Our Team

 
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Rick Murnane, PhD

CEO

Rick joined Kinetic Analysis Corporation in 2018. His goal is to ensure complete client satisfaction and the greatest possible user experience. In the past, Rick has held positions at Risk Management Solutions as Director, Developer Relations and at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences as a Senior Research Scientist and as the Program Manager for the Risk Prediction Initiative (RPI). He has also been a co-founder of several companies that developed catastrophe risk models and other tools for assessing and managing risk. Rick received a Ph.D. in Geological and Geophysical Sciences from Princeton University. What he really wants to do is go heli-skiing.

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Marshall Deppe

Director of Systems Engineering

Marshall Deppe is a Unix and Network specialist with two decades of professional experience in any-scale production environments. In the past Marshall has worked for the NWS at NOAA in Silver Spring MD as Lead Systems Administrator for the Meteorological Development Laboratory and at Verisign as a Senior Systems Engineer in resolution. In the last decade Marshall has designed, programmed, administered and directed the Kinetic Analysis infrastructure for real time products. Professional interests include programming in C , various unix shell dialects, Python and Tcl/Tk.

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Sean Miller, MS

Lead Real-Time Operations

Sean has almost a decade of experience in leveraging geospatial technologies and applications relating to weather and climate data. Over the course of his career he has served as the meteorologist and meteorological hazards product developer for Kinetic Analysis Corporation, a contractor for the National Weather Service developing new improved model basins for the Sea Lake and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model and at the Boeing Company as geospatial intelligence analyst, using soft copy photogrammetry to produce high resolution terrain datasets in support of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's (NGA) Global Geospatial Intelligence program. He holds a Master of Science degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Applied Meteorology is an active member and frequently presents at annual meetings for both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and is an avid weather enthusiast, with a particular interest in Northeastern U.S. Winter storms and tropical cyclones.

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J-P Michael, PHD

Lead Operations

J-P has worked in hazard modeling for three years with a focus on hurricane winds. Prior to entering the industry, he obtained his PhD in Atmospheric Science working with coupled land-ocean general circulation models – primarily the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)’s Community Earth System Model (CESM). During this time he focused on validation and simulation of global models, and the limitations of observational data. He also has a degree in computer science with experience in GIS and worked with University and FEMA members on experimental GIS mapping in the New Orleans area shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

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Jan Vermeiren, PhD

President

Jan developed broad expertise in risk assessment from natural hazards and climate change through work as sustainable development division chief for the Organization of American States in the 1990's. As part of this work, he promoted the strengthening of scientific hazard and risk assessment in the Caribbean, including significant storm hazard modeling, which served as a basis for continued risk management capacity building and investments in the region. Jan Vermeiren was a co-founder of Kinetic Analysis Corporation and served as its CEO through 2012. As Board Chair, he continues to provide strategic guidance for the company's growth and success.

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Steven Stichter, MS

Board Member and Treasurer

Steven has over two decades' experience with natural hazards risk management and modeling, and software engineering. During this period, he has used detailed hazard data and geographic information systems to address coastal management issues in the US and to inform growth and development issues in the Caribbean. As Kinetic Analysis' Chief Operating Officer (2006 - 2012), Steven managed implementation and operation of our real-time impact forecasting system, as well as execution of complex hazard and loss risk assessment projects. 

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Simon Young, PHD

Board Member

Simon has a PhD in volcanology and worked for the British Geological Survey, including as Chief Scientist and as the first full-time Director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. Simon was CEO of Caribbean Risk Managers Ltd, which helped develop and  operate the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and the Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organisation (MiCRO). He also provided advisory services to the World Bank other disaster risk management and climate change adaptation projects in the Americas and Asia-Pacific. Simon was also lead Advisor to the African Risk Capacity Insurance Company during its start-up phase, and was also CEO and Chief Underwriting Officer. He continues to provide support to the ARC team in an advisory capacity. In 2016, Simon took on a new role as Strategic Advisor to the Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson.