ARiA Announces Three New Hires at Culpeper Location


October 8, 2013


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CULPEPER, VA- Applied Research in Acoustics LLC is pleased to announce the addition of three recent hires at the organization’s newest location in Culpeper, Va.

Lisa Nicklas of Bethesda, Md., Tom Meyer of Oak Park, Ill., and Daniel Redmond of Richmond, Ky., have accepted positions at the Washington, DC based Applied Research in Acoustics LLC (ARiA), a firm of scientists and engineers involved in basic and applied research for the development of prototypes and field-ready software and systems.

“These new hires are a critical step in the ongoing growth of ARiA,” said Jason Summers, ARiA’s founder and chief scientist. “With expertise in unique aspects of software engineering, they provide a complementary set of skills and knowledge that rounds-out the capabilities and competencies of ARiA.”

Nicklas joins ARiA as a senior software engineer after her most recent position as a senior software programmer at George Mason University.

“I really like the first project I’ll be working on,” she said. “I enjoy learning new things.”

Nicklas’ combination of graduate-level studies in computer science, extensive experience developing military systems, and knowledge of underwater acoustics make her a key asset to ARiA, Summers said.

“Her work has been instrumental to the development of multiple Navy training systems in the past,” said Summers. “I’m certain that her unique expertise will be instrumental to the success of our acoustics training and education video game WaveQuest.”

Meyer recently completed a dual degree program, graduating in May 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in applied mathematics from Columbia University and a bachelor’s of arts in mathematics and computer science from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. He joins ARiA as a software engineer.

“I’m looking forward to using a graphics processing unit (GPU) within the field of acoustics,” said Meyer. “I’ve previously used one in the field of geochemistry but I’m excited to see applications in another scientific domain.”

His expertise in numerical models will be valuable as he works to develop computational simulations of scattering in the ocean and new signal-processing technologies that leverage physical models, Summers said.

Redmond, also a 2013 graduate, received a bachelor of arts in computer and information sciences from Berea College. He joins the team as a software engineer.

“As a graduate of Berea College—a work-study institution—his years of work experience give him a maturity and professionalism that belie his years,” said Summers.

Redmond’s familiarity with database systems will be key to the ongoing development of ARiA’s artificial-intelligence system for simulation-based training, Summers said.

“I’m looking forward to the learning environment that ARiA has,” said Redmond. “I’m really interested in learning the physics behind the programming that I’ll be doing.”

Nicklas, Meyer and Redmond join ARiA’s newest facility, strategically located in an economic climate supportive of high-tech industry and in close proximity to the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

“In bringing together long-time industry experts with bright and creative recent graduates, this recent set of hires is well-aligned with ARiA’s goal of fostering innovation that is oriented toward achieving real-world gains,” said Summers.