translate the value of analytics and develop an analytics business strategy for government agencies and commercial business operations.

Bryan’s education is as diverse as his career with his latest studies in leadership and management coming from the Lincoln Leadership Institute and the University of Mary Washington.

Prior to joining Elder Research, Bryan was the Deputy Assistant Inspector General for the US Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General where he developed their first data analytics unit. This is where he discovered his passion: the combining of business knowledge with the technology and science of data mining to help transform the way government does business. Under Bryan's leadership the data analytics team grew from 6 employees to 40, from an annual budget of $0 to over $3.5 million, and was elevated from a small support group to directly supporting executive leadership. With Return on Investment of over 10-fold and with analytics driving strategic planning at USPS OIG, many other government agencies benchmarked Bryan’s work and now use his blueprint to build their own capabilities or to improve their analytics operations in ways that are measurable and transformational.

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LeAnna Kent

Data Scientist

LeAnna Kent enjoys blending programming and mathematics to gain understanding from data and guide decision making. Ms. Kent has practical experience with trend detection, unstructured data, and policy analysis. LeAnna has a Master’s in Analytics from North Carolina State University, and a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Rhodes College. In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking, crime shows, and logic puzzles.

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Stein Kretsinger

Director of Project Development

Stein Kretsinger has over 15 years of experience successfully growing online marketing and consumer credit businesses. He was the CEO of The Loan Page, an internet-based mortgage marketing company. Prior to that, Stein was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Battery Venture, where he developed the investment thesis around price value and growth of online mortgage marketing. Mr. Kretsinger was a founding executive for advertising.com, one of the largest online media networks, where he developed and implemented industry-leading optimization technology based on math programming. Prior to his work at Advertising.com, Mr. Kretsinger was a business manager at Capital One, where he used credit scoring to book over two million accounts presently valued at $160 million. Stein holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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Zach Lamberty

Data Scientist

Zach Lamberty is an enthusiastic strategist, problem solver, and communicator. He enjoys the boundary between the scientific and business communities where he can apply data science to solve real-world problems. He earned a BS in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and an MS in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University, and has worked as a data-focused developer in the finance industry.

In his free time, Zach enjoys learning new things (especially about Python programming), exploring the world with his wife, watching college football (Go Irish!), solving logic and crossword puzzles, and engaging in civic hacking.

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Andrew Lutes

Data Scientist 

Andrew Lutes enjoys using analytic techniques to find order and meaning within noisy and complex systems. Andrew's technical focuses include causal analysis, experimental design, and predictive analytics.  Previously, Andrew applied analytics to support the Department of Homeland Security, aid corporate investigations, inform strategic decision making for growing start-ups, and (in his spare time) assess decision making in sports. Andrew earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. Currently, he is pursuing an M.S. in Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys water skiing, lacrosse, logic puzzles, and philosophy conversations.

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Madeline Cambo

Intern

Madeline Cambo joined Elder Research as an intern after completing a Master’s in Microbial Biotechnology at North Carolina State University.  Prior to graduate school Madeline obtained a BS degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for four years where she gained experience managing large data sets and automating workflows. Madeline was accepted into the MS in Analytics Program at NC State class of 2018. Outside of work Madeline enjoys traveling, brewing kombucha, cooking, and yoga

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Jennifer Markee

Software Engineer

Jennifer Markee graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Pittsburgh with a dual degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her career includes more than a decade of experience with multiple object oriented, SQL, and XML technologies in network and environmental systems. Jennifer joined the Elder Research Charlottesville office in 2011 to work on fraud detection and data visualization applications.

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David Marx

Data Scientist

David Marx enjoys drawing actionable insights from large data sets, focusing on predictive analytics, text mining, and data visualization. Previously, David worked as a Senior Data Analyst at a music industry performance rights organization where he helped establish a data-driven department that worked with high profile clients, using database-side data alignment and ranked retrieval tools that he built or maintained.

David earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Pitzer College and is completing a Master of Science in Mathematics & Statistics at Georgetown University. For nearly a decade David served as an EMT/Firefighter with the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad in Montgomery County, where he absorbed lessons in leadership, planning, management and decision making.

In his spare time, David enjoys attending live music, playing soccer, snowboarding, camping, and tinkering with various analytics and programming hobby projects.

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Halee Mason

Data Analyst

Halee Mason brings three years of clinical laboratory data analysis experience to the team. Previously, at the UVA Medical Center, she enjoyed optimizing workflow and developing applications for improved clinical outcomes. Halee graduated with a BS in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia and is pursuing an MS in Data Science from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. In her spare time she enjoys training and doing Agility with her Australian Shepherd, scuba diving, and hiking.

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Ryan McGibony

Data Scientist

Ryan McGibony came to Elder Research after earning a Master of Science in Analytics from North Carolina State University. In his previous work, he conducted and analyzed custom marketing research for corporate and non-profit clients at a full-service research firm. While there, he gained experience in customer segmentation and predictive modeling techniques. Ryan also spent two years in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer, supporting the staff of a local chamber of commerce in improving their service delivery to member businesses. Throughout his career, Ryan has enjoyed working with a wide variety of clients, taking care to understand their needs, and finding solutions to their problems.

Outside of work, Ryan's interests include watching baseball, playing ultimate frisbee, volunteering in his community, and traveling to new places.

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Meredith Noble

Director of Resources

Meredith Noble is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she received the Bachelor of Arts degree. Since then, Meredith has administrated the financial and human resources infrastructure for a number of local firms. Meredith joined Elder Research in 1998 as the office manager. In that capacity, Meredith oversees and administrates Elder Research's financial accounts and investments, personnel resources and benefits, and general company logistics. Previously, Meredith managed the offices for two architecture firms in the Charlottesville area and oversaw customer service for a software firm. Meredith has traveled extensively for international missions and is a proud mother of three.

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Debbie Owen

Administrative Specialist

Debbie Owen, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, has worked in several small companies as an office administrator, contracts manager, and bookkeeper. At Elder Research, she manages all the bookkeeping needs of the company, and helps on many special projects, including cost proposals and inventory tracking. In her spare time, Debbie likes to work with local community theaters, frequently as a stage manager. She and her husband, Charlie, came to Charlottesville, VA, in 1993, and have two teenage children. 

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Ramon Perez

Director of Financial Analytics

Ramon Perez focuses on financial modeling and market risk detection. A decorated war veteran, Major Perez served as an Air Force Intelligence Officer specializing in Signals Intelligence. As a mission director at the National Security Agency, Ramon led teams analyzing enormous data sets to produce actionable information in support of worldwide contingency operations--including deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and South America in support of Special Operations. Upon leaving the military, Ramon returned to graduate school with an interest in understanding economic models. Prior to joining Elder Research, he analyzed long-term defense budget projections for the Congressional Budget Office. Ramon holds a Bachelors degree in Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as Masters degrees from Harvard and Georgetown in Finance and Economics, respectively. He and his wife are avid travelers, having lived in Asia and South America, and having visited over 30 countries.

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Gerhard Pilcher

Chief Executive Officer

Gerhard enjoys predictive analytics and data mining, especially related to the areas of Fraud Detection, Financial Risk Management, and Health Care outcomes using various analytical methods, working with people, leading change, and timely management of complex projects. His work experience spans both private and government sectors including international experience.

Gerhard teaches at Georgetown University as an adjunct faculty member in the Math and Statistics Masters degree program. He also is an instructor for the three day SAS Business Knowledge Series course "Data Mining: Principles and Best Practices" and been invited to teach at international conferences.

Gerhard currently serves on the Institute for Advanced Analytics Advisory Board and George Washington University Masters in Science in Business Analytics Advisory Board.

Gerhard has extensive industry experience in government oversight, financial, construction and telecommunication industries both as a business owner and executive. He is a recognized expert in three dimensional roadway modeling and automated machine guidance using Global Positioning Satellite systems and has presented to various agencies including the Transportation Research Board. In his role as Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering for Pulse Communications, Gerhard directed the design of early digital subscriber line systems (internet over the telephone line) and was a member of the international forum defining the standards for DSL implementation. Prior to Pulse Communications he was Director of Operations for Bell Northern Research leading the design and delivery of hardware and software for large scale telephony switching and fiber optic systems.

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Robert Pitney

Data Scientist

Robert Pitney enjoys listening to the needs of clients and finding ways that data can be used to solve problems, increase efficiency, or prevent fraud. Previously, Robert worked six years in the private sector as an IT Systems Integrator followed by eight years in the government sector as an Information Security Manager and an IT Auditor. In these roles, he learned the importance of analyzing data to ensure the continued security and integrity of key information technology systems, and became a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Robert joined Elder Research after earning a Master’s of Science in Analytics from North Carolina State University, from which he also had earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Computer Science. He actively seeks to cross-pollinate ideas from these fields to maximize positive impacts for clients.

In his spare time, Robert enjoys reading a good book, running, snow skiing, and cheering on his son at multiple sporting events. He has a passion for teaching and has served as an instructor for CISSP exam review courses.

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Stuart Price, PhD

Data Scientist

Stuart Price has experience applying machine learning, optimization, and simulation to problems in healthcare. He enjoys working in new fields and learning from subject matter experts. His research interests include applying machine learning and optimization to create decision support tools to be used in healthcare and predictive confidence.

Stuart earned a BA in Physics and Mathematics from Hendrix College, and an MS in Applied Mathematics and a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Maryland, College Park. Outside of work he enjoys backpacking, cooking, and reading.

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William Proffitt

Software Engineer

William Proffitt applies his skills in design, software, writing, and collaboration to create revolutionary data visualizations our clients love using daily. His work has made a difference for investigators, auditors, engineers, telecommunications companies, investment clients, and think tanks. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and Mathematics. When he isn’t working for Elder Research, William enjoys hiking, dancing, and creating art.

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Peter Rankel, Ph.D.

Data Scientist

Dr. Peter Rankel researches and applies statistical techniques to create advanced predictive analytics for national security clients. Peter has worked in the defense industry for over a decade as a Data Scientist and Software Engineer, and elsewhere as an independent statistical consultant. Pete has a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Maryland, focusing on applying statistical methods in Natural Language Processing.  He earned a B.A. in Math from Boston College and an M.A. in Math from University of Maryland.

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Temple Riehl

Software Engineer

Temple Riehl designs and implements software applications to enhance data analysis for national security clients. Current work includes development of streaming cyber analytics and deployment of InterCEPT - Elder Research's complex event trigger processing software. He has years of experience in the design and development of signal collection, data forwarding, search, reporting and data archiving systems. He also has extensive experience in developing desktop and web-based user interfaces.

Mr. Riehl received a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science from the Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys reading and Civil War sightseeing. Temple and his wife, Dina, have a son and daughter who currently attend St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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Sean Robinson

Director of Business Development

Sean Robinson helps clients understand how to build an effective analytics capability within their organization to improve data-driven decision making. Prior to ERI, Sean spent nearly 21 years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in the field of Information Technology (IT). Sean was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Officer Training School and completed assignments at multiple levels throughout the Air Force, including several leadership and high-visibility positions. Lieutenant Colonel Robinson concluded his service as a Staff Action Officer for the Directorate for Intelligence (J2) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he provided IT expertise for defining policies and procedures related to the Intelligence Community.

Sean graduated from West Virginia State College with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and completed two master's degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and the National Defense Intelligence College. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Jennifer Schaff, Ph.D.

Data Scientist 

Jennifer Schaff began her analytics journey exploring and generating large biological data sets while earning a PhD in Plant Pathology. Dr. Schaff continued to develop her data interest and skills analyzing sequencing data while building and leading NCSU’s genomics facility program. Love for analytics challenges led her to recently complete the Master’s program at NCSU’s Institute for Advanced Analytics.

True to her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, you will find Jennifer in her free time in the great outdoors, where she enjoys running, long bike rides, photography field trips with friends and family, and strolls with her dog.

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Tom Shafer, PhD

Data Scientist

Tom Shafer joined Elder Research after completing a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of North Carolina. In his research, Dr. Shafer computed the decay properties of heavy atomic nuclei to study an astrophysical process that formed the heaviest elements. Those computations were made possible by collaboratively developing a new parallel computing algorithm to calculate nuclear properties. Tom also earned degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He enjoys spending time with his wife and with friends, playing music, reading, programming, and watching football (soccer).

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Ryan Sharp

Intern

Ryan Sharp is pursuing a BS in computer science at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is interested in application development, virtual reality, and developing software to solve difficult real world problems. Ryan is currently building a human behavior analytics framework for national security applications. Prior to joining Elder Research, he interned at the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board where he helped integrate software into workflows and assess vendor software. In his free time, Ryan enjoys building computers, sailing, watching superhero movies with friends and helping others with all manner of technology issues.

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Teresa Spencer

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Teresa serves as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager in the Washington, DC office. Previously she worked for an adoption agency coordinating travel for families adopting children from China. Teresa is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication. While at JMU, Teresa minored in both Human Resource Development and Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, specifically down to Nicaragua where she has been involved in several orphan care opportunities. Teresa is also a devoted country music fan.

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Colin Thomas

Software Engineer

Colin Thomas brings over 10 years of development, IT support, and unstructured data analysis experience. His primary focus is developing systems that extract and display meaningful information from large text-based data collections. Prior to joining Elder Research, Colin managed the IT/Developer group for an intangible asset risk management firm; he was responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining the company's web-based data analytics platforms. He earned both a BS (2003) and ME (2008) in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. In his spare time, Colin enjoys exploring various hobbies such as boardgames, photography, and miniature painting.

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Mike Thurber

Lead Data Scientist

Mike Thurber is an analysis professional who listens carefully to his clients' business objectives and challenges and has a passion for extracting relevant and valuable insights from available data. His modeling work ranges from predicting high payouts on long term care claims to identifying healthcare provider fraud to measuring the effect of Cesarean delivery on infant health. His wide experience managing a variety of analytic initiatives consistently generates business value through expert collaboration, data integration, insightful data analysis, statistical testing, and predictive modeling. Other examples include gleaning insights on how complex consumer choices impact sales, predicting profitability of prospective customers, calculating fraud and financial risk of many kinds, showing how call center interactions affect customer retention, forecasting recovery of losses due to loan default, modeling maintenance events on natural gas wells, and predicting propensity to make voluntary monetary donations.

Mike earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in Statistics from Virginia Commonwealth University. For the last four years, Mike has been teaching principles and best practices of predictive modeling to a broad audience of emerging data scientists. He is an expert data analyst, comfortable with diverse data sources in diverse industries.

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Niral Upadhyaya

Data Scientist

Niral Upadhyaya enjoys gaining valuable insights from available data and currently works on fraud detection and data visualization.  Prior to Elder Research, Niral worked for a global information technology consulting firm where she acquired experience in biometrics and problem solving across all phases of the software development life cycle.  Her interests in data mining were realized through evaluation of three biometric solutions, analysis of data integrity, and identification of monthly trends and cost performance.  Niral earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.S in Analytics from the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University.

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Jeffrey Whittemore

Data Scientist

Data Scientist Jeffrey Whittemore has more than ten years of experience in analytics and predictive modeling, and has been working in the intelligence community since 2009.  He has both led and been a vital technical member of projects in a wide range of disciplines including insider threat, fraud detection, churn modeling, text mining, credit scoring, crime analysis, and risk prioritization.  Jeff is actively involved in business development and operations for the IC team.

Jeff received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where he worked in the computational systems biology laboratory.  Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, playing all sports, hiking, and all things related to Boston and UVA athletics.

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Michael Wingate

Analyst

Michael Wingate enjoys solving complex problems by breaking them down into their core elements. Mr. Wingate develops web-based software applications, including one that displays and analyzes national cancer research study data using the latest JavaScript tools. Michael graduated from Messiah College with a BA in Mathematics with Minors in Statistics and Computer Science. He and his wife, Amanda, enjoy volunteering for their home church. He loves to spend his spare time rock climbing, reading, building computers, and playing games.

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Valerie Woodside

Administrative Assistant

Valerie serves as an Administrative Assistant in our Charlottesville office. She is a graduate of Grove City College, where she studied biology and religion. Valerie has broad experience that includes work in mental health, retail management and financial research. She is also an active volunteer, most recently serving as an employment skills mentor. She and her husband love traveling, literature and movies.

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