Principal, Director of Operations
Andrew Froning is a founding Principal of Alterion and serves as Director of
Operations. He is responsible for the execution of contracts for all Alterion
clients. Mr. Froning has an extensive background in all facets of information
technology assessment, management, evaluation and testing and is an experienced
manager of engagements with the federal government. Teams under Mr. Froning's
leadership and supervision have fulfilled contracts for the US Department of
the Navy, US Department of the Army, US Department of Defense, US Department
of Justice, the Department of State, NASA and the US Senate.
Mr. Froning is an experienced public speaker and published author. His
public presentations include talks on EDI, benchmark testing for outsourcing
programs, and the role of IV&V in government projects. He has performed
numerous briefs to senior government managers and committees. He made frequent
contributions to BYTE magazine and his remarks have appeared in Business Week,
USA Today and Government Computer News. He also served for four years as
managing editor of the comparative journals PC Digest and Software Digest.
Mr. Froning has nearly thirty years of experience in the computer industry,
with nearly half of that time spent in the analysis and testing of computer
hardware and software. He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Stephen Platt, Ph. D.
Principal, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Stephen Platt is a founding Principal of Alterion and serves as Chief
Technology Officer and Chief Scientist. At Alterion, he provides technical
direction for all corporate activities. Steve is the principal architect of the
set of program management and support methodologies. He is also the author of
the ALP benchmarking suite, currently being used by NASA and other clients. In
addition, he has provided process and computational/analytic support for program
management, verification and validation, and testing for clients in the
Department of Justice, Department of State, and Department of Defense.
Prior to Alterion, he taught Computer Science at Swarthmore College,
developed real-time image analysis systems at Storage and Retrieval, and was a
member of the Research and Development department at NSTL, finishing as the
Director of Research and Development.
While at NSTL, Dr. Platt received a Corporate Achievement Award from their
parent company, McGraw Hill, for his works in the development of the core testing
and web presentation technologies for Business Week's "Maven" systems review
publication system. During the same period, Canada Online named the Canadian
NMSO/SIPPS site, based on the same underlying technology, one of Canada’s Top
Ten Government Web Sites.
Dr. Platt has a Ph. D. in Computer Science from the University of
Pennsylvania, where his research focused on representation and simulation
techniques for nonrigid objects. He is also a member of the IEEE and ACM,
including the IEEE Computer Society and ACM SIGGRAPH computer graphics