The Lumina Team
Max Henrion, PhD, is the CEO of Lumina, and the originator Analytica, of Lumina’s flagship software. He specializes in the design of effective decision technologies, with experience as a researcher, educator, software designer, consultant, and entrepreneur. He conducted decision analysis and led teams to build decision-support tools in a wide variety of applications including energy, environment, R&D management, healthcare, telecommunications, aerospace, security, and consumer choice.
He is Adjunct Professor at at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was previously a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. He has been a Consulting Professor at Stanford University, and a member of the Science Advisory Board of the US Environmental Protection Agency. 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 seventy peer-reviewed articles in energy and environment, risk and uncertainty, software design, and artificial intelligence. He led a decision analysis of decommissioning offshore oil platforms that won the 2014 Decision Analysis Practice Award from the Decision Analysis Society and the Society for Decision Professionals. Max received the 2018 Frank Ramsey Medal the highest award from the Decision Analysis Society.
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, has extensive experience as a consultant, entrepreneur, and industry leader in planning the future of 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) [DV2] and Founder of Tesser Inc. (acquired by TreDesign). He was also executive VP at Hagler Bailly, Inc. and EDS Management Consultants.
He has led consulting engagements for electric power and gas utilities on supply-side and demand-side planning, rates and pricing, distributed energy resources, and regulatory models. For banking and finance clients, he has conducted market assessment and due diligence on acquisitions.
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). He 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.
Kimberley Mullins, PhD, is a Senior Consulting Analyst. She holds a PhD jointly in Engineering & Public Policy and Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her academic work focused on risk analysis and assessing life-cycle environmental impacts of energy systems and agricultural systems. At Lumina, Kim is able to pursue two professional passions – helping people make better decisions through quantitative analysis, and improving energy systems. Outside of work hours, she’s working up the cycling stamina to bike The Great Trail, which traverses Canada from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic.