Our Team

THE RIGHT TEAM FOR THE RIGHT JOB

Our fusion of diverse academic and professional backgrounds enables us to offer truly unique approaches that ultimately change the way decisions are made.

Collectively, we offer decades of experience working in and with the defense, academic, and business communities. We are research scientists, engineers, and business specialists, who understand how to perform value-added, groundbreaking work and manage it effectively and efficiently.

We do this by providing a work environment that encourages and rewards bright minds and self-starters who want to make a difference with their work. As a 100% employee-owned company, we place a high value on creativity, collaboration and innovation.

Meet the members of our team...

Management:

KENDRA E. MOORE, PhD, President & CEO

MICHAEL PAGELS, PhD, CTO

RICHARD SALVAGE, CFA, CFO

CARL WEIR, PhD, Director of Cognitive Fusion

Scientific:

ANTHONY PALLADINO, PhD, Principal Research Scientist

NOAM BEN-ASHER, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

MARGARET DUFF, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

ALEX GEORGE, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

ANDREW B. SPISAK, PhD, Sr. Research Scientist

STEFAN KELL, Staff Research Scientist

NATHAN POPPELREITER, PhD, Staff Research Scientist

LIONEL YELIBI, Research Scientist

Technical:

RODY ARANTES, Sr. Research Programmer

IAN BOARDMAN, PhD, Sr. Research Programmer

AHMER JAVED, FSO/ISA

EDUARDO BARRERA, Research Programmer

ALEX BOCK, Research Programmer

KATE COLLINS, Research Programmer

MAXIMILIAN GUNTHER, Research Programmer

LINSU HAN, Research Programmer

HALEY MORGAN, Research Programmer

DAVID THOMAS, Research Programmer

MARISHA KULSENG, Associate Research Programmer

Administrative:

ANOR AKAEZE, Business Operations Administrator & Executive Assistant


KENDRA E. MOORE, PhD, President & CEO

Kendra loves finding patterns and recurring structures in the world - whether in data, people's activities, business processes, or relationships. Using her pattern recognition insights, she defines frameworks to rapidly model systems, and the models enable data exploitation and timely decision making. As President, she applies that same approach to Boston Fusion, by identifying patterns of opportunities, projects, and personnel, to create a structure where everyone can be at his/her best.

Kendra believes that the most interesting problems are those that require multi- or cross-disciplinary approaches to solve – decomposing complex problems into their constituent parts, fusing multiple types of data, applying different modeling and analysis approaches, and assembling the results into a coherent process or system. And, many, if not all, of these problems involve understanding patterns: in the data, in the problem definitions, in matching approaches to component problems, and in the system composition and deployment. Kendra founded Boston Fusion to bring together the right people to attack these problems and to create an environment in which we can develop novel solutions to support today’s decision makers.

Prior to founding Boston Fusion, Kendra was a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where she managed a $180 million research portfolio. Before that, she was a consultant and researcher in the private sector.

She earned her PhD and MS degrees in Operations Research from Northeastern University. She also holds MA and BA, magna cum laude, degrees in Philosophy of Religion from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary and Stephens College, respectively.

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During her five and a half years as a DARPA Program Manager (2005-2010), Kendra managed several research programs, including:

Predictive Analysis for Naval Defense Activities (PANDA): automatically learns motion-based patterns and detects deviations, and uses context data to prioritize alerts;

Fast Connectivity for Coalitions and Agents Program (Fast C2AP): detection of instances of user-defined behavior of interest in maritime domain;

Graph Understanding and Analysis for Rapid Discovery – Deployed on the Ground (GUARD DOG): large-scale network analysis on HUMINT data;

Resilient Command and Control (RC2): technology to manage military C2 systems in the face of failures and attacks to assure that they can continue to support the operational missions;

Several studies exploring adaptive machine learning, strategic collaboration, and command and control and multiple Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects.

Prior to joining DARPA, Kendra was President and Founder of Advestan, Inc., where she provided R&D consulting services to DoD customers and contractors in advanced estimation, analysis, and exploitation for large-scale information fusion applications. Before that, she was Director of Information Fusion at ALPHATECH, Inc., where she was responsible for new business development, project management, and personnel management. She led the development of ultra-large scale data mining algorithms and supporting database technologies to detect, track, and provide warning of threat activities.

Kendra is a recipient of the Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service (2010), DARPA Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in a Systems Technology Area (2008), and was recognized by Department of Defense as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Role Model (2006).

Selected publications:

  1. Moore, K.E., “Elusive Path to Autonomy: Why Can't AxVs Tie Their Own Shoes?”, National Symposium on Sensor and Data Fusion (NSSDF 2012), 24 Oct 2012. (Invited Talk)

  2. Moore, K.E., “Heraclitus and the Challenge of Network Extraction, Discovery, and Analysis (NEDA): Why You Cannot Step Twice Into the Same Data Stream”, AFCEA Technology Visions for Network Extraction, Discovery and Analysis (NEDA) Workshop, 21 Sep 2011. (Invited Talk)

  3. Moore, K.E., “Future directions in knowledge discovery from distributed sensor data”, Second International Workshop on Knowledge Discovery from Sensor Data (Sensor-KDD 2008), ACM SIGKDD International Conference of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, Las Vegas, NV, August 2008. (Invited Talk)

  4. Moore, K.E., “Patterns, patterns everywhere…”, Proceedings of DARPATech 2007, Anaheim, CA, August 2007.

  5. Moore, K.E., “Pirates, patterns, and other passions”, Proceedings of DARPATech 2005, Anaheim, CA, August 2005, pp. 102-105.

  6. Pioch, N., Hunter, D., Jones, E., Washburn, B., Bostwick, D., Kao, A., Graham, S., Fournelle, C., Allen, T., Dunn, M., and Moore, K., “CADRE: Continuous Analysis and Discovery from Relational Evidence”, Proceedings of the International Conference on Integration of Knowledge Intensive Multi-Agent System, 2003 (KIMAS’03), pp. 555-561.

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MICHAEL PAGELS, PhD, CTO

Michael has spent the majority of his defense industry career researching and developing techniques to reduce false alarms. He learned early on that detection was frequently not the problem, rather isolating the significant detection out of the sea of false alarms took most of the effort. During his 35+ years as a technical performer, he has transitioned from an individual developer, team leader, group leader, executive and senior executive while attempting to maintain insight into the underlying and developing advanced technologies. Recently he has focused on advancing the key practices and procedures, which lead to efficacious workplace environments, supportive of the people involved in the advanced technology development required in the U.S. defense and intelligence research and development community.

Michael is an avid SCUBA diver, skeet shooter, and traveler. With his wife, he has pursued dog obedience training, rock climbing, martial arts practice, orchid growing and small-scale forestry development and maintenance.

Michael earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Computer Science from the State University of New York.

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Michael is a senior technical executive, with proven strengths in research & development, organization, management, and analysis assisting Boston Fusion to achieve corporate objectives by innovating or expanding strategic areas of technology research & development to address the most critical technical needs facing our communities and country.

Similar to Kendra, Michael had the opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners in the defense and intelligence community as a Program Manager at DARPA. During his six-year career at DARPA, Michael collaborated in the development of five, and directed more than ten, research projects totaling more than $350M. These employed more than 200 scientists and engineers to develop multiple source intelligence systems, autonomous unmanned aviation planning and control systems, novel sensor technologies, medical informatics services, simulation and training applications, and other products. During this time, he identified and secured more than $100M in external funding to support these and other advanced research projects.

He also had the opportunity to re-envision, create and manage a research project team to provide real-time delivery of sensor data directly to users, including those forward-deployed, through collaborative control of airborne assets. Based on an intuitive handheld interface, user requests are sent directly to a multi-platform, system-of-systems to be consolidated, prioritized, and expedited through a formal service taxonomy, and then an information management system tasks the appropriate platform or platforms to execute the user requests. This real time delivery frees users from any piloting or airspace coordination concerns.

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RICHARD SALVAGE, CFA, Chief Financial Officer

Rich is responsible for the overall Financial Management, Contracts Management, and Office Administration at Boston Fusion. Rich has over 15 years of progressive experience in contracts and accounting positions, and brings a broad range of knowledge in these areas including negotiating and administering government contracts, a strong understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and accounting and financial management skills. Rich oversees all of Boston Fusion’s financial and accounting functions including: general cost accounting, budgeting, tax planning and reporting, cash management, and ensuring the company accounting procedures conform to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. In addition, he interfaces with the company’s Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), and the company’s bankers and insurance brokers.

Rich earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Babson College. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

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Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Rich spent twelve years at Aptima, Inc., a small defense contractor. In his final position there as Controller, he was responsible for managing all of Aptima’s accounting and finance functions. Rich also worked at State Street Bank as a Senior Accountant, where he provided accounting services to a variety of clients within the Financial Services industry.

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CARL WEIR, PhD, Director of Cognitive Fusion

Carl has been involved in advanced research and development for his entire 30-year career. At Boston Fusion, he serves as the program manager on multiple advanced research projects, including programs in cyber-defense and data analytics.

He has a technical background in automated decision support, data analytics, advanced computing technologies, and autonomous systems, and he has experience working with both defense and intelligence community customers.

Carl earned his PhD and MA degrees in Linguistics, specializing in model-theoretic semantics, from the University of Texas at Austin. His BA in Linguistics is from the University of Houston, where he graduated summa cum laude.

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Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Carl worked for Lockheed Martin as a principal research scientist and senior program manager. In the Advanced Technology Office of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business unit, he was responsible for all contract research and development (CRAD) activity, managing contracts with DARPA, IARPA, the Intelligence Community, and the DoD service labs. In this position he worked in technology areas as diverse as C4ISR, cyber defense, neuromorphic architectures, and quantum computing, and gained experience managing large groups of research scientists and software developers.

While at Lockheed Martin, Carl led a research initiative under IARPA’s ICArUS program to develop a high fidelity spiking neural network model of human brain function for studying cognitive biases. He also led a large systems integration effort under DARPA’s ULTRA-Vis program to develop a capability for special ops squads to collaborate in GPS-denied environments using an advanced heads-up display (HUD).

In earlier research and development activities, Carl participated in software development efforts for text extraction systems, document retrieval systems, document image understanding systems, NLP-based human interfaces, and machine translation systems. He led the Lockheed Martin team that developed AeroText, a commercial data-mining product that extracts textual references to entities and events.

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ANTHONY PALLADINO, PhD, Principal Research Scientist

Anthony’s primary research interest is in applying state-of-the-art AI techniques to challenges from social, cultural, and cognitive science. Crucially, he does not oversimplify the “soft sciences,” instead forging collaborations that merge computer scientists and engineers with social scientists, research psychologists, and other domain experts. He has served as principal investigator on socio-cultural modeling projects such as “Big Open Source Social Science” (for ARMY ERDC), “Resilience and Stability in Dense Terrains” (for DARPA), and “Cognitive Adaptation of Management Behavior via Information Observation" (for NAVY ONR). His other interests include systems engineering and AI-based cyber security: for example, he currently leads the integrated product team charged with developing metrics to fairly evaluate technology produced for DARPA’s ACK program.

Anthony joined Boston Fusion after over a decade of research in large-scale physics experiments, where he gained experience in statistical data analysis, multi-source data fusion, Monte Carlo simulation, and large-scale parallel computing. Most recently, he was a research scientist for Boston University, where he focused on measuring fundamental properties of elementary particles, such as lepton universality, at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. Prior to that, he worked for the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, where he searched for signs of a hypothetical dark photon in data at the DAΦNE electron-positron collider.

Anthony earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Physics from the University of Virginia and his B.S. magna cum laude in electrical engineering with minors in mathematics and physics from the University of Connecticut.

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Selected publications:

  1. Anthony Palladino, Elisa J. Bienenstock, Bradley M. West, Jake R. Nelson, and Tony H. Grubesic "Information fusion to estimate resilience of dense urban neighborhoods", Proc. SPIE 11018, Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXVIII, 110180K (7 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2519304; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2519304

  2. Anthony Palladino and Christopher J. Thissen. 2018. Cyber Anomaly Detection Using Graph-node Role-dynamics. In DYnamic and Novel Advances in Machine Learning and Intelligent Cyber Security Workshop (DYNAMICS ’18), December 3–4, 2018, San Juan, PR, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3306195.3306198

  3. Anthony Palladino, Elisa J. Bienenstock, Christopher A. George, and Kendra E. Moore "Big open-source social science: capabilities and methodology for automating social science analytics", Proc. SPIE 10653, Next-Generation Analyst VI, 106530D (27 April 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2306500; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2306500

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NOAM BEN-ASHER, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Noam seeks to improve performance and make technology useful by providing theoretical and applied insights into humans’ interactions with complex and dynamic systems. In this effort, Noam fuses together expertise in human factors engineering, decision science, and cognitive modeling, delivering actionable recommendations and effective interventions.

Before joining Boston Fusion, Noam was a Senior Research Fellow at the Computational and Information Sciences Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory. In this position, Noam applied behavioral studies, game theory, and AI to address current and future challenges in cybersecurity. In the past, Noam was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dynamic Decision-Making Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University and at IBM Research.

Noam Ben-Asher earned his Ph.D. degree in human-factors engineering from Ben-Gurion University in 2011.

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Selected publications:

  • Gutierrez, M., Bosansky, B., Černý, J., Ben-Asher, N., Gonzalez, C., and Kiekintveld, C. (2019). Evaluating Models of Human Behavior in an Adversarial Multi-Armed Bandit Problem. In Proceeding of the 10th International Workshop on Optimization in Multiagent Systems (OptMAS) @AAMAS-19.

  • Ben-Asher, N., and Meyer, J. (2018). The Triad of Risk-related Behavior (TriRB): A three-dimensional model of cyber-risk taking. Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Runner-up for Human Factors Prize for Excellence in Human Factors Research 2017.

  • Cho, JH. and Ben-Asher, N. (2018). Cyber Defense in Breadth: Modeling and Analysis of Integrated Defense Systems. Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation.

  • Ben-Asher, N., Cho, JH. and Adalı, S. (2018). Adaptive Situational Leadership Framework. In Proceeding of Conference on the 8th Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (IEEE CogSIMA) – Best Paper award.

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MARGARET DUFF, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Margaret has a passion for creating novel technologies that help people improve task performance, make smarter decisions, and better understand the world around them. Her graduate work focused on creating and evaluating interactive mixed-reality therapy systems to increase motor learning after stroke. This work carried over to a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where she explored how the time courses of recovery progress related to therapy dosage frequency. More recently, she worked at the Army Research Laboratory and studied how humans aggregate multi-modal information in their ability to identify everyday sights and sounds, with the intention of using these insights to create advanced artificial intelligence. When not working, Margaret enjoys hiking and camping with her dog, bowling, and playing pub trivia.

Margaret earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Arts, Media, and Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.

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ALEX GEORGE, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Alex’s research centers on the data-to-decision pipeline. On the data side, he develops, extends, and applies feature extractors and inference techniques, in particular deep learning and natural language processing, to classify, extract, and exploit raw data in any modality. On the decision side, he reasons over this information, including its latent relationships, uncertainties, and external domain knowledge, to make actionable decisions.

At Boston Fusion, Alex has led efforts in all stages, including topic selection, idea generation, proposal writing, project planning, execution, and transition. Since joining Boston Fusion, he has been deeply involved in nearly a dozen projects, in efforts ranging from theoretical research in information theory to applied techniques for document search. Applications of this work range from missile defense to improved neural network algorithms.

Alex has strong computing skills ranging from software development to statistical analysis in a variety of languages, and has a strong background/interest in the physical sciences, mathematics, computing, teaching, and the humanities.

Alex earned his Ph.D. in elementary particle physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Selected publications:

  • George, Christopher A. et al. "Characterizing Target Classification Uncertainty Using Copulas", Nat’l Fire Control Symp 2018 [classified].

  • George, Christopher A. et al. "Context Exploitation using Hierarchical Bayesian Models", National Fire Control Symposium, February 2018.

  • George, Christopher A. et al. "The role-relevance model for enhanced semantic targeting in unstructured text," SPIE Next Generation Analyst, April 2018.

  • CMS Collaboration. Search for new physics in events with same-sign dileptons at sqrt(s)=13 TeV with the CMS detector. European Physical Journal C, 2016.

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ANDREW B. SPISAK, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Andrew has a decade of experience building models and using them to analyze large quantities of data, explore the boundaries of new science and technology, and guide the utilization of limited resources. At Boston Fusion he continues to apply his model-building acumen to transform information into actionable results that inform decision making.

Andrew is a theoretical physicist who earned his PhD from Northeastern University. In his research, he assessed the potential for the discovery of supersymmetry models with realistic dark matter at the LHC, proposing data analysis strategies optimized for overcoming the challenges inherent in identifying the collision events that can be identified with these models. He also received two departmental teaching awards for his work teaching undergraduates.

Prior to starting graduate school, Andrew built techno-economic models for alternative energy infrastructure, identifying promising technologies as well as key drivers of cost and performance for the DOE. Andrew's undergraduate work was conducted at the University of Virginia.

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STEFAN KELL, Staff Research Scientist

Stefan works with the Boston Fusion team to leverage multidisciplinary techniques and analysis of large datasets to develop novel insights and capabilities. He is interested in applying machine learning in creative ways to tackle challenging problems across a range of diverse fields.

Stefan previously worked for the City of New York, managing and analyzing contract data while also automating collection and reporting procedures. He also taught statistics at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Stefan earned his M.S. in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh, where he used particle collider data to constrain the parameters of new physics models and investigated methods for improving calculations of scattering processes important for dark matter searches. His past work also included research in numerical analysis and materials science. He earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the State University of New York at Geneseo.

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NATHAN POPPELREITER, PhD, Staff Research Scientist

Nathan collaborates with the interdisciplinary team at Boston Fusion to develop novel applications of machine learning to sensor fusion and other areas. He enjoys applying his experience with a broad collection of mathematical ideas, theories, and fields to technological and scientific problems, both novel and well-studied.

Nathan earned his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from Portland State University, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His doctoral work in mathematical ecology focused on estimating population distributions of stage-structured populations from noisy, partial measurements, where the populations were modeled either linearly or by a Lur’e system and were subject to forcing.

When not working, Nathan enjoys pen-and-paper roleplaying games, revels in nature, and partakes in foods of the region and world. He was a cheesemonger before he was a mathematician.

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Lionel Yelibi, Research Scientist

Lionel’s research agenda is focused on the impact of collective behavior in large systems of interacting agents. This, broadly speaking, touches on problems in sociology, economics, biology, physics and more. At Boston Fusion, he’s involved in the development of modern machine learning methods for the simulation of learning agents in evolving environments.

Lionel earned his B.S in Physics at Indiana University, and his M.S in Statistical Sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Lionel was a research assistant in the Statistical Finance Group at the University of Cape Town, where he leveraged statistical-physics-based data clustering methods for unsupervised learning in financial markets, seen through the lens of complex adaptive systems.

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RODY ARANTES, Sr. Research Programmer

Rody Arantes researches, conceptualizes and develops cutting edge graphical user interfaces for solutions developed by Boston Fusion’s research scientists. Using the latest technologies and standards for web and application development, he develops user interfaces to showcase our product and expose the capabilities of our software.

Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Rody lived in Montreal, Canada where he attended Concordia University for his Bachelors of Software Engineering and worked extensively in developing websites and applications.

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IAN BOARDMAN, PhD, Sr. Research Programmer

Ian has built a long career path in Boston engaging in a wide variety of novel and high impact science and engineering projects. Working in hospitals, university research labs, high-tech start-ups and global corporations, he has contributed to published scientific research in neurophysiology and cognition, and to applied research and development of long wave infrared detectors, asteroid tracking, artificial hearing, information retrieval, open-set language identification, and speech recognition in multiple languages. Ian is self-trained in various mainstream programming languages and data analysis packages, and has practical experience managing Linux systems and computing grids, developing scientific and engineering databases, building data pipelines and training pattern classification models.

Ian earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University with his thesis on real-time dynamical systems models of recurrent biological neuronal networks supporting human serial order performance in perception and motor control.


AHMER JAVED, FSO/ISA

Ahmer is Boston Fusion's Facility Security Officer (FSO) and Information Systems Administrator (ISA). He is responsible for various aspects of physical security and information protection, as well as establishing and administering both secure and unsecure information systems.

Ahmer earned his B.S in Computer Science from Framingham State University. Prior to joining Boston Fusion, Ahmer has held positions at Raytheon as Systems Administrator, Hanscom AFB as Help Desk Tech and Fort Devens as an Workstations Administrator.

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EDUARDO BARRERA, Research Programmer

At Boston Fusion, Eduardo works on developing novel solutions to problems in quantum computing and machine learning. Previously, Eduardo was an undergraduate researcher where he worked in condensed matter physics, quantum information, graph theory, and high-energy physics. His favorite pastimes include electrospinning polymers using dangerous solvents, writing graph search algorithms using dangerously efficient code, going to trivia bar nights (minus the drinks), and waiting patiently for The Winds of Winter.

Eduardo graduated from Tufts University with degrees in Engineering Physics and Math.

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ALEX BOCK, Research Programmer

Alex is a research programmer at Boston Fusion. While at Tufts University, Alex supported research projects in robotics, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and text mining by developing software research tools and running simulations. He looks forward to continuing this type of work with Boston Fusion. When he's not writing (or thinking about) code, Alex can be found reading (books or Wikipedia), cooking, or playing the vibraphone.

Alex earned his B.S. from Tufts University in Computer Science and Biology.

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KATE COLLINS, Research Programmer

Kate works with Boston Fusion’s interdisciplinary team to engineer solutions and develop scientific/research software. Her research and development experience spans projects in computational linguistics, abstract mathematics, data science, and biomedical informatics. She has previously worked in a similar role for projects at Swarthmore College, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California.

Kate joined Boston Fusion after graduating from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Computer Science and Linguistics.

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MAXIMIILIAN GUNTHER, Research Programmer

Max is a research programmer at Boston Fusion, where he enjoys taking on challenging problems in mathematics and software engineering. In his free time, Max enjoys Argentine tango dancing, volunteering as an adult leader in the local Boy Scout troop, and playing board and card games.

Max earned his B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Computer Engineering and Business Management

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Linsu Han, Research programmer

Linsu's work at Boston Fusion combines his expertise in statistics, machine learning, and programming to find solutions for novel research projects. He earned his Bachelor's in math and statistics at Purdue University in 2018 and completed his Master's in Statistics at Columbia University in 2020.

In his free time, Linsu enjoys playing League of Legends competitively, playing the violin, and dancing. His favorite number is 78 and all multiples of 13. He graduated from Purdue and Columbia both with exact cumulative GPAs of 3.90--a multiple of 1.3, half of 7.8.

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HALEY MORGAN, Research Programmer

Haley is a research programmer at Boston Fusion, where she provides software and engineering support to research programs. Prior to joining Boston Fusion, she was an analyst and engineer for a large government contractor, where she worked on design teams for various DoD projects. She spends much of her spare time learning and using programming languages for personal projects. She also enjoys hiking, traveling, skiing, and golfing.

Haley attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where she earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also attended Quinsigamond Community College for Computer Science.

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DAVID THOMAS, Research Programmer

David’s responsibilities at Boston Fusion range from software design and implementation to computational analysis. His previous R&D experience includes work in music informatics, virtual reality, and intelligent game AI design. Prior to Boston Fusion, David worked for the University of Maryland, College Park, where he created virtual reality application prototypes. He has also worked for smaller nonprofits and startups.

David earned his B.S. in Computer Science (with a minor in mathematics) at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. More recently, he earned an M.S. in technical entrepreneurship and management from the University of Rochester in upstate New York.

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MARISHA KULSENG, Associate Research Programmer

Marisha supports the Boston Fusion team as a part-time research programmer. Her primary project at Boston Fusion is providing dev-ops support to a large team charged with deploying DARPA-funded technology to a US Government end user. Marisha earned her B.A. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and spent several years working in the optical industry before returning to school. She is presently in a program at Bunker Hill Community College studying Object-Oriented Programming and Design.

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ANOR AKAEZE, Business Operations Administrator & Executive Assistant

Anor, an alumna of Columbia University, joined Boston Fusion after a decade raising a family and 11 years as an acquisitions coordinator and accountant at the Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston. A self-described “problem-solver,” she brings an efficient and flexible approach to the administrative challenges that bolster the work of our research team. Prior to her years as a full-time soccer mom, Anor worked at The Getty Villa in Malibu, California, supporting the work of the Assistant Director and Chief Curator of the Museum.

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