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My strength is in solving problems - from high level analyses required to understand a problem thoroughly to the creative and tradeoff-ladden process of identifying the "best" solution, through to the actual creation / implementation / delivery and management of a solution. I have performed this role in situations that including working as a division level leader; as a CTO at venture funded startups and a NASDAC company; and  as a senior consultant at a global 2000 enterprise. 

I have focused the last few years on harnessing the power of text analytics and NLP tools to create supervised-learning models for predictive analytics to score problem solving, critical thinking and argumentative writing exam responses.  I have built multiple text process and language / semantic processing applications for multiple customers and for my own research, and will be complete my NLP / classic machine learning application in 2017 with technology that can form the basis of future 'deep learning' approaches to these tasks with a semantic focus in 2018 and beyond.

I am an amazon solution architect, with additional experience managing global virtual teams, and in leading very cost effective software development efforts. I've been solving problems and then writing software to create or support the solutions for over forty years, and have used a great many tools, packages, platforms and languages - while remaining an expert on none of them.

Work experience


Consultant, Advisor, Solution Architect, Analyst, Developer, Principal Investigator

CogWrite Learning Analytics LLC

Lead investigator on a research and development project to apply a range of computer science, AI, NLP and Machine Learning techniques to the challenge of automated scoring of constructed response.  Additional roles as a consultant and cloud solution architect for a state-of-the-art platform for learning and assessment for diagnostic radiology; Project lead for a commercial NLP-focused business solution, developed with Python / MySQL / NLTK and ultimately deployed as a web-service solution using Docker on AWS.


Executive Director

The College Board

Roles included ED for Research & Development, ED for Digital Testing and ED, Enterprise Architect reporting to the CTO.


Director, Europe and North America

Hundsun Technologies, Global Services Division, Hangzhou PRC

Based in Hangzhou, I lead a large team of developers, analysts, QA and testing staff supporting work for a range of MNCs in health care, financial services and telecom.  Additional created a WHOFE in Hangzhou to support customers in California.


Consultant, Project Manager, Solution Architect

Newport Coast Software,

Lead large scale efforts with global virtual teams developing applications for automotive, supply chain, and heavy industry multi-national corporations with teams in Irvine, Mexico and India.


Executive Director

The College Board / Virginia Software

Over a ten year period I built a 20+ strong group of talented software engineers which was then acquired by a key client in 1996. I then lead a software and services team at a large not-for-profit educational testing company for three years.



PhD in Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement

University of Leicester  /  Teachers College

Starting with studies in Cognition, Instructional Design and Statistics, along with supervised research work in second language acquisition, I moved my academic home to the University of Leicester School of Education in 2015 and am presently a doctoral candidate completing a research project in using NLP and AI for educational measurement.

Sep 2001May 2003


Columbia University Graduate School of Business

Earned an MBA at Columbia while running a small scale internet direct marketing company with several partners.  My studies focused on strategic planning and marketing, value investing and cross-border / international management.  Projects included execution of an online marketing campaign with sophisticated analytics; operations review and process improvement project that included working with a JV and factory visits in mainland China; and development of a strategic marketing assessment and plan for a new software product.


Master of Science

American University

A practitioner-lead degree program focused on the creation and management of enterprise level IT applications.



Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Completed degree requirements in three years -- and earned Varsity Letter in Lightweight Football. Worked at Bankers Trust Company, the MITRe Corporation and the Central Intelligence Agency.  Also worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center under an NSF grant through The American University in Washington DC.  Excelled in database management system concepts and applications. 


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Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist


AWS Solution Architect

Amazon Web Services
Sep 2005Jan 2009

Certified Information Systems Auditor

Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Mar 2003Dec 2008

Project Management Professional

Project Management Institute
May 2005May 2008