The Lumina Team
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Chief Technology Officer
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!
Lee Davidson, PhD, is a full-time software engineer at Lumina who has contributed to Lumina projects since 2011. He was with PayPal from 2012 until May 2016.
Lee has a Ph.D. from Yale granted by the Yale Philosophy Department. His interests at Yale were philosophical logic, mathematical logic, set theory, mathematical analysis, physics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mathematics, and ethics. His dissertation concerned arithmetic, philosophy of mathematics, and modal logic, with help from mathematical logic, set theory, and model theory (a mathematical discipline that combines mathematical logic and set theory).
For some decades, Lee has been employed as a software engineer, but he maintains his interests in philosophy, logic, mathematics and physics. As a fiction writer, Lee has writen two novels as well as short comic-literary writings, some published, some yet to be published. He is also a classical pianist, with some public performances to his credit.
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. He has authored industry guidebooks on planning and evaluation for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the International Energy Agency, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the American Gas Association. Dr. Violette has presented expert testimony on these subjects in both the U.S. and Canada.
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 and is much in demand as a speaker. 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.
Jaya Hoy is Manager of Customer Support for Lumina and has taken care of our customers' Analytica needs for the last 16 years. She is trained as a concert pianist and worked in the publishing world as a book editor for a number of years. She uses her skills to manage the complexity of Lumina sales and customer support, and coordinate access to all Lumina products, tools, training and support. Her goal is to ensure an efficient process for sales, licensing, support, training, and consulting services, to make sure customers can easily purchase and optimally use Analytica products.
Bob Fung, PhD, assists Lumina on special projects and business development. He has a BS from UC Berkeley in Electrical Engineering, and a PhD from Stanford University in Engineering Economic Systems. He was Lumina's third employee (along with its Founders), where he led projects to develop schedule cost risk analysis for the Space Shuttle NASA Kennedy Space Center. He was the cofounder and CEO of Prevision Inc, a pioneer in machine learning and optimal decision tools, acquired by Fair Isaac Inc. (NYSE: FICO). At Fair Isaac, he was the Vice President of Decision Technology, and led development of tools for credit decisions. Bob has published multiple papers and patents in credit scoring an Bayesian networks.
Senior Consulting Analyst
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.
Robert D. Brown III
Decision Strategist and Analytica Trainer
Rob Brown is Lumina’s most experienced trainer. Rob has worked with Analytica since before it was Analytica (the early ancestor was called Demos). He first discovered the influence diagram modeling environment in 1996 while working for Scientific Atlanta. Rob found the platform both powerful and easy to use, and has been an enthusiastic advocate ever since. The modern version of Analytica contains many of Rob's improvement ideas. Teaching is in Rob's blood as he taught secondary level math and physics early in his career.
Now, as president of the strategic planning consulting group Incite Decision Technologies, Rob continues to to develop decision support tools and performs quantitative analysis for strategic planning and capital allocation. Recognized as a talented teacher and Analytica expert, Robert agreed to host his first Analytica training session in Los Gatos in 2000. His enthusiasm has been rubbing off on trainees ever since.