Team Bio

Dr. Gregory Scott

Dr. Gregory Scott, CEO, began with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, and an MSc in Space Architecture from the University of Houston. He worked at Mission Control, launching the space shuttle for NASA at the Johnson Space Center, before heading to the University of Surrey where he completed his Ph.D. in Space Robotics, with a focus in planetary locomotion systems for exploration robots. He then worked for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he acquired and managed over $10 million in robotics R&D programs for NASA, DARPA, and the Navy. In 2013 he founded SRT, with the goal of bringing together service robots and commercial IoT devices from different manufacturers into the same ecosystem. Dr. Scott is always grateful that his interests and specialties have been adopted by popular culture, but he actively resists correcting people by saying, “Actually, it is rocket science.”

Dr. Karoline Pershell

Dr. Karoline Pershell, COO, has had a varied career in mathematics with expertise in theoretical systems, statistical modelling, and data analytics. She started as a Senate Page in Washington, D.C., then later earned her BS at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and her Masters and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rice University. She then taught as a math professor at University of Tennessee-Martin, at Quingdao University in China, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hyderabad in India. She then served with the Department of State, and then as Executive Director of the Association for Women in Mathematics. At SRT she specializes in listening to client needs so as to align business intelligence to improve their workflow. In a career distinguished with awards and recognitions, she insists that her most meaningful accolade is the “Bumble Bee Award”, given when she was on UTM’s rodeo team as the first full-time, female collegiate bullrider, which reads: “Physics says that the bumble bee should not be able to fly. The bee ignores this information and goes on to fly and achieve.”

Vishal Kole

Vishal Kole, CTO, began with a degree in Computer Science from the Engineering Institute of Ichalkaranji, and an MSc in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. His research work focused on cloud-based collaborative robotics and mapping as well as research in increasing efficiency in implementation of advanced algorithms. He worked as a software developer and consultant before leading the development and launch of SRT’s M1 Hardware Portal. While continuing to serve as SRT’s Software Architect, Vishal is able to drive his passion, of bringing the exciting parts of Kubernetes and other machine learning algorithms from behind the scenes to make them accessible to the end user. Vishal’s passion for engineering was evident from his early age when fixing dysfunctional items used to be his most favorite pastime. Lately, his love and excitement for algorithms grows exponentially with every challenge he undertakes.

Lauren Jerome

SRT’s Vice President of Product, Lauren Jerome, is a creative problem solver, providing the fertile ground to develop SRT’s technology, and to ensure its successful adoption and continuity in our market. Her background attests to her extraordinary skill in navigating any business terrain. A graduate of the University of Toledo, she gained her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, a feat that enables her to precisely identify defects and opportunities in our deployment. Her career background is packed with Executive level positions, serving as Director of Engineering, Software Production, Product Management—her understanding of the totality of the business process and product lifecycle is unparalleled. As a transformative leader, she has co-organized events to foster small business, and co-founded Redefining Women in Tech, a program devoted towards supporting the needs of women in tech fields. We’re truly thankful for Lauren, who always keeps pushing us to better frontiers.

Samantha Lange

Samantha Lange has an undergraduate degree in Linguistics and a master’s degree in Strategic Intelligence, with a career history that spans both military and civilian life, from coordinator onto analyst, operations management, and the directing of projects. Her professional history includes a very close level involvement with the highest levels of leadership in enterprises in which she has previously served, demonstrating the highest levels of trust that her co-workers invest. The salutatorian of her Master’s student body, her remarkable ingenuity is matched by her industriousness. Her intelligence background enabled her to successfully develop public/private sector programs that include improving law enforcement efficiency, the USDA’s APFO geospatial program, and even projects integrated into the CIA. Her leadership on varied business operations helps ensure SRT achieve its intended objectives. A renaissance woman and connoisseur of coffee, we enjoy long chats regarding philosophy and literature with Samantha, despite the many sci-fi interjections. We’re still awaiting the script for cosmonaut cats of SRT—Space Knit Misadventures!

Elliot Barnet

Elliot Barnett comes to SRT as our Business Development Manager. Elliot’s comprehensive understanding of business ecology stems from both his experience in the private market and academia. Prior to his arrival at SRT, he worked as both project manager and director of operations, administering to million-dollar ventures, leadership of teams, efficiency improvements, and other aspects of business strategy. He received his Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2020. He currently holds title to having the illest tattoos at SRT, an undeniable advantage in amping our street cred alongside his smackdown memes.

Emily Wicks

Emily Wicks, our Marketing Coordinator, acts as key support to our business strategy. Having graduated magna cum laude from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Fine Arts, her uniquely talented eye for aesthetics and business opportunity enhances our competitive edge in our market sector. Her credentials as a business leader are also equally substantiated outside of academia, as the current co-owner of a ceramics studio, wherein which she exercises even more of her creative abilities, coming also with history as a program coordinator for art galleries. Her prodigious skill set includes content creation, project management, communication, social media, and creative software suites—there’s virtually no avenue of design in which she doesn’t have her hand. Don’t meet her in a bake-off, as she’ll out-pastry you in a flash.

Daniel Hull

Dan Hull is a Software Developer with background in Python, C++, JavaScript and other object oriented languages. His work history includes device software integrations, end-to-end conversions, data storage administration and retrieval, automation, website management, and robotic communications. An adaptive programmer, Dan ensures the seamless interoperability devices connected to the M1 Hardware Portal. In his spare time, he helps manage and organize a competitive gaming group for working adults, and self-studies Japanese and the piano.

Aaron Benson de Oliveira

Aaron Benson de Oliveira is a Human Resources Generalist and Technical Writer with SRT with an academic background in philosophy, political economy, and computer science. He has a deep interest in the field of high tech and a love of the sciences generally, always looking at the ways technology is employed to improve the lives of people. During his HR tenure of nearly 8 years, Aaron built tools and resources geared towards the automation of multiple HR functions and the analysis of HR metrics. Aaron is tasked with ensuring that SRT is prepared for an expansive future, constructing inclusive policies to make SRT’s business culture as cutting edge as our technology. He otherwise attempts to herd his cats and, true to his nerdy roots, watches a bunch of Star Trek reruns.

Khedija Khiyar

Khedjia has spent most of her career as an executive assistant, operations manager, and bookkeeper for small businesses in the Washington DC area. Here at SRT, Khedija offers a much needed balance to the otherwise deeply technical development team. She manages our books and day-to-day financial operations, does all aspects of research to ensure we’re well positioned in the market, and helps us make sure we can keep the lights on every month!

Michelle Snider

Dr Michelle Snider, our immensely gifted Senior Data Analyst, works to ensure the integrity of our data collection, granting insights to clients and to our solutions team in making SRT technology ahead of the pack. Her credentials and professional background couldn’t be more impressive—an academic background in the physical sciences and pure mathematics, Dr Snider concluded her studies at Cornell, graduating with a PhD. In the decade preceding her joining Service Robotics & Technologies, she worked in federally funded research, developing technical solutions, performing R&D, and applying pure and applied mathematics to solve the NSA’s impossible problems. With all of these distinctions, Dr Snider has held leadership positions within organizations working to improve the accessibility of the STEM fields, holding an Executive Committee position at the Association for Women in Mathematics, facilitated workshops, and attended numerous conferences associated with this social goal. We’re immensely proud and thankful to have such a gifted mathematician on our team. She’d also undoubtedly win the company bake off even after replumbing her house! Is there anything Michelle can’t do?

Jonathan Lin

Jonathan Lin is a leader in technical product management, with working history in major firms such as Microsoft and Expedia, where he led teams in the development of major software services with budgets in the millions of dollars. From the launch of new products, programs, and novel software, Jon Lin’s strategic prowess in the totality of software development aids SRT in producing technology at the cutting edge of robotics and smart hardware. Coming with a career in computer technology spanning over twenty years, fourteen of which in a managerial capacity, Lin is a formidable asset to SRT’s team. As a budding young technologist, he self taught programing at an early age and learning how things works by taking them apart, with dream of creating something that better everyone's life.

Sam Kome

Sam Kome is a librarian and technologist with a background in information science and geography. He has employed his skillset to improve library discovery services (think databases and search engines), working with library stakeholders on a variety of IT and building projects. He has worked extensively in the improvement of geographic tracking; for aircraft, automobiles, and people by working with sensors and through indexing large data sets across varied internet service providers. He is essential to SRT in structuring the M1 Hardware Portal’s administration of robotic activity alongside assuring the proper integration of other smart devices. We look forward to his inevitable live action theatre production of the history of body surfing, dry cappuccinos included and pinkies up—so bourgeois.

Dr. Jens Fritzenwanker

Dr. Fritzenwanker academic work centers around deciphering complex regulatory networks in the field of molecular and developmental biological sciences, with work published in highly respected journals such as Nature, PNAS, PlosBiology, and Current Biology. His academic history additionally includes several awards, funding, and fellowships in the United States and the European Union. As SRT’s Solutions Architect, Dr. Fritzenwanker creates solutions for customer problems utilizing his experience on understanding complex networks, working with large data sets, and in project management. While he is always happy to discuss your solution if that happens from a beach or snow covered mountain is yours to find out.

Sarah Chehade

Dr Sarah Chehade, SRT’s Data Science Fellow, provides enormous support to our enterprise in the administration, interpretation, and usage of large data sets obtained on behalf of our clients. A Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from the University of Houston, Dr Chehade’s background makes her a highly qualified member of our staff. Her previous academic research involved such complex subjects as quantum information theory and biomedical applications, alongside an impressive array of responsibilities supporting the development of students in the STEM field as a mathematics tutor. Moreover, her sincere interest in equity and diversity corresponded with significant organizational roles in the academic chapters at her university with the Association for Women in Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society. Her current time away from the equations involves yoga, the fixing of old furniture, and searching for Houston’s best fried chicken sandwich!

Don Becker

Don Becker is a Software Developer with a background in Test using Java, C#, C++, PowerShell, and other languages. His work history includes developing back end and front end tests and tools for Microsoft Windows Phone and Double Down Casino. An adaptive programmer, Don works to ensure the quality of the M1 Hardware Portal and Services. When not working, Don can be found spending time with his baby daughter, walking his chocolate lab, woodworking in his wood shop, riding his bicycle, or playing Xbox.

Carter Scadden

Carter Scadden is a certified software developer with extensive background in Golang, PostgreSQL, React.js, NodeJS, Express and Typescript. His skill set includes the maintenance of websites, databasing, and graphic design. Before coming to SRT, Carter worked on development of software to achieve a self documenting relational database with a realtime api. While away from his coding, he enjoys skating, swimming, and having a cup of coffee.

Julian Webb

Julian Webb supports SRT through his impressive coding abilities at the back-end of our services. He comes with experience in computer science in data administration and visualization and significant abilities in multiple languages such as C++, Python, Java, and much more. A renaissance man, he graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies, worked as a welder, and even supported disabled adults in his work history. Personal projects in computer science additionally inform his engagement with our company: from the building of a Mandelbrot Explorer Coffee table and even a singing dishwasher. Julian’s keen attention to detail and his enterprising initiative strengthens SRT’s competitive advantage in our market. When unoccupied with code, he enjoys homemade pizza, growing hydroponic basil and tomatoes, and biking around his midwestern home. He even engages in wild mushroom foraging! Ask him about his morchellaceae morchella pie!

Jeremiah Bailey

Jeremiah Bailey works as SRT’s UX / UI Designer, deploying his skillset to ensure our product meets refined standards with regard to aesthetics, usability, and intuitive interfacing. His history in the arts and photography is reflected in his keen eye for creative visualization in the construction of our product. Somewhat of an engineer himself having been a motorcycle technician and bicycle mechanic, Jeremiah appreciates the importance of intersecting the process of software development to a presentable, usable, and beautiful application. The fanciest team member at SRT, we all dim our laptop cameras in zoom calls when he’s on the line—très avant-garde!

Tasha Mitchell

As one of our highly talented Software Engineers, Tasha Mitchell has extensive experience in development, with high level focus on front end coding. She builds highly navigable interfacing through her keen grasp of the cognitive psychology of effective design. Her background in graphic design and linguistics underscores her ability to produce code product of exceptional quality and to create intuitive user experience frameworks with ease. When not occupied by coding, she delves into literary pursuits, such as screenwriting—”They were the best of cobots, they were the worst of cobots…”