Alain Abran is professor at École de Technologie Supérieure – Université du Québec (Canada). He is the chairman of the Common Software Measurement International Consortium (COSMIC Group www.cosmic-sizing.org). He has provided support to Renault in implementing their estimation program and full automation of COSMIC sizing for real-time embedded software projects. Author of books: ‘Software Project Estimation’, ‘Software Metrics and Software Metrology’ and ‘Software Maintenance Management’.
Omar Akbik is a lead analyst with Technomics specializing in analytics, cost analysis, and strategic advisory. His work focuses on data and technology integration between agencies as well as analytical analysis of federal programs. He has previously supported life cycle cost estimating, alternatives and business case analysis, as well as application development for various clients throughout the federal space. Mr. Akbik is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst and holds degrees in economics and finance.
Chuck Alexander is a Senior Professional at JHU-APL performing cost estimating and investment decision analysis across a wide range of platforms, technologies and system environments. He has over 35 years of experience in engineering, economic & cost analysis, and business & technology operations management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, CPA, former CCEA and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from the William & Mary Graduate Business School.
Glen B. Alleman leads the Program Planning and Controls practice for Niwot Ridge, LLC. Mr. Alleman has demonstrated hands on experience assisting a variety of material contractors implement Integrated Earned Value Management Systems including those where agile development was used
Bryan Anderson is a consultant with Cobec Consulting, focusing on operations research for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) capital investments. Bryan’s industry experience also includes industrial engineering with a national grocery retailer where he modeled supply chain services to improve operations. Mr. Anderson’s academic background includes a BA in Economics & Mathematics from Augsburg College and MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Mr. Andrews has a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Florida Tech. He began his career as an engineer, supporting the Navy’s F-14 program before joining the cost estimating community at the Naval Air Systems Command. He worked in the private sector as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton for a number of years. He currently works for the Naval Center for Cost Analysis.
Henry Apgar is an ICEAA lifetime member and CCEA. He was co-founder of ISPA and winner of the Frank Freiman Lifetime Achievement Award. Hank develops parametric cost estimating models and prepares independent cost estimates for MCR Solutions LLC, and was formerly employed by The Aerospace Corporation. He authored the Cost Estimating Chapter for the 2011 Space Mission Engineering Handbook, has a BS in electrical engineering, an MBA, and is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA.
Remmie Arnold is a CCEA certified cost analyst at Technomics Inc. He has been a member of ICEAA for 4 years and served as an ICEAA Workshop Training Co-Chair from 2015 – 2017. Mr. Arnold currently supports the Missile Defense Agency’s Aegis BMD programs through cost research, annual budget development, life-cycle cost estimating, and documentation review. He currently holds a B.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech and is working on an M.S. in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins.
Bill has several decades working in basic R&D, information systems technology, and cost estimation for numerous Federal and corporate clients. An Air Force veteran in electronics systems maintenance management and a prior research scientist and diver in Navy underwater acoustics, he is also experienced in software development for scientific and logistics applications. Bill holds an MS in Technology Management, a BS in Mathematics, and a current CCEA certificate. He is an avid soccer player.
Erin Barkel is the Vice President and a founding member of the ICEAA Canada Chapter. She holds a BASc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. This presentation is adapted from her comprehensives exam, the result of her glacial pursuit of a PhD in Management at Carleton University.
Laura Barker is a certified Professional Cost Estimator/Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton in San Diego, CA. She has previously supported SPAWAR 1.6 as an Operations Research Analyst for Engility, and for FIRST Robotics Competition in Atlanta, GA. Laura has a B.S. in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Daniel Barkmeyer is an analyst with Burgess Consulting, Inc. supporting the NRO CAAG. His chief responsibilities include cost estimating for satellites, cost model development, and cost estimating for launch vehicles. He has co-authored papers including “Commercial-Like Acquisitions: Practices and Costs” published in Vol. 3, Issue 1 of the SCEA Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2001 and 2005.
George Bayer, Director of FAA Programs at Cobec Consulting with over 18 years of Finance experience, manages cost and benefits estimating teams for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acquisitions. Prior to his work for the FAA, George worked in the Energy Industry, leading economic buy-versus-lease analyses at BP and conducting project valuations at ConocoPhillips. Mr. Bayer holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Florida and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Walter Bednarski is an ICEAA CCE/A at Booz Allen Hamilton. He has twenty years of experience developing LCCEs and conducting cost and data analyses for SPAWAR and other Navy and DoD organizations. At NCCA he was the Navy VAMOSC Program Manager, the DoN operations and support cost database. He has a BS in Mathematics from San Diego State University and a MS in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Ron Beheler is an Operations Research Analyst at Engility Corporation, with a decade of experience in supporting United States Department of Defense Business Systems through the defense acquisition process. He currently supports acquisition programs within the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He earned his M.S. in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and B.S. in Economics from George Mason University. Mr. Beheler is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst.
Robert Bitten is a Principal Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation and has conducted independent cost estimates for NASA proposal evaluations and independent assessments for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He is a winner of The Aerospace Corporation’s President’s Award as well as the 2007 NASA Cost Estimating Support Contractor of the Year Award. He has a Bachelor of Industrial & Systems Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
James “Jay” Black has 13 years of cost estimating experience and currently works as a software project manager for the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, he supports the Grants Center of Excellence software suite used to administer 1200 grant programs in eight Federal departments. Jay has a Masters in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and holds a current CCE/A certification.
Elisa Blagoev is a CCE/A certified Cost Analyst at The MITRE Corporation where she applies her twelve years of experience to providing cost and data analysis for federal government leaders across a variety of civilian and defense agencies. Most recently, Elisa has developed IGCEs and performed cost evaluation for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Air Force.
Mr. David Bloom graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1983, Mr. Bloom has worked for the Naval Weapons Center, Lockheed Martin, Lawrence Livermore National Labs and since 2008, for Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS). Mr. Bloom is currently the Cost Estimation Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Hardware Engineering Center (HWEC) of SAS. He has developed parametric models for all SAS Electronics Products and helped transform the culture of the organization.
Dr. Bradley C. Boehmke is an Assistant Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology and a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati where he teaches courses on economics, business analytics, and R programming. His research focuses on using economic and decision analysis modeling to provide organizational leadership robust understanding of economic behavior and potential policy impacts. Dr. Boehmke writes data analysis software and wrote the book ‘Data Wrangling with R’.
Brian Bothwell is a Senior Operations Research Analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). He is responsible for performing cost, schedule, Earned Value Management, and technology readiness assessments to support audits on government programs. Before joining GAO, Brian served in the Navy and worked for several government support contractors. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. Brian is a certified cost estimator/analyst.
Peter J. Braxton is a Senior Cost Analyst and Technical Officer at Technomics, where he has supported the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, Naval Center for Cost Analysis, and Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army – Cost and Economics on data collection and cost research efforts, and Defense Acquisition University on curriculum development. Peter serves as ICEAA’s Vice President of Professional Development, and was named 2007 Estimator of the Year for contributions in education.
Jeff Brown is a cost analyst at Technomics, Inc. supporting the Cost Estimating, Modeling, & Analysis (CEMA) Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). He provides parametric cost estimating and risk support to mission formulation studies and proposals through use of commercial and homegrown tools. During his career, he has supported various other federal agencies by providing applied cost estimating and cost research support. Jeff has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Jonathan Brown has nine years of experience as a professional cost estimator. During that time he has developed estimates for systems including submarines, USMC equipment, and Navy combat systems and is actively involved in cost estimating research. He is currently a Staff Cost Analyst at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. Dr. Brown is DAWIA level III Cost Estimating Certified, ICEAA CCE/A certified and received a PhD in Mathematics from North Carolina State University.
Kevin Buck has 25 years of portfolio, investment, and performance management experience in the public and private sectors. Key areas of expertise include economic analysis, strategic planning, and design of performance management processes. Kevin is MITRE Task Leader for the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) Cost Modeling Environment (A¢ME).Kevin served in the US Navy as an enlisted Electrician’s Mate and as an Officer. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Nautical Science/Maritime Administration and Master of Science Degree/MBA in Industrial Administration.
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. Mr. Burgess earned his M.S. and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Sandy provides Senior Consulting activities for the Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector. Currently, he provides Cost Strategy leadership on high priority new business captures. His primary responsibility is to build data-driven estimates at WBS and/or SOW levels that identify the cost drivers that technical solutions can lower. His secondary goal is to provide capture support throughout all phases of the acquisition process. Previously, he provided leadership to promote a more affordable proposal culture on Sole-Source procurements through internal training, and improved front-end planning.
Diane Butler is a ICEAA Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst® at the Center for Acquisition and Management Sciences at MITRE. With over 19 years of experience, Ms. Butler has provided cost analysis support to multiple customers including: Air Force, Navy, NATO, and other Federal Agencies. Ms. Butler has a MS in Engineering Management and BA in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University and was awarded the 2007 SCEA National Cost Estimator of the Year for Contributions to Management.
During the thirty-eight years of his Air Force civil service career, Mr. Campanile was involved in analytic evaluation and demonstration of the military utility of aeronautical systems and technologies in support of Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC) now AFLCMC and AFRL. During his tenure he assisted and directed numerous studies involving AOA, life cycle cost, and model validation and accreditation. Mr. Campanile holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Neil Chakrabarti is a Manager in Deloitte’s Federal Cost and Transformation Alignment practice. He has thirteen years of cost estimating and data analysis experience of which two years have been dedicated to Economic Analysis for the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and the Federal Aviation Administration. He has also developed probabilistic cost estimates for large Federal government programs. He is a CCE/A and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Chiang has been supporting the Space and Missile Center Program Management Assistance Group performing integrated program management analyses on ACAT I programs. Prior to joining Aerospace, he worked at Northrop Grumman as a program manager on various development programs for space systems and information systems. He also worked as a technical manager on independent validation and verification programs. Dr. Chiang received an AB degree from the University of California and a Ph.D in Physics from the University of Washington.
Mr. Coonce is an Adjunct Research Staff Member with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA). He performs cost and schedule research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to joining IDA, Mr. Coonce led NASA’s Cost Analysis Division, served as a cost/schedule analyst for OSD’s CAIG, The MITRE Corporation, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Tom Dauber Cobec Consulting, Inc.
Advanced Cost Topics Training Track: Target Costing (ACT12)
Tom has spent 24 years leading cost/risk analysis efforts across IC, DoD, and Civil agencies. As Cobec’s Director of Business Development, he leads business development and execution efforts providing capabilities/services enabling clients to make confident investments. With Booz Allen, he led the development of Polaris, the industry-recognized, groundbreaking tool for integrated cost/schedule/risk analysis. Tom has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Pitt, MEA from Virginia Tech, and was 2012 SCEA Cost Estimator of the Year.
John Deem Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
Advanced Cost Topics Training Track: Target Costing (ACT12)
Business Development Analyst with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Ft. Worth, Texas with over 30 years of experience in the U.S. Government and private industry, preparing estimates and cost analyses for contract proposals for aircraft development, production and sustainment. Significant experience as a value engineer supporting affordability trade studies, design-to-cost and design-for- manufacture analyses. Certified Cost/Estimator Analyst and Past President of the ICEAA Lone Star Chapter.
Mr. DeMarco is the President of PRICE Systems, He received a BS in Mathematics from St. Joseph’s University and an MS in Computer Science from the NJIT. Mr. DeMarco is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on predictive cost modeling for planning, budgeting, and cost management. He contributed over 25 papers on cost estimating and management and is cited on two U.S. patents for cost estimating techniques. In 1997, he received the ISPA Freiman Award.
Nick DeTore has been an analyst at Tecolote Research since 2009. His primary roles in the Software Product and Services Group are designing, developing, testing and teaching cost and schedule analysis methods. Using his background in mathematics, he researches and tests new algorithms, designs charting tools to analyze cost/schedule data, writes training material and teaches classes on cost and integrated cost and schedule risk and uncertainty.
Ms. Dorr is an Economics and Business Analyst with the MITRE Corporation. She has over 15 years of experience in the areas of Cost Estimating, Earned Value Management, and CPIC. She has supported various government agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Department of Homeland Security. In 2013 Ms. Dorr and her colleague Dan Harper were the recipients of the ICEAA Best Paper Award for their paper “Getting and Sharing the FACTS.”
James Doswell U.S. Army DASA-CE
Operating & Support Papers Track: (OS04)
James Doswell is a Senior Operations Research Analyst in the Networks, Information, Software & Electronics Costing (NISEC) Division of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE). James is a technical advisor and is responsible for software and electronics estimating for major Army programs. He has also been an instrumental part of the Army software maintenance data collection initiative for the last 3 years.
Andrew Drennon is a Principal Consultant with Cobec Consulting, Inc. He is currently supporting the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Investment Planning and Analysis. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience supporting the U.S Government in the areas of supply chain analysis and life cycle cost estimating. He has previously served ICEAA as Conference Chair, Program Chair and most recently Best Paper Chair.
Denise Dulee currently serves as the Missile Defense Agency/Operations/Cost Analytics and Parametric Estimating Portfolio Manager for Technology and Development. In this role, Ms. Dulee oversees the cost analytics and parametric estimating for all MDA’s Test Directorate, Advanced Technology, and Integrated Financial Cost Model needs. She has 21 years of cost estimating experience as a civilian and contractor, along with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and master’s degree in Project Management.
Mr. Eden has been with Booz Allen Hamilton for 10 years and provides support primarily for Department of Defense (DoD) clients. He has over 17 years of experience performing feasibility studies, intelligence analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, and reporting of engineering and economic projects. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), an ICAgile Certified Professional (ICP), and a certified Scrum master.
Ms. Enser is the Sustainment Subject Matter Expert for OSD CAPE Defense Cost and Resource Center, where she has worked to expand the collection of Contractor Logistics Support data. She has more than 30 years of cost estimating and cost research experience, including Navy, Air Force, and Missile Defense National Team. She holds a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Smith College, and an MBA from George Mason University.
I have an MBA from the University of Arizona, and am currently working toward a Masters of Engineering from Columbia University. I’ve worked at NASA, Raytheon, and have been part of Orbital ATK for 8 years. I’m currently the manager of the Program Material Control group. My other passion is teaching, and I am a professor at a local university; my courses focus on thinking strategies, business, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Mel Etheridge has been a CCE/A since 1988. Since starting at the Naval Center for Cost Analysis, he has supported a variety of Defense and Civil programs and agencies, including PEO Submarines, the FAA, DoD Deputy Comptroller, JCS-J2, and the Joint Program Development Office. He currently supports the FAA SWIM and NextGen Future Facilities program offices. Active in SCEA and ICEAA, he served in positions including National Secretary and Conference Chair of 5 National Conference/Workshops.
Bruce Fad is Senior Vice-President, PRICE Systems, LLC. He has worked in cost estimating for over 38 years as an estimator, tool provider, expert witness, researcher, and instructor. He was a junior officer in the US Army, an Operations Research analyst at NSA, and Acquisition Management manager at Lockheed. He holds bachelors and master’s degrees in Math from University of Delaware. He is a contributor to recent PRICE tool additions to estimate Additive Manufacturing/3-D Printing.
Angela Fields is an analyst with Tecolote Research providing cost estimating and analysis support to DoD programs. Her experience has been primarily focused on developing cost models and conducting proposal evaluations, but she has recently started delving into the world of Earned Value Management and Schedule Analysis. She is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A) and has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics with a minor in Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Mr. Fitch is the Strategic Analysis and Decision Support Branch Chief at the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency. He has 21 years of experience developing and managing cost estimates, cost tools, and program assessments for Department of Defense and NASA programs. Mr. Fitch holds a BA in Economics and Politics from Wake Forest University and an MA in Economics from the University of Kentucky.
Brian Flynn supports national security efforts at Technomics’ Arlington, VA, headquarters. He has a deep understanding of and strong working relationships with many of the cost and OR organizations in the U.S. DoD and the NATO Alliance. His areas of expertise include capability portfolio analysis, weapon system cost estimating, EVM, econometric modeling, economic analysis, AoAs, and corporate financial health. Dr. Flynn has undying pride in his service as a United States Marine. Semper Fi.
Anna Foote is a Cost Research Analyst at PRICE Systems, LLC. At PRICE, she has worked with the product development team to test the functions of TruePlanning. As a part of the Cost Research team, Anna has used RapidMiner to gather the pricing and specifications of hardware and software components that will contribute to the IT models. She has done research on topics such as RICEFW and programming languages to improve the software catalog.
Mr. French has almost 20 years of experience in a variety of Information Technology roles including application analyst, developer, tester, project management, software metrics and software project estimation. He has written a number of papers and presentations regarding Function Points and is currently the Chairman of the IFPUG FSSC. Mr. French is also a PMI PMP and Agile Alliance SCM and is a member of the GAO cost expert group.
Meagan Gadreault is currently a cost analyst at Herren Associates supporting the Naval Sea Systems Command Cost Estimating and Industrial Analysis Division. Ms. Gadreault received her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015.
Hasetetsion Gebre-Mariam is a Senior Operations Research Analyst with Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA), where she is responsible for Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS) programs. She has over six years’ experience with DoD and over ten years’ prior experience as a Senior Research Engineer outside DoD. Ms. Gebre-Mariam has a Master’s in Chemical Engineering and is DAWIA Level III-certified in Cost Estimating, Level II-certified both in Engineering and Program Management.
Dr. Brian Gillespie is a Cost Analyst for the Missile Defense Agency supporting the Aegis BMD program in Dahlgren, VA. He was a winner for the Best Paper: Software/Hardware track at the 2012 SCEA/ISPA Joint Annual Conference. He is happily married and the proud father of two wonderful children, the 2nd place winner of the Washington DC area SuDoKu Puzzle Fest, a fan of the Rubik’s Cube, and a lover of learning interesting new things.
Jeremy Goucher has over 15 years of professional cost estimating, financial planning, and leadership experience. He is currently a lead cost analyst at Herren Associates supporting the Missile Defense Agency. Prior to this, Mr. Goucher provided cost estimating support to NAVSEA Headquarters. Mr. Goucher is CCEA and PMP certified and received his Bachelors in Economics from the University of Maryland (College Park) and his Masters in Economics from Syracuse University.
Marc works for NASA’s Strategic Investment Division enhancing estimating models, helping projects and directorates improve their estimating methods, facilitating the NASA Cost IPT and providing decision-support to NASA leadership. Prior to FY13, Marc worked in cost analysis for DHS, NCCA, DAU and NAVSEA. He has a BS in Materials Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management. He is professionally certified as a Cost Estimator/Analyst and Level III certified in Business – Cost Estimating.
Chris Hall is a lead analyst with Technomics, performing cost research and analysis supporting DOD projects. He was previously employed with Reliant Consulting Solutions for two years as a cost analyst for the IC creating Agency Cost Positions derived from the Technical Baseline document. Prior experience includes 3 years at TASC providing systems engineering and cost support for an IC Ground Systems program office. Chris holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from James Madison University.
Mr. Harper is a CCE/A and has been an ICEAA member for over 15 years. He has estimated Hardware and Software/IT during all Acquisition and Support Phases and 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 GMU.
Rich Harwin is currently in Boeing Defense Systems, Contract Assessment Team, responsible for providing independent evaluations on major proposals and estimates. Rich has 36 years of experience in estimating, parametrics, risk assessment, modeling, pricing, and cost proposal development. He is the company subject matter expert in risk assessment/modeling, parametrics, affordability analysis and business case analysis. He has held several positions in ICEAA, and the legacy organizations, and is currently the SW regional director, and Southern California Chapter President.
Ann Hawpe started with Herren in 2003 and currently provides Cost Estimating and Analysis support to the Naval Center for Cost Analysis. She leads Herren’s Program Analysis and Cost Engineering team and advises on multiple, complex cost estimating and research projects. Ms. Hawpe earned her BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and MS in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from George Washington University. She also has her CCEA, LSS-GB, and PMP certifications.
Dustin Hilton is a Senior Cost Analyst at Galorath Federal. A CCEA, he has supported the Marine Corps, JPEO Chem-Bio, Navy, and is currently supporting an Army ACAT IAM ERP program utilizing Agile software development.
Justin Hornback is a business unit director and analyst for Reed Integration. Justin has over fifteen years of experience in engineering and programmatic analysis, for commercial, Department of Defense, and NASA clients. Justin currently supports NASA OCFO’s Strategic Investment Division. Justin graduated from UVA with a BS in Electrical Engineering and earned his MBA from William and Mary. Justin is a Certified Cost Estimator Analyst (CCEA™) and Project Management Professional (PMP).
Ms. Hudgins has over five years of experience as an engineer and analyst supporting federal clients. She is currently a cost analyst for Technomics, where she has supported major US Navy and US Coast Guard acquisition programs through ship lifecycle cost estimates, cost drills, and cost reduction initiatives. Ms. Hudgins earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.
David Hulett is recognized as a leader in project cost and schedule risk analysis and project scheduling. He has US Government agencies and commercial clients in North America, South America, Asia and Europe. Dr. Hulett is the author of two Recommended Practices for AACE International on integrated cost and schedule risk analysis the use of decision trees in decision making. He has published Practical Schedule Risk Analysis and Integrated Cost- Schedule Risk Analysis.
Charles Hunt is a senior cost analyst for the NASA HQ, Strategic Investments Division, OCFO with the responsibility for establishing, maintaining and communicating cost & schedule estimating policy, conducting and funding cost & schedule research, providing tools & models to the broader NASA cost community, and coordinating programmatic support for SRBs. He has a Bachelor in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Masters of Applied Economics from JHU.
Ms. Irvine is an ICEAA-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCE/A) with over eighteen years of experience as a program manager, 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.
Ross Jackson, Ph.D. is chief of the Analyses and Assessments Division in Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command. Occasionally, Dr. Jackson teaches economics at Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and data visualization at Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio). As time permits, Ross delights in exploring the potential intersectionality among analysis, visualization, and détournement.
Adam James is a Lead Analyst at Technomics, Inc., where he has supported a variety of cost and research studies for the service cost centers, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NAVSEA. His areas of focus have included advanced tool and database development and statistical modeling. He holds an M.S. in Statistics as well as B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Christopher Jarvis is an Operations Research Analyst with DoD acquisition experience spanning AoA, Development, Procurement and O&S phases for ACAT I and II missile and aircraft, single service and international joint programs. Currently, he is the Technical Director for the Cost and Economics Division of AFLCMC Eglin Operating Location. Christopher is an ICEAA certified cost estimator (CCEA) with a BS, MS and PhD in Mathematics and an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Zachary Jasnoff is the Vice President of Professional Services at PRICE Systems, LLC and has over thirty years’ experience in lifecycle cost estimating. Zach began his career at the GAO where he was responsible for independent audits and investigations of defense acquisition programs. Zach broadened his career in cost estimating while serving in various positions at Boeing and Lockheed-Martin. Zach received a M.S.E from Penn Engineering and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Jerome is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton providing cost estimating support to DoD programs. He holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MS in Business Analytics from Indiana University. Mr. Jerome is the current President of the San Diego Chapter of ICEAA and was presented the San Diego Chapter Senior Analyst of the Year award in 2015. He holds a CCEA and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification.
Brent Johnstone is a production air vehicle cost estimator at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He has 29 years’ experience in the military aircraft industry, including 26 years as a cost estimator. He has worked on the F-16 program, and since 1997 has been the lead Production Operations cost estimator for the F-35 program. He has a Master of Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.
Cheryl Jones works in the Quality Engineering & System Assurance Sciences Group at RDECOM-ARDEC at Picatinny, New Jersey. Ms. Jones is a technical lead for the Army Software Maintenance Cost Estimation project. The objective of this project is to provide the Department of the Army with the ability to accurately estimate, budget, allocate, and justify the software maintenance resources required to meet evolving mission and service affordability requirements across the system life-cycle.
Herve Joumier joined the European Space Agency in Noordwijk (Netherlands) in 1998 where he holds now the position of Head of ESA Cost Engineering. Herve was a life member of former ISPA where he has served regularly as Director at the Board from 2004 till 2012. He is and now a life member of ICEAA. He has worked for thirty years in Space Sector, starting with ALCATEL, through different assignments from Project Controller to Commercial Engineer.
Meghan Kennedy is a cost analyst with the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency with over 10 years of experience and is the President of the Washington Capital Chapter of ICEAA. She is currently embedded with the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office performing a wide range of functions from budget development to life cycle cost estimating. Meghan earned a BA in Mathematics and History from Gettysburg College, a Masters in Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech, and is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst.
Andrew Kicinski is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he studied Mathematics and Economics. Andrew works for Integrity Applications Incorporated and supports a government customer. Andrew supports the Ground and Software teams, contributing to cost estimates, methods and model development, and data collection and normalization activities. His recent focus has been on creating new methods for estimating software development costs and equivalent software sizing.
Faye Kim is a Consultant at Herren Associates currently supporting the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA) by performing cost research. Ms. Kim received her Bachelor and Master of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Engineering Science and Mechanics.
Joseph King is a data scientist at The Boeing Company with Boeing Commercial Airplane Analytics, utilizing data to build predictive models and provide analytical solutions. Joseph has contributed to areas such as sensor data analysis, text mining maintenance messages, and customer behavior modeling. Joseph’s education background includes a MS in Business Analytics from the University of Tennessee and a background in mathematics and operations research.
Jennifer Kirchhoffer Tecolote Research, Inc.
Parametric Training Track: Regression Linear (PAR02)
Jennifer Kirchhoffer is a Product Manager at Tecolote Research with over 24 years of experience supporting cost estimation and analysis in the defense and commercial sectors. She currently leads development for cost estimating tools and applications designed for model development and cost research. She is prior Air Force with a BS in Economics from the US Air Force Academy, MS in Cost Analysis from Air Force Institute Technology, CCP accreditation (AACEI), and CCEA certification (ICEAA).
Greg Kiviat is Manager of Parametric Estimating and Life Cycle Cost at Sikorsky Aircraft. His team provides parametric and other estimates supporting Design to Cost activities for proposed and ongoing helicopter programs. Greg was initially elected to the ISPA Board of Directors in 2008. Greg is currently serving as ICEAA Board Secretary.
Ms. Koza, a Senior Analyst at Technomics, has sixteen years of experience analyzing and estimating development, production, and operations and support costs of weapons systems. She has developed program life cycle and independent cost estimates that greatly contributed to the success of several acquisition programs. Ms. Koza earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Engineering from the University of Maryland in Systems Engineering.
Prior to his retirement, Gordon M. Kranz served as Deputy Director PARCA for Earned Value Management. Mr. Kranz initiated the Government and industry collaboration on Agile – EVM implementation to form the basis for current emerging guidance and policy. Before his role at PARCA Mr. Kranz was the Executive Director, Engineering and Analysis, for the Defense Contract Management Agency.
With over 35 years of experience in the DoD and private sectors, Mr. Kranz currently serves as President of Enlightened IPM, a consulting firm providing Government agencies and contractors advice and guidance on integrated program management. Mr. Kranz received a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University and a master’s degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a certified Program Management Professional, a Professional Scrum Master I (PSM1) and is DAWIA Engineering level 3 certified.
Chad Krause has 7 years’ experience in cost analysis and research in support of the National Reconnaissance Office, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Defense Intelligence Agency. He is an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton and was previously employed by Burgess Consulting. Chad graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Krishnan has been providing valuable analysis and support to government and commercial clients for over 13 years, to varied clients from Missile Defense, and OSD, Department of Education. Since 2009, Mr. Krishnan has served as a Lead Consultant at Cobec Consulting, providing cost estimating and source selection support to Federal Aviation Administration NextGen programs. His skills include cost estimation, economic analysis, acquisition support, and business case analysis and chasing aroun
Abishek Krupanand is a Senior Operations Research Analyst with Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA). Prior to joining AFCAA, he served as Senior Operations Research Analyst with the Government Accountability Office and as defense acquisition specialist with the Military Health System. Mr. Krupanand has over 10 years’ experience in developing cost estimates and providing acquisition support to federal and state agencies. He has B.S. in Computer Information Systems and Master’s in Business Administration.
Torrance Lambing is currently Chief of the Business and Cost Assessment Office at the Kennedy Space Center with NASA. He is a Cost Estimator/Analysis Officer. He holds a BA degree from the University of Houston. Terry has (35+) years of government work experience and currently serves as the Business Policy and Center Programmatic Analysis Capability Manager. He is a NASA Certified Cost Estimating & Analysis Expert and Board Member of the ICEAA (Central Florida).
John Leahy is a Senior Program Manager with ASEC. He has over 35 years’ experience in business management roles, including cost allocation. Currently he is the resident subject matter expert on IT pricing and costing for a classified Government agency. Previously, he led a team of costs analysts in the evaluation of IT initiatives including data center services, workstation support, and network services. Using workshops, he facilitated the alignment of IT investments with strategic goals.
Jennie Leotta is a Senior Research Analyst for the Government Accountability Office (GAO). She is responsible for performing cost, schedule, and Earned Value Management analyses to support audits on a wide range of government programs. Before joining the GAO, Jennie worked for the Department of Homeland Security and the Navy, developing and analyzing cost estimates. Jennie holds a B.S. in Quantitative Finance from James Madison University and an M.A. in Economics from George Mason University.
James has a BS in Engineering from the University of South Florida. His interest in software engineering enabled him to pursue a systems and software design career for more than 25 years. In 2009, James formally entered the cost estimating and analysis profession, working directly with the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency, preparing cost assessments, independent estimates and building cost models. James currently works at the Missile Defense Agency, as an advanced analyst.
Jeffrey Locke, II Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Cost Estimating Basics Training Track: EVM Basic (CEB12)
Jeff Locke is a CCEA 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 various evolutionary/development programs. He also has previous experience in touch labor analysis and materials analysis/estimating and has served as the Chelmsford Site Ethics Representative. In 2013 he was honored with a Corporate Estimating Excellence Award for superior material cost estimating and analysis support on all Chelmsford programs.
Mr. Lofgren works for Technomics, Inc. and supports the Cost Assessment Data Enterprise (CADE) project for OSD CAPE which collects and makes available contract cost and earned value data. In this role, he also supports special economic studies and independent cost assessments. Mr. Lofgren has won best papers at ICEAA in 2016, 2014, and 2013. He holds an M.A. in economics from George Mason University.
Chad Lucas is a Senior Cost Estimation Lead for Galorath Federal, currently supporting an ACAT I IT implemention for the United States Army. He has 16 years experience supporting DoD, CBP, VA, DHS, and HHS in the areas of Cost Analysis, Program Analysis, and Systems Engineering. He has an MBA from George Mason University and has been CCE/A certified since 2007.
Patrick Malone is a senior consultant at MCR, LLC. He has significant analytical and hands-on experience in the aerospace industry from ground to space systems. His current work includes cost estimating of UAVs and Space systems. He has written papers on Additive Manufacturing, Technology Readiness Levels and System Readiness Levels to improve cost-estimating confidence. Mr. Malone is a Professional Engineer in California, holds a BS from Arizona State University and an MBA from Pepperdine.
Pat McCarthy, an Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, has over 14 years of experience in Federal and private industry performing cost analyses and Industrial Engineering studies. He has previously worked as a Pricing Analyst and Team Chief with the Army Contracting Command and as a Senior Industrial Engineer and Team Leader with General Dynamics Land Systems. Pat is CCEA certified and holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
John McGarry U.S. Army ARDEC
Operating & Support Papers Track: (OS04)
Jack McGarry works in the Quality Engineering & System Assurance Sciences Group at RDECOM-ARDEC at Picatinny, New Jersey. Mr. McGarry is a technical lead for the Army Software Maintenance Cost Estimation project. The objective of this project is to provide the Department of the Army with the ability to accurately estimate, budget, allocate, and justify the software maintenance resources required to meet evolving mission and service affordability requirements across the system life-cycle.
Mr. Mender is a Cost Team Lead in the Ships Division 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. He has an M.S. in Systems Engineering (concentration Operations Research) from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Applied Economics from Ithaca College.
Jenna Meyers is a Senior Operations Research Analyst in the Networks, Information, Software & Electronics Costing (NISEC) Division of the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Cost and Economics (ODASA-CE). She has over 8 years of cost estimating experience including acting as lead analyst on several Army independent cost efforts. She holds a Master’s of Cost Estimating and Analysis (MCEA) from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Mr. Gregory Mihalek is a Lead Analyst at Technomics, INC., providing contractor support for Earned Value Management (EVM) analysis of PMS397 OHIO Class Replacement Program (OR) in their development and design phase of the program. Prior to joining OR, Mr. Mihalek worked as a Cost Analyst for the DHS, FAA and NAVAIR 4.2. As a Cost Analyst, he provided program and cost analysis to be utilized by decision makers in early acquisition programs to determine financial feasibility of implementation.
Arlene F. Minkiewicz is the Chief Scientist at PRICE Systems, LLC with over 33 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.
Greg Mislick is a Senior Lecturer at and Program Manager for the MCEA Program at NPS with expertise in life cycle cost estimating and modeling, probability, statistics, regression and data analysis, and optimization. He is a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel aviator, with five overseas deployments and 3,000 pilot flight hours in CH-46E helicopters. He recently completed the textbook “Cost Estimation: Methods and Tools” and received ICEAA’s Educators of the Year Award in 2016 with co-author Dr. Daniel Nussbaum.
Karen Mourikas is an Associate Technical Fellow at The Boeing Company with Operations Analysis, Affordability, and Systems Optimization expertise. Her current work includes Product Teardown Analyses to better understand and reduce cost drivers in products and to improve reliability and producibility via design changes. Karen has MS degrees in Applied Math and in Operations Research Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Captain Mrla has experience in financial management and cost analysis. She works as an aircraft and weapons system cost analyst for the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency. She earned her commission through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Iowa, where she majored in accounting. Captain Mrla has an MS in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology, an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and current PCE/A and CDFM certifications.
Mr. Nehring is a cost analyst for Technomics, where he has developed many tools, data visualizations, databases, and cost estimates for programs throughout DoD and DHS. He is an ICEAA-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst who has won many awards, including the ICEAA 2013 Cost Estimator/Analyst of the Year for Technical Achievement and Best Conference Paper at the 2012 SCEA/ISPA Workshop. He also developed the innovative Galaxy Chart concept and many other models and tools throughout his career.
Denise Nelson is a Systems Analyst at The Boeing Company specializing in software estimating, cost-risk analysis and parametric modeling. Currently, Denise supports Boeing Commercial Airlines Product Development activities. Previous efforts include life-cycle cost analysis; reliability and maintainability analysis; and project management of immersive simulation modeling. Denise graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with an MS in Pure Math and BS in Statistics.
As a faculty member in the Operations Research Department, the Business School and the Energy Academic Group, Dan Nussbaum teaches and develops courses in Cost Estimating and Analysis, mentors students throughout their graduate coursework, and provides Cost Estimating and Business Case Analyses for US Department of Defense organizations. He recently completed the textbook “Cost Estimation: Methods and Tools” and received ICEAA’s Educators of the Year Award in 2016 with co-author Dr. Greg Mislick.
Brian Octeau Technomics, Inc.
Cost Estimating Basics Training Track: Data Analysis (CEB05)
Brian Octeau is a senior member of Technomics’ management team with more than 25 years of experience leading cost research, analysis, and estimation on high technology systems and engineering projects. His analytical experience spans database development, estimating methodology development, lifecycle modeling, risk and uncertainty analysis, and Earned Value Management. Mr. Octeau has instructed cost analysis courses and has served as an expert witness for U.S. House and Senate Committees and the National Academy of Sciences.
Deji Oladipupo received his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2013. Soon after, he took on the role of an Operations Research/Cost Analyst at MCR Federal, LLC in Washington, D.C. He has been working as a contractor supporting several FAA programs for the past 3 years. His main area of focus has been the NextGen Facilities program, aiding with cost/benefits analyses of different Terminal facility realignment and consolidation scenarios.
Hetal Patel is the Deputy Division Chief for Cost Assessments at the Missile Defense Agency. She has 15 years of cost estimating experience as a civilian and contractor. She has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Auburn University, Alabama. Currently Ms. Patel works at the Missile Defense Agency and is responsible for independently assessing all of the departments cost estimates to ensure adherence to MDA and GAO best practices.
Eric Plumer 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 of CADRe events for both on-going and historical flight projects at NASA. He was SCEA certified in 2009 in Cost Estimating/Analysis and is Level III DoD Certified in Financial Management and Cost Estimating.
Danny Polidi Raytheon
Cost Estimating Basics Training Track: Data Collection (CEB03)
Mr. Danny Polidi received a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in 1990 and 1991. Upon graduation, started working at Space Systems/Loral on space applications. Later, at Radian Technology, he became the Product Manager of the Digitally Tuned Oscillator Product Line. At NANOmetrics, Danny managed all Electronic Engineering activities. 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.
Frank A. (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 the development of the Project Cost Estimating Capability (PCEC). Andy is past ISPA Board Chair and ICEAA co-President. Andy has received numerous awards during his career, including the SCEA Cost Estimator/Analyst of the year. He is a lifetime member of ICEAA and an ICEAA Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst.
Cynthia Prince is Sr. Engineering Manager for Design To Cost at Rockwell Collins, applying a pragmatic approach to driving efficiency and cost reduction while maximizing profitability. Cynthia holds Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degrees and is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst. She specializes in project management, proposal preparation, valuation, requirements analysis, risk assessment, scheduling, and data visualization, working with hardware design teams to optimize recurring cost of products.
Karen Richey is an Assistant Director at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). She has 23 years experience in cost estimating, scheduling, and EVM analysis and holds a degree in Statistics from the University of South Carolina. Karen has an Award of Excellence from the Federal Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) and an award of Merit from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International for the development of the GAO Cost Guide.
Lt Col Jonathan D. Ritschel, PhD, is an assistant professor of cost analysis in the Department of Systems Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). He received his BBA in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame, his MS in Cost Analysis from AFIT, and his PhD in Economics from George Mason University. Dr. Ritschel’s research interests include managerial decisions, public choice, and DoD cost estimating with publications in multiple journals.
Tamiko Ritschel is an operations research analyst at HQ Air Force Material Command. She has extensive expertise in organizational development, including previous research projects for the DoD. She received her BS in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, her MS in Operations Research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and her MBA from Wright State University. Ms. Ritschel’s research interests include organizational development, decision analysis, and simulation and modeling.
Dr. Rosa 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).
Derreck Ross is a Lead Analyst with Technomics, Inc. Derreck uses his experience in both technical and management positions to support clients OSD CAPE at the Defense Cost and Resource Center (DCARC) and NAVSEA 05C on the Virginia Class Submarine Earned Value Management Team. Derreck was the recipient of ICEAA’s 2016 Junior Analyst of the Year award. Derreck has a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington – Seattle.
Marc Russo is an operations research analyst focusing on information technology and software costs at the Naval Center for Cost Analysis (NCCA) in Crystal City, Virginia. He has more than eight years of experience estimating a variety of programs across the DoD, included hardware, software, and drug development. Mr. Russo earned his BS from The College of William and Mary.
Lori Saleski is the Software Chief of Staff at BAE Systems where she has been working to define and develop the roadmap for software engineering within the Electronic Systems Defense Sector. In addition, Lori is responsible for maintaining the estimating tools for engineering, including internal bid data and metrics, model calibrations, and the engineering process that supports estimating activities. Located in Hudson, NH, Lori has worked in software engineering for 32 years and holds a B.S. in Computer Science with a Mathematics Minor from the University of Maine.
Cabin Samuels is an Engineering Cost Analyst at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Cost Estimating, Modeling, & Analysis (CEMA) Office providing parametric cost estimating support to GSFC space mission formulation studies, proposals, and milestone reviews. He has 8 years of estimating experience, previously supporting a variety of DoD and DHS programs. He holds a CCEA, BS Aerospace Engineering, BA Economics, and recently earned a Master of Engineering Administration from Virginia Tech.
Zachariah Sayre is an Operations Research Analyst at the Air Force Materiel Command. He has six years of cost estimating experience with the Air Force Sustainment Center, Life Cycle Management Center, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Prior to his current position, he was the lead cost estimator for Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) in AFRL. Zachariah holds a Masters in Cost Estimation and Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Mr. Schwartz is Director of the Program Management Assistance Group (PMAG) in support of space system programs at SMC. Prior to joining SMC, he was a Senior Operations Research Analyst with extensive experience in cost estimating, cost analysis, economic analysis and policy analysis. Mr. Schwartz has a MA degree in Economics from Old Dominion University (ODU), Norfolk, Virginia. Daniel has also completed Ph.D. level coursework leading to certification in Advanced Public Policy Analysis at ODU.
Richard Shepro earned his BA in Mathematics and Statistics from Grinnell in 2011 and an MA in Statistics from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2014. He joined MCR LLC in Washington, D.C., as an Operations Research Analyst in fall of 2015. He has spent the past year working on several civil projects in support of the FAA, including performing analysis for NextGen such as Wide Area Multilateration and the Future Facilities project.
Dale Shermon is a QinetiQ Fellow and Head of Profession for Cost Engineering in QinetiQ Advisory Service. Dale was the author of the Gower publication “Systems Cost Engineering” (ISBN: 978-0-566-08861-2) which was published in July 2009. He was the first European to be awarded the Frank Freiman award in 2009 for lifetime contributions to parametric estimating. He was the first European to become an ISPA Certified Parametric Practitioner in 2003 and gained ICEAA Certified Cost Estimator in 2015.
Ramzi Shuhaibar is a cost analyst with Technomics and supports the Department of Homeland Security Cost Analysis Division. He is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) with over 5 years of cost experience and has supported DHS, NASA, NSF, DoE, and Coast Guard. His areas of experience include life cycle cost estimating, alternatives analysis, budget forecasting/optimization, and hardware cost estimating.
Nate Sirirojvisuth recently joined PRICE Systems, LLC as a Cost Research Analyst. His focus is on improving aerospace cost models and development of analytical cost predictive tools. He received Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and spent more than 10 years as a researcher in the Integrated Product Life cycle Engineering laboratory at Georgia Tech where he developed and implemented various analytical cost models within the framework of concurrent engineering and robust design methodology to identify affordability issues in early system acquisition of major military systems.
Blaze Smallwood CCE/A is a cost analyst in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Cost Analysis / Economics (CAE) group mainly supporting DoD programs in the SPAWAR Enterprise, particularly software-oriented Navy Command and Control (C2) and Intelligence 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 project management and controls analysis for Agile software development projects.
Dr. Christian Smart is the Director of Cost Analytics and Parametric Estimating for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Prior to joining MDA, Dr. Smart supported NASA as a contractor. In 2010 he received an Exceptional Public Service Medal from NASA and the 2009 Parametrician of the Year from ISPA.
After graduating from George Mason University with a BS in Economics in 2011, Ayn joined MCR as a cost analyst working on various DoD programs. She transitioned to the civil division in fall of 2014 and has been working on FAA programs ever since, supporting NextGen Facilities for over two years. Ayn is currently working on getting a master’s degree in Data Analytics to further enhance her cost analysis skills.
Steven D. Smith Northrop Grumman Corporation
Cost Estimating Basics Training Track: Inflation (CEB04)
Steve is Sr. Operations Research Analyst within Engineering Competitive Analysis at NGC’s Autonomous Systems Division. He has 40 years of professional experience (30 w/ Northrop Grumman), spent in National Defense (ISR UAV, Classified Spacecraft, Missile Defense Systems Integration & Simulation), Automotive Safety, and Robotic Manufacturing. Steve also has substantial experience as Mechanical Design Engineer, Contracts/Subcontract Manager and Sr. Pricing Analyst. Steve holds a BS BA&M degree from University of Redlands and lives in San Diego.
Jim Smoot has over 10 years of professional cost estimating, cost accounting and data analysis experience. In his role as a Principal Pricing Analyst for Curtiss-Wright EMD, he supports Navy programs with material cost estimates, coordinating closely with Contract Administrators and Defense Contract auditors. Jim also serves as the Curtiss-Wright EMD Small Business Liaison Officer. Jim received his Bachelors in Mathematics from UNC Chapel Hill, is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst and an avid whitewater canoeist.
Mrs. Christina Snyder is a CCEA® with over10 years of Department of Defense acquisition cost estimating and program analysis experience. She has supported Navy, Air Force, and Army programs with various aspects of project management, strategic planning, and cost estimating including: business case analysis, analysis of alternatives, should cost analysis, acquisition planning, risk assessment, and logistics analysis. She holds a B.S. in Applied Computational Mathematics from Virginia Tech.
Jack Snyder works for the Air Force Research Lab supporting pre-acquisition research and development programs. Prior to joining AFRL, Jack was the lead development estimator for the MQ-9 Reaper program office. He supported annual program office estimates, budget submissions, and decision support. Jack entered civil service in 2011 and earned an MBA in 2013 while supporting the C-130J and F-22 program office where he developed cost estimating relationships and supported business case analyses.
Danielle Spencer is an Operations Research Analyst at the Missile Defense Agency supporting the Program Evaluation and Cost Assessment Directorate. She attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Accounting. Danielle began her professional career as a high school math teacher, which she did for over five years before recently joining the government.
Brittany Staley is a cost analyst at Herren Associates supporting the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. Prior to supporting the Navy, Ms. Staley was a statistician for the Census Bureau where she worked on the Annual Survey of Manufacturers and the Economic Census. Ms. Staley also served five years in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst. Brittany has a Master’s in Applied Economics from Georgetown University.
Rod Story joined the Parliamentary Budget Office after completing his PhD and MBA. Before returning to school he worked for over 20 years in telecommunications as a manager, software architect and designer. He has worked for both large and small firms and has co-founded several start-ups. He has been awarded four patents for his designs.
Dan Strickland is the Software Subject Matter Expert for the Cost Analytics and Parametric Estimation Directorate of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Mr. Strickland holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Alabama. He has worked as a government contractor and civil servant for 20 years, focusing on software cost estimation, software metrics analysis, and software acquisition management. Mr. Strickland lives in Madison, AL with his wife and three sons.
Nicole Sullivan is an Operations Research Analyst at Missile Defense Agency (MDA). She supports the Sensors Directorate. During her tenure with MDA, she has developed cost estimates for military construction projects, assisted the test division with range cost estimates, and supported the research team in validating cost data reports. Mrs. Sullivan has an MBA from University of Alabama. She holds a CCE/A and serves on the ICEAA National Board as the Region 3 Director.
Mr. Swaren leads PRICE Systems’ support of NASA and Space-related customers. His consulting engagements have also supported Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney and multiple other commercial and government accounts. He contributes to PRICE as a project manager, consultant, trainer, mentor and speaker. He has over 25 years of experience in predictive analytics, cost/schedule estimation, requirements analysis, risk analysis, trade-off studies, business valuation, software sizing and model development.
Kyle Thomas is a Lead Cost Analyst within the Center for National Security, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center managed/operated by The MITRE Corporation. Mr. Thomas has eight years of cost estimating experience with emphasis on software and Information Technology estimating for Intelligence Community and Department of Defense programs. He has an MS in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Energy, Business and Finance from the Pennsylvania State University.
Gurney Thompson is a senior cost research analyst at PRICE Systems. Recently, he led a collaborative research project on cost impacts of additive manufacturing. In 2014-2015, he led a project enhancing rotorcraft cost models to enable estimation of new rotorcraft concepts and technologies. He directed a major effort developing data-driven approaches to electronics cost estimation in 2012-2013. Gurney graduated with a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2007.
Michael Thompson is a internationally recognized as a leader, teacher, and consultant on Earned Value Management (EVM). He presented several papers on EVM, Price/Cost Analysis, and Scheduling. He has taught hundreds of professionals and led EVMS implementation, compliance reviews, Integrated Baseline Reviews, independent assessment reviews, and process improvement teams. He is certified as an EVM Professional (EVP).
Brian Einar Torgersen is a Project Manager at Technomics, Inc., where he provides acquisition management and cost management/affordability support to NAVSEA’s PEO IWS 2.0 and PMS 397. He previously supported the Office of the Secretary of Defense with focus on the impact of competition on defense acquisition. Brian holds a Master of Public Administration concentrated in international security policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Steven Tracy is a Senior Cost Analyst and Project Manager at Technomics, where he supports USMC Program Analysis & Evaluation on enterprise level cost analysis and resource allocation efforts. Steve has served in a variety of acquisition and finance roles in the DoD and industry including: NAVAIR, AFCAA, the Air Force Flight Test Center (Edwards, AFB), and Shell Oil Products, US. Steve graduated with a Masters of Science in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2005.
A USAF veteran who joined the Dahlgren Cost Engineering and Analysis team in 2010, his experience spans cost and schedule engineering, construction, weapons range operations, Joint operations planning, financial auditing and investigations and human resource systems development. He contributed to Joint, Coalition, State and Federal policy and to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) and the Navy’s AEGIS, SSDS, Railgun/HVP programs. Academic achievements: MS, BS, AS, AA, DAU Level II and ASMC CDFM.
Eric is working in IT for over 25 years. He has a green belt in Lean Six Sigma and is a certified SAFe Agilist. Currently he is a Director of CGI’s Estimation Centre and responsible for CGI’s estimation evolution program. As a board member of Nesma he is responsible for the Nesma 2020 program and actively involved in a consortium between ICEAA, NESMA and IFPUG working on an international certification for Software Cost Estimation.
Dr. Corinne Wallshein is the Technical Advisor for the Information Technology (IT) 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.
Dr. Wang is Director of Program & Technical Management at The Aerospace Corporation and serves as the Space and Missile Center Program Management Assistance Group Technical Director. Prior to Aerospace, he worked as an engineering manager for various space programs at Northrop Grumman. He also worked at Cisco Systems where he was the engineering manager responsible for multiple international joint development partnerships. Dr. Wang received his BSEE and MSEE from Caltech, and Ph.D. in EECS from MIT.
Peter Weltman, CPP, is Senior Director, Costing and Program Analysis. Peter has over 25 years of experience in business management and investment analysis. He is the President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Cost Estimating and Analysis (ICEEA). Peter’s team provides members of Parliament with cost estimates and analysis of existing and proposed government programs and procurements.
Rob Williams has supported numerous clients in the Federal Government over a decade-long career, including the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Defense. His multidisciplinary approach to cost analysis and project management is rooted in his degree in economics and computer science from Amherst College, his Project Management Professional and Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst certifications. He currently supports the U.S Naval Center for Cost Analysis, IT Division for Herren Associates.
James Williamson, CCEA, began his career as an estimator in the construction industry. For the last seven years James has been estimating Base Operations Support projects, including facility maintenance, minor construction, and logistics for Chugach Government Solutions LLC. James is currently working on expanding the use of parametric estimating costs for difficult to quantify non-labor resources for Base Operations Support contracts. When not working James enjoys cooking, hiking, and attending his children’s sporting events.
Josh Wilson has 10 years of cost estimating experience, primarily supporting program offices at the United States Navy (USN) Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). Josh is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst, has undergraduate degrees from Georgia Tech in Discrete Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, and is currently attending the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to obtain a master’s degree in Data Science and Engineering.