Dr. Gene W. Ray – Chief Executive Officer, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Dr. Gene W. Ray assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer (interim) for Decision Sciences on January 16, 2015. He has served as a Director on the company’s Board of Directors since 2008.
A successful businessman and entrepreneur, Dr. Ray brings extensive experience in technology, defense and government contracting to Decision Sciences. He has been the CEO of GMT Ventures since 2005. Prior to GMT Ventures, Dr. Ray co-founded the Titan Corporation and served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director on Titan’s board from the company’s inception in May 1981 until it was sold in August 2005. He was elected Titan’s Chairman of the Board in 1999 and served in that capacity until 2005. Titan was a technology based company and a leading provider of comprehensive information and communications products, solutions, and services for commercial clients, the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies. Titan also created, built and launched several commercial technology companies including an information technology business, a global telecommunications services business providing wireless services to under-developed countries and a business that pasteurized food using electron beams. When Titan was sold in 2005, it had more than 15,000 employees, a global presence and annualized sales of approximately $2.5 billion. From 1985 to 2005, Titan was listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TTN.
Prior to launching Titan, Dr. Ray was Executive Vice President, General Manager and a member of the Board of Directors of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for 11 years. He served as Division Chief for the Strategic Division of the U.S. Air Force (AFGOAS) for two years. He held the position of Senior Appointee on the staff of the USAF Chief of Staff where he led a team of military and civilian analysts and scientists. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ray was with the Aerospace Corporation where he contributed to weapon system analysis programs and specialized in the area of nuclear survivability.
Dr. Ray is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Decision Sciences. He also serves on numerous boards including Artel, Inc., Murray State University Foundation and the La Jolla Institute, as well as several advisory boards for early stage technology companies.
Dr. Ray received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at the University of Tennessee; a master’s degree in Physics at the University of Tennessee; and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at Murray State University.
The Honorable Jay M. Cohen – Chief Operating Officer, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Rear Admiral Jay Cohen (USN, Ret.) added the role of Chief Operating Officer (interim) of Decision Sciences International Corporation in January 2015 in addition to his role as a Director on the company’s Board of Directors.
Admiral Cohen brings more than four decades of expertise in science and technology research, development, testing and evaluation as well as extensive knowledge in nuclear, explosives and chemical technologies. He has served as a Principal with The Chertoff Group since 2009. After retiring from a 38 year career in the U.S. Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral, he served as Undersecretary for Science and Technology in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS S&T). As a testament to his force of personality and management prowess, in two short years Admiral Cohen transformed DHS S&T. At the time of his Undersecretary appointment, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 U.S. Senate Appropriations Report described DHS S&T as “a rudderless ship without a clear way to get back on course”. Through Admiral Cohen’s leadership and the people and programs he put in place, the FY 2008 Senate Appropriations Report stated the committee “is pleased with the rapid progress S&T appears to be making…” and in FY 2009 the Congress added $63M to the nearly $1B DHS S&T budget and directed that Admiral Cohen be given acquisition authority over his responsible programs. The output focused, customer oriented makeover of DHS S&T (from the lowest morale federal government component in 2006 to amongst the highest in 2008) is a success story that is captured in Hill testimony, press articles, international partnerships, and a National Geographic TV special “Hi-Tech War on Terror” that documents the high risk/high gain innovation portfolio which he put in place to make the nation safer.
Prior to his role with DHS, Admiral Cohen held increasingly responsible positions with the U.S. Navy. In June 2000, he became the 20th Chief of Naval Research (CNR). He served as CNR for nearly six years during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Department of the Navy’s Chief Technology Officer, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. In that capacity, he was responsible for the $2B+/year Navy and Marine Corps Science and Technology (S&T) Program (involving basic research to applied technology portfolios and contracting), and coordinated investments with other U.S. and international S&T providers to rapidly meet war fighter combat needs. Before that, from 1999 to 2000, he acted as Director of the Navy Y2K Project, the organization responsible for transitioning all Navy computer systems into the 21st century. In October 1997 he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral following four years as Deputy Chief of Navy Legislative Affairs. His first Flag officer assignment was as Deputy Director for Operations for the Joint Staff, and was responsible to the President and Department of Defense leaders for strategic weapons release authority. His earlier Navy assignments included service on conventional and nuclear submarines. From 1985 to 1988, Admiral Cohen commanded USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER, and from 1991 to 1993 he commanded the submarine tender USS L.Y. SPEAR, including a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT STORM. Between commands he served on the U.S. Atlantic Fleet as a senior member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, responsible for certifying the safe operation of nuclear powered ships and crews.
Admiral Cohen holds a Master of Science in Marine Engineering and Naval Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a joint Ocean Engineering degree from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He was commissioned into the Navy in 1968 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy.
Mike Goll – Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Mike Goll is a Certified Public Accountant with public accounting and international business experience. As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Decision Sciences, Goll oversees all financial matters including budgeting, revenues and expenditures, accounts payable and payroll. Goll also is responsible for the legal and contracts functions.
Prior to joining Decision Sciences, Goll served as Finance Director for Era Systems Corporation, an international aviation product company headquartered in the Czech Republic. During his tenure at Era, the company grew from a $4 million business to a global business spanning 30 countries with annual revenues of $20-30 million. He managed all financial aspects for two successful acquisitions and integrations as well as two subsequent divestitures. Prior to joining Era, he worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Goll holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration as well as a Master’s of Science in Accounting from James Madison University.
Sheila S. Blackwell – Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Sheila Blackwell has both broad leadership experience and a 20-year track record as a Communications & Marketing professional in technology, government and media. She is the Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Decision Sciences responsible for communications and marketing activities in media relations, marketing communications, corporate website, trade shows and events and employee and executive communications.
Prior to joining DSIC, Blackwell served as Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for SRA International, a $1.7 billion publicly-traded (NYSE) government services contractor. She served as company spokesperson and a member of the executive leadership team and led a team of 12 direct reports plus freelancers, consultants and agencies located throughout the U.S. and abroad. Before SRA, Blackwell served as Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing for JDA Software/Manugistics, where she led the media relations and employee communications teams. She was instrumental in the market launch of the company’s software development office in Hyderabad, India, garnering significant press coverage and recruiting attention to the company’s operations. Earlier in her career, Blackwell worked for such multinational firms as IBM (Federal Systems and Marketing & Sales) where she supported government systems and commercial sales organizations and MCI Communications in the global headquarters supporting the Chief Policy Officer and leading the public policy PR team. She also helped launch telecommunication startups Teligent and StarBand and was a PR consultant for AMS. She began her career as a TV news reporter in upstate New York for NBC affiliate WICZ-TV40 covering local, state and federal government news and events, and also served as a legislative aide in the New York State Assembly.
Blackwell received a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from State College of New York at Geneseo. She serves as co-chair of Washington Executive’s MARCOM Council.
Brian Gallagher – Vice President of Business Development, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Brian Gallagher is a security expert with in-depth knowledge of security methods and procedures associated with detection systems and countermeasures for weapons of mass destruction. As Vice President of Business Development, he oversees the company’s worldwide sales and business development activity.
Prior to DSIC, Gallagher served under U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama in the Department of Homeland Security as a Senior Physical Security Specialist with the U.S. Secret Service Technical Security Division. In this role, he provided subject matter technical expertise and operational support to identify hazards and implement countermeasures while conducting security surveys, vulnerability assessments and conducting protection assignments around the globe.
Before the U.S. Secret Service, he held a number of protective service roles in law enforcement and emergency medical services at the local, state and federal levels. Gallagher has held a number of advanced training certifications such as paramedic, firefighter, hazardous materials and explosive specialist.
He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Security Task Force, chaired by the Honorable Tom Ridge, first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Task Force educates and advocates to national policymakers and Congress on enhancing national security while recognizing economic interests.
Gallagher holds a Bachelor’s in Homeland Security from American Military University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Professional Studies, Information Security and Forensics from Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Michael Sossong – Vice President & Chief Technology Officer – Research and Development, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Columbus Scholar Dr. Michael Sossong has revolutionized the state of the art for passive nuclear threat detection using cosmic ray muon tomography. He joined Decision Sciences as Director of Nuclear Research in April 2008, leading the development of a commercial multi-mode passive detector system and other proprietary scanners and methods. Previously, Dr. Sossong investigated muon tomography (MT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and was instrumental in the creation of full-physics simulation models for MT development, the application of tomographic algorithms to MT data and the design and construction of Decision Sciences’ full-scale Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS). Dr. Sossong has contributed to several homeland security and nuclear stockpile projects. Earlier in his career he participated in the muon g-2 experiment performed at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he was responsible for the construction, operation and analysis of data from a set of drift tube particle tracking chambers used to track positrons from the decay of stored muons. The results of the analysis of data from these chambers were used to determine several systematic corrections to the g-2 measurement and also to set a new limit on the muon electric dipole moment.
Recipient of the 2011 prestigious Christopher Columbus Homeland Security Award, Dr. Sossong is published in several peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at domestic and international symposia and conferences. He holds several patents and copyrights. Dr. Sossong earned his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ronald J. Kunz – Vice President, Program Management, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Ronald J. (Ron) Kunz brings a wealth of expertise and experience in managing complex technological products, programs and organizations with demonstrated success in the scientific, defense and aerospace industries. As Vice President of Program Management for Decision Sciences, Kunz will be enhancing and overseeing program management and implementing product strategy in alignment with the company’s business goals and strategy.
Prior to Decision Sciences, Kunz held various senior leadership roles for L-3 Communications business divisions overseeing large programs, contract performance, engineering and business development. Under his leadership, he collaborated with scientists, engineers and project management and introduced strategic and tactical solutions to improve product performance. Before that Kunz held progressively responsible positions at General Atomics including President and General Manager of Electronics Systems, Inc. (GA-ESI) directing engineering, internal research and development, production and field services. During his tenure, GA-ESI was awarded the largest commercial contract ever won by the division. Kunz worked for ATK as Chief Engineer of Mission Integration for a NASA program tied to the International Space Station. Earlier in his career, he worked for Hercules Aerospace Company (now ATK) as Field Engineer and Department Manager on product reliability where he received the Hercules High Achievement Award.
From 1992-2006, Kunz worked for BWX Technologies (now Babcock & Wilcox). While at BWX, he worked on a number of Department of Energy (DOE) programs with national laboratories including the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge National Lab where he was in-residence leading a cross function and complex-wide team of engineers, manufacturers, contract administrators to solve systematic issues with the highly enriched uranium material and processing facilities under construction. While in-residence at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, he led a large team of engineers, designers and technicians as Project Leader to develop and test the separator pod for uranium enrichment.
Kunz holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Utah.
Dr. Konstantin Borozdin – Vice President, Physics & Analytics, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Dr. Konstantin Borozdin has been dedicated to the study and advancement of charged particle radiography, muon tomography, muon-induced fission, radiological, nuclear and contraband materials detection. As Vice President of Engineering, he oversees physics and analytics of the Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMDPS) and leads the efforts associated with the company’s imaging work on the Fukushima reactor.
Prior to DSIC, Borozdin was Team Leader in the Subatomic Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He worked at LANL for more than 15 years and is one of the original inventors of scattering muon radiography at LANL. Before that Borozdin worked at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy Sciences from 1988-1998 starting as an engineer-physicist and progressing to a senior staff scientist.
He is recognized for his groundbreaking research and holds several patents. Borozdin holds a Master’s in experimental nuclear physics from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute and a Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics from the Russian Space Research Institute.
Shawn McKenney – Vice President of Technical Operations, Decision Sciences International Corporation
Shawn McKenney has a solid track record in software architecture and technical operations. As Vice President of Technical Operations, he leads day-to-day operations of the Decision Sciences’ team creating, testing and implementing complex software, and responsible for systems integration. McKenney began working with DSIC in 2007 as a consultant and as an employee in 2008. Recently, he was Director of Software Engineering and the principal software architect and engineer responsible for all software development from concept to full operation. While a DSIC consultant, he designed and developed software to control and acquire data from devices connected to drift tubes in order to detect, track and/or identify high-energy particles such as those produced by nuclear decay or cosmic radiation. Previously, McKenney worked at the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory as a computer and software technician. Earlier in his career he was a research assistant at Indiana University working at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and as a Technical Manager at EBMCI, a web-based marketing company.
McKenney studied aerospace engineering at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.