COMPANY

Edge Case Research was formed by leading autonomy and software safety experts from Carnegie Mellon University who believe that safety should be built into all software products from the ground up. Our customers demand tools and techniques that help them go to market with products that are safe, secure, and reliable. Edge Case Research helps them by delivering software and services to tackle the most complex machine learning challenges and embedded software problems quickly

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mike Wagner

Mike Wagner

Co-Founder and CEO

Mike is the CEO of Edge Case Research, a company he founded with Philip Koopman to make autonomy safer. His experience with autonomous vehicles began nearly twenty years ago at Carnegie Mellon University. He built lunar rovers for Red Whittaker, autonomous scientific robots that explored Antarctica, and self driving technology for tackling harsh off road terrain. Ten years ago, Mike and Philip Koopman began researching techniques to design and verify autonomous systems. Today, he applies this experience to lead Edge Case Research with the goal of providing validation technology for autonomy across a range of industries, including self driving cars, materials handling, and robotic work cells.

Dr. Phil Koopman

Dr. Phil Koopman

Co-Founder and CTO

Phil is an internationally recognized expert on autonomous vehicle (AV) safety who has worked in that area at Carnegie Mellon University for over 20 years. He is also actively involved with AV safety policy, regulation, and standards. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and runtime monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains, including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. He is co-founder of Edge Case Research, which provides tools and services for autonomous vehicle testing and safety validation

Chris Urmson

Chris Urmson

Board Member

Chris is the co-founder and CEO of Aurora, which is building self-driving technology to deliver the benefits of the future of transportation safely, quickly, and broadly. Chris has been instrumental in instigating and advancing the development of self-driving vehicles over the past 15 years. Before founding Aurora, Chris helped build Google’s self-driving car program and served as its CTO. He was a faculty member of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with house-size trucks, drove robots around in deserts, and was the technical director of the DARPA Urban and Grand Challenge teams. He earned his PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BSc in computer engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1998.

Matt Zack

Matt Zack

Board Member

Matt joined ANSYS as the Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Marketing in April 2017. He is a seasoned industry veteran with decades of experience, most recently as senior corporate development executive at SAP. In that role, he identified targets, executed transactions and delivered on the business cases for shareholders. Previously, he served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ariba, leading corporate development and human resources. He was part of the management team that transformed Ariba to the cloud, fueling its growth and a nearly 400 percent increase in share price. Before joining Ariba, he headed corporate development at FreeMarkets and served in various consulting roles at Accenture.

THE TEAM
Jennifer Black, PhD

Jennifer Black, PhD

Lead Engineer

Jen specializes in embedded system safety and dependability, with experience in automotive, aviation, rail, and consumer products. She completed her PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was a member of the General Motors Collaborative Research Lab. Her thesis research focused on approaches for defining safety requirements for sub-systems in complex composite systems. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked in system test, installation and support in the telecommunication software industry.

Noah Carlson

Noah Carlson

Safety Engineer

After studying mathematics for his undergraduate degree, Noah discovered his passion for safety while pursuing his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. As autonomy enters into the mainstream, safety-focused design thinking is more important than ever. The technological changes in progress are truly foundational, and they must be accompanied by careful consideration of how this new technology is developed and deployed. Noah brings his analytical skills and system engineering experience from CMU to help answer these challenges.

Joe Elsey

Joe Elsey

Software Engineer

Joe brings his software industry experience to Edge Case Research as a Full Stack Developer. Heavily focused on writing tests and code quality, he loves to work with teams to build the tools they need to succeed. Prior to working at Edge Case Research Joseph worked as an Engineering Consultant in Seattle. This afforded him the opportunity to experience a wide breadth of technology stacks and development teams.

Jackie Erickson

Jackie Erickson

Senior Director of Communications

Jackie leads communications for Edge Case Research’s mission to make autonomy safer. Before joining Edge Case Research, Jackie served as Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Director for U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-Pennsylvania) and then transitioned her skills into the tech sector where she has worked in communications and public policy positions for robotics and autonomous vehicle startup companies in Pittsburgh and San Francisco. She sits on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, previously advised San Francisco’s Emerging Technology Working Group, and is the co-founder of the Pittsburgh Robotics Network

Frank Fratrik

Frank Fratrik

Lead Engineer

During 15 years as a government civilian at the US Army Aberdeen Test Center, Frank performed and managed software test and analysis according to MIL-STD 882E on a number of military systems. This included hands-on safety testing for manned and unmanned vehicles, weaponized robotics, guided projectiles, and remote weapon stations. Frank experienced the consequences of unexpected failures in a variety of complex vehicle and weapon systems. He is committed to ensuring test safety for developing systems and operational safety for fielded systems via rigorous safety engineering processes built into all systems engineering phases. Frank holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering from Penn State and M.S. in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins.

Eric Gillespie

Eric Gillespie

Senior Director Customer Success

Eric puts the customer at the center of all he does. He previously led customer success, implementation and innovation efforts in the AI, tech and pharmaceutical industries. His passion to make technology ubiquitous and safer for the world has never been stronger. A Pittsburgh native, he earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Duquesne University and his M.S in Communications and Information Systems from Robert Morris University.

Adrian Hagerty

Adrian Hagerty

Machine Learning Engineer

Adrian completed a PhD in Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon in 2019. During his time at CMU, Adrian became interested in applying Machine Learning techniques to real world problems involving large amounts of data. His unique background provides him with a rock solid foundation in mathematical reasoning, which allows him to rigorously analyze, develop and implement ML capabilities at Edge Case Research.

Joel Holmes

Joel Holmes

Senior Software Engineer

Joel’s career has focused on building scalable systems to reduce downtime and meet customer needs. Passionate about the ever shifting landscape of technology he pursues a deeper knowledge of best practices, industry standards, and its applications to the end user product. Taking this holistic approach to development means he enjoys being a team player and works towards ensuring a quality product that meets the business’ needs. Joel is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Computer Science.

Aaron Kane, PhD

Aaron Kane, PhD

Lead Engineer

Aaron received his PhD in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2015. His thesis work dealt with structured safety cases for run-time assurance architectures, a technology that is thoroughly relevant to the proposed work. His work at Edge Case Research has also involved stress testing safety-critical, complex software. Prior to graduation, he worked on the “Automated Stress Testing for Autonomy Architectures” (ASTAA) project at Carnegie Mellon and served as a Visiting Scientist at the General Motors R&D Center in Warren, MI.

Laura Kieras

Laura Kieras

Software Developer

Laura’s software development experience prior to joining Edge Case Research includes work in areas as diverse as electronics manufacturing, natural language processing, cybersecurity, and machine translation, in locations from Pittsburgh to Austin to Nagoya, Japan. She holds a BS degree from the University of Michigan in computer science and linguistics and a master’s from Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute. Laura would like to encourage all software developers everywhere to write more and better tests.

Dr. Philip Koopman

Dr. Philip Koopman

CTO & Co-Founder

Phil is an internationally recognized expert on autonomous vehicle (AV) safety who has worked in that area at Carnegie Mellon University for over 20 years. He is also actively involved with AV safety policy, regulation, and standards. His pioneering research work includes software robustness testing and runtime monitoring of autonomous systems to identify how they break and how to fix them. He has extensive experience in software safety and software quality across numerous transportation, industrial, and defense application domains, including conventional automotive software and hardware systems. He is co-founder of Edge Case Research, which provides tools and services for autonomous vehicle testing and safety validation

Dana Martinelli

Dana Martinelli

Lead UX Designer

Dana received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 2001, through a joint effort between the Studio for Creative Inquiry and The Robotics Institute at CMU, he helped architect and design telepresence interfaces for JPL/NASA which have inspired current generations of robotic applications. In 2017 he was a Capstone Faculty Adjunct Professor of Human Computer Interaction Institute at CMU. He also has a successful track record in helping build digital marketing strategies for early stage start-ups. Dana is responsible for ECR’s application interfaces, new product research, marketing materials and website. He also tries to bike every day.

Tom Matty

Tom Matty

Technical Product Manager

Tom has over 20 years of experience working for startup, mid-size, and large software companies. After spending much of his career coding enterprise web applications, he now focuses on managing development teams and providing technical guidance and architectural direction. He also spends much of his time working on process improvements that enable his teams to continuously deliver high quality applications and services in an efficient manner. Tom has a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters of Information Systems from Duquesne University.

Becky McKeever

Becky McKeever

Lead Systems Administrator

Becky received her B.S in Computer Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2013. With a strong background in end-user support, as well as server/systems and user administration in the robotics and autonomy industry, she understands how important it is for our developers and engineers to have a stable and secure infrastructure surrounding their work, as well as reliable support so they can focus their attention where it is needed.

Ryan McNulty

Ryan McNulty

Lead Engineer

Ryan has a very diverse programming background: working on mobile app, web app, IoT and embedded systems projects. Coming from a development agency in Seattle, he has been able to hone his development skills and gain experience with XP, TDD and pair programming. Having spent several years at commercial and startup companies, Ryan has become the “process guru” who ensures code quality and development best practices to help Edge Case provide the best long-term service to its customers. Ryan received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.

Kelly Mullins

Kelly Mullins

Senior Director, Operations

With over 20 years of executive leadership experience, Kelly has built her career in helping organizations grow and flex to meet the broadening landscape of AI. With experience from the leading institution in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, Kelly has worked with some of the largest programs in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. As ADO at the National Robotics Engineering Center, Kelly was responsible for the overall operations of the organization. As Director of IT and Director of Operations at Argo AI, Kelly brings experience ramping up organizations that are growing quickly. Kelly is excited about making self driving technology available to the masses in a safe and reliable way.

 
Eben Myers

Eben Myers

Product Manager

Drawing on 14+ years of experience building early stage products, Eben manages product development at Edge Case Research. He believes in making useful products by listening, learning, collaborating, and above-all, remaining user-focused. Eben has led teams building game-based learning products for industrial safety, retail, and healthcare; creating a mobile workforce development platform; and developing science operations tools for NASA-funded robotic exploration missions (and doing EPO, too). Outside of work, Eben enjoys blacksmithing and serves on the board of Touchstone Center for Crafts. He holds a BA in Art from Swarthmore College and a Masters of Entertainment Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Adi Nemlekar

Adi Nemlekar

Lead Engineer

With a strong passion for Machine Learning and Data Science, Adi has worked as a researcher and engineer in many industry sectors, including Bioinformatics, High-Frequency Trading and Robotics. He brings 14 years of engineering and data science experience to Edge Case, where he works on constructing viable data science and analytics pipelines, implementing and optimizing ML algorithms for perception systems, and researching new ML algorithms in the safety space. Adi received his Masters in Machine Learning from University of Pittsburgh (2007) and his bachelors in Engineering from University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (2004). 

Jacob Nelson

Jacob Nelson

Safety Engineer

Jacob received his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2016. While there, he focused on the design and testing of embedded systems and the Internet of Things. He sees the world’s growing dependence on technology as creating a need for greater focus on sound software design principles and rigorous, meaningful testing.

Victoria C. Nneji, PhD

Victoria C. Nneji, PhD

Lead Engineer & Innovation Strategist

Victoria comes to ECR with over 14 years of experience in the tech industry as an engineer and entrepreneur, including 5 years specializing in robotics, transportation and human-systems engineering. Her work has included airline, railroad, and future on-demand autonomous air taxi operations. Victoria earned her Ph.D. in Duke University’s robotics program as a research lead in the Humans & Autonomy Lab. She also holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and M.Eng. in engineering management from Duke and a B.S. in applied mathematics from Columbia University in New York City. Victoria is excited to work with you to creatively and strategically design safety-critical systems.

Karen Nocera

Karen Nocera

Lead Engineer

Karen spent 13 years as a government civilian at the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, where she managed system safety programs during all phases of the defense acquisition process. Karen has experience with a variety of vehicle platforms and integrated weapon systems. She has first-hand experience with unexpected failures attributed to embedded software anomalies and understands the importance of including rigorous safety processes in all systems engineering phases. Karen holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Haven and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas.

 
Elizabeth Osyk, PhD

Elizabeth Osyk, PhD

Lead Engineer

Safe systems start with a solid theoretical foundation, follow through with a dependable implementation, and prove robust through testing and analysis. Beth brings Internet of Things and automotive experience to the team. As UC Berkeley research staff, she helped to build and test a disciplined, multi-host IoT development and execution environment as part of the TerraSwarm center. Prior to that she analyzed engine control software at a Tier 1 automotive supplier. Beth received her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, focusing on a methodology for assessing the reliability of safety-critical in-vehicle networks.

Brendon Ouimette

Brendon Ouimette

Vice President of Business Development

Brendon brings prior experience with startups as well as work in the corporate world to the team, working in a variety of industries and locations. Like the rest of the ECR team, Brendon is focused on ensuring that the software that enables future robotics, autonomy, and the broader connected world is a safe and secure one. Brendon earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2005.

Paula Ranallo

Paula Ranallo

Executive Assistant to the CEO & CTO

With over 20 years of professional experience, Paula has an extensive background in Benefits administration, Sales, and Legal administration. She relishes in the challenge of learning new things and embraces an ever changing environment, especially in the field of system safety. Paula is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania earning her Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism & Communications Media.

Justin Ray, PhD

Justin Ray, PhD

Lead Engineer

As technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives, we interact with computers and software systems in new ways every day. The rapid growth of robotics, autonomy, and the Internet of Things is outstripping the industry’s ability to deploy systems that are safe. Justin works on projects that make systems safer through better design and software better through more effective testing. Justin received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon in 2013.

Zachary Rousselle

Zachary Rousselle

Safety Engineer

Zach first became interested in building and testing dependable embedded systems while earning his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The current proliferation of smart devices and autonomous systems promises to make our lives easier, but also makes us more exposed to software vulnerabilities. It became clear to him that discovering and fixing those vulnerabilities before deployment through improved design processes and testing is the best way to mitigate those vulnerabilities. Zach’s additional experience with the Automated Stress Testing for Autonomy Architectures (ASTAA) project at Carnegie Mellon brings robustness testing expertise on top of his expert embedded systems knowledge.

Allison Sciullo

Allison Sciullo

Director of Project Development

Allison leads ECR teams in developing and using strategic and effective project management tools and processes. With over 20 years of project-focused experience in government, private industry, and academia, she provides insights during each phase of the Project Management Life Cycle. With a focus on continuous quality improvement first garnered at her time at NIST, Allison’s passion is developing a process framework that grows with ECR and sets us apart by codifying our commitment to safety excellence.

Mark Shepherd

Mark Shepherd

Senior Software Engineer

Mark is passionate about creating correct software whether that involves dependently typed languages, generating verified code, using better development practices, or testing, testing, and more testing. He believes that as software and robots get more intertwined with the physical world, safety and correctness become ever more important. Mark received his B.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University in 2017 with a specialization in Programming Languages.

Michael Wagner

Michael Wagner

CEO & Co-Founder

Mike is the CEO of Edge Case Research, a company he founded with Philip Koopman to make autonomy safer. His experience with autonomous vehicles began nearly twenty years ago at Carnegie Mellon University. He built lunar rovers for Red Whittaker, autonomous scientific robots that explored Antarctica, and self driving technology for tackling harsh off road terrain. Ten years ago, Mike and Philip Koopman began researching techniques to design and verify autonomous systems. Today, he applies this experience to lead Edge Case Research with the goal of providing validation technology for autonomy across a range of industries, including self driving cars, materials handling, and robotic work cells.

Dana Wettergreen

Dana Wettergreen

Controller

Dana’s past professional experience includes investment bank operations, non-profit fundraising, and finance. Dana received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon, double majoring in Applied Mathematics/Operations Research and Business.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise

Lead Engineer

Brian worked for 12 years as a government civilian at the US Army Aberdeen Test Center and Army Evaluation Center. He was responsible for developing test and evaluation methodologies and strategies, managing test planning, execution, and reporting, and assessing safety for a variety of tactical, combat, and robotic vehicles and systems. Brian was awarded the Army Test and Evaluation Command and Aberdeen Test Center Individual Safety Awards in 2016 for his work with large, unmanned ground vehicles. Brian received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005 and M.S. in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.

Samuel Yim

Samuel Yim

Robotics Engineer

Sam received an MS in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. He was a member of the Field Robotics Center; as part of his thesis research, he developed a system for localizing a rover within a barren desert using only a pair of stereo cameras. He has experience with computer vision and machine learning systems, having previously worked on automated science analysis of stromatolite fossils and reliably identifying rocks in the desert. These problems have given Sam insight into how difficult it can be to make a truly robust perception system. At Edge Case Research, he works toward solving this fundamental challenge.

Natalie Zacchero

Natalie Zacchero

Manager, Human Resources

Natalie brings over 10 years experience in development, mentoring and coaching teams in an organic growth environment. Having spent most of that time in the finance area, Natalie is very familiar with recruiting, training and maintaining an inviting company culture.

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