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!
Vasudha Badri-Paul is a talented and experienced marketing executive and entrepreneur with over 15 years in the technology industry in Silicon Valley. She has a Mathematics & Physics undergraduate degree from Bangalore, India and a MBA in Marketing from Rochester, NY.
Vasudha has worked in diverse industries within emerging technologies such as IoT, Big Data, Blockchain, and Health technology in leadership, consulting, and advisory roles at GE Digital, Cisco, Intel, and Microsoft as well as lean startups. Her expertise lies in demand generation, content strategy, product messaging, and building thriving audience communities. Off work, she enjoys walks and hikes in the bay area as well as writing books and screenplays.
Daniel Violette, PhD, has extensive experience as a consultant, entrepreneur, and industry leader in planning the future of the electric power and gas industry. He has led consulting engagements for electric power and gas utilities of 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.
Prior to joining Lumina, Dr. Violette was a Managing Director in the Energy Practice at Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI) for 10 years. Other previous positions include Principal and Founder, Summit Blue Consulting (acquired by Navigant Consulting) [DV2] and Principal and Founder, Tesser Inc. (acquired by TreDesign). He has also held executive VP positions with Hagler Bailly, Inc. and EDS Management Consultants.
Dr. Violette is a recognized leader in the industry having served three elected terms as Chair of the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) and co-founding the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA). He currently serves on the Smart Grid Advisory Council of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). Dr. Violette received the “Industry Leader” award from the AESP in 2018. He has published over 100 papers. Dr. Violette received his PhD in economics from the University of Colorado, which awarded him a Regents Fellowship and honors in the fields of 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.