meet Our team

Adriana Mezic M.A.
CEO and Co-Founder
Adriana is co-Founder of AIMdyn, Inc. and has served as CEO since 2003. With degrees in nursing and health education, she worked in the medical field for more than 10 years and was the director of the medical assistant teaching program at Santa Barbara Business College. Adriana's areas of research include applications of agent-based modeling in social sciences, such as the influence of agent-environment interactions on drinking behavior and urban insurgencies. She has publications in the prenatal diabetes research area as well as smoking prevention/policies and addiction. Adriana is an avid volunteer in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the board president of the Jodi House Brain Support Center. Adriana also served on the board of directors of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and is a current Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation Ambassador. When she has free time, Adriana loves reading, traveling and cooking.
Dr. Igor Mezic
Founder and Chief Technical Advisor
Professor Mezic works in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), dynamical systems, control theory and applications to security, energy efficient design and operations in complex systems. He did his Ph. D. in Dynamical Systems at the California Institute of Technology. For his work on analysis and control of complex systems, he was named Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is the recipient of the 2021 Crawford Prize, awarded once in two years to a researcher in Dynamical Systems Theory. Dr. Mezic is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Mathematics and the Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Design at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the co-Founder and CTO at AIMdyn, Inc. and Chief Scientist and CTO at
Dr. Maria Fonoberova
Director of Research
Maria received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Moldova State University in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Mathematics and Physics from Academy of Sciences of Moldova in 2008. Maria joined AIMdyn in 2008 and is currently the Director of Research. Dr. Maria Fonoberova has over 15 years of experience in big data analytics and spectral analysis of dynamical systems, and has served as PI and co-PI on many successful R&D programs for government customers. Her research interests include dynamical systems, Koopman Operator techniques, AI, and agent-based models.
Terry Phillip Ingram
Chief Operations Officer
Terry is a hands on seasoned Business Operations professional with 45 years’ experience in the finance / contracts / cost management arena in a wide variety of work environments with Fortune 50 and start-up companies. Thirty-five plus years’ experience working with the Defense Contract Audit Agency on all aspects of finance, contracts, and accounting issues.  Prototypical and production manufacturing experience in an ERP environment.
Mark Pfaff
Director of Technical Operations / CISO
Samantha Carpenter
Admin Service Manager
Samantha is an experienced business office professional with over 25 years’ experience with both large international and local small business entities. Her HR experience encompasses developing recruitment strategies, onboarding new employees, corporate fringe benefits, payroll administration, employee record management and performance reviews for up to 80 employees. Her other administrative responsibilities have included bookkeeping and accounting, financial reporting, client communications, and staff credentialing oversight, handling them with discretion and in accordance with regulatory or legal protocols.
Dr. Ryan Mohr
Technical Fellow
Ryan obtained his PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Dynamical Systems. His research interests include dynamical systems, Koopman operator theory, and machine learning.
Dr. Allan M. Avila
Senior Research Scientist
Allan received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Riverside in 2015, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2017 and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2020. Allan joined AIMdyn in 2019 and is currently a senior researcher. Allan's general research is the data-driven analysis and forecasting of dynamical systems via spectral operator methods.
Steven Liu
Software Engineer
Steven received his B.S. degree in Data Science from University of California, San Diego. He is focused on gaining new and challenging experiences to improve himself as much as possible! In his free time, he enjoys video games, sports, and traveling. 
Joseph Vidal
Research Engineer
Joseph has a bachelor's in physics from RPI and a master's in applied physics from Yale. His research interests are quantum mechanics and AI. His hobbies are music, drawing, and soccer.
Joseph McGuire
Research Engineer
Joseph holds a Master’s of Science in Applied Math from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Bachelor’s of Arts in Math and Physics from Sonoma State University. His research is in applied math and data science with an emphasis in time-series models, having completed his master’s thesis on Network Informed Time-Series Modeling of COVID-19. Joseph enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and trying many different foods, the spicier the better.
Dr. Jonathan Wong
Research Engineer
Jonathan received his B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California Berkeley. His research interests include quantum chemistry and AI. In his freetime he enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling with his dog.
Alexander Krolicki
Research Engineer
Alex received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University in 2022. Alex is currently working on developing new operator theoretic control algorithms and its applications. Alex has experience working in power generation during his time as a research and development engineer at Rolls Royce Power Systems, and spent a summer working at Astra to develop optimization based design techniques for rocket launch vehicles. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing roller hockey and exploring hiking trails.
Chris DuPre
Research Engineer
Chris DuPre graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Mathematics and the Georgia Institute of Technology with an M.S. in Mathematics. His research interests primarily surround Random Dynamical Systems and Measure Valued Processes, specifically the development of quantitative estimates for general state space Markov Chains. In his free time he loves to hike and read.
Michael Johnson
Research Engineer
Michael recieved his Masters of Science in Applied Math from San Diego State University and Bachelors in Geology and Mathematics from CSU, Bakersfield. Michael has worked for a number of different companies in data centric roles, and his current research is in forecasting of time-series via Koopman operator theory. In his free time, Michael enjoys hiking, reading, and the occasional video game.
Dr. Lucas Domulevicz
Research Engineer
Luke graduated from Wilkes University with B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Physics before completing his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include nanoelectronics and photonics, quantum chemistry, and machine learning. In his free time, Luke enjoys long distance running and playing the guitar.
Dr. Hooman Sherkat
Research Engineer
Hooman obtained his B.S. in Mathematics from UCLA, and then his PhD in Mathematics from UC San Diego, where he researched quantum algorithms. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and games of all kinds.
Chris Thibodeau
Research Engineer
Chris received his B.S. in graphic design from The Sage Colleges, his B.S. in physics from Towson University, and his M.S. in astrophysics from University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his Masters work he studied the formation rate of young stellar objects and the dynamics of interstellar plasma interfaces. His hobbies include game development, rock climbing, brewing mead, and growing super-hot peppers.
Dr. Alessandro Monteros
Research Engineer
Alessandro received his B.S. in Physics from Pepperdine, M.S. in Physics from Cal State Fullerton with a focus on quantum transport, and PhD in Physics from UC Merced with a focus on analog quantum computing. He has a unquenchable curiosity, enjoys learning and improving in his craft, and is always up to tackle a challenging problem. In his free time Alessandro cooks, watches UFC breakdowns, reads, and spends time with family. One day he hopes to have a small spectroscopy lab in his garage.
Dr. Alec Fox
Research Engineer
Alec received his B.S. and PhD in Mathematics from UC Irvine, where he researched the computability theory of C*-algebras. In his free time, he enjoys reading and playing old video games.
Dr. William Redman
Will is currently Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, in the Intelligent Systems Center, broadly working on neuroscience inspired AI, computational neuroscience, machine learning for multi-agent systems, dynamical systems theory, and robotics. He continues to collaborate closely with AIMdyn on projects involving Koopman operator theory and machine learning.
Alan Cao
Alan received his M.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2022. Alan joined AIMdyn in the spring of 2021 and is currently working on developing control methods and climate models based on dynamical systems theory. In his free time, Alan enjoys drawing and playing soccer.
Dean Huang
Dean graduated from New York University with a B.A. in physics and is currently pursuing a PhD in physics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Primary research interests include developing analytical tools and models for biophysical systems, applying statistical theory, and merging dynamical systems theory with machine learning systems and artificial intelligence. Hobbies include solving puzzles of all kinds, reading widely, and walking through nature with a pocket microscope in hand.
Jordan Garrett
Jordan is currently a PhD student in Psychological & Brain Sciences at UCSB. In his research, he applies machine and deep learning methods to model how fluctuations in global state influence cognitive processes and their underlying neural activity. In his free time he loves to go hiking and train AI agents to play video games.
Noah Silverberg
Research Intern
Noah is an undergraduate at Yale University, where he is pursuing a B.S. in physics and mathematics. He enjoys spending time with friends, playing pickleball, and attempting to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.
Mariana Mezic
Website Designer

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