Joel Adler Ph.D. is both an academic and industry practitioner.
He is Adjunct Professor in Strategy, Systems and Innovation In the School of Graduate Studies Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Research Mentor in Project and Program leadership at Jefferson University. Joel is founder and president of University Informatics Associates, Inc. (UIA) which provides planning and IT consulting services and develops custom decision support systems for a variety of industries. His prior corporate experience included being Product Development Manager at Unisys, Information Systems Consulting Manager at Coopers and Lybrand and Director of Planning and Technology at CertainTeed Corporation/Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA.
He holds patents in optimization and forecasting methods as well as program management where his most recent patent in Risk Analyzed Program Planning (RAPP) is being applied to transformations in Municipal Development, Higher Education and Health Care.
Prior to founding UIA, he was Assistant to the Dean for Computing and Educational Technology and Associate Director of Professional Programs in the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). He also launched and led the Project and Program Management concentration in the Organizational Dynamics program in the UPenn School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Early in his career he conducted research in high energy physics at UPenn and the the College de France. Subsequently, he was a research professor in the College of Information Studies at Drexel University.
Joel holds three graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Wharton School, M.S. in Computer Science from SEAS, and an M.S. in Physics from SAS.
BIO – Keith D. Hornbacher, M.B.A.
Planning in Uncertain and Complex Environments
Mr. Hornbacher works with Portfolio/Program/Project and operational teams as a consultant, as a third-party contractor, and as an educator. For example, during 2017-2019 he assessed projects ranging from well understood state DOT road re-surfacing and bridge refurbishment cost estimates to a multi-billion-dollar Mid-East oil/gas mega project. In 2016 he evaluated NASA’s programmatic risk of the planned Orion space mission to Mars and assessed risk of a project team’s multi-million dollar, multi-year cost-schedule estimate to renovate historically significant facilities in Washington, D.C. In 2015 he teamed with other consortium members to conduct independent probabilistic cost-schedule risk analyses for owners of a $10-15 billion Canadian oil sands project. Other assignments included cost-schedule risk analyses performed directly for private sector billion-dollar domestic energy projects, for owners of a Canadian bridge project, a proposal to construct a US Gulf coast direct induction hot briquetting iron plant, for three US federal organizations: NASA, Architect of the Capitol (AOC), and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Also, Mr. Hornbacher modeled fresh farm-to-cooler produce operations in the Imperial Valley (CA) preceding labor contract negotiations and analyzed logistics flows in the Southwest US to improve supply chain systems. Professional organizations often request presentations based on his work with multiple stakeholders in varying contexts, and management of interface risks among adaptive (agile) and predictive (classic) complex software intensive systems.
Mr. Hornbacher was an affiliated faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania where he taught graduate seminars from 2006 – 2016. He was awarded a B.Sc. from Iowa State University and an M.B.A from Minnesota State University.
He is an active contributor to professional organizations and symposia. They include the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Association for Advancement of Cost Engineering international (AACEi), the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE), Project Management Institute (PMI), and the upper mid-west administrator of Baldrige awards – the Performance Excellence Network (PEN).
Mr. Hornbacher is on the Risk Analyzed Program Planning (RAPP) consulting team. RAPP utilizes both analytic concepts and tools for Project Risk Management for which he is a thought leader and leading practitioner.
Dominique Richard, Ph.D. Dominique has over twenty
years of experience developing systems to: optimally manage inventories;
schedule manufacturing lines; and to optimize distribution/logistics
operations. He is an expert in the use of linear programming,
simulation Business Intelligence and statistical analysis as well as a
variety of programming environments including
Statistics: SAS, SPS
General purpose: VB, VBA, FORTRAN
Database: ACCESS, SQL
Simulation: GPSS, EXTEND
Matrix generators: OMNI (Haverly Systems Inc.), GAMS
Optimizers: MPSX, OSL, and CPLEX
Prior to joining UIA Dominique was manager of Systems Engineering and Operations Research at CertainTeed Corporation. Dominique has a MS in Engineering Acoustics, an MSEE, and received his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Casale Mike and his team of about ten
programmers have developed and installed a number of large transaction
systems in several industries. His expertise is in object-oriented
technologies; graphical user interface (GUI) tools, advanced database
server technology, web technologies, and legacy systems integration as
well as HTML based Internet and Intranet solutions. He is expert in data
modeling tools and techniques. He is expert in SQL implementations
using INFORMIX, SYBASE and ORACLE and as a programmer in a variety of
procedural, and fourth generation languages (4GL) operating on a variety
Mike and his team also have extensive experience in mobile computing applications, specifically with WAP, Mobile website small form factor, native IPhone, native Android development. They have developed,
1) A custom Windows mobile database and web application for smart phones.
2) A real-time survey dating native application for Iphone and Android.
3) A real-time GPS/WIFI and bluetooth location based dating application.
4) Native mobile applications for IPhone and Android for streaming media.
5) Real-time survey applications that are micro-location based using GPS/WIFI/Bluetooth for entertainment venue.
6) a native application for interactive negotiation and real-time supervision of chat for educational consulting company.
Mike received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.