Dr. Jorge E. Tierno

Dr. Jorge Tierno has over 15 years of experience in researching, developing, and transitioning advanced technology and systems to support DoD needs. Under META, Dr. Tierno developed an integrated design flow, robustness and adaptability metrics and verification processes to accelerate the development of military vehicles. Under Deep Green, Dr. Tierno led the development of technology  simultaneously simulate and assess multiple courses of action, in order to provide commanders in the field with look-ahead situation awareness of the course of battle. As PI for Predictive Analysis for Naval Deployment Activities (PANDA), Dr. Tierno developed algorithms to classify anomalous behavior in commercial shipping using contextual information and knowledge elicitation form subject matter experts. Under MICA (Mixed Initiative Control of Automateams), Dr. Tierno developed robust, mixed initiative real time planning and control algorithms for teams of cooperating, autonomous agents.

Ms. Jennifer McClain
Founder, Chairman of the Board

Ms. Jennifer McClain co-founded Barnstorm Research with Dr Tierno. As chairman of the board, she guides business strategy and leads the commercialization program. Ms. McClain has a BA in Biology from the University of Minnesota and a Masters In Library Science and Information Technology from Simmons College.

Ms. Kerry Kinsella
Business Operations Manager

Ms. Kerry Kinsella has been supporting Business Operation efforts for over 15 years, with more than 9 years in the Defense Industry. Her background includes experience in Human Resources, Process Improvement and Project Management. She has supported all levels of project management from Research efforts to Capability Maturity Model Integration and has supported several projects through a successful SCAMPI review. Kerry is an excellent resource to our overall process and operational success.

Ms. Wendy Mungovan
Chief Software Engineer

Ms. Wendy Mungovan is an innovative software engineer with 14 years of experience in the full software development lifecycle. Ms. Mungovan has led development teams in a variety of domains including: Planning, Machine Learning, Level 2-3 Fusion, Computer Vision, User Interfaces and Web Services. She has expertise in multiple development languages and environments including Java, Javascript/JQuery, C++, Python, Spring Framework and SQL. She has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Dr. David Sudit
Principal Member of the Research Team

Dr. David Sudit is a Principal Research Engineer with 5 years of experience in designing, integrating and testing algorithm-based components in larger systems for the Department of Defense. Dr. Sudit has led teams of Research and Software engineers through the entire development process into integration for successful flight tests. The majority of Dr. Sudit’s work has focused on mission planning, data analysis tools and fusion domains. He earned a B.S. from Northwestern University in Computer Engineering, as well as a Duel Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Ms. Meena Venkat
Principal Member of the Research Team

Ms. Meena Venkat is a Principal Software Engineer with over ten years of experience in the full software development lifecycle, ranging from product conception to delivery. Ms. Meena has participated in the design and development of software projects focused on Mission Planning, Data Analysis, and User Interface Design. She has led a team of software engineers to execute projects using the Agile Scrum Process. She has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Boston University and comes with expertise in Object Oriented languages and tools.

Ms. Hayley Painter
Senior Member of Research Team

Ms. Hayley Painter has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame. She has undergraduate research experience in healthcare analytics and five years of experience as a software developer in the healthcare IT and defense industries.

Mr. Vance Turnewitsch
Senior Member of Research Team

Mr. Vance Turnewitsch has a BS in Physics from Marietta College and a MS in Applied Mathematics from Wright State University. He has undergraduate research experience in computational physics as well as a diverse background of academic and industrial software development.

Mr. Michael Wransky
Senior Member of Research Team

Mr. Michael Wransky has a BS and MS in Applied Mathematics from University of Akron. He has a combination of Artificial Intelligence research and contributions and full stack web development experience.

Mr. Daniel Zhang
Senior Member of Research Team

Mr. Daniel Zhang received his Master of Science in Computer Science from New York University and his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. His research interests include Alternative Dispute Resolution, Human-Computer Interaction in Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Programming Languages, and Game Design.

Dr. Jason Wilson
Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jason R. Wilson recently completed his Joint-Ph.D. in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, working in the Human-Robot Interaction Lab at Tufts University. His recent research has focused on designing social robots to assist older adults, and other research topics have included affective computing, analogical reasoning, and qualitative reasoning. Prior to his doctoral work, he spent 10 years as a software engineer working in a variety of industries including the Defense Industry and the Postal Industry. While working on large DARPA programs, he leveraged his research and engineering experiences to coordinate efforts between the researchers and the engineers to further the development of innovative and robust technology. In addition to his Joint-Ph.D., he has B.S. and M.S from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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