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Mission Focus

MissionFocus is an agile development shop that takes domain design and development as seriously as system design and development. We work mostly in the Intelligence arena with DoD and IC customers in close partnership with the Institute for Modern Intelligence. Our core domain is the storage, processing, and utilization of diverse data at immense scale. We are experts in cloud compute and storage technology and created SemApp, which underpins a game-changing approach to data unification. We pride ourselves on our disciplined engineering practices and distinguish ourselves by our ability to continually learn, innovate, and deliver. The work we do is meaningful, intentional, and wrapped with our integrity. We are driven to work harder than the rest because we believe the code we write will improve the world.

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Mark Andrew Eick

Mark Andrew Eickis a technologist dedicated to crafting scientific innovation into practical solutions for the Intelligence Community (IC). With degrees in computer science and philosophy, he started his career in 1995 at Ford Motor Company developing systems to manage the development and printing of service manuals.The system he developed fundamentally changed the production process, improving efficiency and quality and earning him multiple technology awards.

In 2003 Mr. Eick became CTO at SSS Research, a DOD contracting startup focused on bringing new visualization techniques to thin client geospatial applications. His innovations optimizing the processing and transmission of geospatial data received multiple software patent awards and were deployed in an operational system which directly contributed to numerous successful missions.

In 2008, Mr. Eick started his own company, Mission Focus, focusing on the "Big Data" problems inherent in the IC domain. As CEO he now orchestrates technology and operations at a much larger scale, employing cloud technologies to address the storage and processing of diverse information at tremendous scale. In addition, in 2009 Mr. Eick also co-founded the Institute for Modern Intelligence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to develop the science, practice, and governance of Intelligence at Ultra-Large scale.

Suzanne Yoakum-Stover

Suzanne Yoakum-Stover is a data scientist on a mission to develop the science, practice, and governance of Modern Intelligence. With a Ph.D. in physics from Stony Brook University, she has made significant contributions as both a research scientist and an educator in diverse technical domains such as AMO physics, artificial intelligence, medical imaging, computer graphics, statistical and natural language processing, data management, and knowledge representation. A common thread that ties together all of her work is her passion for writing code.

As the Executive Director of the Institute for Modern Intelligence (IMI) and Chief Scientist at Mission Focus, Dr. Suzi leads a team dedicated to crafting an Enterprise data fabric for the most demanding Ultra-Large Scale systems environments. Together, they aim to transform the "data problem" into a strategic intelligence asset for national defense and pave the way for groundbreaking scientific advancements.