Leadership

buildingTech-X Corporation specializes in developing and using cutting edge computational science and engineering methods to solve problems. Our software and consulting services are used to reduce both cost and technical risk for commercial and scientific customers via modern modeling techniques, advanced visualization, and distributed computing technologies. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Tech-X Corporation is an entrepreneurial and dynamic enterprise committed to scientific and technical excellence and innovation. We provide technical solutions through collaboration and product development and are dedicated to advances in science and engineering. Our business consists of scientific software products, consulting services, and federally funded projects.


John R. Ca
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Chief Executive Officer

Dr. John R. Cary, CEO, co-founded Tech-X in 1994 with Dr. Svetlana Shasharina. Tech-X has grown to have more than 65 employees, with contracts from industry and the government, and with multiple lines of software products. The company's products help in the design and prediction of systems involving electromagnetics and plasmas.

Dr. Cary has a strong background in computational research and development, with more than 150 publications. His background helps ensure that Tech-X products are based on the most recent and advanced algorithms and computing developments, make use of the most advanced computing platforms, and are easily used by Tech-X customers.

Dr. Cary received his degrees at the University of California at Irvine and at Berkeley. He has worked for government labs (Los Alamos), in the private sector (Tech-X), and in academia (he retains his position as Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he continues to be involved in education of the next generation of scientists and engineers).

Svetlana Shasharina, Ph.D.
Vice President, Computational Infrastructure

Dr. Svetlana Shasharina graduated from Moscow State University and received her Ph.D. from the General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Shasharina has worked on a number of computational science projects, and has published on the uses of object-oriented programming in scientific computing, distributed computing, and the development of intuitive scientific modeling applications and libraries.

At Tech-X Corporation, Dr. Shasharina is a principal investigator of many projects, combining C++, Java, and distributed computing, as well as leading physics projects that include accelerator and fusion modeling. Dr. Shasharina also has extensive experience in distributed computing, CORBA, C++, Java, scientific visualization, Web services, and Grid technologies.

Peter Stoltz, Ph.D.
Vice President, Beam-Plasma Interactions

Dr. Stoltz received a BS in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado in 1996. Dr. Stoltz completed his post-doctoral research at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory developing particle-in-cell simulation codes for heavy-ion fusion beams. Dr. Stoltz has also worked Sandia National Laboratories as a post-doctoral research scientist developing magnetohydrodynamic simulation codes for z-pinch x-ray sources.

Dr. Stoltz designed and implemented a graphical user interface for the PPPL heavy-ion code using IDL, and wrote a GUI tool in IDL for post-processing simulation results while at Sandia. Some of Dr. Stoltz' recent work involved the development of a scientific steering package based on Python where he also used MPI to prototype a parallel version of that scripting language. Dr. Stoltz also headed the development of the parallel IDL prototype developed by Tech-X Corporation in 2002.

Scott Kruger, Ph.D.
Vice President, Fusion
Acting Director, Marketing

As Vice President of the Fusion Group, Scott manages a group of plasma physicists, applied mathematicians, and an odd polymer physicist. He was project manager for FACETS, a large (> 5M lines of code) fusion application that integrated legacy Fortran codes with a C++ framework, and is project manager for the NIMROD magnetohydrodynamic code.

As Acting Director of Marketing, Dr. Kruger has led the rebranding of Tech-X to more clearly focus on commercial products. Based on his experience as a project manager, he has developed new company procedures for improving the communication between research scientists and the support groups within Tech-X to more easily deliver cutting edge research codes to the marketplace.

Scott received a Ph.D. in fusion research because it seemed like a good idea at the time. After graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, he worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in San Diego. After working for a large corporation for 5 years, Scott enthusiastically joined Tech-X in 2004 and has enjoyed working on a broad range of computational projects since then. And even thought he hates to conform to and reinforce a stereotype, this bearded, bespectacled, overweight nerd is still happy to talk physics, computation, and marketing over a nice pint of craft beer.

Larry Nelson
Controller

Mr. Nelson received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder in 1969. After a one-year position at a bank in Denver, he became employed at CU, initially in the Accounting Department, and soon thereafter in the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG). OCG is responsible for processing and administering all of the sponsored research proposals and awards at CU (more than $250 million annually). In 2001, Mr. Nelson was a recipient of the University of Colorado’s Robert L. Stearns Award for Exceptional Service, the highest honor bestowed upon CU faculty and staff for exceptional teaching, research, or service.

In 1981, Mr. Nelson became the Director of OCG and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2004. In February 2005, Mr. Nelson joined Tech-X as its first Controller. He brings to Tech-X his 34 years of experience with sponsored research, federal funding, and contract management.

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