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There is little regulatory or industry oversight or standards making process for the data generated by autonomous vehicles.

Society currently expects manufacturers and operators to use the “honesty policy” to police themselves.

URSA technology enables analysts and systems themselves to detect security threats, keep machines and their operators accountable, and increase security for the general public. OEMs, vendors, test facilities, investigators, DOT, NTSB, and DoD are all investing in solutions around this sector.

our team

DAVID KOVAR: CEO

David is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of URSA, Inc. where he leads the development and strategy of the company.

He founded the practice of UAV forensics in 2015 and is one of the leading practitioners in the country. David has worked in digital forensics and cyber security since the mid 90’s and, prior to founding URSA, led EY’s U.S. incident response program.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth and a master’s degree in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts.

David is the Advocacy Director for the National Association of Search and Rescue where he writes UAV policy papers and develops presentations on UAVs in search and rescue for various audiences and is working on SAR UAV standards for ASTM. He is a private pilot for fixed wing and rotorcraft and also holds a Part 107 Commercial certificate for UAV operations.

ROBB CUTLER: COO

Robert Cutler is the Chief Operations Officer and Director of Engineering of URSA, Inc. Before joining URSA, Robb held administrative positions as Head of School at Cambridge International Preparatory School, Associate Head of School at Cornerstone Academy, and Assistant Head of School at The Harker School where he also served as Class Dean and Chair of the Computer Science department. He was also a Co-Founder and the Founding President of the Computer Science Teachers Association.

Prior to entering the field of education, Robb was a software engineer and entrepreneur. He worked for several high-tech firms as a software engineer and manager in the fields of digital mapping and medical instrumentation, owning and operating a successful software consulting firm for more than ten years.

Robb earned his master’s degree in computer science from Purdue University and bachelors’ degrees in computer science and German from Dartmouth College.

JUSTIN STANIZZI: DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT

Justin is Director of Product at URSA, Inc. Prior to joining the team at URSA, Justin was involved in multiple start-ups, including his own. He was Co-founder at startup Sonic Bloom, where we wore many hats to contribute to the product direction, development, and execution of the Koreographer and Bard product suite. He has also been project manager and scrum master for more than 10 years at Boston based companies Aquent, Scout, Harmonix, and others.

Justin has been integral to the development and shipment of over 25 software product, including the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, as well as fintech, energy, and music application among others.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics and animation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

WEBB SCALES: PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ARCHITECT

Webb is the Principal Software Architect at URSA, where he designed the architecture which underlies the core of the URSA product – a fully modularized integration capable of handling a wide variety of input formats and models and providing normalized data in support of a flexible array of tools and services which are independent of the original source of data.

Webb began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation, working on runtime support to enable application programs to utilize the new symmetric multiprocessing systems. As a natural extension of this work, Webb was tapped to join the team that created the implementation of Digital’s Common Multi Thread Architecture, which became the reference implementation of the Open Software Foundation’s Distributed Computing Environment.

Webb was an active member of the POSIX 1003.1c working group, which ultimately produced the industry standard specification for multithreading services.  Since then, Webb has worked in a variety of scenarios in the software layers, from the Java Virtual Machine to chip-level hardware simulation to a hardware-optimized disk driver.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Dartmouth College.

MICHAEL HARRIS: USER EXPERIENCE LEAD

Michael is the User Experience Lead, where he designs and validates interfaces that enable URSA’s users to understand complex data and solve problems.

He co-created the SIMNET distributed simulation environment for DARPA, founded the AT&T/NCR Human Interface Technology Center, and created a “corporate theme park” in London for NCR.

He has contributed to air traffic management systems for the FAA, logistics services for the Royal Air Force, and many other products and services, e.g., medical scanning systems, high-energy astronomy satellites, intelligent flight simulators, coin-op games.

He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instructor rating.

ANDREW CUTLER: SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

Andrew Cutler is the Senior Software Engineer and is evaluating the possibility of using NASA’s OpenMCT for a visualization framework.

In previous jobs he has worked on architecting, developing, and maintaining solutions for large and small companies. He re-wrote the database connector library for a former employer to improve usability, make it more secure, and be self-documenting.

He has been involved with computers from a young age and has been interested in programming since seeing his father write a Tic-Tac-Toe game for the Palm Pilot. He is an amateur woodworker and also enjoys reading and outdoor activities.

MATTHEW MAY: LEAD DATA SCIENTIST

Matthew May is a data scientist with experience in time series and sensor data, as well as cyber security and real estate analytics.

Matthew previously served in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division, as a Paratrooper and Combat Engineer, deploying to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. An avid outdoorsman, Matthew has spent many summers guiding large groups of people down white-water rapids as a raft guide in the mountains of California.

He received a master’s degree in data science from the University of the Pacific and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Nevada, Reno.

callum hening: software engineer

Callum Hening is a Software Engineer working on the back end of URSA’s product.

A recent college graduate, Callum has an academic background in Physics and Computer Science. Some of his areas of research included percolation and pathfinding algorithms, self-driving cars, and habitable planets. He has previously worked as a teaching assistant and project manager for college computer science courses, a mechanical engineer, and an Appalachian Mountain Club astronomy guide. In his free time, he enjoys games, puzzles, and outdoor activities.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Dartmouth College.

Careers

Do you thrive on challenges that are challenging without being overwhelming, collaboration that is truly collaborative, and a work environment that motivates you to do your best work? 
Do you like drones, exploring large amounts of data, and working with a great group of people? If so, URSA may be right for you. While we don’t have any current openings, we are always looking for great computer scientists, data scientists, and engineers to join our team.
If you’re interested, feel free to drop us a line and tell us something about yourself.

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