2024 Workshop Speaker Bios


Miguel Aceves
Tecolote Research Inc.
Modeling Track: A CASE for Estimate Analytics at the Enterprise Level (MOD04)Miguel Aceves is a Principal Analyst at Tecolote Research, Inc., where he works on estimating current and future Space programs for Space Systems Command (SSC). He is a certified cost estimator/analyst (CCEA®) and was previously working for Boeing Satellite Systems, and earned BS degree in Applied Mathematics from Loyola Marymount.


Jennifer Aguirre
Quantech Services, Inc.
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Mind the Gap: Bridging the Generational Divide (SST06)

Jennifer Aguirre is a Task Lead and Senior Cost Analyst for Quantech Services with ~6 years of DoD cost analysis experience supporting a variety of Agile DevOps / information system programs within the Air Force. She has also acted as a lead trainer and mentor for the Quantech Junior Analyst Training program for the past 4.5 years. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Economics from the University of Georgia.


Josh Angeo
Tecolote Research Inc
Modeling Track: A CASE for Estimate Analytics at the Enterprise Level (MOD04)

Josh Angeo is a Data Scientist at Tecolote Research Inc.. He is responsible for researching and developing tools to support SSC program cost estimates. He was previously a data analyst for a local police department. Josh holds an MS in Data Analytics and BS in Finance.


Annie Bagay
Quantech Services, Inc.
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Mind the Gap: Bridging the Generational Divide (SST06)

Annie Bagay is a Senior Cost Analyst for Quantech Services with ~7 years of DoD cost analysis experience supporting Ground Based Radars and Space Systems within the Space Force. She also works as the Training Program Coordinator for the Quantech Junior Analyst Training that provides new analysts with core technical and soft skills to be successful in the cost world. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of the South.


George Bayer
Cobec Consulting
Analytical Methods Track: Data-Driven Lifecycle Analysis to Optimize Cost, Risk, and Sustainability (ANM01)

George Bayer, a Senior Director at Cobec Consulting, manages cost/benefit, supply chain, and investment analyses for major capital investments at the FAA. Prior to the FAA, he led economic analyses and DCF valuations for Power Generation at BP and ConocoPhillips and financial management at Disney. Mr. Bayer has a PMP certification, a BSBA in Finance and English from the University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in Corporate Finance.


Wyatt Beaman
Galorath Incorporated
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Priceless Culture: Crafting a Culture for the Future of Work (SST03)

Wyatt Beaman is Galorath Incorporated’s East Coast Client Engagement Manager. He served as an account representative, technology assistant, and marketing intern while he was obtaining his B.S. in Marketing from the University of Oregon. He prides himself on providing exceptional customer service, integrity, transparency, and helping others.


Ben Bergen
Technomics, Inc.
Strategy Track: From “Plan and Pray” to “Sense and Respond”: War Gaming Defense Acquisition (STY01)

Mr. Bergen is a Senior Associate at Technomics working within the Program, Portfolio, and Performance Management (P3M) Service Area. Since joining Technomics in March 2021, he has provided cost estimating and financial planning support to multiple Navy programs within PEO Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) 2.0 and 4.0. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Jamie Bouwens
L3HARRIS
Processes & Best Practices Track: The Complex Database Design Tool Belt (PBP07)

Jamie is a Systems Engineer for the Cost Engineering & Analytics Department for L3Harris. She graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and a Yellow Belt certification from ASQ in Six Sigma. She has practical experience in applying both six sigma and lean six sigma methodologies, honed during an industrial engineering internship and into her current role with L3Harris.


Peter Braxton
Technomics
Software Track: Measuring Software Development Efficiency in an Agile Environment (SWR06)

Peter Braxton is a Subject Matter Expert and Employee Owner at Technomics, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience performing cost and risk analysis and delivering associated training for a broad spectrum of federal government clients. The inaugural VP for Professional Development and a multiple ICEAA Educator of the Year winner, he has shown a long-standing commitment to knowledge sharing within the community. He holds an AB in Mathematics from Princeton and an MS in Operations Research from the College of William and Mary. He is a semi-retired game show contestant and avid cruciverbalist.


Dave Brown
Technomics
Software Track: Risky Business: Navigating the World of Software Productivity (SWR09)

Mr. Dave Brown is a SCEC/CCEA certified Subject Matter Expert for Technomics, Inc. He has 32 years of experience providing cost estimating and analysis to DoD and DHS clients. His primary area of expertise is in IT and software estimating, with products such as life cycle cost analysis, applied cost estimating, independent cost assessment, cost research, program management support, modeling and simulation, data analysis, and database development.


David Brown
Ball Aerospace
Modeling Track: Data-Driven Constellation Architecture Design Using Integrated Models (MOD02)

Dave Brown is a Senior Manager on the Estimating & Pricing Operations team at Ball Aerospace. Before joining Ball, Dave served as an active-duty finance officer in the Air Force and a Cost Analyst and Director at Tecolote Research. Most of Dave’s career has focused around estimating Space Systems, often supporting AoAs and future architecture trade studies. Dave received his BS in Management from the U.S. Air Force Academy, MS in Cost Analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology, MA in Procurement and Acquisition Management and an MBA with an emphasis in Environmental Management from Webster University. He has been an ICEAA member for 15 years and has been a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst since 2012. Dave is currently serving on the Board of ICEAA as the Region 5 Director.


Caitlin Burke
Quantech Services
Modeling Track: Recipe: Homemade Pizza (or Facility Estimate) (MOD06)

Caitlin Burke is a Senior Cost Estimator Associate for Quantech Services with 6 years of DoD cost analysis experience supporting battle management and Agile programs, currently working in BMC3 under USSF. She has a Master of Science in Applied and Computational Mathematics from University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Scott Campbell
Technomics, Inc.
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Advancing EVM with a Modernized Framework (MER04)

Scott Campbell has spent the last three years providing cost, program management, and EVM support to Electro-Optical/Infrared and Radar programs for the Navy. Prior to joining the cost-estimating community, Scott spent two years as a mechanical design engineer, working on vibration control and torque measurement technologies for rotary wing aircraft. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mechanical Design Engineering with minors in Business and Engineering Management from the University of Colorado Boulder.


Shannon Cardoza
Quantech Services Inc.
Processes & Best Practices Track: A Series of Unfortunate Slides (PBP05)
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Mind the Gap: Bridging the Generational Divide (SST06)

Shannon Cardoza is a Cost Analyst for Quantech Services supporting ground based radars and space systems within the Space Force. She has ~4 years of DoD cost and data analysis experience with an emphasis on agile software development and hardware systems sustainment, in addition to acting as a training lead on a variety of technical and non-technical topics. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.


Rob Carlos
USAF Nuclear Weapon Center
Modeling Track: Costing a Ballistic Schedule (MOD10)

Rob Carlos is an Operations Research Analyst for the USAF Nuclear Weapon Center with experience cost estimating DoD ACAT ID, IB, IC nuclear missile programs. He holds a MS in Cost Estimation & Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, Masters in Public Administration and Bachelors in Economics from the University of New Mexico. Rob is enthusiastic about Integrated Cost & Schedule Risk Analysis.


Brian Carroll
Cobec Consulting
Analytical Methods Track: Data-Driven Lifecycle Analysis to Optimize Cost, Risk, and Sustainability (ANM01)

Brian Carroll, an Associate Consultant at Cobec Consulting, conducts cost/benefit analyses for major FAA capital investments. For recent FAA acquisitions, he developed innovative quantitative analyses, value stream process mapping to realize process improvements, and stakeholder benefit quantification. He is also a major contributor to the agency’s supply chain integration projects and data-driven decision-making strategic objectives. He has a BA in Mathematics from Kean University.


Patrick Casey
Quantech Services Inc.
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: ChatGPT: Friend or Foe – Meet Your New EN SME (SST07)

A passion for mathematics and research made Cost Analysis a perfect fit for Patrick Casey at Quantech Services. He currently has 4.5 years of DoD experience supporting aircraft modifications, cloud transformation efforts, various large CI/DC pipeline programs, and creating training on a plethora of topics. Patrick currently has certifications as an AWS Cloud Practitioner, SAFe Lean Agilist, and IFPUG Function Point Specialist (CFPS). He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire.


Robert Charette, PhD
Itabhi Corporation
Management, EVM & Risk Track: The Cost-Risk Uncertainty Determination (CRED) Model – A New Approach (MER01)

Dr. Robert N. Charette is the President of ITABHI Corporation. He is recognized as a leading international authority in the areas of commercial, government and defense software-intensive systems risk management. He is an award-winning author of several classic books on the management of risk including Software Engineering Risk Analysis and Management and Applications Strategies for Risk Analysis, as well as is a contributing editor to both IEEE Spectrum and IEEE Computer magazines.


Curtis Chase
Galorath Inc.
Software Track: Simplified Software Estimation (SiSE) – Updated on Advancements and Trends (SWR03)

Curtis Chase is an accomplished Senior Cost Estimator for Galorath with an impressive record spanning over 15 years. Known for his expertise in estimating IT and software-intensive programs, he has made invaluable contributions to many programs within the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His commitment to excellence and dedication to staying up-to-date with the latest industry trends and best practices has earned him a reputation as a trusted authority in the field of cost estimation. Mr. Chase holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.


Kevin Cincotta
MITRE
Software Track: Risky Business: Navigating the World of Software Productivity (SWR09)

A Principal Cost Analyst with The MITRE Corporation, Kevin provides technical leadship for projects within MITRE’s Center for National Security, primarily supporting DoD and DHS. He leads MITRE’s Cost Analysis Community of Practice, is the current ICEAA Certification Principal, and a CCEA/SCEC certification holder. He has over 25 years of cost-related consulting experience and served as the lead reviewer of the CEBoK-S. Kevin won the organization’s prestigious award for Service to the Association in 2023.


Bradford Clark, PhD
Software Metrics Inc.
Management, EVM & Risk Track: The Cost-Risk Uncertainty Determination (CRED) Model – A New Approach (MER01)

Brad Clark is Vice-President of Software Metrics Inc. His area of expertise is software cost and schedule data collection, analysis and parametric modeling. He co-authored a book with Barry Boehm and others on “Software Cost Estimation with COCOMO II” and with Ray Madachy on “Software Cost Estimation Metrics Manual for Defense Systems”. Dr. Clark received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 1997.


Cortney Collins
Grant Leading Technology
Strategy Track: Parametric Construction Estimating: Consistency through Turbulence (STY05)

Cortney has been a cost estimator for over 15 years, working in both DoD and FAA, with estimates ranging from weapons and drones to furniture and concrete. She is an alum of West Virginia University, and currently lives in southern Maryland.


Benjamin Cratsley
Herren Associates
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: NSWCDD Power BI Financial Dashboard (DML06)

Senior Consultant with Herren Associates. BS Industrial and Systems Engineer – Virginia Tech. Lead Dashboard Developer


Cindy Daniels
NASA Langley Research Center
Modeling Track: Mission Operations Cost Estimation Tool (MOCET) 2024 Status (MOD03)

Cindy Daniels is the Director of the NASA Science Office for Mission Assessments (SOMA) at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia. She has led the Technical, Management, and Cost Evaluation (TMC) for the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Phase A Studies for New Frontiers, Discovery, and Explorer Space Mission Programs. A primary function of her office is the assessment of program risk.


Kyle Davis
Quantech Services, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Things Forgotten Since College – Foundational Statistics (ANM03)

Kyle Davis is a Quantech Services Inc. Senior Task Lead for a team of cost analysts supporting a multitude of Information System programs within the U.S. Air Force Digital Directorate Division. He has almost 9 years of DoD cost experience with MS and BBA degrees from The University of Georgia. In his free time not supporting the warfighter, he is either spending time with his two boys or can be found at the CrossFit gym.


Carol Dekkers
Quality Plus Technologies, Inc.
Software Track: Simplified Software Estimation (SiSE) – Updated on Advancements and Trends (SWR03)
Software Track: A Software Sizing Toolkit – Choosing the Right Approach(es) for Your P (SWR07)

Carol Dekkers is a software cost estimation expert whose contracts include development of SiSE at DHS CAD since 2019. She is president of Quality Plus Technologies, specializing in working with organizations who want to keep their promises to their clients through realistic, data-founded estimates. She was also the lead author for the ICEAA CEBoK-S and received the ICEAA Educator of the Year for that work in 2022. She holds a BSc (MechEng) and is an IFPUG CFPS (Fellow), a PMP, Certified Scrum Master and a P.Eng. (Canada). Ms. Dekkers has presented many times at ICEAA.


Aubrey Dial
Technomics
Software Track: Measuring Software Development Efficiency in an Agile Environment (SWR06)

Aubrey Dial is an ICEAA CCEA certified analyst and Employee Owner at Technomics. She has over 6 years of experience performing cost analysis, data manipulation, estimate development, acquisition decision support, and program execution support across several DoD customers. Currently, Ms. Dial is responsible for developing life-cycle cost estimates and developing data workflows/analysis for software and IT programs. Aubrey is a 2023 ICEAA Washington Chapter Junior Analyst of the Year winner. She holds a BS in Mathematics and a MS in Data Analysis and Applied Statistics from Virginia Tech.


Terrance Evans
Boeing
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Convincing Leaders of the Value of COTS Tools for Quick Assessments (SST02)

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Aaron Everly
Technomics, Inc.
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Advancing EVM with a Modernized Framework (MER04)

Aaron is a Senior Analyst at Technomics, starting there in December 2017. He has experience performing EV Analysis, Schedule Analysis, Life Cycle Cost Estimates, and program management support for ship board, space, and IT systems. Prior to joining Technomics he was a Manufacturing Engineer. He has a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is an ICEAA-Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst.


David Ferland
L3Harris
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Labor Mapping in Parametric Estimates (DML03)
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Going Beyond Count-Based Methodologies with Semantic Vector Embeddings (DML05)
Processes & Best Practices Track: The Complex Database Design Tool Belt (PBP07)

David is the data analytics lead for the L3Harris Cost Engineering and Analytics Department. He spent the past three years at L3Harris in proposal management and systems engineering. Educational background includes a Masters and PhD in the biological sciences focusing on the analytical techniques to develop novel therapeutics.


Brian Flynn
Technomics, Inc.
Strategy Track: From “Plan and Pray” to “Sense and Respond”: War Gaming Defense Acquisition (STY01)

Brian Flynn supports national security efforts at Technomics’ Arlington, Virginia, headquarters. He has a deep understanding of and strong working relationships with many of the cost and operations research organizations in the U.S. DoD and the NATO Alliance. His areas of expertise include capability portfolio analysis and AoAs, weapon system and software cost estimating – including the cloud, EVM, econometric modeling, and corporate financial health. Dr. Flynn has undying pride in his service as a Marine.


Taylor Fountain
Augur Consulting
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Explosive Analysis: Using Data to Hold Warfare Centers Accountable (DML01)
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Maximizing Analysis of Minimalized Datasets (DML02)

Taylor Fountain is a cross-competency analyst at Augur Consulting. She has supported DoD acquisition programs through cost estimation and data analytics, with a focus on IT Business Systems. At Augur she has conducted training events on developing CARDs and IPMRs, and has developed cost comparison productivity software. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from George Mason University, and has conducted research on experimental geometry, numerical methods, and virtual reality simulations.


Dan French
COBEC
Software Track: A Software Sizing Toolkit – Choosing the Right Approach(es) for Your P (SWR07)

With 20+ years of experience in a variety of IT roles including analyst, developer, tester, project management, software metrics and software estimation. He has developed CMMi and ISO compliant process improvement and software estimation processes. Dan holds a B.S. in Economics from Virginia Tech and holds certification as a Lifetime CFPS, PMP and CSM. He recently served as the Certification Director on the IPFUG Board of Directors and is currently the chair. Previously he served as the Chair of the Functional Software Sizing Committee (FSSC). He’s authored numerous white papers/presentations


Nathan Gallacher
Sirius Analysis
Analytical Methods Track: Comparison of UMP in the Great Recession and the Covid-19 Recession (ANM08)

I’ve studied a BSc Economics degree from the University of Plymouth achieving a First Class degree , giving me extensive knowledge in theoretical economics and it’s applications to real world events. I have previously worked for GE Aviation as a strategic planner where i handled and report on large data quantities and was responsible for all spares orders on site. And currently I am working for Sirius Analysis as a graduate consultant, further giving me skills in data and policy analysis.


Rick Garcia
Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc (SPA)
Processes & Best Practices Track: Space Fence: A Cost Analysis Success Story (PBP09)

Mr. Rick Garcia works for Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) in El Segundo, Ca. Rick is the SPA Technical Fellow for Cost Estimating and Analysis. For over 27 years he has supported the Space Systems Command (SSC), LAAFB, other OSD, Civil and IC programs. Most recently, Rick has focused his efforts on training and mentoring SPA’s cost estimating personnel. Rick is also a lifetime International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEAA) member.


William Gellatly
Technomics, Inc
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Advancing the Art of Cyber Cost Estimating (SST05)

William Gellatly is a SCEC certified analyst with more than 10 years of experience in IT estimation support and analysis for multiple government agencies including DHS, USPS and the U.S. Census Bureau. William holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from Guilford College and a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Jim Golden
UNISON
Software Track: Agile Software Development Cost Estimating (SWR04)

Jim Golden is a Solutions Consultant and U.S. Army lead for Unison Cost Engineering and is responsible for supporting U.S. Army organizations. He has over 30 years of experience in cost analysis with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Jim is a Level 3 Certified Acquisition Professional in both Cost Estimating and Financial Management and is Level 3 certified under the DoD Financial Management Certification program. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Financial Analyst; the former Cost Chief of the U.S. Army’s PEO STRI; and a U.S. Army Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.


Kaitlyn Hagy
Technomics
Modeling Track: Well, That Escalated Quickly – A Novel Approach to Forecasting Escalation (MOD07)

I earned a degree in CyberSecurity and am applying those skills in conjunction with cost analysis skills to support Navy clients at Technomics. As I begin my career as a versatile analyst, I have developed a passion for teaching others and for understanding the why behind data. This research paper is proving to be a great opportunity for learning about cost and escalation techniques and expanding my writing and data collection skills.


Joshua Hamilton
Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Lab
Modeling Track: Cascading Effects – Performance Impacts of Fragile Tasks (MOD01)

Joshua Hamilton is an affordability data scientist at Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Lab where he supports a variety of Department of Defense sponsors in both affordability analysis and data science. He earned a M.S. in Statistics and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Toledo. Currently, he is working towards a Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School.


Colin Hammond
ScopeMaster Ltd
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: From a Man-Month to an AI-Minute, Myth or Reality? (DML10)

Colin Hammond has worked in IT for over 35 years. He has worked for dozens of organisations across most sectors in various roles from Analyst/Developer to Portfolio Manager. In his continuous search for finding better ways to manage software endeavours, he discovered functional sizing. Colin is the creator of ScopeMaster, the award-winning AI tool that analyses, tests, sizes and generates test scenarios from software requirements. Colin received a 2023 winner of best track paper award for his paper on the Symbiotic Relationship of Requirements Quality and Software Estimation.


Jordan Harlacher
Quantech Services, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Things Forgotten Since College – Foundational Statistics (ANM03)

Jordan Harlacher is a senior cost analyst for Quantech Services with 3.5 years of DoD cost analysis experience supporting a variety of Agile DevOps / information system programs within the Air Force’s C2ISR Division of the Digital Directorate. He has an MBA from Mercer University and a BA in Economics from Kenyon College. Prior to joining Quantech, Jordan worked in financial management and as a college golf coach and is still an avid golfer.


Daniel Harper
Tetelestai Consulting
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: AI and Machine Learning/Data Science Tools for Cost Analysis (DML07)

Mr. Harper is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst with 20 years of professional experience providing Program Financial Management, Budget Support, Cost Estimating, and other consulting services for industry as well as Government agencies. 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.


Haley Harrison
DOE/NNSA
Analytical Methods Track: Early-Stage Cost Growth CER Development (ANM06)

Haley Harrison is currently a physical scientist and former NGFP Fellow in the NNSA’s Office of Programming, Analysis and Evaluation. To date, her career has revolved around novel ways to collect, analyze and present data for unique stakeholders. Haley holds a BS in physics, an MS in earth science with a focus on Geographic Information Systems, and a PhD in nanoscience. Prior to joining the NNSA, Haley worked as a materials scientist for start-ups and federal organizations.


Marc Hayhurst
The Aerospace Corporation
Modeling Track: Mission Operations Cost Estimation Tool (MOCET) 2024 Status (MOD03)

Marc Hayhurst is a Senior Project Leader in the Civil Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation. He has over 17 years of experience in performing independent cost estimates and developing cost models for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He is the lead developer of the CERs for the MOCET model.


Mark W. Hodgins
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Advanced EVM Analysis using Time Series Forecasts (MER06)

Mark W. Hodgins is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at JHU APL, where he leads investment decision analyses for the DoD. Mark specializes in affordability assessments for strategic missile systems, mine countermeasures, and cybersecurity. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University, a graduate certificate in Business Analytics from Indiana University Bloomington, and a M.A./B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He holds certifications as a CCEA from ICEAA and a PMP from PMI.


Camille Holly
Technomics, Inc.
Modeling Track: Comparative Analysis of NASA Cost Estimation Methods (MOD08)

Camille Holly is an ICEAA Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (CCEA) and Employee-Owner at Technomics, Inc. She has 6 years’ experience as an engineering cost analyst – four or which supporting the Cost Estimating Modeling and Analysis (CEMA) Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She currently serves as lead cost analyst supporting the Instrument Design Lab within NASA focusing on modeling costs for various space systems and developing/presenting cost estimates. She routinely uses various cost estimating tools in her daily work and draws from her practical experience to produce this case study. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Howard University.


Brittany Holmes
Missile Defense Agency
Processes & Best Practices Track: Context-Responsive Cost Evaluation: Dynamic Approach to Cost Estimate Reviews (PBP08)

Brittany Holmes has approximately 10 years of cost estimating experience with the Missile Defense Agency where she currently leads the Research Team to track and validate all MDA CSDRs. She previously worked on several test cost estimating studies and on the Targets and Countermeasures program. She is CCEA certified and has a BS and MS from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Biological Sciences.


Douglas K. Howarth
Hypernomics, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Market Dimensional Expansion, Collapse, Costs, and Viability (ANM07)

Doug Howarth discovered Hypernomics, the study of markets in four or more dimensions. He’s written 13 published papers about it, including three ICEAA Best Track Paper awards. His company, Hypernomics Inc., has worked for NASA, Virgin Galactic, and Lockheed Martin. Along with two others in his company, he holds US Patent 10,402,838 for the world’s first 4D analytic software. Wiley will publish his book, Hypernomics: Using Hidden Dimensions to Solve Unseen Problems, in January 2024.


Bryan Howe
L3Harris, Space & Airborne Systems
Processes & Best Practices Track: Mission Class in Unmanned Space Estimating (PBP02)

Bryan is Chief Engineer for the L3 Harris Cost Engineering and Analytics department. He concentrates on Parametric Cost Modeling of top 10 corporate pursuits informing the business. He has acted as Senior Program/ Project Manager in his 41+ years at Harris Corporation. His background includes managing the development of visible, infrared and UV image sensors for space and ground applications. He developed the image sensor product line into high reliability aerospace and military products for remote sensing. He holds a BS/MS mechanical engineering from SUNY Buffalo.


Kaden Howell
Tecolote Research
Modeling Track: Costing a Ballistic Schedule (MOD10)

Kaden is a Senior Cost Analyst at Tecolote Research Inc with over 8 years of experience in data analytics/cost estimating for DoD ACAT I-III programs. He currently works at Hill Air Force Base producing several estimates a year for the Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center (AFNWC), including in his current position on a major ACAT IB program within the Air Force. Kaden is a Utah man through and through with a broad background in business having earned an associate degree from the University of Utah, bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Weber State University, and MBA from Utah State University.


Bob Hunt
NSI
Software Track: Sizing Agile Software Development Programs (SWR10)

Bob Hunt has over 40 years of cost estimating and analysis experience. He received his Society for Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) Certification in 1991. He is a Subject Matter Expert supporting NSI. He has served in senior technical and management positions at Dulos Incorporated (President), Galorath Federal 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 ICEAA, IEEE, DCAS, and other professional journals. His published works include Price To Win, Should Cost, Earned Value, and Agile Estimating. He has served as a track chair and technical presenter for multiple SCEA/ISPA/ICEAA Conferences.


Shaun Irvin
SPA
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Distribution Free Uncertainty for CERs (DML12)

Shaun Irvin (CCEA®) is a Subject Matter Expert and Cost Team Lead for SPA, with over 15 years of experience in statistical analysis and cost model development, supporting program offices for the DOD, DIA, NASA, and NATO. Shaun studied Mathematics at the College of William and Mary, earned a MS in Statistics at Harrisburg University, and is currently pursuing a MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago while supporting Space Systems Command (SSC).


Brent M. Johnstone
Lockheed Martin
Modeling Track: Flavors of Commonality: Learning in a Multiple Variant Environment (MOD11)

Brent Johnstone is a Lockheed Martin Fellow and production air vehicle cost estimator at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He has 36 years’ experience in the military aircraft industry, including 33 years as a cost estimator. He has worked on the F-16 program and Advanced Development Programs and has been for 25 years 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 L. Jones
US Army DEVCOM AC
Management, EVM & Risk Track: The Cost-Risk Uncertainty Determination (CRED) Model – A New Approach (MER01)

Cheryl Jones is a senior systems engineer at the US Army, DEVCOM AC. She is the technical lead for the Army Software Sustainment Cost Estimation initiative. The objective of this project is to provide the Army with estimation approaches to accurately estimate, budget, and justify software resources. Ms. Jones leads PSM and a project addressing digital engineering measurement. Ms. Jones is the DoD representative to ISO SC7, System and Software Engineering, and co-editor of ISO/IEC/IEEE 15288.


Lissa Jordin
NASA Langley Research Center
Modeling Track: Mission Operations Cost Estimation Tool (MOCET) 2024 Status (MOD03)

Lissa Jordin is an Acquisition Manager for Cost and Schedule in the NASA Science Office for Mission Assessments (SOMA) located at NASA Langley Research Center. She has led cost model studies since 2013 on past proposals and Concept Study Reports (CSRs) involving planetary, astrophysics, heliophysics, and earth science missions. In addition, she manages the financial operations for the office.


Tristan Judd
L3HARRIS
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Labor Mapping in Parametric Estimates (DML03)
Processes & Best Practices Track: The Complex Database Design Tool Belt (PBP07)

Tristan is a Systems Engineer for the Cost Engineering and Analytics Department in L3Harris. He joined the company in January of 2023 with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering. His work has primarily consisted of Python software tools and focused on ETL pipelines in database development.


Obai Kamara
Augur Consulting
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Maximizing Analysis of Minimalized Datasets (DML02)

Obai Kamara is a Senior Technical Advisor at Augur Consulting with over 6 years of experience providing cost and performance management support to government acquisition programs. He specializes in the areas of parametric estimation, machine learning techniques, and data visualization. Obai has a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Davidson College and a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Virginia


Alan Karickhoff
Technomics, Inc
Strategy Track: Portfolio Analysis Made Effective and Simple (STY03)

As a lead analyst in the Program, Portfolio and Performance Management (P3M) service area at Technomics, Alan Karickhoff develops innovative portfolio evaluation tools to serve Technomics’ clients. Alan leverages previous experience as an economic analyst for the trucking industry and as a survey statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau. He holds an M.P.S degree in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. degree in Economics from Dickinson College.


William King
SPA
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Distribution Free Uncertainty for CERs (DML12)

William King (CCEA®) is a Data Scientist for SPA who specializes in statistical analysis and cost model development. Formerly, he has worked for the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency (AFCAA) and supported cost estimating for numerous programs at the Space Systems Command. He holds a Master of Applied Statistics degree from Pennsylvania State University, a M.A. Economics from University of California, Irvine, and a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Redlands.


Sam Kitchin
Augur Consulting
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Schedule Risk at Early Acquisition (MER02)
Management, EVM & Risk Track: EVM Reviews – Surveillance Reviews vs. IBRs (MER05)

Sam Kitchin is the Technical Director at Augur Consulting with more than 10 years of experience in government acquisition. He has performed cost analysis for a broad range of projects within the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. In his current role, he oversees training and implementation of cost estimating best practices within Augur. Sam graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Mathematical Business. He is a CCEA through ICEAA.


Jessica Kleinman
Technomics, Inc
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Advancing the Art of Cyber Cost Estimating (SST05)

Jessica Kleinman has over 4 years of experience providing decision support for several defense agencies as well as DHS CISA. She has experience in cost estimating, budget analysis, data warehouse development and maintenance, and program management support. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Georgia College & State University.


Stephen Koellner
Augur Consulting
Analytical Methods Track: Triage the Sub-Projects: Calculating and Applying Portfolio Contingency (ANM02)

Stephen Koellner is a Technical Advisor at Augur Consulting, specializing in cost estimation for DoD and DoE clients. He has 7 years of experience in mathematical modeling, including 5 years as a cost estimator. Stephen has supported Army and Navy programs, including the 2022 ICEAA Team Achievement of the Year award winning Army Defensive Cyber Operations cost team. He is a published author in the Earth and Planetary Science Letters journal for his research on icesheet modeling and has a B.S. in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University.


Sergey Kozin
Quantech Services, Inc.
Processes & Best Practices Track: Scrutinizing an Organization’s Project Planning Performance (PBP01)

Sergey Kozin is a senior cost analyst at Quantech Services, Inc with more than 7 years of experience supporting multiple portfolios for the Air Force and Space Force. Familiar with estimating across all phases of DoD Acquisition including development, production, and operations/sustainment as well as foreign military projects. His educational background includes a dual B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northeastern University.


Darren Kreitler

Strategy Track: Leveraging Cost Estimating Techniques in Price to Win Analysis (STY06)

Darren Kreitler is an expert at Price to Win (PTW) Analysis, Price Strategy and is a Certified Cost Estimator (CCEA). Darren has 35 years of experience with over 20 years in the Aerospace and Defense industry. Darren has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry such as CACI International, Raytheon, Boeing, Optum, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Tecolote, MCR and NATO. His educational background includes an MBA from Rivier University and a B.S. in Finance from Missouri State University.


Trevor Lax
L3Harris
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Going Beyond Count-Based Methodologies with Semantic Vector Embeddings (DML05)

Trevor Lax is a Systems Engineer Data Analyst for the Cost Engineering and Analytics Department in L3Harris. He joined the company in the summer of 2023 with a Masters in Applied and Computational Mathematics while he pursues a PhD in Mathematical Modeling. His work consists of software development, data analysis, cost modeling, and machine learning development.


Hannah Hoag Lee
Technomics, Inc.
Modeling Track: The Nuclear Option: Avoiding Critical Delays with Advanced Constraints Analysis (MOD09)

Hannah Lee comes from a multidisciplinary research background and holds degrees in both Biochemistry and Pharmaceutical Science. As a researcher, Hannah gained extensive experience in project design and project management, statistics, and data visualization. She has published her research in high-impact journals and has presented findings at multiple conferences and events. At Technomics, Hannah develops models and tools for NNSA’s Office of Management and Budget and has completed Technomics’ internal Cost Estimating Training program.


Jennifer Leotta
Government Accountability Office
Processes & Best Practices Track: GAO Cost Guide and 10 Years of Cost Estimate Assessments (PBP03)
Processes & Best Practices Track: GAO Agile Assessment Guide: Best Practices in an Agile Environment (PBP04)

Jennie Leotta is an Assistant Director for the Science, Technology Assessments, and Analytics Team at GAO. She is a responsible for performing cost, schedule, AOA, and EVM analyses to support audit findings on a wide range of government programs. Before joining the GAO, Jennie was a Sr. ops research analyst for DHS where she performed proposal evaluation reviews and developed and reviewed cost estimates for major programs and high priority projects. Previously, she worked as a Sr. ops research analyst at the Navy and a survey statistician at the Census Bureau.


Olivia Lindsey
Quantech Services
Modeling Track: Recipe: Homemade Pizza (or Facility Estimate) (MOD06)

Olivia Lindsey is a Senior Cost Estimator Associate for Quantech Services with 6 years of DoD cost analysis experience supporting Information Systems, currently working in BMC3 under USSF. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Georgia College and State University.


Carson Lo
Technomics, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Stretching Purchasing Power through Improved Escalation Methods (ANM04)

Carson holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an AS in Business Management. In his current role at Technomics, working on database management in Excel and creating visualizations in Power BI for the NNSA, he brings a unique blend of technical skills to this ICEAA presentation. It’s the synergy between his engineering background and business acumen that has shaped his skills, allowing him to provide a holistic perspective to cost analysis and estimation.


Chad Lucas
NSI
Software Track: Sizing Agile Software Development Programs (SWR10)

Chad Lucas has 21 years of experience in Cost Analysis working CEI Management Consulting, The MITRE Corporation, MTSI, and currently work for Naval Systems Incorporated (NSI). He holds an MBA from George Mason University and has been a CCE/A since 2005. Over the course of his career Mr. Lucas has supported multiple agencies with the DoD, HHS, and DHS. He has authored or co-authored multiple white papers on a wide range of cost related topics, completed estimates for various technology platforms, and has an extensive range of knowledge spanning multiple Federal Agencies. He is a co-author of two previous papers on the topic of Agile Software Estimation: “Let’s Go Agile: Data-Driven Agile Software Cost and Schedule Models for DHS projects” Wilson Rosa, Sara Jardine, Kimberly Roye, Chad Lucas, and Kyle Eaton, ICEAA Conference 2022. “Applying Simple Function Point Analysis to an 804 Rapid Acquisition Program Cost” Robert Hunt, Rainey Southworth, Chad Lucas, and Esteban Sanchez, ICEAA Conference 2023.


Austin Lutterbach
Cobec Consulting
Analytical Methods Track: Data-Driven Lifecycle Analysis to Optimize Cost, Risk, and Sustainability (ANM01)

Austin Lutterbach, an analyst and data scientist at Cobec Consulting, conducts data and sustainment analyses for major Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acquisitions. He has a BS in Mathematics and Statistics from Purdue University and a MS in Operations Research from Cornell University. In various academic research projects, he has designed statistical software and utilized linear programming, machine learning, and R to develop optimization models.


Austin MacDougall
Technomics, Inc.
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Advancing the Art of Cyber Cost Estimating (SST05)

Mr. MacDougall is a CCEA and SCEC certified cost analyst with over 6 years of professional experience spanning IT cost estimating and analysis, agile software implementation support, and program management support. During his time at Technomics, Austin has supported a number of clients in the federal space, including DHS, FEMA, CBP, and others. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Dickinson College.


Ray Madachy
Naval Postgraduate School
Software Track: Updating Software Cost Models for AI Assistance (SWR01)

Raymond Madachy, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School. His primary research interests are in system and software cost modeling. He has developed widely used tools for systems and software cost estimation, and received the USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award for “Innovative Development of a Wide Variety of Cost, Schedule and Quality Models and Simulations”.


Gabriella Magasic
Augur Consulting
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Schedule Risk at Early Acquisition (MER02)

Gabriella Magasic is a Project Lead at Augur Consulting with more than 3 years of experience in government acquisition. She started her career as a cost analyst for Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal programs, however her primary focus has since transitioned to developing schedules and risk analyses to support Navy Directed Energy programs. Gabriella graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Economics and earned an MA from George Washington University in Applied Economics.


Patrick K. Malone
System Planning and Analysis
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Economics of Digital Twins in Aerospace and Defense (SST08)

Patrick Malone is a principal at Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. He has analytical and hands-on experience in the aerospace and space industries. Pat has written numerous papers on technology, cost estimating and scheduling. He has a BS from Arizona State and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Certifications include ICEAA CCE/A, AACEI EVP and PMI-PMP.


Corey Maples
Technomics, Inc.
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Advancing EVM with a Modernized Framework (MER04)

Mr. Maples has experience providing independent cost estimates on military vehicles as well as a growing list of Canadian Proposal Evaluations. Corey previously provided cost and pricing support as a Systems Engineer as part of the Defense Contract and Management Agency analyzing cost proposals. He currently supports multiple shipbuilding programs providing EVM analysis and support. He has his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst through ICEAA.


Sariyu Marfo
Software Metrics Inc.
Management, EVM & Risk Track: The Cost-Risk Uncertainty Determination (CRED) Model – A New Approach (MER01)

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Kristen Marquette
Quantech Services
Modeling Track: Recipe: Homemade Pizza (or Facility Estimate) (MOD06)

Kristen Marquette is a Senior Cost Estimator Associate for Quantech Services with 6 years of DoD cost analysis experience supporting battle management and Agile programs, currently working for BMC3 under USSF. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from Simmons
University.


Kevin McKeel
Logapps
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: AI and Machine Learning/Data Science Tools for Cost Analysis (DML07)

Mr. Kevin McKeel has over 25 years of experience in software cost estimation. He is a CCEA and SAFe Architect and received the prestigious 2021 Technical Achievement of the Year award from ICEAA related to research of automated software sizing using AI and NLP. Mr. McKeel holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance, ’89) from James Madison University and a Master’s in Business Administration (Decision Systems, ’92) from The George Washington University.


Margaret Melchor
Grant Leading Technology
Strategy Track: Parametric Construction Estimating: Consistency through Turbulence (STY05)

Maggie Melchor attended Sweet Briar College, studying Economics and Engineering. She has experience in both the Construction side of estimating, as well as the Project Management side – with projects ranging from airplane hangars, to commercial and residential builds all over the country.


Christopher Metz
PEO DHMS
Strategy Track: FP&A: Can We Disrupt Traditional Government Cost Estimating? (STY02)

Christopher Metz is currently the Lead for Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) at the PEO for Defense Healthcare Management Systems, a $1B/year portfolio transforming the delivery of health care for active duty military, veterans, and their families. He is responsible for ensuring the PEO is resourced to meet its mission, leveraging cost estimating, affordability analyses, and value assessments. He graduated with a B.S. in Applied Computational Mathematics from Virginia Tech, and has been doing cost estimating and financial analysis for 15 years.


Heather Meylemans
NAVAIR
Software Track: Sizing Agile Software Development Programs (SWR10)

Heather is a research chemist turned operations research analyst for NAVAIR in Pt Mugu, CA. I hold a PhD in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in Biochemistry and Math from Regis College in Denver, CO. I have authored more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and I am an inventor on more than 20 US patents. I currently serve as the Cost Department division head for acquisition and O&S cost estimating at NAWCWD. My main interest is striving to live as sustainably as possible. In my spare time I enjoy doing puzzles and crafts. I am a mom of two teens and spend time as a baseball mom.


Tommie (Troy) Miller
Tecolote Research Inc
Modeling Track: Cascading Effects – Performance Impacts of Fragile Tasks (MOD01)

Troy Miller is a Technical Expert at Tecolote Research Inc. with over 20 year of experience conducting cost and schedule analysis on nuclear missile programs, space exploration programs, and maritime programs. He was first introduced to Joint Cost & Schedule Analysis while working on the NASA Constellation program and he has led efforts to perform similar analyzes on a number of other programs. He currently supports the AF Sentinel program conducting SRA’s and Joint Cost/Schedule Analyses.


Arlene F. Minkiewicz
Unison Cost Engineering
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Implications of Generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) in Software Engineering (DML11)

Arlene F. Minkiewicz is the Director of Cost Research at Unison Cost Engineering with over 39 years of experience at building cost models. She leads the cost research activity for TruePlanning®, the suite of cost estimating products that Unison 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
Naval Postgraduate School
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Industry Leaders’ Insights: Enhance Efficiency and Simplify Your Work Using AI (DML13)

Greg has been teaching at NPS for 23 years and is the PM for the Masters in Cost Estimating and Analysis program. He has a BS in Math from USNA and an MS in Operations Research. He flew helicopters in the Marines for 26 years with five overseas deployments. He was the ICEAA Educator of the Year in 2016 and wrote the widely read textbook “Cost Estimation: Method and Tools” in 2015.


Karen Richey Mislick
Naval Postgraduate School
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Industry Leaders’ Insights: Enhance Efficiency and Simplify Your Work Using AI (DML13)

Karen Richey Mislick is a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School. She holds a MS in Cost Estimation from NPS and a BS in Statistics from University of South Carolina. Her expertise lies in cost estimating, scheduling, technology readiness, integrated cost and schedule risk analysis, and data visualization/storytelling best practices. As a former cost estimator and GAO auditor, Karen (and Greg Mislick) developed an Introduction to Data Analytics course which included guest speakers about how AI has been leveraged in both government and industry. She is an avid Chat GPT4 user.


James J. Monopoli
Quantech Services Inc.
Processes & Best Practices Track: A Series of Unfortunate Slides (PBP05)

James Monopoli is a dedicated Cost Estimator at Quantech Services Inc. with nine years of experience, currently serving within the Space Systems Command, Strategic Warning and Space Surveillance Directorate (SZQ). He delivers cost analysis expertise for various Acquisition programs spanning multiple life-cycle phases. James actively contributes to the ICEAA New England Chapter, currently serving as Secretary for two years and representing the chapter at various International ICEAA Conferences. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Economics from the University of New Hampshire.


Karen Mourikas
Boeing
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Convincing Leaders of the Value of COTS Tools for Quick Assessments (SST02)

Karen Mourikas is a Technical Fellow at the Boeing Company in Systems/Operations Analysis focusing on Affordability Analysis & Optimization. Her current work includes expanding the scope of Affordability Analysis over the entire lifecycle, and integrating Affordability Analysis into MDAO and Digital Engineering environments. Previous work includes Machine Learning for Cost Analyses, Product Teardown, Experimentation, and Optimal/Should Costing. Karen has 2 MS degrees from USC in Applied Math and Operations Research Engineering.


Denise Nelson
Boeing
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Convincing Leaders of the Value of COTS Tools for Quick Assessments (SST02)

Denise Nelson is an Affordability Lead Systems Engineer for Boeing’s Research and Technology organization. While Denise’s skills include almost anything parametric in regards to estimating, her specialty is software estimating and she owns the tools and processes that support Software estimating assessments across the Enterprise. Denise has a BS in Statistics and MS in Pure Math from Cal Poly Pomona. She has been connected with the ICEAA community for 20 years.


Ryan Nicholos
Herren Associates
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: NSWCDD Power BI Financial Dashboard (DML06)

Associate with Herren Associates. BS Industrial and Systems Engineer – Virginia Tech. MBA – Leadership – Regent University. IWS 80 Project Manager. Project Manager for the NSWC Dahlgren Financial Dashboard and Internal Assessment


Barış Özkaya
Turkish Aerospace
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Estimating in Different Levels of Details by Machine Learning (DML09)

Phd. in businnes administration. Work experiance for 17 years as cost estimator in aeropace manufacturing. Attended in two ICEAA training workshop before


Roshni Patel
The Aerospace Corporation
Modeling Track: Mission Operations Cost Estimation Tool (MOCET) 2024 Status (MOD03)

Roshni Patel is an Associate Member of the Technical Staff in the Civil Systems Group at The Aerospace Corporation. She previously interned at the Naval Research Lab in the Electro-Optics Technology Section. She is the current tool developer for the MOCET model.


Nick Peeples
Augur Consulting
Analytical Methods Track: Triage the Sub-Projects: Calculating and Applying Portfolio Contingency (ANM02)

Nick Peeples is an Analyst and Project Lead at Augur Consulting, specializing in cost, schedule, and EVM analysis for DoD clients. He has over 2 years of experience in the industry of integrated cost and schedule analysis for government acquisition programs. Nick has primarily supported the Navy’s Underwater Explosive Ordnance Disposal programs and played a crucial role in the evaluation of contract awards. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Davidson College.


Anna B. Peters
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Advanced EVM Analysis using Time Series Forecasts (MER06)

Anna B. Peters is a cost analyst and data scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, contributing to a team that specializes in affordability analysis and assessments for a variety of Department of Defense sponsors. She holds a M.S. in Applied Statistics from Bowling Green State University and a B.S. in Industrial Math and Statistics from West Virginia University.


Chris Price
Unison Cost Engineering
Software Track: Cloud Estimating in the 21st Century – Okay, well in 2023! (SWR02)

Chris Price has over forty-five years’ experience in the Aerospace and Defense Industry – cost analysis, systems engineering, and electrical design and development. The most recent twenty-five years have been devoted to cost analysis, and the past nine with Unison / PRICE – focused on parametric cost analysis – providing Training and Mentoring on TruePlanning Software, and consulting for numerous Unison clients; and the previous 16 years with Raytheon. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology.


Shahriar Rayhan
Technomics, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Stretching Purchasing Power through Improved Escalation Methods (ANM04)

Shar Rayhan earned degrees in Supply Chain Information Systems and Economics from Penn State University where he graduated top of his class. Shar possesses experience in statistics, data management, modeling, analysis, optimization, and visualization. At Technomics, Shar has completed the internal Cost Estimating Training Program and is currently supporting the NNSA’s Office of Management and Budget and the Office of High Explosives and Energetics through data-driven cost, schedule, and supply chain risk analyses.


Ken Rhodes
Technomics
Software Track: Measuring Software Development Efficiency in an Agile Environment (SWR06)

Ken Rhodes is an ICEAA CCE/A, Project Manager, and Employee Owner at Technomics, Inc. He has over fifteen years of experience performing cost analysis and acquisition decision support for DoD customers. Currently, Mr. Rhodes develops life-cycle cost estimates, cost / price assessments, and data visualization products for software and IT programs. He holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.


Ben Robinson
Unison Cost Engineering
Modeling Track: Modeling Electronic/IT System Deployment Projects (MOD05)

Ben is a Solutions Consultant with Unison Cost Engineering. Joining the team in 2020, his main responsibilities include providing user training, product support and bespoke technical solutions, focusing primarily on Software and IT Services projects. Ben received his MSc in Business Management from Cranfield School of Management in 2019.


Sebastian Rodriguez Traconis
Herren Associates
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: NSWCDD Power BI Financial Dashboard (DML06)

Consultant with Herren Associates. BS Industrial Engineer – Penn State. Dashboard Developer


Gabriel Sandler
DOE/NNSA
Analytical Methods Track: Early-Stage Cost Growth CER Development (ANM06)

Dr. Gabriel Sandler joined the NNSA’s Office of Analysis and Evaluation after completing the NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program where he worked at the Office of Cost Estimating and Program Evaluation. He holds a Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida and has interned at Sandia National Laboratory and the National Academies of Science.


Amanda Schwark
Technomics, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Stretching Purchasing Power through Improved Escalation Methods (ANM04)

Amanda Schwark has degrees in both Economics and Finance from Penn State University. She has been supporting the federal government for almost three years in Government Contract Consulting and more recently, Portfolio Analysis and Programming Support. At Technomics, Amanda leads the Programmatic Recapitalization Working Group and supports programs through data analysis, modeling, prioritization, and visualization efforts. She also supports DOE HQ through portfolio analysis of the line-item construction portfolio.


Brandon Schwark
Technomics, Inc
Strategy Track: Portfolio Analysis Made Effective and Simple (STY03)

Brandon holds a BS in Economics from Penn State University and a MS in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland. Before becoming a contractor developing modeling & analysis tools for NNSA, Brandon worked at a wealth management firm performing portfolio optimization for equity portfolios. This unique background has enabled Brandon to apply portfolio analytics concepts typically reserved for finance to different types of portfolios, such as government capability portfolios.


Robel Semunegus
Augur Consulting
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Explosive Analysis: Using Data to Hold Warfare Centers Accountable (DML01)

Robel Semunegus is a Technical Advisor at Augur Consulting with over 5 years of experience in cost estimation, schedule analysis, AoA studies, and data science. Robel provides technical expertise across Augur’s Army and Navy clients and has supported a wide range of technologies including including digital transformation, cyber operations, robotics, explosive/ordnance systems, unmanned systems, and biometrics. His academic background includes an MS in Data Science, a BS in Systems & Information Engineering, a BA in Economics, and he is a contributor to the GAO Agile Guide.


Cassidy Shevlin
Galorath Incorporated
Soft Skills & Trending Topics Track: Priceless Culture: Crafting a Culture for the Future of Work (SST03)

Cassidy Shevlin serves as the West Coast Client Engagement Manager for Galorath Incorporated. She is also a Director at Large for the ICEAA Southern California Chapter, where she focuses on creating volunteer and social opportunities for industry peers. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cassidy worked in the non-profit world and this experience has led her to be passionate about people and service to others, above all else.


Matthew Siiro
Technomics, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Stretching Purchasing Power through Improved Escalation Methods (ANM04)

Matt Siiro holds a degree in economics and has experience consulting a variety of clients in both the public and private sectors. As a contractor for the USPS, he published internal studies of mail density and distribution. Currently at Technomics Matt assists the NNSA with database management and data visualization using Power BI. He uses his experience in cost projection and project management to produce informative insights for the NNSA and other federal clients.


Blaze Smallwood
Booz Allen Hamilton
Software Track: Unlocking Untapped Software Metrics Potential with Jira’s RESTful API (SWR08)

Blaze Smallwood CCE/A is a cost analyst in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Analytics group mainly supporting DoD programs in the NAVWAR Enterprise, particularly software-oriented Navy Command and Control (C2) and Intelligence programs. Most recently, Mr. Smallwood has been focused on program management-related analysis support, particularly developing progress metrics analyses and data visualizations for Agile software development projects.


Greg Smith
Humphreys & Associates
Management, EVM & Risk Track: EVM Reviews – Surveillance Reviews vs. IBRs (MER05)

Greg is a Vice President with Humphreys & Associates, a consulting firm which focuses on Earned Value and Scheduling. He started his career in Project Controls with NASA, then transitioned to leading project controls organizations at two different defense contractors. For the last 10 years he’s been with Humphreys and Associates. He began at H&A working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Since then, he has supported the Department of Energy and their contractors.


Alexis Somers
Booz Allen Hamilton
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Data Cleaning in Python for Beginners (DML04)

Alexis Somers is a cost analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton mainly supporting DoD programs at NAVWAR. She has 7 years of cost estimating experience for various programs across the Navy. Most recently, Ms. Somers has been focused on program management-related data visualization and cost analysis support. She holds a CCEA® and earned her B.A. in Mathematics and B.A. in History from UC Berkeley.


Rainey Southworth
NSI
Software Track: Sizing Agile Software Development Programs (SWR10)

Rainey Southworth (NSI) has been part of the PMA-281 cost team for the past 4 years as a contractor through Naval Systems, Inc (NSI). In this multifaceted role, Ms. Southworth has provided support across the IPT, primarily navigating the effective use of Agile, software sizing, and associated metrics in a DoD setting.


Ed Spriggs
Logapps LLC
Management, EVM & Risk Track: Cost Estimation for Project Control (MER03)

Ed Spriggs is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Logapps where he is responsible for research, analysis, and IT software acquisition program delivery to clients across the Department of Defense, Federal Judiciary, and civilian agencies. Mr. Spriggs have over 20 years of experience providing customers with strategies for technology and their acquisition, business cases, and cost estimation. Mr. Spriggs holds a BA and MBA from the College of William & Mary.


Ryan Sukley
Technomics, Inc.
Analytical Methods Track: Spacecraft Design to a Cost Target (ANM05)

Ryan Sukley is a Lead Analyst at Technomics, Inc. He has over 5 years of experience performing cost, risk, and economic analyses for the DoD, DHS, and NASA, including cost estimation for spacecraft to support space missions. A former math teacher, he has also leveraged his educational expertise to provide training in data management and analysis. He holds a BA in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College and an MS in Applied Economics from the University of Maryland.


Christopher Svehlak
Hive Group
Processes & Best Practices Track: The ABC’s of Contract Proposal Pricing Evaluation & Cost Analysis (PBP06)

Spending a career in multi-disciplinary fields and positions (CFO, Controller, Program Mgr, Area Lead, Director, Cost Estimation/Pricing SME), underpinned by good education and certifications (MS and MAcc degrees, CCEA, DAU Level III & II in BFM, Proj Mgmt), across a broad range of employers (Air Force, NATO, PEO Army Aviation, Missile Defense Agency, DOJ) has helped me learn that there is so much more to learn! I currently lead a group of 36 contractors supporting the FBI, while providing embedded cost/price evaluation support.


John Swaren
Unison Cost Engineering
Processes & Best Practices Track: Mission Class in Unmanned Space Estimating (PBP02)

In his past 13+ years with Unison Cost Engineering (fka PRICE Systems), John has supported customers as a consultant, project manager, trainer and mentor for the TruePlanning estimating software framework. He has over 35 years of experience in predictive analytics, cost estimation and project management. He has supported individual users as well as onboarding engagements for customers including L3-Harris, LMCO, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, JHU-APL and NASA.


Vivian Tang, PhD
Unison Cost Engineering
Processes & Best Practices Track: Mission Class in Unmanned Space Estimating (PBP02)

Vivian is a cost research analyst at Unison. Her current research is centered around the fusion of mathematical principles and advanced data collection techniques to craft data-driven solutions for cost analysis, with a particular emphasis on data set initiatives, IT services, and carbon research projects. Vivian received her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Northwestern University in 2020.


Denton Tarbet
NSI
Software Track: Sizing Agile Software Development Programs (SWR10)

Mr. Tarbet has an advanced degree in Systems Engineering and Optimal Control has over 40 years of Project Management and cost estimating and analysis experience. He is a Senior Systems/Software SME at NSI. He served as SW director at major aerospace firms, VP for development of FAA certified commercial aircraft systems, and CTO for a major technology company. He has consulted internationally in software estimation and project cost and planning for both Engineering and IT applications.


Greg Thanavaro
Ball Aerospace
Modeling Track: Data-Driven Constellation Architecture Design Using Integrated Models (MOD02)

Greg Thanavaro is a Chief Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace. Greg has contributed to over 30 projects at all program life cycle phases, from concept development to launch and mission operations. He has multiple years of discipline-specific experience in systems engineering, fault management, mission modeling, design tool development, and team leadership across civil, commercial, and defense programs. Greg received his BS from Boston University and MS from Georgia Tech, both in Aerospace Engineering.


F. Gurney Thompson III
Unison Cost Engineering
Modeling Track: Modeling Electronic/IT System Deployment Projects (MOD05)

Gurney has over 15 years of experience with cost estimating at Unison, where he leads the hardware research team. He spends much of his time researching and designing costing solutions, most recently for common element models, hardware lifecycle cost management, and IT/electronic system deployment projects. Gurney graduated with a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2007.


Benjamin Truskin
Technomics
Software Track: Measuring Software Development Efficiency in an Agile Environment (SWR06)

Ben is an ICEAA CCEA service area manager and employee owner at Technomics with 11 years experience providing data-driven decisions to leaders. He has provided support in the cost community to Defense, Civilian, and Intelligence customers across a range of commodities. Ben’s experience includes: cost estimation and phasing, data policy development, data collection and normalization, methods development, source selection support, industry interface, database requirements development, data visualization. He received his Master’s and Bachelor’s in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University.


W. Allen Wautlet
Ball Aerospace
Modeling Track: Data-Driven Constellation Architecture Design Using Integrated Models (MOD02)

W. Allen Wautlet is a Senior Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace working in the mission and space vehicle architecture group focusing on the development of rapid space vehicle and mission design tools as well as the development of data science applications for constellation design. Allen has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MS in Computational and Data Sciences from George Mason University.


Ryan Webster
Augur Consulting
Data Science & Machine Learning Track: Explosive Analysis: Using Data to Hold Warfare Centers Accountable (DML01)

Ryan Webster is the Consulting Director at Augur with 14 years of government cost estimation experience. He supports Army IT projects and Navy ordnance and robotics efforts. He holds a BS in Finance and is a CCEA. He has been a guest lecturer at Syracuse University and led student training cases on cost, risk, and project management. Ryan is a contributor to the GAO Cost Estimating and Assessment Guide, and he leads a team that was awarded the 2022 ICEAA Team of the Year for their work supporting Army Defensive Cyber Operations.


Alex Wekluk
Technomics, Inc.
Strategy Track: From “Plan and Pray” to “Sense and Respond”: War Gaming Defense Acquisition (STY01)

Alex Wekluk holds his ICEAA CCEA and is a Service Area Manager and Employee Owner at Technomics, Inc. He has nearly twenty years of experience performing cost, risk, and technical analyses for the DoD and the IC. He secured a USPTO patent for weapon design work and earned the IC Meritorious Unit Citation for exemplary cost-reduction engineering analysis. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a MA in Economics from George Mason University.


Sean Wells
Technomics
Modeling Track: Well, That Escalated Quickly – A Novel Approach to Forecasting Escalation (MOD07)

I have three and a half years of cost estimating experience spanning major programs (carriers, submarines, research vessels) with long construction spans that necessitate detailed review and understanding of escalation. I worked three years at Newport News Shipbuilding and am currently working for Technomics. I am CCEA certified with a Masters in Contracts Acquisition and Management.


Eric White
Booz Allen Hamilton
Modeling Track: Installation Cost Analysis (MOD12)

I have a BS in Finance and Economics from Grand Valley State University and a MS in Finance from the University of Tampa. I also have 6 years of cost estimating experience from two different companies, General Dynamics and Booz Allen Hamilton. The combination of education and experience has allowed me to build effective tools yet to be seen in the outdated financial analysis space. My expertise builds upon the origins of financial cost modeling and expands them drastically into a more consumable format.


Ben Wilder
GAO
Processes & Best Practices Track: GAO Cost Guide and 10 Years of Cost Estimate Assessments (PBP03)

Ben Wilder is a Senior Operations Research Analyst for the Science, Technology Assessments, and Analytics Team at the Government Accountability Office responsible for performing cost, schedule, EVM, and program management analyses to support audit findings on a wide range of government programs. Ben has 10 years’ experience in the fields of cost estimating and program management across GAO, DoD, and DHS. Ben holds bachelor’s degrees in applied mathematics and physics, a Master of Cost Estimating and Analysis, and is Level-III certified in the field of cost estimating and financial management.


Christan Yarbrough
Missile Defense Agency
Processes & Best Practices Track: Context-Responsive Cost Evaluation: Dynamic Approach to Cost Estimate Reviews (PBP08)

Christan Yarbrough is a senior cost analyst currently serving as the Targets and Countermeasures Deputy Cost Director at the Missile Defense Agency. She has over 12 years of DoD cost analysis experience at MDA across multiple programs including Ground Based Missile Defense (GMD) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). Ms. Yarbrough has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and holds DAU Cost Estimating Level 3 and DoD Financial Management level 3 certifications.