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MTTI began through a decades-long relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense to improve the safety and performance of soldiers. In continuation of this mission, we are bringing powerful AI technologies to the fields of safety and security, health and human performance, and advanced analytics.

Externally capitalized late 2019 and professionally managed early 2020, our leadership team, board members, capital partners, and founders have deep expertise in business, education, human performance, technology, and other key subject areas.

Meet our Leadership Team

Dr. Karim Malek

Co-founder and Board Member

Dr. Malek is the Director of the Iowa Technology Institute and Professor of Biomedical Engineering for the University of Iowa. He has devoted his 30+ year career to the research, development, and application of artificial intelligence. He holds a PhD in Simulation and a Master of Science Degree in Robotics from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design from the University of Jordan.

Dr. Richard Ferguson

Co-Founder and Board Chair

Dr. Ferguson is the former CEO and Chair Emeritus of ACT and is currently the Chairman of the Board at Apollo Technologies and Malum Terminus Technologies. His 50+ year career includes executive and board roles in both established and start-up ed tech companies. He holds a PhD in Education Research and Statistics from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Daniel Clay

Dr. Daniel Clay

Co-founder and Board Member

Dr. Clay is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Iowa. He has spent his 25+ year career as a psychologist, education executive, entrepreneur, award winning author, and former police officer. He holds a PhD in Psychology from University of Missouri, a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the College of St. Scholastica.

Scott Keplinger

Chief Executive Officer and Board Member

Scott’s 30+ year career includes executive experience across data, financial services/insurance, retail, and manufacturing industries. He is the Co-founder of Asymmetria Group and holds a Master of Science Degree in Marketing and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing and Statistics from Iowa State University.

Greg Carstensen

Board Member

Greg is the Founder and CEO of Asymmetria Group and Ballast Capital. His career in Financial Services, Portfolio Management, and the Capital Markets spans more than 30 years. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from St. Olaf College.

Dr. Kevin Kregel

Co-founder

Dr. Kregel is the Executive Vice Provost and a Professor of Human Physiology for the University of Iowa. He is an internationally recognized expert on human physiology with 25+ years’ experience performing federally funded research. He is also a member of the Iowa Technology Institute’s Virtual Soldier program. Dr. Kregel holds a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Iowa.

Landon Evans

Co-founder

Landon is the Director of Sports Science at the University of Iowa Athletic Department. He has more than 15 years of experience as a leading expert in health and human performance. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Illinois State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Human Performance from Iowa State University.

Dr. Rajan Bhatt

Co-founder

Dr. Bhatt is the Assistant Director for the Virtual Soldier Research Lab at the Iowa Institute of Technology at the University of Iowa. He has more than 20 years of research experience in modeling and simulating multibody dynamic systems, including digital human systems and applications of AI to enhance performance and reduce injuries. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the University of Baroda.

Maureen Pajerski

Chief Commercial Officer

Maureen’s 30+ year career includes executive roles in safety and security systems building market leadership through distribution partners. She is a previous Electrical Engineer and holds both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Tom Goedken

Chief Financial Officer

Tom’s 40+ year career includes executive roles in educational testing, manufacturing, financial services, and consulting. He is a retired CPA and holds both a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Finance from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Kyle Peterson

Senior AI Research Scientist

Dr. Peterson’s research is at the intersection of graph mining and deep learning with applications to human physiology. He holds a PhD in Informatics with a Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from the University of Iowa. He also holds a Master of Science in Sport & Exercise Science from UW-La Crosse.

Dr. Demetri Economos

Senior Physiologist

Dr. Economos is the Senior Physiologist for Malum Terminus Technologies, Inc. He is a Navy Veteran with 28-years experience in the areas of aerospace, diving, and infantry physiology with focus upon Test and Evaluation of man-mounted systems and Human Systems Integration. He holds a Ph.D. in Physiology from the Universite’ de Sherbrooke – Faculte’ de Medecine; M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and M.Ed. in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Jared Jeffery

Product Director

Jared has more than a decade of product development, product management, and program management experience in manufacturing and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University.

Michelle Simpson

Proposal and Project Management Director

Michelle has two decades of experience in project management, proposal and contract work. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Services from University of Maryland University College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.

Ash-Ralph O’Quail

Computer Vision Engineer / Machine Learning

Ash-Ralph has decades of computer technician experience specializing in computer vision engineering and machine learning. He has a formal education in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from LaGuardia College and Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt.

Harika Ganesana

Software Developer

Harika has nearly a decade of experience in application architecture, design, and development. She holds a Master of Computer Science Degree from the University of Central Missouri, and a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering.

Sanika Patange

Computer Vision Engineer

Sanika has experience fine tuning computer vision models for real world applications and a deep understanding of various theories used to solve computer vision problems. She holds a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Pune, India.

Ekta Bhojwani

Computer Vision Engineer

Ekta has experience optimizing throughput for computer vision applications on Nvidia GPUs and low power devices as well as expertise in image processing. She holds a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication from the Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University.