Technical Advisors

David J. Kasik

Dave Kasik was Boeing’s Senior Technical Fellow in visualization and interactive techniques until his 2016 retirement. He developed the first user interface management system to simplify application programming. His work with 3D graphics ranges from computer animation to device drivers to massive model visualization tools and techniques. He pioneered the use of visual analytics to help extract more business insight from complex non-geometric data. Mr. Kasik also has extensive experience in the digital management of manufacturing data.

Dave earned his Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1972 and a Bachelor’s in Quantitative Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in 1970. He’s an ACM Fellow and involved in professional activities with ACM and IEEE and have served on impactful committees at the National Academy of Sciences.

Michael “Mick” Maher

Mick Maher founded Maher & Associates, LLC in September 2016 after 5 years as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  He focuses on key insights, analysis, and evaluations to assist in making better, critical, strategic, and tactical decisions, as well as developing transition paths in areas concerning new material and manufacturing technologies.

Mick  joined DARPA as a program manager in September 2011. He managed a portfolio of programs specializing in advanced materials and manufacturing that included the Tailorable Feedstock and Forming, Materials Development for Platforms, and Open Manufacturing programs. While at DARPA his programs developed new technologies that enabled rapid qualification of new manufacturing technologies and developed revolutionary new composite technologies, novel lightweight multifunctional and specialty material systems. Mick came to DARPA from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) where he was Chief of the Composite and Hybrid Materials Branch and Materials Applications Branch. While at ARL, he oversaw the research and development programs in the areas of armor material, coatings, composite technologies, failure analysis, hybrid material systems, processing and material transitions. Prior to his work at ARL, Mick served in various technology and management positions over a 20-year span at companies such as Martin Marietta, AAI, and DuPont.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Loyola College in Maryland.

Thomas A. (Tom) McDermott, Jr.

Tom is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Systems Engineering Research Center at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, as well as a consultant specializing in strategic planning for uncertain environments.  He has over 30 years of background and experience in technical and management disciplines, including over 15 years at the Georgia Institute of Technology and 18 years with Lockheed Martin in roles as Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the F-22 Raptor Avionics Team.  Additionally, he was GTRI Director of Research and interim Director from 2007-2013.

Tom’s  long-term research goal is to develop methods and tools that support better systems thinking in the management and engineering domains and enable more rapid development of system knowledge. His current research activities focus on innovation models, strategic foresight techniques, system data analytics, and modeling and simulation of policy implications in current and future complex systems.

Tom is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, with degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering. He also has a visiting appointment in the Georgia Tech Sam Nunn School of International Affairs. Tom is also one of the creators of Georgia Tech’s Professional Master’s degree in Applied Systems Engineering and lead instructor of the “Leading Systems Engineering Teams” course.