The Lumina Team
Max Henrion, PhD, is the CEO of Lumina, and the originator of Analytica, Lumina’s flagship software. He specializes in the design of effective decision technologies, with extensive experience as a researcher, educator, software designer, consultant, and entrepreneur. Max has conducted decision analyses and lead teams on a wide variety of projects in energy, environment, R&D management, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace, security, and consumer choice.
Max was previously a Professor in the Department of Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. He has been a Consulting Professor at Stanford, and a member of the Science Advisory Board of the US EPA. At Ask Jeeves, he was Vice President for Decision Technology, leading a team to provide online consumer advice. Max has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, Master of Design from the Royal College of Art, London, and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon. He has published three books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles in energy and environment, risk and uncertainty, software design, and AI.
Max lead a decision analysis of decommissioning offshore oil platforms that won the 2014 Decision Analysis Practice Award from the Decision Analysis Society (DAS). He received the 2018 Frank Ramsey Medal the highest award from the DAS.
Lonnie Chrisman, PhD, Lumina’s Chief Technical Officer, heads engineering and development of Analytica®. He has authored dozens of refereed publications in the areas of machine learning, Artificial Intelligence planning, robotics, probabilistic inference, Bayesian networks, and computational biology. In 1977, when he was in the eighth grade, he had his first paid programming job and built his own personal computer. In 1987, he was awarded the Alton B. Zerby award, “Most outstanding Electrical Engineering Student in the USA”.
Lonnie has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley. And he really trusts Analytica calculations – he used Analytica for seismic structural analysis of an extension that he built onto his own home where he lives with his wife and four daughters!
Daniel Violette, PhD, runs Lumina’s energy consulting practice. He has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, and industry leader in the electric power and gas industry. Prior to joining Lumina, Dr. Violette was a Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI) for 10 years; the Founder of Summit Blue Consulting (acquired by Navigant Consulting); and Founder of Tesser Inc. (acquired by TreDesign). He was also an EVP at Hagler Bailly, Inc. and EDS Management Consultants.
Dr. Violette is widely recognized as a visionary leader in the energy industry. He received the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference (IEPEC), and the 2018 “Industry Leader” award from Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP). He has served as Chair of the AESP and on the Smart Grid Advisory Council of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and has published over 100 papers. Dr. Violette received his PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, receiving a Regents Fellowship and honors in econometrics and industrial organization.
Selina Hernandez, Sales Manager, has 10 years of business and sales experience with a focus on customer support. Selina’s broad background includes entrepreneurship, hospitality, and accounting. Based out of Phoenix, Arizona, in her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping with her significant other and two dogs. In joining the Lumina team, she is excited to grow the list of Analytica users as well as build upon the long-term relationships Lumina provides to its clients.
Ben Filstrup is the Associate Consultant Analyst at Lumina. Ben holds an MA in Applied Economics from San Jose State University and a BS in Computer Science UC Santa Cruz. In his spare time, Ben enjoys rock climbing. Ben is always learning new technologies and always excited to learn more!
Krista Myers is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Lumina. Krista has 6 years of experience in project management and climate science research. Krista has been to Antarctica five times to collect weather and climate data through the United States Antarctic Program. She has extensive science communication experience including developing educational outreach materials, activities, and planning events. She is also skilled at online website development, graphic design, and developing engaging visual materials.
Krista has a MS in Geology and Geophysics from Louisiana State University, and a BS in Earth and Planetary Sciences from UC Santa Cruz. Krista is passionate about addressing climate change, and is an active member and volunteer for local environmental organizations in Santa Cruz, CA.