Meet the Bloggers
Adam Ormond has more than 10 years’ experience analyzing, architecting, developing and validating systems in both the federal and commercial space. Mr. Ormond currently works with Applied Information Sciences, where he leads teams in the design and implementation of software solutions to complex business problems. Mr. Ormond does this using agile methodologies, CASE tools, various programming languages, and Microsoft products and technologies. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree. Mr. Ormond is also an Agile Certified Practitioner and is passionate about delivering working software that satisfies customers’ desires.
Since 1982, AIS has provided software and systems engineering services to enterprise companies and the U.S. government. We invest heavily in technology innovations that bring transformative change to our customers and trusted partners. AIS believes in being there for the long haul to advise on IT projects across your entire organization, to work with your teams as partners with the same goal: total project success, and not total hours billed.
Allison Christman is a UI/UX Digital Designer focused on the human factor. She loves to create something great and then improve it after usability testing. Allison focuses mainly on desktop, mobile and SharePoint websites, and has been using the Adobe Web Suite of products (including Flash and Dreamweaver) for over 13 years. She creates most websites with CSS and HTML. Allison also creates Windows 8 apps and responsive design including CSS3 and HTML5.
Andrew Middleton is an Infrastructure Consultant with AIS and has over 12 years’ experience in enterprise web/portal application design, development and architecture. His clients have included large DoD customers such as the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Navy and the Air National Guard. He has implemented enterprise class systems using various Microsoft technologies such as ASP.NET, SharePoint and Team Foundation Server and enjoys using PowerShell to automate administration and reporting. After serving as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, he began his career in IT working for a dotcom. His technical career spans roles as a developer, integration specialist, configuration manager and solutions architect.
Anthony Mudd is a software engineer with over a dozen years of experience focused primarily in .NET and SharePoint technologies. He began his career with AIS in 2007. His clients have included small and large eCommerce companies, custom desktop solution providers, and enterprise web application providers. For the past three years, Anthony has been developing custom SharePoint applications for the Department of Defense.
Ash joined AIS in May 2012 as a Senior Software Engineer. He has a Master’s of Science in Engineering from Auburn University and a Bachelor’s in Technology from Regional Engineering College in Jalandhar, India. He is passionate about creating software and finding ways to improve his craft. For more than a decade, Ash has built software components, applications and frameworks encompassing desktop and web clients, middleware components and databases. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and perspectives with the community by participating in user groups, presenting in code camps and via his blog (http://www.ashtewari.com/). Ash likes to read, watch movies and get out in the mountains for backpacking and hiking.
Ben Brouse is an AIS Solutions Architect and responsible for the execution of creating business solutions using .NET technologies. Ben brings over 18 years of experience and leadership to his position and has been at AIS for 12 years. Ben has participated in both shrink-wrap custom software and custom solutions. His expertise spans both rich-client thick applications and also highly distributed fault-tolerant applications in mission critical applications. Most recently, Ben has been focused on building distributed systems for a broad spectrum of devices in conjunction with cloud platforms. Ben is a MCP and serves in an architectural capacity within AIS.
Brent Wodicka is a Senior Software Architect and Consultant at Applied Information Sciences. He and has been with the company since 2007, and has been active in the industry for ten years. During his time at AIS Brent has worked on enterprise class solution development with focus on .NET, SharePoint, and Business Intelligence. Most recently, he has enjoyed implementing solutions leveraging cloud and mobile offerings from Microsoft. Prior to joining AIS, Brent worked for Nortel Government Solutions and VisualPoint, Inc.
Bryan Kail is an AIS Technical Project Manager with over 10 years of experience specializing in Microsoft technologies. As a Microsoft Certified Professional, Bryan is skilled in understanding complex business processes and applying the right technologies to the right problems. Since 2009 he has led efforts to design and implement SharePoint 2010 and custom ASP.NET applications, hosted both traditionally and in the cloud. Bryan’s body of work at AIS includes applications for records management, business intelligence, case management, content management, and audio/video delivery supporting a full array of devices from desktops to tablets.
Chris Hettinger is a technical professional with a vast background in many areas of computing ranging from electronics and hardware to administration and software development. Over 16 years of experience of software development with 8 years of solid experience with Microsoft .NET Framework. Chris has spent the majority of his tenure at AIS working with SharePoint Enterprise Search solutions with both SharePoint 2010 FAST and 2013 Enterprise search.
Christine Frost is a Customer Engagement Manager with over 20 years of management experience in various environments from small businesses to large government organizations, specifically 16 years in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work with all levels of personnel, establishing and maintaining effective customer relations. Her duties as Customer Engagement Manager include identifying opportunities for business process improvements, increasing awareness and knowledge of available information technology tools, developing immediate IT solutions and acting as a liaison between the IT support organization and the customer base for incidents and complex, custom IT solutions.
Christine is a Software Engineer with over 15 years of experience as a developer and designer. Preferring a blend of both front-end and back-end development, she has a diverse skill set of web application development, user interface design, web design, graphic design, illustration, and fine art. In recent projects, she has been designing, developing, and providing enhancements to user interfaces of custom SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 applications. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and admiring the natural beauty of the world.
Clint has over 12 years of industry experience with extensive knowledge of network troubleshooting, security and architecture, specializing in SharePoint administration and infrastructure for the past five years. He has assisted multiple branches of the military (most recently in Baghdad, Iraq) to plan, build, and optimize large-scale SharePoint deployments in locations around the world. Recently Clint co-authored his first book, SharePoint Server 2010 Administration 24-Hour Trainer, and currently holds the position of infrastructure consultant.
Elaine has been developing web applications for over 15 years. For the past 3 years she has become dedicated to delivering SharePoint solutions, having discovered SharePoint as a strong website development framework that shortens development time and powers productivity.
Eric Svendsen joined AIS in September 2013 as a Senior Software Engineer. Eric has over 10 years of experience in web application development using the Microsoft .NET framework and other technologies. His background also includes web-based and native app development for Android and iOS. In his spare time, Eric enjoys watching sports, photography, and spending time with his family.
Forest Thomas has seven years of experience in the IT Field and he has been with AIS for over three years now. He is currently a Software Tester on the Federal side and primarily works with cloud and physical test environments, focusing on SharePoint applications.
Harin Sandhoo is a solutions architect with over 10 years of experience working with federal and commercial clients. He has extensive expertise in a wide range of technologies and development methodologies. He has most recently been working with SharePoint and cloud platforms such as Windows Azure. Harin also participates in Microsoft’s VTSP Program. Prior to joining AIS, Harin worked for L-3 Titan and ITT Industries. Harin received both his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Jack O'Connell is an Infrastructure Consultant with AIS and has over 18 years of experience in the IT field working with Microsoft technology. He supports both public and private sector organizations.
Jason McNutt serves as an Engagement Manager at Applied Information Sciences, as part of the team responsible for growing AIS business through company-wide Marketing and Sales efforts. Most recently growing/developing AIS' Digital Services Practice, to include a combination of Human Centric Design, Lean Agile Development, Open Source Front end/Back End frameworks and DevOps patterns on public and private cloud platforms.
Jason Storch is a seasoned solutions architect with broad experience in Portals and Collaboration, BI, Document and Records Management and e-Commerce. Since 2007, he has been designing internet/intranet portals and business applications for AIS’ clients focusing on SharePoint 2007 and 2010. Prior to coming to AIS, Jason was the Director of Software Development and Architecture of the e-commerce platform at Simplexity, one of the largest online retailers of mobile devices.
For the past five years at AIS, Jim has developed and architected SharePoint solutions for many AIS clients. He has been working with SharePoint since the 2003 beta. With over 20 years of experience in the software development arena, Jim has developed shrink-wrapped software, designed and implemented relational databases, built systems on real-time operating systems, programmed robots and built a variety of business applications using the full spectrum of Microsoft development tools.
Jim Strang is a Software Engineer at Applied Information Sciences. He joined AIS in 2015, and has been in working in the .NET development field since 2012. Jim graduated from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in 2014, and he has also worked for Epsilon and Cincinnati Financial. At AIS, Jim works mostly on projects for large federal clients, and specializes in Microsoft Azure development.
John Ireland is a Solutions Architect at Applied Information Sciences. He joined AIS in 2006, and has been in working in the .NET development field since 2000. John graduated from George Mason University in 2001 and he has also worked for .com startup companies during the first bubble. At AIS, John has worked on both sides: Federal and Commercial, mostly on projects for large commercial clients, specializing in Microsoft Azure development and DevOps.
Jon Overholser is a practice manager at Applied Information Sciences with responsibility for all Midwest operations. With over 14 years experience as an accomplished technical lead and software engineer in the passive remote sensing field, he puts emphasis on team development and establishing and incorporating best practices into daily project activities.
Jonathan Meyer is a veteran Software Engineer with over 10 years development experience. This includes multiple geospatially enabled web applications, ETL solutions and development on the Scale cluster procressing framework. He is dedicated to improving development practices, fostering open source development and executing sensible DevOps in the field of government contracting. In his spare time, Jonathan likes hanging out with his two girls, exploring new and exciting places and dabbling in amateur photography.
Joe joined AIS in 2006 as a software engineer and currently serves as a project manager in the Federal Practice. Joe has 15 years of industry experience in multiple disciplines including infrastructure, system administration, software development, and project management. With a focus on the Microsoft technology stack, his breadth of practical design and implementation expertise has contributed to multiple projects for federal customers. Most recently, Joe's projects have been centered around SharePoint 2010 and have included a Records Management implementation for a large federal customer as well as development of an enterprise-wide SharePoint composite application that included Azure technologies.
Kevin Aenmey is a Senior Software Engineer at Applied Information Sciences. A native South African, he graduated with a Bachelor’s in Technology in 2001, immigrated to the United States in 2006 and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. He loves technology, loves to code and has been providing solutions to organizations using the latest Microsoft technologies throughout his career. As a lifelong learner he is committed to continuously growing in the art of programming.
Kip Streithorst is a Senior Software Engineer at Applied Information Sciences. Kip has over 10 years of software development experience and has worked on both large and small projects. His experience encompasses multiple languages and types of projects, ranging from large-scale C++ desktop development to ASP.NET MVC projects using the latest HTML5 technologies. When not programming, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Kyle joined AIS in April of 2013 as a Software Engineer. Kyle specializes in developing web and desktop applications using the Microsoft .NET framework. He also has experience developing native and web-based mobile applications for iOS and Android. In his free time (while not programming) he enjoys watching sports, playing golf, and running.
Larry Katzman is a member of the Federal Practice management team leading AIS efforts in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of State. Larry has over 15 years of professional services experience, mostly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, supporting both public and private sector organizations. Since joining AIS in 2000 as a Software Developer, Larry has served in many AIS roles leading to his current position. He holds a Master's degree in Information Systems Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting & Management Information Systems from Northeastern University. Larry is a passionate about working with business users and technical teams to design, develop, and deliver innovative solutions. Outside the office, Larry spends the bulk of his time with his wife, three children and two dogs.
Leslie Bell is a business analyst and Scrum Master. She has more than 13 years of software development experience, and more than five years experience leading development efforts for enterprise applications. Her focus is on Microsoft technology solutions to include SharePoint and Dynamics CRM. Mrs. Bell has served as Scrum Master on DoD projects for over two years, and received her Scrum Master certification in 2012.
Madhukar is a seasoned results-driven SOA professional and a technical evangelist with over 10+ years of experience in BizTalk, Cloud and SharePoint technologies. As a Technical lead he is responsible for solution architecture, development, delivery and technical effort management. He was part of the BizTalk ESB development team at Microsoft.
Matt is a Solutions Architect at AIS and has been with the company since 2000. During his time at AIS he has designed and built a large variety of different business applications on web (ASP.NET) and smart client (WinForms) platforms for AIS' commercial, nonprofit, and federal customers. Since 2008, Matt has focused on large SharePoint environments (2007, 2010, and 2013) including designing, developing, maintaining, and troubleshooting those environments and the custom applications that they host. In addition, he has recently been working with the Cloud based infrastructure hosting offerings of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Windows Azure.
Mrs. Melissa Boss is Business Analyst working on the Federal client projects. Melissa received her undergraduate degree in Technical writing and Master's Degree in Integrated Science and Technology. She has 10 years of experience writing business requirements and three years of managing software development projects.
Michelle Schafer is an Analyst with over 15 years of experience in web technologies. Her background is in communications and graphic design. For the past 6 years she has been working in agile software development teams doing web content management, knowledge management, technical writing, requirements, design and testing. Michelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s in Publishing with an Electronic Publishing concentration from George Washington University. She is a mother to two daughters, enjoys volunteering and tries to achieve a balance in her work and family life.
Nasir Ali Mirza is a Sr. Tehcnical Manager with over 15 years of experience in the software development. His passion lies in the database and BI technologies. Prior to joining AIS, Nasir worked as Database and BI consultant at Microsoft Global Services. As a consultant at Microsoft, Nasir worked with some of the very large Microsoft customers for designing and developing software solutions. He has been a presenter at Microsoft TechReady and a contributor to other SQL Server communities. His credentials include being MCP since 1999 and having certifications in MCTS WCF, MCP 2.0, MCSD, MCTS SQL BI, MCTS SQL DEV and MCITP SQL. Nasir can be also reached at his blog site http://www.doSQLBI.com
Patrick O’Gorman joined AIS in 2007 and has over 12 years of industry experience. Patrick is part of the AIS San Antonio office and helps with the design and development of information systems for both local and remote clients. He has a BBA in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University and currently lives in New Braunfels Texas with his wife and two daughters. He has been working with Microsoft .Net and SharePoint technologies since 2001 and currently focuses on custom SharePoint and Dynamics CRM solutions, often integrating the two technologies.
Peter Joyce is a software developer and architect with a strong background in SharePoint and .NET in both the commercial and federal environments.
Raj is the Practice Manager for AIS India, responsible for operations, finance and project executions. For the past decade, Raj's focus has been in building global delivery teams to reduce time to market while leveraging cost benefits. Prior to joining AIS, Raj was responsible for building service lines at Microsoft and leading distributed teams to deliver mission critical projects with various clients including Toyota, Cigna, ING, Marriott and DoD. With a strong technical foundation and an entrepreneurial spirit, he covers the bits & bytes to dollars & cents journey with aplomb. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science & Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor's from Bangalore University.
Rich is a member of the Federal Practice management team, leading AIS efforts in the DoD. Rich has worked in IT for over 17 years, focusing on supporting public sector organizations on the Microsoft platform. Since joining AIS in 2008, Rich supported a range of AIS’s Federal clients. He holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from George Mason and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia. Rich holds numerous certifications, including Security+ and ITIL, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Richard Kearse is a SharePoint Analyst with over four years' experience in hardware and software technologies. Coming to AIS in October of 2012, Richard brings a small arsenal of CompTIA certifications, government contracting, non-profit, and a teaching background in hopes to help the company continue to grow and maintain its positive impression with clients and prospects. When spare time is available, Richard likes work on his comic strip, modify cars with his brother, and go boating.
Robert C. Hatton is an information technology and management professional with 20+ years of extensive experience in software engineering and project management. He has served diverse clients ranging from AT&T to the Army National Guard and other various Department of Defense agencies. He holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree of Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and American University respectively. Robert is passionate about developing and delivering quality solutions using Agile methodologies, object oriented design, and project management principles. At AIS, Robert is a member of the Federal Practice utilizing his skills to deliver quality Microsoft SharePoint solutions to a unique set of customer requirements. During his free time, Robert enjoys photography, biking, and exploring the history of American Jazz music.
Sahas is a Technical Manager at AIS India with over 12 years of experience in developing applications using Microsoft technologies. He is Azure Certified and likes to explore latest trends on cloud computing. Prior to joining AIS, Sahas worked for DELL, HP and other Fortune 500 companies responsible for developing, delivering & supporting mission critical applications for business.
Sam Larko has been working with SharePoint for six years and across the last three versions. While his experience is primarily in development, Sam has become more involved in administration and architecture over the last three years. In addition to SharePoint, he has a strong desire to become involved in mobile development, especially Android and Windows Phone.
Sanjeev is a Solutions Architect at Applied Information Sciences and has been with the company for almost a decade. Sanjeev has been leading teams developing custom .NET business solutions for a large financial services company. Prior to joining AIS, Sanjeev managed the development of 'shrink-wrapped' software products. Sanjeev has an MSEE and BSEE from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Stephen joined AIS in 2013 as a Principal Software Engineer, bringing with him over 24-years of progressive experience in all aspects of systems design, implementation and management. He has led and managed complex technical implementation projects for clients in various sectors and industries including banking, insurance, printing, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and national defense. For the past two years, Stephen has focused his efforts on development mobile applications on the Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms. He has a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from Roosevelt University, in Chicago as well as a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Stephen has nearly 30-years of combined enlisted and officer service in the Army.
Steve Michelotti is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and a contributing author for Pluralsight training. In addition, Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups and Code Camps along the East Coast and holds the MCSD, MCPD, and MCT certifications. Steve is an avid blogger (http:/geekswithblogs.net/michelotti), has contributed articles to Visual Studio Magazine, and his work on high performance web solutions was featured on Channel 9. Currently he is serving as an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS) where he is leading a multi-year effort to modernize the business systems of a major insurance carrier. Previously he was the Chief Technologist at e.magination where he consulted with clients including Advertising.com/AOL where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world.
Steven Suing is a practice manager for Applied Information Sciences and is responsible for overseeing the new North Carolina office. With over 12 years of experience, Steven has built an excellent record of delivering technical solutions for companies in a timely and efficient manner. Using his past experience and his business background, Steven has been able to mentor his team, recruit developers, and stimulate the growth of the fledgling North Carolina office. Steven is the Vice President of the Triangle .Net User group in Raleigh. He is heavily involved in the technical community and is passionate about the software industry and new technologies. Outside of AIS, Steven enjoys spending time with his wife and two girls, especially doing outdoor activities and science experiments. He is a woodworker and competitive racquetball player.
Terra is a Software Engineer working for Applied Information Sciences. She began her career in the Accounting field and soon discovered that computers were far more interesting. From those first experiences managing JDEdwards EnterpriseOne and automating balancing spreadsheets bloomed a thirst for knowledge in databases and applications. Terra returned to school to study database design and information technology. She has been working in the industry for the last 4 years, learning as much as possible along the way.
Tim Larson is originally from Atlanta, GA, but somehow he's been transplanted to Dayton, OH. During the day, he's proud to work with amazing developers at Applied Information Sciences. While he's getting more into JS/CSS/HTML, he's traditionally worked in the .Net world. There are so many new technologies, but there are just too few hours in a day... After work, Tim heads home to his amazing wife and two sons. His boys delight him to no end, especially when building with Legos or playing in the creek.
Tom is responsible for the operations, sales, marketing and corporate development teams at AIS. Tom joined AIS in 1990 and was initially responsible for the product management and sales of an AIS mainframe interoperability product. His efforts contributed to over $35 million in sales around the world. For the past decade, Tom has been instrumental in developing our position as a premier Microsoft partner. Prior to joining AIS, Tom designed and developed satellite control centers for NASA, including the Hubble Space Telescope. He also held various positions at Unisys Corporation eventually managing Federal pre-sales personnel for Army, Navy and CIA accounts. Because of the roles Tom has performed during his 30-year career, Tom has built a deep contextual knowledge of most of the innovations that have occurred in software engineering and application architecture.
Vinita has been with AIS for almost 7 years developing SharePoint solutions. She is also interested in Windows 8 and mobile development. Prior to AIS she worked at VCU-VISSTA, where she developed people skills. She completed her MS in Computer Science from VCU and her B.E in Electronics and Communications from Bangalore University.
Vishwas Lele serves as Chief Technology Officer at Applied Information Sciences, Inc. Mr. Lele is responsible for assisting organizations in envisioning, designing, and implementing enterprise solutions. Mr. Lele brings close to 24 years of experience and thought leadership to his position, and has been at AIS for 18 years. A noted industry speaker and author, Mr. Lele serves as Microsoft Regional Director for the Washington, D.C. area and is a member of Windows Azure Insiders group. Additionally, Mr. Lele received an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Solution Architecture.
Warren Steger is a Principal Business Analyst as AIS with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry. Over the years, he has worked on projects in many different domains including spacecraft support systems, telecommunications, insurance, transportation, energy services, finance, and state and federal government. In his current role, he provides support to clients in developing and managing requirements for systems. He also helps clients adopt Agile software development practices. Throughout his career, he has also performed the role of project manager, solution architect, developer, tester, and support operations staff. Warren currently is a member of Microsoft’s Business Platform Technology Advisors group and a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA). Prior to joining AIS, Warren worked for CSC, Verizon, and Iridium LLC. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Washington and Jefferson College and his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Will Miller joined AIS in 2010 as a Software Engineer. During his time at with the company he has worked on several projects, including a dashboard tool for a marketing agency and a cloud-based business-to-business web application for a well-known jewelry chain. His most recent project is a construction site inspection tool for Windows 8 tablets. Will holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Hood College.
Yared Tsegaye is a Solution Architect and Consultant at Applied Information Sciences. He has been with the company since 2007 and has been active in the industry for 18 years. During his time at AIS, Yared has worked on enterprise class solution development with a focus on .NET, SharePoint, and Business Intelligence. Most recently, he has been working as Integration Architect utilizing MuleSoft and RabbitMQ. Before joining AIS, Yared used to work for AT&T Government Solutions and Data-Basics, Inc.