Neil Albert – Vice Chairman, MCR, LLC
Neil F. Albert is the Vice Chairman of MCR, LLC, a company specializing in strategic planning, cost/schedule analysis, acquisition management, and program assessment.. Having served in numerous positions at MCR for almost 25 years, Mr. Albert manages and performs management consulting, business analysis and forecasting, and information system support activities for the Federal government and industry clients. Prior to MCR, he was Director of Cost Estimating and Analysis at Textron Defense Systems where he was responsible for life cycle cost analysis, Design-to-Cost, economic analysis, and cost estimating and pricing for all programs. During his career, Mr. Albert has also provided cost, financial, and program management support to numerous organizations including the Department of Energy, Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA.Mr. Albert is one of the leading experts in the development and implementation of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). For over 25 years Mr. Albert has been the principle author for the Department of Defense’s military standard on Work Breakdown Structures (MIL-STD 881: Work Breakdown Structures for DoD Materiel Items) and subsequent conversion the MIL-STD to a Military Handbook (MIL-HDBK 881) due to acquisition reform. He was a contributor to the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Work Breakdown Structure Practice Standard and an author of the PMI Earned Value Management (EVM) Practice Standard Second Edition.Mr. Albert has more than 35 years of professional experience. In 2010, Mr. Albert received the Freiman Award from the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA), it highest honor. In 2013 and 2007 Mr. Albert received the “Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service”, the highest a private citizen can receive from DoD. In 2003 he received the “Lifetime Achievement” award, the highest honor from the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (now the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association). He is a Certified Cost Analyst/Estimator (CCEA).
Brian Alford – Operations Research Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
Brian Alford is an operations research analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton currently supporting the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Engineering Cost Office as a cost analyst. His area of expertise focuses primarily around designing and implementing models for conducting cost and decision analyses in support of portfolio- and platform-level decision making. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics, and holds his CCE/A certification.
Glen Alleman – Program Planning and Controls Lead, Niwot Ridge, LLC.
Glen B. Alleman leads the Program Planning and Controls practice for Niwot Ridge, LLC. In this position Glen’s brings his 25 years’ experience in program management, systems engineering, software development, and general management to bear on problems of performance based program management. Mr. Alleman’s experience has focused on mission critical software systems in a variety of firms including Logicon, TRW, CH2M Hill, SM&A, before joining Niwot Ridge, L.L.C. where he developed the Performance-Based Project Management® method and applied it in Aerospace, Defense, and Enterprise IT engagements.
Ian Anderson – Senior Cost Analyst, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Mr. Anderson is a Senior Cost Analyst for the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA). He has spent the last 5 years at NCCA as a team lead for several of the Navy’s Independent Cost Estimates and Service Cost Positions on various programs including: the Global Command and Control System – Maritime (GCCS-M) program, the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES) program, and the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) program. On a day-to-day basis Mr. Anderson is responsible for setting goals, measuring outcomes, and directing tasking for small (2-6 analysts) teams of analysts at NCCA. Since joining NCCA, Mr. Anderson has been responsible for estimating 13.5 billion dollars. Prior to joining NCCA, Mr. Anderson worked for 3 years at the NAVAIR 4.2 Cost Competency where he developed the H-1 Milestone III production cost estimate under significant scrutiny due to Nunn-McCurdy pressures. Satisfying major concerns by the OSD Cost Analysis Improvement Group (CAIG) and the Defense Advisory Board (DAB) Mr. Anderson’s work accounted for 9 billion dollars and 349 aircraft.
Remmie L. Arnold – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Remmie Arnold has five years of professional experience in cost estimating and analysis in the public and private sectors and is a Certified Cost Estimator Analyst (CCE/A). He is currently involved in the development of a PBL BCA for the USA/USMC JLTV program as well as an AoA for USA LCM-8 replacement program MSV(L). Remmie also helped produce Records of Analysis (ROAs) in support of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) for Architect of the Capital (AOC) renovation programs on the Capital Dome and Cannon House Office Building.Since joining Technomics, Remmie has taken active roles in capabilities database and software development, software growth and schedule estimation, creation of training materials, and collection and organization of systems data. His other ROAs for the GAO have included assessing cost estimates from Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and Department of the Treasury. Remmie recently received an award for Best Paper: Information Technology Track at the 2013 conference of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA).Prior to joining Technomics, Remmie spent four years as the Executive Director of a non-profit in Blacksburg, Virginia. There he was responsible for annual budget analysis and estimation, developing fundraising projections and analyzing construction proposals and estimates.
David Bach – Director of Business Analytics, Quantech Services, Inc.
David A. Bach is the Director of Business Analytics for Quantech Services, Inc. He has over 15 years as a cost estimator and project manager in acquisition, and over 30 years in the DoD. David has supported programs for the Air Force, SPAWAR and MDA, has a MS in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a MA in International Management from Whitworth College, and a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a CCE/A.
William Barfield – Executive Cost Estimator Associate, Quantech Services, Inc.
William S. Barfield is a Executive Cost Estimator Associate with Quantech Services, Inc., and has several decades working in basic R&D, information systems, and defense acquisition. An Air Force veteran and research scientist in Navy underwater acoustics, he is experienced in software development and costing for many Federal clients. Bill has a MS in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College, a BS in Mathematics from Old Dominion University, and is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst.
Annette Barlia – Cobec Consulting, Inc.
Annette Barlia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from Tufts University. She has over 13 years of experience providing investment analysis support to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other government entities. Her experience is in the areas of life cycle cost estimating and modeling, cost analysis and research, proposal evaluation, schedule and staffing analysis, budget formulation, earned value management (EVM), and risk analysis. She enjoys traveling and community service.
Joe Bauer – Solutions Consultant, PRICE Systems
Joe Bauer joined PRICE Systems as a Solutions Consultant after more than twenty years of service in the United States Air Force. He supports Air Force customers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, by providing classroom training, consulting, and evaluating and modifying training course content as new modeling capabilities are fielded for PRICE Systems’ cost estimating solutions. Prior to joining PRICE Systems, Joe was the lead hardware modernization estimator for the F-22 Raptor program office.
James Black – Cost Analysis Division, NASA
James “Jay” Black has 11 years of cost estimating experience and currently works as senior operations research analyst / team leader for Naval Sea Systems Command 05C Cost Engineering & Industrial Analysis. In this role, he supports Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems. Jay has a Masters in Systems Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He holds a current CCE/A certification and Level III certification in Business – Cost Estimating from the Defense Acquisition University.
William Black – Scitor
William Black currently works for Scitor, where he has supported multiple customers throughout the intelligence community. At present, William supports the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he develops tools and cost estimates for various agencies in support of the budgetary process.
David Bloom – Senior Engineering Manager, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
David Bloom has worked for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems as a Senior Engineering Manager since 2008, where he is the cost estimation subject matter expert for the electronics center of SAS. He has developed parametric models for all Electronics Center products. After graduating from the University of California at Davis in 1983, Mr. Bloom worked for the Naval Weapons Center, Lockheed Martin, and Lawrence Livermore National Labs.
Barry Boehm – Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California
Dr. Barry W. Boehm is an American software engineer, TRW Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering at the Computer Science Department of the University of Southern California, and known for his many contributions to software engineering. Barry received his B.A. degree from Harvard in 1957 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UCLA in 1961 and 1964, all in Mathematics. He also received an honorary Sc.D. in Computer Science from the U. of Massachusetts in 2000.
Blake Boswell – Analytic Tool Developer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Blake Boswell is an Analytic Tool Developer for Booz Allen Hamilton’s Advanced Analytics Team. He leads development of Monte Carlo simulation software that supports probabilistic modeling efforts in a variety of fields including project management and cost estimation. He is a frequent presenter in the Risk Track at ICEAA conferences. Blake has a B.S. in mathematics and a Master’s degree in applied economics.
Peter Braxton – Senior Cost Analyst and Technical Officer, Technomics, Inc.
Peter J. Braxton is a Senior Cost Analyst and Technical Officer at Technomics, Inc., where he has supported the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA), Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA), and Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE) on data collection and cost research efforts, and Defense Acquisition University (DAU) on curriculum development.He is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) and currently serves as Vice President of Professional Development for the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA). He was named the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) 2007 Estimator of the Year for contributions in Education. He is the managing editor for development and maintenance of the acclaimed Cost Estimating Body of Knowledge (CEBoK®) and its predecessor, Cost Programmed Review Of Fundamentals (CostPROF). He served as SCEA’s Training Chair from 2004 to 2009 and as Training Track chair for nine consecutive international conferences, and played a pivotal role in the successful merger of SCEA and the International Society of Parametric Analysts (ISPA) to form ICEAA. He has taught extensively at government, corporate, and society training events throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.He holds an AB in Mathematics from Princeton University and an M.S. in Applied Science (Operations Research) from the College of William and Mary. He is lead author or co-author of over two dozen professional papers on cost, risk, and Cost As an Independent Variable (CAIV), including four Best Paper winners, and has been published in the Journal of Cost Estimating and Parametrics.
Christina Brims – Representative, HQ AF Space Command, Air Force Cost Analysis Agency
Christina Brims currently serves as the AF Cost Analysis Agency’s (AFCAA) representative to HQ AF Space Command (AFSPC). In this position, she is the liaison between AFCAA in Washington DC, Space and Missile Center in Los Angeles, and command leads and action officers at AFSPC for space programs acquisition cost. Formerly Ms Brims worked as a budget analyst for NORAD and US Northern Command pioneering financial aspects of DOD’s support of civil authorities and homeland defense. Not a stranger to the joint arena, Ms Brims was assigned as chief of financial management for Missile Defense Agency’s Joint National Integration Center at Schriever AFB. She expanded her financial career knowledge by serving a career broadening assignment with AF Audit Agency. Prior to her assignments in Colorado, Ms Brims worked as a cost analyst on staff at Air Armament Center and for the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) Joint System Program Office at Eglin AFB Florida. She also led AMRAAM’s Foreign Military Sales financial team managing over 40 cases for 22 countries. With the US Army in Europe, she served as a Program Analyst at the support command headquarters and as Management Analyst at the Army’s premier medical center. Outside DoD she was director of research at a 2-year college. She holds a BA from University of Colorado, an MBA from University of West Florida, and a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Defense from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In the Acquisition Professional Development Program, she is certified Level III in both Business-Cost Estimating and Business-Financial Management.
Erik Burgess – President, Burgess Consulting Inc.
Erik Burgess has provided cost estimating and program support to the National Reconnaissance Office since 1995, and prior to that he supported space programs at the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center as an engineer and cost estimator. He is the president of Burgess Consulting Inc., and has also served with The Aerospace Corporation, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and MCR, LLC. Erik earned his M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael Butterworth – West Coast Cost Analysis Lead, TASC Inc.
Mike Butterworth currently works for TASC Inc., as the West Coast Cost Analysis Lead. Mike has performed analysis and provided training for contractors and government organizations; such as NGC, SMC, NASA, AFCAA and others. Mike has 30 years of experience in finance, cost estimating and analysis, risk assessment and cost proposal development. His has analyzed all types of satellites, launch vehicles, ground stations, aircraft (manned and unmanned), missiles, other hardware, software and services.
Enrique Campos-Nanez – Senior Software Engineer, Epsilon Group
Enrique Campos-Náñez is currently a Senior Software Engineer at The Epsilon Group, where he is in charge of development of modeling and simulation software for pharmacokinetics. He lectures on system dynamics, modeling and optimization for The George Washington University. He holds a B.Sc. in mathematics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), a M.Sc. in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a Ph. D. in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Cassandra Capots – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Cassandra Capots is a Cost Analyst at Technomics, Inc., where she has supported the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE) by performing various cost estimating relationship (CER) and factor methodology development and research tasks. Ms. Capots also supports the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) as a member of the Cost Assessment Data Enterprise (CADE) development team.
Neil Chakrabarti – Cost Analyst/Economist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Neil Chakrabarti CCE/A is a Cost analyst/Economist at Booz Allen Hamilton supporting Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). He has delivered Program Lifecycle Cost Estimates and Cost Analysis Requirements Descriptions for the Navy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, and Federal Aviation Administration. He graduated from the University of Virginia and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He also regularly facilitates ICEAA training bootcamps at Booz Allen.
Woomi Chase – Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ms. Woomi Chase is a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton and has more than 20 experience as a cost, financial and program analyst for a variety of Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, and Civil systems. She has developed Cost Estimates/Analyses for Acquisition Category Identification (ACAT ID) and Major Systems Acquisition (MSA) Programs while supporting the oversight cost groups. She has extensive experience in providing cost and acquisition support from pre-acquisition through the sustainment phase of the program with a deep understanding of cost principles. Woomi graduated from Auburn University with a BS in Operation Management.
Jeffrey Cherwonik – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Jeffery Cherwonik is a Cost Analyst and recognized field expert at Technomics, Inc. with twenty four years of experience providing life cycle cost analysis services in applied cost estimating, cost research, and database development. Jeff’ products provide support to independent cost estimates (ICEs), analyses of alternatives (AoAs), and independent cost essessments (ICAs) of complex systems. He has served as a workshop chair and presented cost research at several professional symposia.
Kevin Cincotta – Technical Director, ICF International
Kevin Cincotta joined ICF International as a Technical Director in November 2013. His primary areas of expertise are cost analysis, database creation and management, and statistics. Mr. Cincotta currently serves as the Programmatic and Financial Analysis Task Lead as part of ICF’s larger support to the Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC) Enterprise Learning Office (ELO). Prior to November, Kevin was Division Operations Manager and Technical Officer at Technomics, Inc., where his primary clients included the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (DASA-CE). In addition, Kevin created the Technomics Training Institute, which trains junior and mid-level costs analysts with the aim of building core knowledge and facilitating professional certification.Prior to joining Technomics, Mr. Cincotta was a Research Fellow at LMI (formerly the Logistics Management Institute). He led myriad projects for clients in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. These include analysis of cost per flying hour calibration factors for the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA), development of the Program-Budget/Joint Capability Area (P-B/JCA) data structure for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Capability Assessment and Program Evaluation (OSD CAPE), and various applied estimates and comparative analyses for the Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC). He was also a lead instructor for LMI’s internal cost estimating and analysis training.Mr. Cincotta is an International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA)-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (C/CEA) and Project Management Institute (PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He created several model questions for the current C/CEA exam, and currently serves at the ICEAA Chapter and Regional Training Chair. Kevin holds a master’s degree in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor’s in the same fields from the University of Virginia.
Brad Clark – Vice-President, Software Metrics Incorporated
Dr. Bradford K. Clark is Vice-President of Software Metrics Inc., a Virginia based consulting company. His area of expertise is in software cost and schedule data collection, analysis and parametric modeling. Brad received a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1997 from the University of Southern California. He co-authored a book with Barry Boehm and others on “Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II.” Brad is a former US Navy A-6 Intruder pilot.
Reggie Cole – Senior Fellow, Lockheed Martin Corporation
LM Senior Fellow specializing in enterprise and system-of-systems architecture with a focus on development of enterprise strategies, analysis of alternatives, value modeling, ROI analysis and affordability. Background includes development of mission-critical solutions for Government and commercial customers, including command and control systems, mission management systems, enterprise/network management systems and enterprise communication networks. Technical leadership roles include technical team lead, engineering functional manager, chief architect, chief engineer and line-of-business chief technologist. Key interest is engineering for affordability.
Marie Colitti – Cost SME, NSWC Dahlgren Division
Marie Colitti Riggle has over 29 years of Federal Government service in a variety of analysis areas with over 17 years specific to cost analysis. Her expertise in cost analysis resides in contract and proposal evaluation. She received a BS in Mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and an MS in Industrial Systems Engineering from the same school. She is DAWIA SPRDE Level III certified and serves as a cost SME for the cost group at NSWC Dahlgren Division.
Kathryn Connor – Cost Analyst, RAND
Kathryn Connor is a Cost Analyst at RAND that has led and contributed to a variety of cost evaluations and models. Her studies include evaluating VA’s medical foster home program, analyzing cost of alternatives for an undersea clandestine insertion, estimating the cost implications of autonomous technologies on military units, and estimating the cost of service oriented architecture. She is a CCEA with a BA in Economics from Baylor University, and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Luis Contreras – President, AzTech International, LLC
Luis Contreras is President of AzTech International LLC and has over 20 years of experience implementing Earned Value Management Systems throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. He has worked with both government and industry on both sides of DCMA Compliance Reviews, and with contractors on numerous Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs). He helps organizations optimize all facets of EVMS – from the proposal stage to baseline development and execution. His breadth of expertise includes EVM, scheduling, ERP/MRP, and Earned Value in a manufacturing or production environment. Mr. Contreras has led AzTech’s design team in developing custom applications as well as commercial tools such as Run!23 and Run!AzTech for MS Project scheduling professionals, AutoVAR for advanced variance analysis, and AzTech Compliance Expert (ACE) for assessing EVMS compliance prior to Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs), Compliance Reviews, Reviews for Cause, and for independent assessments and self-assessments.
Thomas Coonce – Adjunct Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses
Thomas J. Coonce is an Adjunct Research Staff Member with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). He currently assists the Office of Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA) in assessing and improving the utility of the DoD’s Earned Value Management (EVM) data. Prior to joining IDA, Mr. Coonce led NASA’s Cost Analysis Division where he shaped cost and schedule estimating policies, led or sponsored cost research and designed and implemented NASA’s technical/cost/schedule historical database.
Walt Cooper – Senior Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Walt Cooper is a Senior Cost Analyst with Technomics, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia. He is contributing to the development of a guide for the analysis of sustainability-related costs for major weapon systems, and he is refining procedures for estimating the fully burdened cost of energy for Army combat systems. Prior to joining Technomics, he was an Operations Research Analyst in the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Directorate, Office, Secretary of Defense.
Rachel Cosgray – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Rachel Cosgray is currently working as a Cost Analyst for Technomics, Inc. in Arlington, VA. In her time since joining Technomics in July 2012, Rachel has supported Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard clients on projects including cost research, database development, risk analysis, and earned value management support, among others. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University Of Notre Dame in 2012.
Eugene Cullen, III – Senior Cost Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
Eugene P. Cullen, III is a Senior Cost Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton with 8 years of experience providing management consulting services in the areas of cost analysis and modeling, decision analytics, capital budgeting, and risk management for a variety of clients across the DoD and Intelligence Community. Mr. Cullen holds a M.S. degree in Business Information Management from Arizona State University and a B.A. degree in Marketing from the University of South Carolina.
Christopher S. Dalton – Lead Economic & Business Analyst, MITRE Corporation
Chris Dalton has over nineteen years of leadership experience in Cost Estimating and Analysis, leading numerous teams performing Cost, Risk, and Schedule Analyses supporting everything from Analyses of Alternatives (AOA) to Technical Evaluations and Business Case Analyses (BCA) for a variety of government customers. Mr. Dalton is a CCE/A, is the past president of the ICEAA Pikes Peak chapter, has served multiple times on the ICEAA best paper panel, and is certified APDP Level III [Financial Management]. In addition to his current position with MITRE, Mr. Dalton is a Lt. Col. in the AF Reserve and owns and manages his own Cold Stone Creamery franchise. Mr. Dalton has a B.S. from the USAF Academy (English/Science) and an M.S. from the AF Institute of Technology (Cost Analysis, Sigma Iota Epsilon).
Tom Dauber – Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Tom Dauber is a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton and has over 21 years of experience in the U.S. Government and private industry, primarily managing and conducting cost estimating/analysis and supporting the acquisition process for Intelligence Community (DNI, NRO, NGA, NSA, CIA, DIA), Department of Defense (Air Force, Navy), and Civil agencies (DHS, NASA, FAA, FBI, Census) Civil clients. At Booz Allen, Tom is the Principal Lead for Analytic Tools in support of Strategic Innovation across the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Civil Agencies, and Commercial and International clients, responsible for developing a robust cost/schedule/risk analysis tools and capabilities, financial/resource management, and earned value/schedule analysis capability. He also is tasked with supporting and developing cost/risk analysis capabilities and opportunities across all Booz Allen markets, including developing intellectual capital and leading the Cost/Risk Analysis training within the Firm.Prior to joining Booz Allen, Tom led the cost analysis line of business at TASC where he was responsible for developing analytical cost tools and models to perform cost/product tradeoffs for future architectures. As a Manager and Senior Cost Analyst, he was responsible for developing and managing the development of Intelligence Capability Baseline Descriptions and Independent Life Cycle Cost Estimates, evaluating Engineering Change Proposals from a cost perspective, and supporting the development and execution of budgets for development programs.Tom began his career in cost analysis with the Department of Navy developing detailed cost estimates of advanced technology weapon systems (tactical and defensive electronic systems utilized in submarine and surface vessels and air and ground systems) for Navy programs to support procurement decisions and contract negotiations. While working for the Navy, he advanced the capabilities of Navy cost analysis through extensive research in the development of cost analysis databases and cost estimating relationships.Tom graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992 with a BS in Industrial Engineering and earned a Master’s of Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech in 1997. In 2012 he was SCEA’s Cost Estimator of the Year for Management, is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A) and remains an active member of International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA). He was a lead author of several modules of the original CostPROF, the official ICEAA cost estimating and analysis training, and has been a CEBoK instructor at National Cost Analysis Symposia, for Booz Allen clients, and to internal Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, and TASC training programs.
Kevin Davis – Associate Professor and Director of Assessment, United States Air Force Academy
Dr. Kevin J. Davis (DBA Harvard, MBA Harvard, BS USAFA) specializes in outsourcing and complex systems. He is retired Colonel and a Command Pilot (C-141s Desert Storm) with over 20 years of teaching at USAFA. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Assessment at the Department of Management at USAFA.
Joseph Dean – Operating Location Chief, Hanscom AFB, Air Force Cost Analysis Agency
Joseph P. Dean is the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency Operating Location Chief, Hanscom AFB Massachusetts. He spent 19 years with Tecolote Research as Senior Cost Analyst and Technical Expert. A former member of Software Engineering Institute’s Software Acquisition Metrics Working Group and former SCEA National and Region 1Vice President, Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Math, Masters Degree in Business Administration, and is co-author of Practical Software Measurement, Objective Information for Decision Makers.
Stacy Dean – Senior Procurement Finance Analyst, Boeing
Ms. Stacy Dean has been with the Boeing Company in the Commercial Airplane Programs division since 2007. She currently serves as a Senior Procurement Finance Analyst supporting materials and standards procurement/negotiations for all commercial platforms. Ms. Dean has held various positions within Estimating & Pricing and Procurement Finance throughout her career including Product Development, Developmental Programs, Sustaining Programs, Test and Major Structures.Ms Dean’s primary area of expertise is in parametric and statistical analysis. She has led multiple key initiatives within both the Commercial and Engineering Technology divisions to develop common standards, processes/tools and training for CERs and parametric analysis.Ms Dean has held officer positions in the Northwest ICCEA Chapter for the past three years. Currently she serves as the Education Director; in this position she facilitates all CCEA certification training/activity within the Puget Sound.Ms Dean graduated with her BA in Finance and Economics from Western Washington University in 2006 with a concentration in Econometrics.
Jason Dechoretz – Chief Strategy Officer, MCR, LLC
Mr. Jason Dechoretz has been with MCR since 1991 and currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). As CSO he manages MCR’s execution of its Strategic Plan, develops and advocates the MCR Brand, and supports service delivery and business development effort. Previously Mr. Dechoretz led MCR’s Federal practice and built out and matured its business development department. He has played significant roles developing formal Program Office Estimates (POE) and Independent Cost Estimates (ICE) major Intelligence, Space and Weapon System acquisition programs, primarily using parametric estimating methods. He developed methodologies to link risk management with earned value management and created a tool that allows decision makers to evaluate the combined impact of cost and schedule risk. Mr. Dechoretz was either the project leader or principal statistician for a dozen research efforts which resulted in the creation of validated parametric models or recalibration of existing models. These tools ranged from satellite payloads, avionics development and integration, general hardware development and maintenance, and software development. He has presented papers and training classes at over 25 national and international conferences including ISPA, SCEA, DoDCAS, and INCOSE. In addition he has provided technical training to various members of the Intelligence Community, NATO, UK MoD, MITRE, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems. Mr. Dechoretz currently supports the ICEAA Board of directors through inter-organization outreach. He previously served on ISPA’s Board of Directors for seven years, with the last five as Chairman. Mr. Dechoretz earned a Masters of Arts in Business Economics (Econometrics) and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
John Deem – Principal Value Engineer, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
John Deem is a Principal Value Engineer with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Ft. Worth, Texas with over 29 years of experience in the U.S. Government and private industry, preparing aircraft and sustainment product estimates and cost analysesGraduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Industrial Engineering and earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Texas Christion UniversityStarted as an Industrial Engineer with the Department of Navy at the Naval Plant Representative Office (NAVPRO) in St. Louis analyzing manufacturing labor and material costs for F-15, F/A-18, and AV-8B aircraft, Harpoon missiles and associated support products; reviewing proposals and supporting contract negotiations with the McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company which later became Boeing. The NAVPRO is now the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)Came to Ft. Worth initially to work for what was then General Dynamics to prepare Foreign Military Sales Price and Availability inputs to the USAF F-16 System Program Office and commercial contract proposals; developed and maintained parametric estimating models for development of capability upgrades, aircraft production, initial support, pricing and finanicial analysisOver time the General Dynamics Fort Worth Company became part of Lockheed, and then it became Lockheed Martin Aeronautics CompanyJoined the F-35 Affordabilty team at the start of the development contract as the lead value engineer performing life cycle cost analyses in support of design to cost, design for manufacture, and cost as an independent variable trade studiesServed for six years as a Senior Manager in F-35 Estimating & Pricing over estimating teams for Affordability, International Requests for Information, Advanced Design Derivatives, and SustainmentRecently served as a principal value engineer on F-35 new business estimates and sustainment affordability with a current focus on aeronautics company market analysesIntermittently held assignments as a computer systems analyst for Manufacturing Resource Planning and Enterprise Resource Planning implementation projects which included a temporary assignment in Kennesaw, GeorgiaCertified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A®) and President of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) Lone Star Chapter located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex; Facilitated CEBoK© workshops to prepare candidates to take the certification exam, and presented a training session on cost management at the past conferences
Eileen DeVillier – Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Eileen DeVillier is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton where she specializes in cost and data analysis. She has a background in Applied Mathematics and has 7 years of cost and data analysis experience supporting multiple government clients with a primary focus on satellite systems. She has participated in and led cost and schedule estimates, supported collection and analysis of historical data, development of cost program assessment metrics, and supported budget impact assessments.
Shelley Dickson – Operations Research Analyst, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Shelley Dickson is currently serving as an Operations Research Analyst at the Naval Center for Cost Analysis in the Information Technology Estimating Division where she continues to support the development of independent cost estimates and independent cost assessments for the United States Navy and Marine Corps major automated information systems. She is currently a part of the software maintenance estimating research group providing recommendations for estimating and data collection.
Marina Dombrovskaya – Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Marina Dombrovskaya, PhD, is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She completed Ph.D. in Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. Dr. Dombrovskaya specializes in Monte Carlo simulation modeling in Booz Allen’s own Monte Carlo simulation based tools Argo and Polaris, statistical analysis, big data modeling and teaching Probability and Statistics courses. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching science fiction TV, baking and rock climbing.
Marina Dombrovskaya – Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Marina Dombrovskaya, PhD, is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She completed Ph.D. in Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2012. Dr. Dombrovskaya specializes in Monte Carlo simulation modeling in Booz Allen’s own Monte Carlo simulation based tools Argo and Polaris, statistical analysis, big data modeling and teaching Probability and Statistics courses. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching science fiction TV, baking and rock climbing.
Eric Druker – Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Eric Druker has 8 years’ experience performing analysis for a variety of DoD, Intelligence, and Civilian agencies. He is currently employed as a Senior Associate with Booz Allen’s Strategic Innovation Group leading the firm’s RealTime Analytics modeling and simulation capability. Eric has twice been named Cost Estimator/Analyst of the Year by the International Cost Estimating & Analysis Association (ICEAA). As an author of over a dozen industry papers, including two best paper award winners, he is an internationally recognized expert in cost estimating and risk analysis. and has been a an invited speaker or panelist at conferences including, but not limited to, Department of Defense Cost Analysis Symposium (DoDCAS), Naval Postgraduate School’s Acquisition Research Symposium (NPS-ARS), Space Systems Cost Analysis Group (SSCAG) Meeting, Australian Department of Defence Cost Analysis Symposium and NASA’s Project Management Challenge. Eric’s works are also cited in the GAO’s Cost Estimating & Assessment Best Practices guide.
David Eck – Director, Dixon Hughes Goodman
David Eck has more than 33 years’ experience working in the government accounting and estimating fields. Currently, he is a Director at Dixon Hughes Goodman. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of government laws and regulations, including the Federal Acquisition Regulations, individual agency supplements to the FAR, the Truth in Negotiations Act, the Cost Accounting Standards, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars. Prior to working with Dixon Hughes Goodman, David worked over 30 years with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) at field, regional and headquarters offices. Over the last several years, he was the Regional Director of DCAA’s Central and Mid-Atlantic Regional Offices and responsible for auditing over 100 major contractors and several thousand smaller contractors. David was also responsible for development and implementation of DCAA’s contract audit policy, including the Contract Audit Manual and standard audit programs. He led the development of the Parametric Estimating Manual, which contributed significantly to improving estimating techniques to price government contracts. In 2003, he was honored with the Parametrician of the Year award.
Mohamed Elghefari – Pasadena Applied Physics
Mohamed Elghefari founded Pasadena Applied Physics (PAP) in March 2014 as an aerospace engineering consulting firm. Prior to that, he spent over twelve years in the aerospace industry and has a wide range of expertise in the areas of space mission architecture and concept development, space radiation effects, and cost modeling and research. He performed independent technical assessments and cost evaluations of various NASA and Air Force programs. He was a systems engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he helped develop proposals for future planetary and deep space missions. Prior to that, he worked as a mission assurance engineer, where he assessed and tested the effects of space radiation on advanced microelectronic, power, and optoelectronic devices at different particle accelerators and radiation source facilities. Mohamed was the Principal Investigator for radiation effects assessment of Magneto-Resistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) devices under the NASA Electronic Parts and Packaging (NEPP) program. Mr. Elghefari holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from UCLA, a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering from USC, and a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA.
Darren Elliott – NASA and Commercial Projects Operations Manager, Tecolote Research, Inc.
Darren Elliott has 24 years of experience in major system and operational financial and cost engineering analysis for DoD and NASA systems. He also teaches cost estimating, statistical analysis, and risk modeling with focus on the ACEIT suite of tools. Darren holds an MBA from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He re-joined Tecolote Research in 2003, where he is currently is the NASA and Commercial Projects Operations Manager.
William Evans – Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Will Evans PCE/A, graduated from the State University of New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut. He is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton as an Associate on the Applied Economic Analysis team. Mr. Evans is currently the lead cost analyst for the Global Positioning System (GPS) based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing service (GPNTS). Mr. Evans has primarily supported Navy Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence (C4I) programs, including the Navy Multi-Band Terminal (NMT), developing cost estimating products such as Program Life Cycle Cost Estimates (PLCCEs).
Caleb Fleming – Cost Analyst, Kalman & Company, Inc.
Caleb Fleming is a cost analyst experienced in predictive modeling and applying parametric and nonparametric statistics to unique CERs. He presented “Evaluating Cost Relationships with Nonparametric Statistics” at the 2013 ICEAA Professional Development & Training Workshop in New Orleans, LA, and received the Junior Analyst of the Year Award from the Washington DC Chapter of ICEAA for 2013. Caleb’s experience extends from tactical vehicles to counter-fire radars and chemical and biological threat detection devices.
Emily Foglia – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Emily Foglia is a cost analyst at Technomics, Inc., with three years of experience in cost estimate development, data collection and analysis, earned value management, software cost estimation, and cost estimate support for Navy programs. Support has included developing a full program life-cycle cost estimate (LCCE), revising Operations and Support cost estimating methodologies, implementing should-cost and risk into cost estimates, and producing a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) for multiple programs. Ms. Foglia has also supported projects for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ms. Foglia holds a B.S. in Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University and is currently working towards a M.S in Operations Research with a Military Operations Concentration.
Pavel Fomin – Aerospace Engineer, United States Air Force
Pavel Fomin is an Aerospace Engineer with the United States Air Force where he is responsible for technology development, demonstration, and capability transition. Dr. Fomin holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University. His interests include technology maturity & insertion, capability transition, and systems modeling.
After certification as a quantum mechanic & micro economist (Caltech PhD, Applied Physics and Economics, 1979) George Fox joined JPL to determine the value of solar-cell-supplied power for the national PV solar energy program. As an original developer of the Space Station System Design Tradeoff Model and a founding analyst for JPL’s Project Design Center, George has been educating NASA and JPL about cost-performance-risk tradeoffs.
Daniel French – Cobec Consulting Inc.
Daniel B. French has over fifteen years of experience in a variety of Information Technology roles including analyst, developer, tester, project manager, software metrics and software project estimation. Additionally, he has developed CMMi and ISO compliant process improvement and software estimation processes. An IFPUG member and Certified Function Point Specialist (CFPS) since 2000, Dan currently serves on the FSSC. He is also a PMP as well as a member of ICEAA.
Joyce Friedland – Program Manager, Defense Contract Audit Agency
Joyce Friedland is a Program Manager in the Pricing and Special Projects Division at DCAA Headquarters. She handles forward pricing issues. Previously, Ms. Friedland serviced as a Field Audit Office Manager and Supervisory Auditor.
Tim Fritz – Earned Value Management Consultant, AzTech International, LLC
As an Earned Value Management Consultant with AzTech International LLC, Mr. Fritz has been involved in planning, execution, and baseline analysis for multiple contractors. Fully conversant in Earned Value Management (EVM) and scheduling concepts, he is an accomplished user of MS Project and is experienced in EVM analysis and schedule development. He has conducted analysis that included assessment of contractor compliance with the ANSI EVM guidelines. A capable cost and schedule integration analyst, Mr. Fritz is adept at evaluating discrepancies for Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) 14-Point Schedule Assessments. He has helped organizations prepare for Progress Assessment Visits (PAVs), Schedule Risk Assessments (SRAs), and Integrated Baseline Reviews (IBRs).
Rick Garcia – Technical Director, MCR Federal
Rick Garcia works for MCR Federal in El Segundo, Ca. Rick is currently the Technical Director for MCR Federal in El Segundo. For over 17 years he has held a variety of Program Control support roles for various program offices at the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. During his time at SMC, he has had the opportunity to work at every program office at SMC, including working in ORS office at Kirtland AFB. He has performed all of the following duties in support of cost and schedule estimating: methodology formulation, documentation, reporting, program planning, assessment of alternatives analysis, cost/schedule/technical risk analyses, cost and financial investment, modeling, regression analysis, data normalization and training team members.Rick Garcia received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993. In 2001, he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in Information System Strategy and Corporate Finance from the Unive
rsity of Southern California. Rick also holds an ISPA Certified Parametric Practitioner (CPP) certification.
Alan Gideon – Senior Systems Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton
Alan Gideon is a senior systems engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton, currently assigned to the Department of Defense. His 20 years in the U.S. Navy included ship operation, design, repair, and construction. Mr. Gideon holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from UNM, and a SM. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and OCE from MIT. He is a Ph.D. candidate at The George Washington University; his chief area of research is risk management.
Steven Glogoza – Senior Manager of Estimating and PFA, Boeing
Steve Glogoza has been with Boeing for 25 years. He began his career in St. Louis as an Industrial Engineer supporting assembly operations for various weapons systems. He transitioned into the Estimating & Pricing organization in 1993 and has supported multiple programs during the past 20 years in all acquisition roles (Estimating, Procurement Cost Analyst, Pricing, Contracts).Prior to his career Steve studied at Purdue University and received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management/Industrial Engineering. His academic passion has always been predictive sciences and the associated aspects of data analysis and inference. In his career at Boeing he has been engaged in cost analysis efforts and model building throughout the lifecycle of programs. In this role he has formulated cost collection strategies, standard data analysis concepts, modular estimating model development, and opportunity & risk assessment approaches.Steve’s current assignment is Senior Manager of Estimating and PFA in the Engineering, Operations, & Technology organization. His department has a broad spectrum of employee experience levels and his primary objective is to ensure each employee understands the key principles of cost estimating.In his free time Steve loves to barbecue (low and slow – you can’t rush greatness), golf, and enjoy the outdoors.
Michael Gonzales – Lockheed Martin Company
Michael Gonzales: Industrial Engineer with over 20 years of experience encompassing labor cost estimating, project management and process improvement. Produced and have made several presentations of a learning curve course for training within my company. Created and shared a package of learning curve tools in Excel that are used by many in my organization.
Steve Green – Department Head, Department of Management, United States Air Force Academy
Dr. Steve G. Green, CCE/A (DBA USIU, MS USC, BS USAFA) specializes in cost analysis, performance measurement and government accounting. Previous AF tours include the ASAT and space Test programs and SAF Special Projects. He also worked at DFAS. He is currently a professor and the Department Head of the Department of Management at USAFA.
Marc Greenberg – Operations Research Analyst, Cost Analysis Division, Office of Evaluation, NASA Headquarters
Marc Greenberg has been working for NASA’s Cost Analysis Division (CAD) since October 2012. At NASA, he is helping the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) improve its cost estimating methods, facilitates the NASA Cost IPT and provides decision-support to NASA leadership. Prior to being hired by NASA, Mr. Greenberg worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he helped programs implement and/or improve their cost estimating practices. His efforts included policy development, consolidating best practices, providing cost-specific guidance, conducting workshops and providing on-site support. He also provided cost oversight and guidance to a variety of programs within DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).
Mr. Greenberg worked for the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA) from November 2008 to June 2011. At NCCA, he performed cost assessment of ship concepts, developed cost estimates for the Navy’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) program and led a one-year effort estimating Operating & Support costs for Ballistic Missile Defense. In October 2010, Mr. Greenberg became NCCA’s Cost Research Branch head where he led efforts on improving existing cost methods, revising DoN cost policy and facilitating Collaborating Cost Research Group (CCRG) meetings.
While working for the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) from October 2005 through October 2008, Mr. Greenberg taught acquisition professionals the principles of cost analysis and was involved in the development and delivery of various course curricula. Prior to teaching at DAU, Mr. Greenberg worked as a cost analysis for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA, Carderock) for fourteen years. At NAVSEA Carderock, he conducted cost studies on Navy ships, submarines and emerging technologies. His efforts concentrated in risk analysis, cost modeling, technology cost and cost-benefit analysis. Mr. Greenberg also served on co-located cost teams that supported acquisition efforts for the New Attack Submarine Program, Future Aircraft Carrier Program and the Littoral Combat Ship Program.
Prior to his career with the Navy, Mr. Greenberg worked as an electronics engineer for the US Army Information Systems Engineering Command where he provided support in simulation, design and construction of high frequency and microwave communication systems.
In 1987, Mr. Greenberg received his bachelor’s degree in ceramic science and engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. In May 1998, he received his master’s degree in engineering management from the George Washington University. Mr. Greenberg is professionally certified by the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) as a Cost Estimator/Analyst and is Level III certified in Business – Cost Estimating (BUS – CE). In 2003, he joined the Omega Rho International Honor Society, an organization that recognizes academic achievements in operations research and management science.
Hamid Habib-Agahi – Manager, Systems Analysis & Model Development Group, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Hamid Habib-Agahi has a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Mathematical Economics from Purdue University. He has been on the faculty of the University of Waterloo and the University of Pennsylvania and has published numerous articles in leading economics, statistics and management science journals and has co-authored two books. He is currently a principal systems engineer, the manager of the Systems Analysis & Model Development Group at JPL.
Daniel Harper – MITRE Corporation
Daniel Harper is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst with 20 years of professional experience providing Program Financial Management, Budget Support, Cost Estimating, Earned Value Management, Schedule Analysis and other consulting services for industry as well as Government agencies including all branches of the DoD, the Federal Bureau of investigation, Treasury, Census, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, National Reconnaissance Office, the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service, Veterans Health Administration, and Missile Defense Agency Programs.Mr. Harper has estimated Hardware and Software/IT during all Acquisition and Support Phases of many commodities, including Navy Counter Mine Mission Systems, Aircraft Carriers, Submarine, Strategic Sealift, 21st Century Destroyer (DDX), Satellite (including Ground Stations), and Missile/Launch Vehicle programs. Mr. Harper has a passion for knowledge sharing and knowledge management and was awarded the annual MITRE Presidents Knowledge Management award in February 2014.He has a Finance degree from Virginia Tech as well as a Masters in Technology Management from George Mason University. He currently resides with his wife and 2 boys in idyllic Niceville, FL.
David Harris – Booz Allen Hamilton
David Harris graduated from The State University of New York at Geneseo with degrees in Mathematics and Economics, going on to complete a master’s degree in Economics at San Diego State University where he lectured Economics for 5 semesters. He has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for over 5 years in support of the US Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, where he provides cost estimating support. He is also a member of the Booz Allen Hamilton national training team where he develops and delivers functional and theoretical cost estimating training.Prior to joining Booz Allen, David was a transportation analyst for the San Diego Association of Governments where he performed cost benefit analysis, and developed regional investment effectiveness rates. He also continues to be involved with the San Diego State economics department, returning to speak to potential graduate student candidates and the Economics Student Association.
Kurt Heppard – Professor of Management and Deputy for Strategic Planning, United States Air Force Academy
Dr. Kurt A. Heppard (PhD CU-Boulder, MBA UCLA, BS USAFA) is actively involved in numerous strategic planning, innovation and sustainability efforts for governmental and non-governmental organizations. His operational AF career included contracting for space acquisitions at SAF Special Projects. He is currently a Professor of Management and Deputy for Strategic Planning at the Department of Management at USAFA.
Jairus Hihn – Principal, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jairus Hihn (Ph.D, U. Maryland) is a Principal Member of the Engineering staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is currently the lead for the NASA Software Cost Improvement Task, the JPL software metrics activities, where he is working to establish a laboratory wide software metrics and estimation program. He has over 60 publications including recent articles IEEE Transactions in Software Engineering. Jairus received ISPA’s Parametrician of the Year Award and the USC SSE Lifetime Achievement.
Greg Hogan – Senior Technical Expert, Air Force Cost Analysis Agency
Greg Hogan is currently the Senior Technical Expert at the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency. His time is split leading Air Force wide action teams and as the Technical Advisor to the AFCAA Space Division. In this capacity, he directly participates in the formulation and review of cost estimates and leads various projects targeting cost analysis deficiencies across the Community.Mr. Hogan is a recognized instructor of Cost Estimating & Analysis to audiences from the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Intelligence Community, NASA, and Industry. He is an adjunct professor for the Air Force Institute of Technology. Greg has published a number of papers on topics such as Technical Baseline Assessments, Affordability Curves, and Joint Cost-Schedule Confidence levels. He graduated from Penn State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and then earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Nathan Honsowetz– Senior Consultant, Cobec Consulting Inc.
Nathan Honsowetz has several years of experience in cost analysis and other analytical work, including developing life-cycle cost estimates and benefits quantification. Nathan is a Senior Consultant at Cobec Consulting and has earned two BS degrees, an MS in Environmental Science from Caltech, and an MBA from Murray State University.
Justin Hornback – Program Manager, Reed Integration
Justin Hornback is program manager of Reed Integration, Inc.’s support of NASA’s Independent Program Assessment Office (IPAO), within the Office of Evaluation (OoE), enabling the independent review of NASA’s program and project lifecycle milestones to ensure the highest probability of mission success within schedules and budgets. Prior to joining Reed Integration, Inc., Justin provided program management, cost estimating, and technical support for various US Navy small boat programs (SEALION, Stiletto) and risk management for multiple NASA programs (IRVE-3, SPLASH, Environmental Responsible Aviation) through his work at Booz Allen Hamilton. He co-led a risk and cost management effort to identify, analyze, and report risks to Aircraft Carriers deployment schedules and Airwing integration. Prior to work at Booz Allen, Justin was the overhaul risk manager during refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) of Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Newport News Shipbuilding. As the risk manager, Justin was responsible for identifying, managing, and mitigating program risks that threatened the ability of the RCOH program to achieve cost, schedule, and technical performance objectives. Prior to being the risk manager, Justin qualified and performed duties of a shift refueling engineer, such as directing operations during removal, handling, and installation of nuclear fuel during refueling of Aircraft Carriers and submarines.Justin Hornback received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. He obtained his MBA from the College of William and Mary. He is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Shu-Ping Hu – Chief Statistician, Tecolote Research, Inc.
Shu-Ping Hu is the Chief Statistician at Tecolote Research. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics, with an emphasis in Statistics, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Hu has 27 years of experience designing, developing, and validating learning, uncertainty, correlation, and regression algorithms in ACE and CO$TAT. Dr. Hu has also published many technical papers. For over 20 years, she has been a regular presenter of advanced cost analysis techniques at major cost conferences.
David Hulett – Hulett & Associates, LLC
David T. Hulett, Ph.D. is recognized as a leader in project cost and schedule risk analysis and project scheduling. He has conducted many risk analyses focusing on quantifying the risks and their implications for project cost and schedule, and many schedule assessments.Dr. Hulett has focused for the last 24 years on quantitative schedule risk analysis, integrated cost-schedule risk analysis and project scheduling best practices.
Clients of Hulett & Associates, LLC represent many industries including: aerospace and defense, oil and gas, construction, pharmaceutical development and plant construction, transportation, communications, IT, and large science. The clients are in the US, Canada, Europe, South America, South-East Asia and the Middle East. Clients include:• Government Agencies: NASA (IPAO), US Army, US Air Force, DCMA, Department of Homeland Security, GSA, GAO, and the Department of Energy (Los Alamos, Sandia, Oak Ridge, Rocky Flats and Brookhaven National Laboratories)
• Aerospace and Defense: Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop-Grumman and General Dynamics
• Oil and Gas, Chemicals: Conoco-Phillips, Petrobras (Brazil), Petronas (Malaysia), Encana Natural Gas, Enbridge Pipelines, Wintershall, BASF, British Gas and Kinder Morgan (El Paso) Corporation
• Pharmaceuticals and medical equipment: Wyeth, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Guidant
• Construction and Transportation: Bechtel, Caltrans, CCC (Greece)Dr. Hulett is well-known as a leader in the Project Management Institute (PMI) for project risk and scheduling standards, including leading the risk management chapter in the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and the Practice Standard for Project Risk Management and participating on the Core Committee for the Practice Standard for Project Scheduling. He is the author of Recommended Practice 57R-09 published in 2011 by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International on Integrated Cost and Schedule Risk Analysis. Dr. Hulett headed a group of scheduling experts, sponsored by the PMI College of Scheduling, to assist the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in revising its scheduling best practices used to review government programs.Dr. Hulett has pioneered the Risk Drivers Method in schedule risk and integrated cost and schedule risk analysis, including specifying the requirements for Pertmaster to develop the necessary software and Beta testing that software. Dr. Hulett has experience in applying Risk Drivers to large multi-year projects leading to proactive risk mitigation planning for better project results. He also provides proprietary training in project risk management and project scheduling. Some courses provide computer keystroke training within the context of project schedule and cost risk analysis.Dr. Hulett has published Practical Schedule Risk Analysis (Gower, 2009) for which he was recognized by the PMI College of Scheduling for “contributions to the scheduling profession” in 2010. His second book, Integrated Cost- Schedule Risk Analysis (Gower, 2011) has been published. He has presented papers on quantitative risk analysis topics at conferences such as NASA’s PM Challenge, PMI congresses, ICEAA, INCOSE and AACE annual conferences, user groups for Primavera, C/S Solutions, Palisade and Crystal Ball, as well as at the PMI Risk Management SIG conferences. He trains risk management extensively in the US, Canada, South-East Asia, and the Middle East.Dr. Hulett has held strategic planning positions at TOSCO, an oil company, and at TRW in aerospace and defense. In the Federal government, Dr. Hulett managed offices in the Federal Energy Agency (FEA), the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He was also an economist with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Dr. Hulett was an Instructor in the Economics Department at Harvard University. His Ph.D. in Economics is from Stanford University and his B.A. is from the Special Program for Public and International Affairs (Woodrow Wilson School) at Princeton University.
Bob Hunt – Galorath Incorporated
Bob Hunt has over 30 years of cost estimating and analysis experience. He received his SCEA Certification in 1991. He has served in senior technical and management positions at Dulos Incorporated (President), Galorath Incorporated (Vice President for Services), CALIBRE Systems (Vice President), CALIBRE Services (President), SAIC (Vice President), the U.S. Army Cost and Economic Analysis Center (Chief of the Vehicles, Ammunition, and Electronics ICE Division, U.S. Army Directorate of Cost Analysis (Deputy Director for Automation and Modeling), and other Army analysis positions. He is the author of multiple technical papers published for IEEE and DCAS. He has served as a track chair and technical presenter for multiple SCEA/ISPA Conferences.Mr. Hunt has provided information technology systems and software program assessments, and IT and software cost estimating for commercial and federal clients including the Customs and Border Patrol, the Department of Defense, NASA, and various commercial clients. Mr. Hunt was the principal author of the initial U. S. Army Cost Analysis Manual. In addition to SCEA/ISPA responsibilities, Mr. Hunt has held leadership positions and made technical presentations for the American Institute of Aeronautic and Astronautics (AIAA), the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), and the IEEE.Mr. Hunt received his Masters Degree from Virginia State University and his Bachelors of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Mathematics Education. Mr. He also served as the Chairman of the Economics Technical Subcommittee of the AIAA.Mr. Hunt has been married to his wife Barbara for 43 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. He is an active member of Regester Chapel United Methodist Church. He serves on the board of his local home owners association. Mr. Hunt has been an active participant in local Public Service. He was elected to the Tri-County/City (TCC) District of the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board (SWCB). He served as Chairman of that Board in 2009 and Treasurer in 2010/2011. He was also elected to the Stafford County School Board from the Aquia District. He was appointed to the Stafford County Utilities Commission and Served as Chairman in 2008 and 2009. He serves on the Agricultural/Purchase of Development Rights Commission of Stafford County. Mr. Hunt has serve as President and Secretary of the Stafford Education Foundation; a 501(c)3 IRS Charity dedicated to supporting public education in Stafford County. He is a member of the Advisory Board for The Applied Research and Education Institute (TAREI) and a member of the Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.
Steven Ikeler – Operations Research Analyst, United States Army
Steven Ikeler is an Operations Research Analyst who has conducted cost-benefits analysis for the US Army during the last year. He performs a variety of analysis types, including C-BAs. He also was also an Operations Research Analyst at the Army Headquarters Cost Agency for over three years. Steven graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from Purdue University. He is an ICEAA certified cost estimator/analyst.
Anna Irvine – Technomics, Inc.
Anna Irvine has over fifteen years of experience as a program manager, systems engineer, and cost analyst performing concept development and feasibility studies for aircraft and aeronautical applications, and conducting analysis of costs for development, production, operating and support for DoD and NASA programs. Ms. Irvine holds an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering and a graduate degree in Applied Mathematics, both from Virginia Tech. Ms. Irvine is also an ICEAA-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA).
Adam James – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Adam James is a Cost Analyst at Technomics, Inc., supporting cost and research studies for Wheeled and Tracked Vehicles for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE), as well as earned value management (EVM) and affordability analysis for the Ohio Replacement Program Office. He holds a master’s degree in Statistics as well as bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Michael Jeffers – Senior Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Michael F. Jeffers, Jr. is an engineer, economist, and analyst with over 45 years experience in research, engineering, program management, and cost and economic analysis. He is currently Senior Cost Analyst at Technomics, Inc. supporting the Naval Sea Systems Command for Ship and Submarine cost research, Defense Acquisition University, and other Department of Defense Organizations. Before joining Technomics in 2007, he completed a 40 year career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division.
James Johnson – NASA
James Johnson is responsible for providing cost estimates and assessments, schedule estimates and assessments, risk analyses, and joint cost schedule risk analysis for the Cost Analysis Division at NASA Headquarters. His work for NASA HQ includes supporting high level agency studies, providing support and consultation to projects, and developing policy and guidance for the agency. While supporting NASA, James has received multiple individual and team awards recognizing his contributions and performance as an analyst.
Robert Jones – Senior Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Robert R. Jones graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969, and he received a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America in 1973. For thirty-three years he was employed at NSWC Carderock Division; now he is a Senior Cost Analyst with Technomics, Inc. He has over thirty years of experience in life cycle cost estimating of military systems.
Herve Joumier – Head of ESA Cost Engineering, European Space Agency
Herve Joumier, Head of the ESA Cost Engineering Team (35 years’ experience in Cost Engineering) together with Paolo Martino (Msc in Space Engineering Politecnico di Milano, four years in Cost Engineering) and Giorgio Cifani (Msc Space Engineering Sapienza, Roma, 4 years in Cost Engineering) develop European Space Agency cost and schedule models for assessing the costs of space missions in the frame of the Concurrent Design Facility, setting programme budgets and evaluating Industrial proposals.
Chris Kaldes – Deloitte Consulting
Chris Kaldes has over 20 years of experience in cost estimating and decision analysis. He has developed many cost studies and investment determinations for government and private sector decision-makers in domestic and international markets. Chris has been with Deloitte for the last three years and has been certified through the ICEAA since 1997. He is currently providing assistance to the USPS by working to develop standard operating procedures for ROM costs and “should costs” for software development projects.
Sung-Jin Kang – Professor Emeritus, Korea National Defense University
Dr. Sung-Jin Kang obtained his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in Industrial and Systems Engineering in December 1988 and his M.S. degree from the US Naval Postgraduate School in OR/SA in 1983. He is currently professor emeritus at Korea National Defense University. His research areas include system analysis, cost effectiveness analysis, resource allocation, and EVMS (earned value management system) and CAIV (cost as an independent variable) applications in the weapon system acquisition phases.
Suhwan Kim – Assistant Professor, Korea National Defense University
Dr. Suhwan Kim received his M.S. degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2004, and his Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in Industrial and Systems Engineering in May 2013. He is currently an assistant professor at Korea National Defense University. He teaches courses in engineering economy, mathematical statistics, and cost analysis. His research is focused on the management of defense technology, including cost effectiveness analysis, modeling, and simulation.
Bob Koury – Chief Solution Architect, PRICE Systems LLC
Bob Koury is the PRICE Systems Chief Solution Architect for Army accounts. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that all Army customers have access to the cost estimating subject matter expertise necessary to be successful. Bob retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years of distinguished service and spent 18 years in industry as a Systems Engineer creating effective system and systems of systems solutions for Texas Instruments, Raytheon and Lockheed.
Chad Krause – Burgess Consulting
Chad Krause has 4 years experience in cost analysis. He is currently employed by Burgess Consulting, conducting cost research for NASA/CAD. He previously worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, doing cost estimating and model development for the NRO/BPO/CAAG. Chad graduated from the University Of Notre Dame in 2009 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Chuck Kurtz – Operations Manager, BAE Systems
Chuck Kurtz unwittingly fell for the lure of estimating by pure happenstance and his 30-year adventure continues.Chuck currently works as the Operations Manager for a Centralized Operations Proposal team with global defense, security and aerospace company BAE Systems. Throughout his career with several companies, he has prepared life cycle cost estimates for U.S. Army training devices, F-16 training equipment, F-22 competition and production pricing both as air frame and electronic supplier, F-35 electronics competition and several major strategic acquisitions. Currently, his focus is manufacturing estimating methods and implementing a consistent and compliant model for preparing proposals.Additionally, Chuck is EVMS trained and performs cost reporting and program baselines for weekly earned value programs with superior performance. He has conducted EVMS training as a special assignment for BAE Systems business areas in the United Kingdom. In addition to experience providing input to the Mil Standard 881C WBS format implemented at BAE Systems, Chuck also provides training for the company’s Finance Leader Development Program in Operations and Finance as part of an annual course.Chuck graduated from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Management Science. A member of the ICEAA since 2009, he plans on completing the certification program and implementing the certification as part of the Operations Proposal training at BAE Systems.When not working, Chuck pursues adventures in kayaking, backpacking and experimenting with home brewing beer. Cheers!
Torrance Lambing – Lead in the Business and Cost Analysis Office, John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA
Terry Lambing is currently the Lead in the Business and Cost Assessment Office at the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center. He is a Cost Estimator/Analysis Officer, with a BA degree in Business Administration Management from the University of Houston. Terry has 30+ years of government experience and currently serves as Business Policy Manager. He is a NASA Certified Cost Estimating & Analysis Expert and a Board Member of the ICEAA Central Florida Chapter.
Brent Larson – Senior Cost Analyst, Infinity Systems Engineering
Brent Larson is a Senior Cost Analyst with Infinity Systems Engineering. A former Strategic Air Command (SAC) missileer and Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) satellite operator, Brent supports the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Sustainment Office. He has ten years of cost analysis experience. While exposed to statistics and mathematics at a young age, Brent’s edjumacation resulted in a B.A. in History from DePauw University and an M.A. in Human Resources Development from Webster.
Doo Hyun Lee – Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration
Doo Hyun Lee is a captain in the Republic of Korea Army and currently works for DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration). He graduated from the Korea Army Academy at Yeongcheon in 2006, and obtained his M.S. degree in OR from Korea National Defense University in 2013. His research areas are cost analysis methods and techniques in the weapon acquisition phase, and development of a Korean parametric cost estimating model.
Myung-Yul Lee – Estimator, The Boeing Company
Myung-Yul Lee is an estimator on the C-17 Program, the Boeing Company. He is responsible for analysis of historical data in order to prepare estimating methods. His career has spanned more than 40 years of Aerospace experience, such as Hughes Helicopter, Rockwell International, and McDonnell Douglas. He has received his doctorate degree in Business Administration from Argosy University and has completed MS degree in Economics from Illinois State University. His hobbies are oil painting and running.
James Linick – Lead Cost Analyst, Missile Defense Agency
James Linick has a BS in Engineering from the University of South Florida. James started his engineering career as an installation engineer for Trident missile fire control aboard Trident submarines, phasing into software engineering for the Trident stellar guidance system. His interest in software engineering enabled him to pursue a systems and software engineering career for more than 25 years. James frequently participated in working groups for development of costs and schedules for major weapon systems, including the Joint Strike Fighter and Future Combat Systems. In 2009, James formally entered the cost estimating and analysis profession. He worked directly with the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, reporting to the Information Technology and Aircraft O&S division technical leads. James prepared non-advocate cost assessments, independent cost estimates and built complex cost models. James currently works at the Missile Defense Agency, as a lead cost analyst. His responsibilities are to build and maintain cost models and prepare cost estimates to support contract negotiations, executive reviews, budget requests, systems test and contingency operations.
Jeffrey Locke – Senior Level Multifunctional Financial Analyst, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Jeff Locke is a Senior Level Multifunctional Financial Analyst at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts where he oversees financial performance and cost estimating of PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability-3) evolutionary/development programs. He also has previous experience within LMMFC in touch labor analysis and materials analysis/estimating. Jeff also serves as the Chelmsford Site Ethics Representative.Among his certifications and awards, Jeff counts the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and the Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA). In 2013 he was honored with a Corporate Estimating Excellence Award and an LMMFC Evening of Excellence Award for sustaining superior material cost estimating and analysis support on all Chelmsford programs.Jeff enjoys playing drums, mentoring and volunteering at CrossWay Christian Church in Nashua, NH.
Eric Lofgren – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Eric Lofgren is a cost analyst for Technomics, Inc.. His analytical focus has been in the field of Earned Value Management (EVM), in particular developing new data visualization techniques for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) office’s Cost Assessment Data Enterprise (CADE). The system provides users with an online platform for data access and analysis, pulling real-time from the EVM Central Repository. Mr. Lofgren has also supported the Cobra Judy Replacement program office as well as various other EVM related tasks, such as support to CAPE analysts on Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) reviews, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Record of Analyses on contract cost/schedule estimates, and a Congressional study on the Space Industrial Base. Currently pursuing an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, Mr. Lofgren holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Virginia Tech. He resides in Arlington, VA.
Dara Logan – Operations Research Analyst, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Ms. Dara F. Logan is an Operations Research Analyst in the Information Technology Estimating Division where she is responsible for contributing to and improving upon cost estimating analyses for Major Automated Information Systems and Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in order to support Milestone Decisions. Prior to her current position, Ms. Logan worked as an Operations Research Analyst for the General Services Administration (GSA) and an Industrial Engineer for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
Ray Madachy – Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
Dr. Raymond Madachy is an Associate Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has over 20 years of management and technical experience in industry including Chief Science Officer at Cost Xpert Group and Manager of the Software Engineering Process Group at Litton Systems. Ray has over 90 publications including Software Process Dynamics and co-author of Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II. He is currently writing Systems Engineering Principles for Software Engineers.
Omar Mahmoud – Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Omar Mahmoud is employed by Booz Allen Hamilton on the cost analysis / economics team and is a Certified Cost Estimator. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Business Administration. He currently serves as the lead software analyst at SPAWAR and has also lead the development of PLCCEs for several programs. In addition, Omar has conducted training on subjects related to PLCCE design and modeling techniques, software cost estimation, and agile software training.
Humboldt Mandell – Research Fellow, The University of Texas Center for Space Research
Dr. Mandell is a volunteer Research Fellow at The University of Texas Center for Space Research, mentoring engineering students and advising student space studies.He is a 40 year veteran of NASA, where he was Program Control Manager, Deputy Program Manager, and Manager of (human) Exploration Programs.He was Resources Manager of the Space Shuttle Program, Program Control Manager of the Space Station Freedom Program, and a lead designer and cost analyst for both programs.
Mike Mardesich is an experienced accounting professional with a broad range of consulting experience. Mike has assisted companies with issues associated with cost estimating, procurement, cost accounting, and the approval of business systems. He has experience in the application and interpretation of rules, regulations, and standards applicable to government contractors. Mike has supported the procurement department of some of the largest government contractors in the country by performing comprehensive cost and price analysis of numerous significant subcontractors.
Dale Martin – Senior Manager Cost Estimating, Dresser-Rand
Dale is responsible for all cost estimating for Research & Development (R&D) projects for cost reduction, cost avoidance and to assist in evaluating the economic consequences of new engineering design decisions. His focus is to increase profits and reduce cost through producing the best “should cost estimates” to support the Supply Chain in negotiations and through Target Costing activities worldwide. He joined Dresser-Rand in 2012 developing and acquiring the best tools and process to provide the capability for R&D to have effective tools and processes to evaluate technical and cost considerations. Dale brings 24 years of cost estimating experience with 18 years’ as an Air Force Acquisition Officer and 6 years’ experience working with Galorath Incorporated as a Senior Cost Analyst. He set many standard practices and precedents in the Air Force and awarded many Cost Estimating awards and accolades. He trained and estimated using Galorath’ s tool suite of SEER-SEM, SEER-H, and SEER-IT nationally and internationally. Dale holds a Bachelor of Science from the USAF Academy, Colorado and a Master’s Degree from Chapman University in HRMD, California.
Zachary McGregor-Dorsey – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Dr. Zachary S. McGregor-Dorsey is a Cost Analyst at Technomics, Inc and ICEAA professional cost estimator/analyst. Dr. McGregor-Dorsey is currently supporting the Office of the Deputy Assistance Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics in software cost research and database management. He also performs life cycle cost estimates and related activities for U.S. Army TACOM programs.Dr. McGregor-Dorsey holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics (dissertation in algebraic combinatorics) from the University of Colorado Boulder, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career in cost analysis has included support for clients from the Army, MDA and Navy and is currently interested in databases and machine learning.
Marlena McWilliams has 8 years’ experience performing cost estimating and analysis for a varied range of DoD, Intelligence, and Civilian agencies. She is currently employed as a Solutions Consultant with PRICE Systems, LLC, supporting Lockheed Martin, MITRE, Navy, John Hopkins, and many others through estimating procedures and practices. Marlena holds Master of International Business and Management Information Science. Marlena Previously worked at Lockheed Martin and received the Corporate Excellence Award for Estimating and completed their Leadership Development Program.
Michael Mender – Cost Analyst, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Michael Mender is a Cost Analyst at the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA). Prior to joining the Ships Division, he was an Operations Research trainee in the Naval Acquisition Development Program (NADP). While in NADP, he conducted rotational assignments with NCCA, SPAWAR and NAVAIR, gaining experience across all of the major defense commodities.
Tim Menzies – Professor, Computer Science, West Virginia University
Tim Menzies (Ph.D, UNSW) is a full Professor in Computer Science at West Virginia University; and the author of 200+ referred papers. He is an associate editor of IEEE TSE and the journals Empirical Software Engineering Journal, and Automated Software Engineering. He also co-founded the PROMISE conference on reproducible experiments in Software Engineering.
Michael Metcalf – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
M. Michael Metcalf is a cost analyst at Technomics Inc., providing cost estimating and research expertise to clients in DoD and other government agencies for the past four years. He has completed lifecycle cost estimates, performed data collection and normalization, led cost-benefit analyses, and developed executive visualization dashboards. Prior to Technomics, he provided cost research support at the Institute for Defense Analyses for five years. He is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA).
Kelly Meyers – Surface Combatant Team Lead, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division
Kelly Meyers is an ICEAA-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst with undergraduate and graduate degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is the Surface Combatant Team Lead for the Cost Effectiveness Branch of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, where she has worked since 2000. She has supported multiple ACAT I programs, served almost 3 years on competitive source-selections, and is a Department of the Navy 2010 Acquisition Excellence Award recipient.
Jay Miller – Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting
Jay Miller is a Specialist Leader in the Deloitte Consulting practice providing federal clients expertise in financial analysis and cost management. Leveraging over 16 years of experience in commercial and federal government environments, he has extensive skills in developing life cycle cost estimates, business case analysis, and cost modeling. Jay is a CGFM® and earned a B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech.
Ted Mills – Operations Research Analyst, NASA
Ted Mills is currently an Operations Research Analyst in the Office of Evaluation, Cost Analysis Division of NASA. He is a retired Navy Captain and former Commanding Officer of an aircraft carrier based aviation squadron and a major shore installation. He has budgetary assessment experience at multiple levels in the Navy. He was the primary strike warfare analyst and force structure analyst in the Assessment Division of the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon, where he provided mathematical and analytical support to the Navy’s $120 billion budgetary plan, including the $35 billion Naval Aviation budget and procurement plan.Captain Mills is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and of the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College. He is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst and is Department of Defense DAWIA qualified in Program Management.
Arlene Minkiewicz – Chief Scientist, PRICE Systems
Arlene F. Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist at PRICE Systems, LLC with over 29 years of experience at PRICE building cost models. She leads the cost research activity for TruePlanning, the suite of cost estimating products that PRICE provides. She is a software measurement expert dedicated to finding creative solutions focused on helping make software development professionals successful. She is widely published and speaks frequently on software related topics.
Joseph Mrozinski – Systems Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Joseph Mrozinski is a systems engineer in JPL’s Systems Analysis and Modeling group. Joe is the NICM Task Co-Manager. His other successes at JPL include Principal Investigator for various mission concept studies, technology-portfolio assessment, human-robotic task allocation for lunar/Martian/NEO applications, and trade-tool software development. Joe received his Masters in Space Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he also earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.A. in Philosophy.
Robert Nehring – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Mr. Nehring is a cost analyst for Technomics, where he has developed many tools, databases, and cost estimates for programs throughout the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. He has become a recognized innovator in the field, and in 2013, he was named National Cost Estimator/Analyst of the Year for Technical Achievement by the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA). He was the inventor of the innovative data graphic called Galaxy Charts, which enables simultaneous display of costs and other information for an entire work breakdown structure. He wrote a paper about Galaxy Charts and won Best Conference Paper at the 2012 SCEA/ISPA Joint Annual Conference & Training Workshop. He is the architect behind the O&S Visual Analysis Tool, which allows estimators in the Army, Navy, and Air Force to see and interact with O&S costs in a dynamic way. He was also heavily involved in building both submarine and surface combatant performance based cost models for the Navy. In addition, he has developed many other innovative data visualization techniques, cost-related tools, and relational databases. He currently supports the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter, the OSD CAPE, and Navy VAMOSC. Mr. Nehring holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and is an ICEAA-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA).
James Northington – Analyst, Tecolote Research, Inc.
James A. Northington III is an analyst at Tecolote Research Inc. in Washington, D.C. He currently provides support to the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in-service NIMITZ Class and future acquisition FORD Class aircraft carriers. His experience includes extensive work in cost estimating, Earned Value Management (EVM), and Operation & Support (O&S) cost analysis. Additionally he has supported other programs within the Navy including the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Knifefish and Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS). James graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Economics.
Daniel Nussbaum – Visiting Professor, Naval Postgraduate School
As a Visiting Professor at Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Dan Nussbaum provides several critical functions. He teaches courses in Cost Estimating and Analysis, mentors students throughout their graduate coursework including their Master’s theses, provides Cost Estimating and Business Case Analyses for DoD organizations such as Department of Navy, Department of Air Force, Department of Army, and the Office of Secretary of Defense. He designs, develops and delivers distance learning courses in Cost Estimating and Analysis, especially the worlds’ only all-distance learning Masters in Cost Estimating and Analysis. He chairs the NPS Energy Academic Group, and provides leadership to the SECNAV Executive Energy Education program.
Leonard Ogborn – Cost Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Leonard Ogborn is a Cost Analyst at Technomics, Inc., where he supports the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE) by leading database development, systems analysis, and cost research of manned and unmanned ground vehicle systems. Mr. Ogborn also supports the Cost and Systems Analysis Directorate of the US Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for Cost Benefit Analyses. He has over twenty-five years of related experience.
Bruce Parker – Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Bruce Parker is the head of the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA) Cost Research Branch. He has over 29 years of cost estimating experience in the Navy. Prior to joining NCCA in 2011, he was the Division Director for the Combat and Weapons Systems for the Cost Engineering and Industrial Analysis Group at the Naval Sea Systems Command. Bruce earned a BS degree from Virginia Tech in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
James Parnham – Analytical Consultant, Technomics, Inc.
James M. Parnham is an analytical consultant at Technomics, Inc. with experience in data collection, policy development and implementation, and project management. His experience at Technomics, Inc. includes supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC). Mr. Parnham’s experience supporting this customer includes implementing the cost and software data reporting (CSDR) requirement, data metrics development and analysis, business policy development and improvement, and direct on-site client support. Mr. Parnham holds a B.S. in Business Management with a focus in entrepreneurial, innovation, and technology management from Virginia Tech. Mr. Parnham is a member of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA).
David Peeler – Director of Risk Management, Amgen, Inc.
Lt Col David Peeler is a Director of Risk Management at Amgen, Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company with 20K employees, 2012 revenue in excess of $17B across 75 countries, and a market capitalization approaching $90B. He serves in this position as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow, with responsibilities for compiling, analyzing, and reporting high impact corporate risks to senior executives and the Board of Directors. Lt Col Peeler graduated Blacksburg High School in 1984. After graduating from Berea College in 1988 and work as a manager in several private-sector concerns, he was commissioned via Officer Training School in late 1992. He has worked in all four comptroller functional areas at acquisition and operation locations, three times as a squadron commander and two brief stints as a program manager. He has tours in base, center, major command, and higher headquarters assignments, with multiple deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and Combined Joint Task Force HORN OF AFRICA.
Matt Pitlyk – Operations Research Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
Matt Pitlyk is an operations research analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton providing data analysis, optimization, analytical tool development, and cost estimating support for a variety of clients. His clients include the Air Force, NGA, Army, Navy, and NASA. He has provide network analysis, portfolio optimization, cost/schedule/risk analysis, and kill chain analysis using a variety of tools include Booz Allen’s Polaris and Argo and custom built solutions in MS Office with VBA.
Eric Plumer – NASA
Eric Plumer has 17 years of cost analysis experience. He directs and manages NASA’s Cost Analysis Data Requirements (CADRe) program within the Office of Cost Evaluation at NASA HQs. As the lead for CADRe, he is responsible for planning, prioritizing, funding, and directing, supporting data collection, and review and approval on dozens of CADRe events for both on-going and historical flight projects at NASA. He is also the lead for the ONCE Database that is now operational and performs full storage, search, and analysis tools for all CADRe data. In addition Eric provides program analysis on various NASA project as an agency expert to ensure programmatic cost and schedule risks are analyzed to ensure success in meeting mission critical goals and objectives. Eric’s cost career began in the Air Force where he worked in the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency for 7 years. While working in both the aircraft and space divisions he served as cost analyst on many ACAT I programs including, B-2, F-22, V-22, F-35, NPOESS, Advanced EHF and EELV. He also spent the two years at AFCAA serving as acting chief and manager for the AFCAA Cost Research program. Previous to working at NASA he worked 4 years at the Internal Revenue Service where he was the lead for developing, reviewing, and running labor forecasting models including the IRS Labor Cost Model (LCM). Eric has degrees in Finance, and Information Technology. He was SCEA certified in 2009 in Cost Estimating/Analysis and is Level III DoD Certification in Financial Management and Cost Estimating.
Danny Polidi – Raytheon
Danny Polidi received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA in 1990 and 1991. From 2004 – present he has worked at Raytheon as a Section Manger, Team Lead, Cost Account Manager and has been certified as a program manager.
Demetrius Prado – Cost Analyst, TASC Inc.
Demetrius A. Prado is currently a Cost Analyst for TASC Inc. He is a former Air Force Captain and has been in the financial management arena for 12 years. He has provided finance, budget and cost analysis support for TASC and has been active in both industry and government. Demetrius has a B.A. in Economics from The University of New Mexico and is seeking a master’s degree in Communications and Leadership from Gonzaga University.
Praful Patel – Operation Research Analyst, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Praful Patel, Operation Research Analyst of Naval Center for Cost Analysis, has 30 plus years of experience in government and private industry in the areas of cost estimating, design, manufacturing and supply chain operations. He holds Masters in Chemical Engineering from University of Detroit and Executive MBA from Michigan State University. Praful is certified at level III in the field of business cost estimating and is a member of Defense Acquisition Corps.
Tammy Preuss manages cloud projects supporting network operations at a major telecommunications firm. She is a Certified Function Point Specialist, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Project Management Professional. She has extensive experience in information technology, project management, and software measurement. Tammy is Chair of the IFPUG Functional Sizing & Standards Committee and has twenty years in the telecommunications industry. She has presented at Mobile World Congress and 4g World.
Andy Prince – Manager, Cost Engineering Office, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Andy Prince is the manager of the Engineering Cost Office at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center. His office is responsible for parametric cost estimates and analyses, maintenance of the REDSTAR Library, data collection and analysis, and cost model development. Andy has received numerous awards during his career, including the SCEA Cost Estimator/Analyst of the year. He is a lifetime member of ICEAA.
James Roberts – Senior Cost Analyst, NASA Kennedy Space Center
James E. Roberts is a Senior Cost Analyst with NASA Kennedy Space Center and currently serves as President of the Central Florida ICEAA Chapter. He holds a B.S. degree in Physics and Math from the University of Georgia, and an M.B.A. in Economics from Georgia State University. Jim’s involvement in parametric cost estimating began in 1984 when he supported Frank Freiman on training and marketing for the FAST Parametric Models. He currently holds the CCEA-P certification.
William Roetzheim – CEO, Level 4 Ventures, Inc.
William Roetzheim (MBA, CCEA, PMP, RMP, CISA, CRISC, IFPUG) is one of the world’s leading cost model development experts. He developed two commercial cost estimating tools, Cost Xpert and ExcelerTools. He has personally estimated over 500 information technology projects with a cumulative value over $7 billion, including multiple states; 13 of the Fortune 100 companies; plus many federal organizations. He has written 27 published books and over 100 articles dealing with management and technology issues.
Wilson Rosa – AIS/C4ISR Branch Head, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Wilson Rosa, Ph.D. is the C4ISR Branch Chief at the Naval Center for Cost Analysis. He has over 18 years of experience in government including Senior Cost Expert at Department of Homeland Security, Technical Advisor at Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, and Industrial Engineer at Department of Navy (NAVAIR and NAVSEA).Dr. Rosa earned a PhD and M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico.
Joseph Sarage has ten years of experience in financial analysis, cost estimating, and advanced analytics. Mr. Sarage has extensive experience in statistical analysis, including development of econometric models coupled with a strong foundation in economics and finance. Mr. Sarage holds an MBA in Finance from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Economics from American University, and a BA in Managerial Economics from Stonehill College. In his spare time, he enjoys playing ice hockey and lacrosse in various leagues in the Boston area.
Christopher Schmidt – Senior Consultant, Cobec Consulting Inc.
Christopher R. Schmidt is a Senior Consultant for Cobec Consulting Inc. He is currently providing support for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Data Communications (Data Comm) Program and has previously support the FAA’s Terminal Automation Modernization and Replacement (TAMR) program. He has also supported other ACAT 1-3 programs within the United States Department of Navy and United States Coast Guard. Christopher has three Bachelors degrees from The Pennsylvania State University in Economics, Political Science, and Philosophy along with a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. In his free time he coaches and trains Mixed Martial Arts and CrossFit.
Matthew Schumacher – Booz Allen Hamilton
Matthew Schumacher is an experienced defense, finance, and corporate development executive with over 15 years of experience within the defense industry and private sector. Mr. Schumacher is a senior member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategy and Change practice with expertise in data analytics, cost analysis and modeling, and strategic planning. Mr. Schumacher earned an M.B.A. from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a B.A. in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College.
Blaze Smallwood – Cost Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
Blaze Smallwood CCE/A is a cost analyst in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Cost Analysis / Economics (CAE) group mainly supporting DoD programs in the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Enterprise, particularly software-oriented Navy Command and Control programs. Most recently, Mr. Smallwood has been focused on program management-related cost analysis support, such as developing Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD) documents, Should Cost analysis/management, and integrated cost/schedule/scope analyses for Agile software development projects.
Christian Smart – Director of Cost Estimating and Analysis, Missile Defense Agency
Dr. Christian Smart is the Director of Cost Estimating and Analysis for the Missile Defense Agency. In 2010, he received an Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA for his contributions to the Ares I Joint Cost Schedule Confidence Level Analysis and his support for the Augustine Commission. He has won six best paper awards at ISPA, SCEA, and ICEAA conferences, including four consecutive best overall paper awards.
James Smirnoff – Wyle
James Smirnoff is a certified cost estimator/analyst with twelve years of experience in cost estimating and financial management. Since 2009, James has worked for Wyle in support of the National Reconnaissance Office. He has also worked as Lead Economic Analyst at MITRE and served seven years in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Smirnoff earned his B.A. in Economics from Virginia Tech and M.S. from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Cost Analysis.
Ashlin Smith – Cost/Acquisition Analyst, Technomics, Inc.
Ashlin Smith is a cost/acquisition analyst at Technomics, Inc. with close to five years of experience performing cost estimation, earned value management analysis, and program management support for Navy programs. Ashlin is currently leading a cost team of a program approaching a Milestone B decision review with cost deliverables to include a life cycle cost estimate (LCCE), Should Cost Initiatives, Cost Analysis Requirements Description (CARD), and NAVSEA 05C estimate reconciliation. Ashlin has also supported the OSD Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC) implementing the Cost and Software Data Reporting (CSDR) requirement for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAP) to facilitate credible cost estimates. Ashlin graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Mathematical Business and is certified as a Professional Cost Estimator/Analyst (PCE/A) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). She is an active member of International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) and is currently serving as this year’s ICEAA Conference Training Co-Chair.
Carolyn Smith – Senior Operations Research Analyst, QuantiTech, Inc.
Carolyn L Smith is a Senior Operations Research Analyst at QuantiTech, Inc., and is an ICEAA certified cost estimator / analyst. Mrs. Smith is currently supporting the Army Contracting Command’s Chief Information Officer (CIO / G6) where she focuses primarily on Information Technology governance and project management processes, strategic planning, and creation and maintenance of a G6 integrated master schedule.Mrs. Smith holds a MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama. Mrs. Smith’s 30-year career in quantitative analysis and decision support has included clients from various Federal programs (Army and NASA primarily) as well as time spent in both manufacturing and academia.
Mike Smith – Booz Allen Hamilton
Mike Smith leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s Analytics capability at NASA Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center. He has 21 years’ professional experience, including 14 at NASA working with space systems, human spaceflight, Earth and space science missions and ground communications networks. Within the Analytics capability, his expertise is integrating cost, schedule and risk, having been trained in the use of the Polaris JCL tool developed jointly with NASA. At NASA, Mr. Smith led teams performing cost estimates, risk analysis, economic modeling, metrics development, scheduling, Earned Value Management, budget, PPBE, Analysis of Alternatives, Business Case Analyses, and related analytical and modeling services at Level I, II, and III offices. He has led numerous research projects on behalf of the Cost Analysis Division.Mr. Smith holds a Master’s degree of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from George Mason University, and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Mary Washington College. He earned the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and is certified in the Rational Unified Process (RUP). Mr. Smith is a veteran, having served as an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Alfred Smith – General Manager, Tecolote Research, Inc.
Alfred Smith earned a Bachelor Mechanical Engineering degree from the Canadian Royal Military College and a Master of Science with Distinction in naval architecture from the University College, London, England. He spent 21 years in the Canadian Navy and has been with Tecolote since 1995. Since 2000, he has been the General Manager for Tecolote’s Software Products/Services Group. He is a CCEA and was the 2013 ICEAA Frank Freiman lifetime award winner for estimating innovation.
Christina Snyder is a CCEA® with 9 years of Department of Defense acquisition cost estimating experience. She has supported Navy, Air Force, and Army programs with various aspects of project management and cost estimating including: business case analysis, analysis of alternatives, return on investment analysis, acquisition planning, risk assessment, and logistics analysis. She earned a B.S. in Applied Computational Mathematics from Virginia Tech.
Patrick Staley – Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Patrick Stanley has worked for the Naval Center for Cost Analysis in the cost research branch since 2012. Before joining NCCA he worked as a statistician for the US Census Bureau. Patrick has a BS in Mathematics from Southern Utah University.
Mike Stelly – Cost and Schedule Analyst, NASA
Mike Stelly is a cost and schedule analyst for NASA supporting a variety of projects designed to further human spaceflight. Mike performs the joint confidence level analysis and modeling for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program. Prior to joining NASA, Mike’s work at Tecolote Research, Inc. concerned the integration of cost, schedule, and risk. Mike was a member of the United States Air Force, where he was the cost lead for the space based infrared system satellite program.
Virginia Stouffer – Program Mangaer, LMI
Virginia Stouffer is a program manager at LMI, where she leads the aviation and operations research group. The group’s work includes benefit–cost analyses; capacity modeling; and environment, safety, airline economics, and air traffic management simulation. Ms. Stouffer has a master’s of science in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s of arts in economics from George Mason University. She began her career in aviation doing safety analyses for the National Academy of Science and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Plans and Policy, quantifying safety regulations. After a brief period modeling taxation and revenue for the US Department of Treasury, she returned to aviation work and earned her private pilot license. She joined LMI in 1997. Ms. Stouffer administers a cost estimating knowledge portal at LMI, where she also teaches classes. Her publications cover many aspects of aviation, cost, engineering, statistics, and data management.
John Swaren – Solutions Architect, PRICE Systems
John Swaren is currently a Solutions Architect at PRICE Systems. He has over 25 years of experience in requirements analysis, cost/schedule estimation, risk analysis, tradeoff studies, parametric model development and pricing/valuation. He develops ICEs, LCCEs, ROMs, should-costs and software sizing for multiple customers, including NASA, DoD, DHS, Boeing, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, FAA and Pratt & Whitney. He facilitates Subject Matter Expert consensus for capturing drivers of lifecycle ownership cost. He likewise analyzes data and SME inputs to calibrate cost model inputs to reflect organizational experience in both Hardware and Software programs. He contributes to PRICE as a consultant, researcher, trainer and mentor. He is a frequent author of web blog and newsletter entries.Mr. Swaren began his career at NAVAIR’s Naval Air Development Center, developing parametric/ regression tools for budgetary estimations and source-selections, supporting multiple aircraft programs. He then moved to a newly-created parametric estimation group at Boeing’s helicopter division. Later, he was a cost engineer at both Unisys and G.E. Aerospace (now Lockheed Martin). He then became a principal in several new commercial ventures within engineering and information systems, as well as a product manager and consultant for business strategy. He has earned graduate degrees in Engineering, Statistics, Computer Science, Marketing and Finance, with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics. He has also had PMP, Six-Sigma and Agile-Scrum training.
Nicole Sullivan formerly Barmettler – Cost Analyst, BCF Solutions
Nicole Barmettler is a Cost Analyst at BCF Solutions. She currently supports the Missile Defense Agency providing cost estimates for various military construction projects throughout the world. Prior to joining BCF Solutions, she supported a commercial/residential development company for six years as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Mrs. Barmettler has an MBA from University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is currently serving as Publicity Chairperson for the Greater Alabama ICEAA Chapter.
Denton Tarbet – Senior Consultant, Galorath Incorporated
Dr. Denton Tarbet is a Senior Consultant with Galorath Incorporated. His research area at U of Houston was Optimum Control Theory and he has over 40 years experience in systems and software engineering, successfully managing projects with management responsibilities as Director of Engineering, Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Engineering. He has performed size and effort estimation projects for NASA, Air Force, Navy, Republic of South Korea, multiple contractors, and commercial companies.
Jennifer Tarin – Operations Research Analyst, Missile Defense Agency
Dr. Jennifer Ann Tarin is an Operations Research Analyst with the Missile Defense Agency. She has worked directly with the Cost Estimating and Analysis Director, Dr. Christian Smart, and Technical Director, Mr. Paul Tetrault, to develop and author a discussion paper on kill vehicle Work breakdown structure. Dr. Tarin earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University and both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Southern Methodist University.
Jean-Ali Tavassoli – Cost Analyst, Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division
Jean-Ali Tavassoli is a cost analyst for the Cost Effectiveness Branch at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division where he has worked since 2010. He has developed cost estimates for surface combatants and auxiliary ships. He is Deputy Program Manager of the Operating and Support Cost Analysis Model (OSCAM) Program Office. He has Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Virginia, and a Master’s in Operations Research from George Mason University.
Paul Tetrault – Technical Director, Missile Defense Agency
Paul Tetrault currently serves as the Technical Director for the Cost Estimating and Analysis Directorate at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). He has over twenty years of experience in cost estimating. Paul has supported numerous Missile Defense Agency programs, most notably the Kinetic Interceptor. He has also led cost analyses for Navy programs and Joint Strike Fighter.
Alex Thiel – Operations Research Analyst, Naval Center of Cost Analysis
Alex Thiel is an Operations Research Analyst for the Naval Center of Cost Analysis. He graduated from Ohio State University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. Alex has contributed to the software maintenance estimating research group analyzing actual historical data. He has also supported major automated information systems and major defense acquisition programs, determining life cycle cost. He plays the guitar in his church band and is an avid runner.
Kyle Thomas – Operations Research Analyst, TASC, Inc.
Kyle Thomas, an Operations Research Analyst at TASC, Inc., has provided cost and risk analysis support to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. Prior to joining TASC, Kyle was an analyst at Scitor Corporation. He has an MS in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Energy, Business and Finance and a minor in Economics from The Pennsylvania State University.
Michael Thompson – Director, Cost and Performance Management, Cobec Consulting, Inc.
Michael Thompson has been a part of the cost estimating, analysis, scheduling, and earned value community for 30 + years and has worked for a number of defense contractors either as an employee or consultant, as well as various Government agencies. Currently Mr. Thompson is supporting the FAA a Director, at Cobec Consulting. His responsibilities include providing guidance, as a Subject Matter Expert, on EVM and schedule matters.
F. Gurney Thompson III – Cost Research Analyst, PRICE Systems
F. Gurney Thompson III is a cost research analyst at PRICE Systems. Recently, he led a major effort enhancing tools for electronics cost estimation. In 2010-2011, Gurney was the primary architect of solutions for estimating total ownership cost at PRICE Systems. Gurney was a major contributor to a study in 2009-2010, where he analyzed cost implications of Service Oriented Architecture. Gurney graduated with a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2007.
Sam Toas – Aerospace Engineering Cost Competitive (ECC) COE, Northrop Grumman
Samuel Toas is a member of the Aerospace Engineering Cost Competitive (ECC) COE at Northrop Grumman supporting various initiatives for advanced programs. He was previously employed as an Associate Technical Fellow for TASC and provided cost support for the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA) Space Division and Naval Engineering Logistics Office (NELO). Mr. Toas has several years of experience working for Intelligence Community and Department of Defense customers, performing cost estimating, risk analysis, and model development on various Space and AIS programs. Mr. Toas has an engineering background and started his career as a Research Manager for an industrial turbine manufacturer. Mr. Toas previously taught and presented at the 2008-13 SCEA National Conferences. He is also a participating member of the Joint Space Cost Council Risk Team. Sam graduated from Georgia Tech in 1999 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Harold Van Herringen – Senior Metrics Consultant/ Software Cost Engineer, Sogeti
Dr. Harold van Heeringen CFPA, works for Sogeti Nederland as a senior metrics consultant/ software cost engineer. Harold graduated from the university of Groningen in business economics in 1997 and he has worked in information technology ever since. His work is all about measuring and estimating fixed-date and fixed price software projects. He is the current president of the International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG) and an enthusiastic promoter of parametric software project estimation and benchmarking practices in the IT industry.Harold is an expert in the software functional sizing methods FPA and COSMIC and he is a certified practitioner in both methods. Furthermore he is an expert in different software estimation models and benchmarking practices. In his role as metrics consultant, he advises organizations on how to implement Estimating & Performance Measurement processes into their organizations and he trains people in functional size measurement, project estimation and benchmarking. Next to his consulting work, he is also heavily involved in the Sogeti estimation process for fixed-price / fixed date projects. Harold is an advanced expert in using estimation tools like QSM SLIM (certified), Galorath SEER-SEM and the ISBSG tooling.Next to his job, Harold is also involved in a number of metrics related communities:
• International Software Benchmarking Standards Group (ISBSG) – President
•Netherlands Software Metrics Association (NESMA) – board member and chairman of the working groups ‘COSMIC’, ’ Benchmarking’ and ‘FPA in contract(ing)’
•Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC) – Dutch representative in the International Advisory Council (IAC)
•Dutch Association for Cost Engineers (DACE) – working group parametric analysis
•Sogeti DevOps community – chair of the metrics trackHarold publishes white papers and articles regularly and posts most of his presentations on slideshare (haroldveendam). He can be reached through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is active on LinkedIn and invites everybody who is interested to link with him. Harold also shares his professional thoughts on twitter: @haroldveendam.
Corinne Wallshein – Technical Advisor, Naval Center for Cost Analysis
Dr. Corinne Wallshein is the Technical Advisor for the Information Technology Estimating Division and reports to the division director responsible to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Cost & Economics) to develop and defend independent cost estimates for major Department of Navy acquisition programs. She conducts research under the auspices of the Naval Center for Cost Analysis Technical Director with the cost research and tools division.
James Wasek – Senior Enterprise Architect, Science & Technology Solutions, Inc. (eSTS)
Dr. James S. Wasek is the Senior Enterprise Architect with Science & Technology Solutions, Inc. (eSTS), as well as the Director for Operations at its Stafford/Quantico VA location. He provides technical and systems engineering support for numerous US Marine Corps acquisition programs. Dr. Wasek is also an Adjunct Professor with The George Washington University, since 2006, where he instructs graduate students in the disciplines of systems engineering, enterprise architecture, engineering management and program management.
Brian Welsh – Technomics, Inc.
Brian A. Welsh has over 8 years of experience in the cost analysis arena working on projects for the DoD, DOE, NASA and the IC. His work at Technomics, Inc. focuses on developing ICEs and ICAs of Navy programs for the NCCA. Prior to joining Technomics he worked for TASC. Brian is a CCE/A, has a BS in Systems Engineering from UVA and a MS in Operations Research from George Mason University.
Linda Williams – Program Manager, Wyle
Ms. Williams has over thirty years of experience with space system cost estimating. She has been the Wyle Program Manager for the NRO CAAG SETA support contract for the last five years. Through her experience at Wyle, Lockheed Martin, Futron, Harris and L-3 Communications she has developed numerous space system cost models, collected and normalized data, contributed to USCM data collection activities, conducted Price to Win analyses, participated in satellite industry demand based forecasts, and developed numerous economic and strategic planning analyses. She has co-authored several papers focused on Commercial Satellite Market and Price Analyses. She has an MBA from Rider University and a BA in Economics from Rutgers University. She is a current member of SCEA, ISPA and PMI.
Steve Wilson – PP&C Analyst, NASA
Steve Wilson serves as a PP&C analyst for both NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and Orion Program. Prior to that, he served as NASA’s Constellation (lunar) Program’s JCL and cost estimate integrator. He is the recipient of four JSC Center Director’s Awards for Innovation: an individual award for his work on NASA’s JCL methodology, a team award for his leadership of the Commercial Crew cost estimating effort, and two team awards for contributions to Constellation cost estimating and JCL work.
Melissa Winter – Solutions Architect, PRICE Systems
Melissa Winter has been a Solutions Architect with PRICE Systems for over 2 years, where she acts as the Primary Solutions Architect for the Western US. She has supported PRICE users in the US and the UK, including Defense and Commercial Contractors, as well as Government Estimating groups by providing Training and mentoring, and also contributed to the development of various training programs.Before her time at PRICE, Melissa Spent 3 years as a Cost Engineer at Raytheon SAS in El Segundo, supporting parametric estimates from many business areas, including Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems, and Space Systems.Melissa also spent 5 years at Northrop Grumman Space Technology involved with Launch System Integration, System Operations Engineering, as well as Pricing and Cost Analysis. All after graduating with a BS in Applied Mathematics and a BA in Economics from California State University, Long Beach.On the weekends, Melissa enjoys sailing, hiking, and photography.
Brianne Wong – Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Brianne Wong is a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton. She graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a B.S. in mathematics in May 2013. Brianne joined the NRO Cost Acquisition and Analysis Group in October working on IMINT estimates, data collects, CER development, normalizations, development of tools, and integration efforts. This is her first ICEAA conference and she is excited to join the cost estimating community.
Kevin Woodward – Fellow, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Kevin C. Woodward is a Fellow with the Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Information Systems and Global Solutions (IS&GS) business unit. For three decades, he has worked within the aerospace and defense industry in the areas of model-based engineering, affordability and value proposition management, engineering economics, risk and opportunity management, and parametric cost/schedule estimating. A recipient of Lockheed Martin’s highest and most prestigious honor – the NOVA Award, Kevin is a Certified Systems Engineering Professional as recognized by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), holds an advanced degree in business (MBA), has a proficiency in fluent Japanese, and enjoys the opportunity to be a mentoring influence within his business unit. He and his wife Tammy, of 34 years, reside in Colorado Springs. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Jenny Woolley -, Scitor Corporation
Jenny Woolley currently works for Scitor Corporation, where she has supported multiple customers throughout the Intelligence Community and Department of Defense developing program cost estimates for various agencies as part of the budgetary process. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Master’s of Science in Management and Information Technology in 2011 and from The College of William and Mary in 2006 with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology.
Justin Woulfe – EVP, Technical Services, WPI
Justin Woulfe is the EVP, Technical Services at WPI Services, LLC with expertise in systems, logistics, and cost optimization. In the past 10 years, he has focused on balancing cost and capability within the aerospace & defense industry. Justin has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Military Institute, an MS in Engineering Management from Drexel University and a MS in Supply Chain Management from Syracuse University. He is currently the Vice President of the ICEAA Pikes Peak Chapter.