nobi's people

the experts powering your innovation

What started in the backrooms of scientific labs (read our story here) has grown into a team of experts in a wide spectrum of fields, all united by an ability to understand and analyze data. Team Nobi's diverse expertise complements the broad application of our solution with real-world knowledge and decades of experience across many verticals. This uniquely positions Nobi to function effortlessly as an extension of your team.
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nobi's professionals

our team's background

Michael Dey

Principal & Co-Founder

Founded Nobi, including arranging initial financing, core team selection and establishing the brand. Instrumental in development of Nobi’s research, products development and beta-testing, before going to market. Designed the systems to support and enhance the work of a high-grade professional team. Continues to allot 60% of his time to client technical work in the field (being a part of the initial business model/management). Client experience in retail, insurance, healthcare, utilities, call centers, sales, marketing/media mix optimization and spend allocation, financial services, manufacturing, construction, real estate, education. Manages all aspects of the business through a small administrative team. MA in business (Marietta College, OH).

Abel Beyene

Data Scientist

Abel brings the latest data science methods while maintaining strong skills in Nobi’s long-established classical approach with statistics, mathematics and first-rate science. Specifically, he stays on the cutting edge for big data, machine learning, AI, and dynamic data displays. Expert also in tools such as neural network, R, Python, Tableau, GGPlot2 as well as the standard packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS) and methods (e.g. GLM/ logistic regression, simulation) and query languages (e.g. SQL, Hive, Pig, Spark). In putting it all to work, Abel has for example developed sophisticated, practical models for maintaining educational performance in economically distressed communities. BSc EE and MS in data science (U. Maryland).

Dave Coit

Senior Researcher

Behind Nobi’s practical approach is extensive theoretical work and research to ensure client solutions solve problems and contribute EBITDA, safely, reliably. Dave brings the high-level research, translated into practical language and methods. After a long career in contract research he transitioned back to academia while maintaining a hands-on problem-solving workload to fuel his research topics. Currently Professor of Industrial/Systems Engineering at Rutgers University, with over 70 papers published in refereed journals. Advises PhD students in addition to full teaching role. BSME (Cornell), MBA (RPI), MS & PhD (IE, U. Pittsburgh).

Kelley David

Research Assistant

Kelley brings vast experience/qualifications in education (including in Europe), supporting Nobi’s clients in that space, both pre-K through 12 and university. Specifically, education data specification (including survey design) and later compilation requires knowledge of teaching work and the administrative aspects, so that Nobi’s statistical designs and controls can be executed then analyzed. Also, technical writing/review. BM (Eastman/U.Rochester), MA (Bowling Green/Tours, France), MA (Penn State).

Kieron Dey

Chief Scientist & Co-Founder

Expert in practical data science and process improvement/innovation. Started in epidemiology at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London under the direction of A.V. Swan, then Hirst Research Center, London, apprenticing with Joan Keen, a pioneer in statistical methods for industry. 30+ years’ statistical consulting in most industries and problem types. Extensive expert witnessing experience in complex regulatory matters and in litigation defense. Has held scientific advisor/technical leader positions in corporations up to $2B in size, since 1988.

Pioneered large statistical design and control for 25+ years and worked extensively with world leaders in the field including Professor George E.P. Box, Professor Noriaki Kano, Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Dr. Brian Joiner, Dr. W. Golomski, Dr. Larry H. Crow, Dr. Randy Brown.

Dey’s book “Competitive Improvement and Innovation: Statistical Design and Control” (2014: CRC Press) translates, without mathematical notation, for anyone to read, and features diverse industrial, education and government cases. Has given equal attention to management aspects of using powerful analytics strategically, through vast experience with corporate and government executives/directors. B.Sc. mathematics and statistics (U. Reading, England), MBA (RPI, New York). Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (FSS).

Michael Joliat

Marketing

With Nobi since inception, Michael maintains the Nobi website and develops materials supporting new client discussions before engagement. Design, graphics, artwork and production of seminar manuals/ “props”, in collaboration with technical team. Works extensively in email, print, social media and web advertising utilizing data-based solutions and analysis. BA in Advertising & Public Relations (Marietta College, OH).

Arpad Vass

Senior Scientist

Accomplished, experienced scientist with diverse expertise including a multi-year research assignment in Antarctica. Sophisticated work in noise reduction and real-time data analysis to detect specific signals by comparison to reference signatures. Statistical skills include: ROC curves, signal processing algorithms, linear models, forecasting and manufacturing engineering for systems noise-reduction algorithms are programmed into.

Over 60 peer-reviewed publications in the scientific/technical/engineering literature. Instructor at the National Forensic Academy. TED conference speaker (2012). Board certified medical technician (CLS, ASCP). BS in biology, MS in forensic science/justice administration, PhD in physical/forensic anthropology (U. Tennessee). US Antarctic Service Medal.



nobi's advisors

Ed Mueller

Veteran former CEO of leading brands including retail and telecommunications, Ed brings vast management experience to Nobi’s delivery of data science solutions in industry, and adapting to how organizations perform.

Tim Baer

Mathematical statistician with 35 years’ experience putting it to work problem-solving throughout industry. Instrumental in original design of Nobi’s technical approach. MS in statistics (Purdue).

Steve Grady

Primary reviewer of Nobi’s published technical reference book, with a long career in statistical/IT consulting. PhD in econometrics.



nobi's partners

W2 Consulting

a strategic partner with Nobi, bringing complementary skills especially in clinical work and education, with professional project management capability and a special experience in government contracts plus a Washington, DC presence.

Kristin Washington – CEO Former US Army active duty at military treatment facilities for psychological and traumatic brain injury. SAMHSA: evaluation and treatment for young people (and their families) with serious mental illnesses. DOD VA work in evaluation and treatment. Adjunct professor (psychology) at American Public University. PhD in clinical psychology (Argosy University).