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Meet the Team

Nathaniel Simons

Chief Software Architect
Professional Experience & Education

As an experienced software architect who has been working in the field for 15 years, Nate has an extensive background working with the architecture and design of SCADA, DCS, and many other IT/OT systems. His work combines improvements in security and functionality while staying up to date with modern standards, such as NERC-CIP.

 

Nate has an accomplished history and has been the recipient of countless awards for his achievements. He holds undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering/computer science and a masters in computer science from Michigan State University, he was also awarded honorary PhD's from UCLA and MIT.

Extracurriculars

Nate loves a good adventure. He has traveled the world to many different countries and states. In his spare time he likes to go on his adventure bike and explore the local terrain, including off-roading and hill-climbing. He'll take any opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, especially activities like camping and hunting.

 

He is also a handy man that prefers to fix things himself. Whether it's plumbing, carpentry, vehicle maintenance, electrical work or locksmithing, he's got a knack for it all. Finally, as a musician who likes to play the drums whenever he has the chance.

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Colin Gordon

Jr. Software Engineer
Materials/Electronics Consultant
Professional Experience & Education

Colin is a junior software engineer familiar with SCADA systems. Recently he has been working on a patch review process to meet NERC-CIP compliance across utilities. He has written many scripts for data storage management and the archiving of important records. His toolset also includes Tripwire Enterprise, configuration of NovaTech RTUs, and process automation on SEL devices.

Colin is currently doing a PhD in condensed matter physics at Stony Brook University. He specializes in density functional perturbation theory modeling the electronic structures of materials. His research work utilizes bash scripting, Fortran, C/C++, and Python on a distributed computational platform.    

Colin has two bachelors of science degrees from Michigan State University in mathematics and astrophysics. 

Extracurriculars

Colin has been playing music on bass guitar and double bass since he was 9 years old. He played in orchestra from elementary school to high school and played jazz band in middle school. Over the years he has also taken up other instruments such as guitar, piano, drums and hang drum.

Colin helped found the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club at Stony Brook University, and was an Eboard member for 3 years. Additionally, he has a second degree black belt in Tae-Kwon Do. Colin likes to play racquet sports such as badminton, pickle-ball, table tennis and racquetball. With a passion for learning, he also enjoys reading and conversing about economics, philosophy, history and religion.

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Anthony Pearo

Jr. Software Engineer
Professional Experience & Education

Tony is a junior software engineer familiar with SCADA systems, having written custom PowerShell scripts for EMS/GMS/ADMS real time systems. Additionally, he has spent extensive time working Tripwire Enterprise into existing NERC-CIP compliance programs with custom middleware for reporting and and whitelist integration. He has experience working with SEL RTAC systems, OSI 7 layer network topology models and open architecture SCADA applications such as OSI Monarch, GE Power-On and Emerson OPC SCADA.He is also comfortable performing patch reviews to meet NERC-CIP compliance.

He has a bachelors of science in Chemical engineering with a minor in beverage science and technology from Michigan State University. In Spring of 2020, he completed a post-baccalaureate in applied computer sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder in order to widen his problem solving skillset to multiple domains.

Extracurriculars

Growing up, Tony spent a lot of time on local sports teams. He started with Tee-ball at 4 years old and grew into baseball, football, wresting, and track & field. After graduating high school, he discovered martial arts and trained Judo and Muay Thai for a few years and has trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for 7 or 8 years, competing when there is enough time to properly train.

 

Tony also enjoys the outdoors when he can and especially loves cooking out in the woods and around the house. He very much enjoys reading and conversing about cognitive science, philosophy, and health/well-being. Being very open-minded to trying new things he'll often pick up new hobbies, whether its playing guitar with Colin, riding bikes with Nate or trying to learn a new language

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