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Jamie Conklin

Jamie Conklin

Charlottesville, VA, United States
Member since June 20, 2019
For the past 13 years, Jamie has bridged the gap between users, developers, and leaders to create insightful analytical and educational applications. Jamie has extensive experience working in data science, software development, program management, and executive leadership in the intelligence, defense, and educational industries. A divergent thinker, he readily translates ideas across domains to find clever solutions to challenging problems.
Jamie is now available for hire
Project Highlights
Expertise
  • Agile
  • Big Data
  • Data Science
  • Education Technology (Edtech)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Software Engineering
  • Technical Product Management
  • Technical Program Management
Education
Employment
  • Vice President of Product
    2019 - 2019
    Scitent, Inc.
    • Led the design of a microlearning app, learning management system, and testing platform.
    • Defined the product vision in conjunction with the executive team.
    • Consulted with existing and prospective customers to identify key requirements.
    • Designed a SaaS product that will have a positive ROI with only two clients in 20 months and drove sales for these clients.
    • Prioritized feature sets based on customer feedback.
    • Developed and maintained product roadmaps, internal requirements, software architecture, and decision documentation creating awareness and understanding of product development.
    • Analyzed build vs. buy opportunities saving the company tens of thousands in development costs.
    • Authored successful RFP to outsource critical development.
    • Conducted market research to assess competitors and partners.
  • Vice President of Operations
    2017 - 2019
    Scitent, Inc.
    • Spearheaded software/content development and project management.
    • Developed a new service offering which opened up over 20 new opportunities to the company and resulted in a major shift in the company’s strategy.
    • Aligned technical and non-technical teams by bridging communication gaps.
    • Acquired new customers with sales engineering and proposal writing support resulting in a 33% increase in our customer base.
    • Slashed annual IT spending by over 35%.
    • Reorganized company and formulated new budget for more efficient operations at the request of the board of directors.
  • Director of Business Development
    2015 - 2017
    Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc.
    • Prioritized and coordinated business development activities.
    • Served as a high-level product manager for multiple spatiotemporal threat prediction programs.
    • Wrote numerous winning proposals winning millions of dollars of research work for the company; many of these programs are still operational.
    • Oversaw internal R&D efforts.
    • Collaborated with users to identify needs in the market and translated these needs into proposals and software designs.
  • Director of Operations
    2011 - 2015
    Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc.
    • Drove company growth from 6 (in 2006) to 115 (in 2017).
    • Managed a portfolio of 12 contracts worth over $4 million development services annually.
    • Spearheaded strategic planning with company leadership.
    • Advocated for and defined a product owner role within the company.
    • Led over 200 interviews to grow our teams in support of new work.
    • Conducted trade-off studies, selected systems, and implemented numerous software systems smoothly and efficiently.
    • Managed the staffing across over 20 projects.
    • Guided the design of spatial threat prediction systems across multiple projects as a high-level product manager.
  • Program Manager | Product Manager
    2008 - 2011
    Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc.
    • Prioritized the development of features for a second generation threat-prediction system.
    • Deployed a spatial predictive analysis tool to Iraq and collaborated with deployed soldiers to further refine design and feature set to align with their needs while operational.
    • Served as the voice of the customer to the development team helping the design features that met the user's needs.
    • Proposed and won new contracts to continue research efforts.
    • Applied Agile management techniques to track and manage numerous technical projects.
    • Grew threat prediction programs by 40x and opened up work with several new clients.
  • Research Scientist
    2006 - 2011
    The University of Virginia
    • Led the Predictive Technology Lab in crime and threat prediction-based work.
    • Delivered crime-analysis tools with spatial-prediction tools to a law enforcement software developer.
  • Senior Systems Engineer
    2006 - 2008
    Commonwealth Computer Research, Inc.
    • Designed and developed a web app to predict the location of future asymmetric warfare events.
    • Refined prediction algorithms to improve threat prediction performance and identify key predictive features resulting in improved accuracy and reduced processing time.
    • Collaborated with users to design a user interface that aligned with the key use cases.
  • Systems Engineer
    2003 - 2005
    The Aerospace Corporation
    • Conducted trade studies across multiple advanced technologies.
    • Designed enterprise architectures for large agencies.
    • Supported the architecture for a future satellite ground system.
Project History
  • Predicting Insurgent Attacks in Active Warzones
    Led the design, implementation, and deployment of a spatial prediction tool that predicted where soldiers would be attacked.

    STRIPE was a threat prediction tool deployed to the United States Army to predict IED events in Iraq and Afghanistan. Building upon my company's predictive algorithm, I designed and built a tool that all intelligence officers—even those with little background in statistics—could use to plan their missions.

    As a product manager, I've traveled as far as Baghdad, Iraq, to collaborate with end-users in their operational environment. These experiences provided invaluable insights into the specific analytical questions our users were trying to answer and the broader context in which they were working in. As our solutions competed against other tools, my ability to articulate and address the real needs of our users gave us a tremendous competitive edge.

    Development-wise, I led our team by defining user stories, teaching the group about the military domain and language, and testing and evaluating the tools to ensure they met user needs.

    This tool has been used to support vital military missions and helped save lives by providing essential intelligence information to users in operational, relevant terms and timeframes.

  • Testing and Credentialing for Professionals
    Led the product design of a cutting-edge learning management system, credentialing, and testing platform.

    The Propel 2.0 LMS system is designed to be a state-of-the-art commercial learning content management system that's capable of offering testing, microlearning, and credentialing to associations and certifying boards.

    For this effort, I led the design of the platform back-end and content management tools.

    I also architected the badging-and-credentialing engine that will support credentialing agencies in the future.

  • GeoMesa: Managing Big Spatial Data
    Led marketing and commercial development efforts for the GeoMesa platform.

    GeoMesa is the leading spatial database for big data apps. Designed to support hundreds of billions of spatial data points, GeoMesa provides spatial analytics capabilities on top of HBase, Accumulo, Dynamo, Cassandra, and Google Bigtable.

    I served as the program manager for this project, and I initiated efforts to open-source GeoMesa. Once open-sourced, I led the early business development and marketing efforts to provide a suite of services around the system. This included a quick-start package in which we could get organizations started using the tool for a reasonable, one-time investment.

    GeoMesa has been adopted by numerous government agencies including the US Army which sponsored the original development. GeoMesa has also been integrated into Google's Bigtable environment to support cloud deployments.

Education
  • Master's degree in Systems and Information Engineering
    2001 - 2003
    University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA, USA
  • Bachelor's degree in Systems and Information Engineering
    1998 - 2003
    University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA, USA
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