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Andrew Froning

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 SharpThought™ 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 society.