Our Team


Chief Executive Officer & Lead Model/Software Developer

Richard drives Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc.'s mission to leverage cutting-edge technology across disciplines to make the world a safer place during pandemics, while also being its primary conceptual architect. He brings his steadfast commitment, vision, leadership, creativity, high standards, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and a plethora of relevant skills and experience to Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc., including small business and not-for-profit corporate management, software development, various numerical modeling (including probabilistic projection and geometrical modeling), fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, artificial intelligence, including quantum machine learning and combinatorial optimization.

Originally and currently from New York, Richard was a top student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated a semester early with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Economics. He went on to get his Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California at Berkeley, where he also took classes in several other departments. His term project for one of those, an Industrial Engineering & Operations Research graduate class, lead to a startup.

One of Richard's most important drivers is the desire to help humankind and to make a positive difference in the world.


Secretary, Data Curator & Model Developer

Pablo Paiewonsky is a welcome addition to Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc.'s board of directors.

Dr. Paiewonsky has done interdisciplinary research spanning paleoenvironmental science, climate dynamics, plant functioning, ecology, and the modeling of the latter three. He also has many months of work experience as a STEM tutor and professor. He holds two Bachelor's degrees (Meteorology and Mathematics), a Master's degree in Geography (University of Maryland at College Park), and a PhD in Atmospheric Science (State University of New York at Albany).

Pablo believes strongly in reforming the relationship of science and health experts with the general public to be one that is less “top-down” mandating by experts from their positions of traditional authority into one in which experts are receptive, transparent, engaging, and empowering as public servants. He brings strong analytical skills and a scientifically-rigorous approach to Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc.


Chief Operating Officer

Joshua has recently joined Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc. as Chief Operating Officer (COO). With over 10 years of experience, he has a proven track record in driving growth and optimizing operations in technology-focused firms. Joshua holds a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, a Master of Arts in International Relations from New York University (NYU), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University.


Chief Financial Officer

With an extensive background exceeding a decade in high-performance industries, Kostas stands as a versatile accounting professional. His expertise spans a spectrum of sectors, including food manufacturing, wholesale, recycling, retail logistics and transportation, and hospitality. Holding a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's in accounting, Kostas has cultivated a robust educational foundation. As a Licensed Accountant and CPA with qualifications on both sides of the Atlantic, he brings a wealth of skills to the professional arena.

Kostas is driven by a profound belief in continuous learning, embodying the spirit of a dedicated lifelong learner. This commitment propels him to acquire additional professional certificates in finance, modeling, accounting, and taxation, reflecting his unwavering pursuit of knowledge.

Beyond professional development, Kostas advocates for ethical responsibility and community engagement. He firmly believes that individuals possess an obligation to contribute to the betterment of society through the application of their knowledge, passion, and expertise. This conviction underscores Kostas's commitment to creating a positive impact and aligning personal and professional pursuits with the broader goal of fostering a better world for all.

Juliette Choiseul, M.S. G.H.

Managing Epidemiologist

Juliette is a recent Master of Science in Global Health graduate from the University of Geneva and is excited to pursue her passion for public health at Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc. She previously received a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Florida. Juliette brings to the team her background in COVID-19 research, interdisciplinary global mindset, and love for science communication. She is excited to use these skills to help Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc. reach new heights in public health.


Machine Learning Developer

Jiaying, a recent PhD graduate in Statistics and Operation Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a minor in Computer Science, not only excels in statistics but also ranked 1st in the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad, among her numerous prestigious awards and honors, showcasing her exceptional abilities in the field. With internship experiences at Amazon, SAS Institute, and DiDi, she brings a wealth of technical expertise. Passionate about impactful projects, Jiaying is eager to contribute her skills in probability, statistics, data science, and machine learning to a team dedicated to positive public health outcomes.


Product and Data Analyst

Kate graduated from the University of Rhode Island with bachelor's degrees in biological sciences and biomedical engineering and is currently a master's student in Data Science at Merrimack College. She is passionate about public health and looking forward to using her background in biology and biomedical engineering and new skills in data science to contribute to public health through the Pandemonium project.



Gabrielle graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master's in public health, specializing in Epidemiology. She's passionate about preventing diseases in public health and loves how epidemiologists use data to predict outcomes and improve health. As a mom of two boys, she enjoys staying active outdoors. Gabrielle has worked as a data analyst, focusing on maternal health outcomes, and is excited to bring her experience to Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc. to help improve future pandemic responses.


Data Curator and Analyst

Nancy is a collaborator of Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc. Originally from México, she has a bachelor's degree in Biochemical Engineering and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering from National Autonomous University of Mexico - Institute of Engineering (UNAM-II). She has professional capacity in machine learning algorithm implementation with eight years of experience working in public administration in the Ministry of Health of Mexico. Nancy is vegan for a better world.



Aakash is originally from India. He has a Master's degree Clinical Epidemiology from Kent State University with a passion for infectious disease epidemiology. He received his Bachelor education from the University of Mumbai in Microbiology. His research interests include antibiotic resistance, reproductive number, disease surveillance, etc. He intends to contributing to research that fosters health equity through data-driven approaches. He has previously worked as a study coordinator for phase I to III vaccine trials.


Human Resources Coordinator

Dr. Olga Piedra holds a PhD in Management with a specialization in Human Resources from Walden University which she received in February 2020. Her published Dissertation was on the topic “A Phenomenological Qualitative Review of Hispanic Women's Journey to an Executive Level position“ listed within ProQuest. Dr. Piedra obtained her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Nyack College in 2007 and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership in 2013 from Nyack College. She has a published Thesis entitled “The Relationship Between Employee Trust and Organizational Citizen Behavior” listed within Academia.edu. Dr. Piedra has many years of experience working in the private sector within law firms. She currently holds a position at the Law Office of Fred Clarke as an Office Manager/Senior Paralegal. In 2013, she was recognized as an Honorary Member for the Golden Key International Honour Society. She was then elected Director of Alumni and Honorary Member for the Walden University Golden Key International Honor Society for this 2016 – 2017 term. For the 2017 – 2018 term, she served as the Vice President of the Walden University Golden Key International Honor Society. Dr. Piedra was also the President of the SHRM Chapter of Walden University from 2019 - 2020. Dr. Piedra currently contributes to social change by volunteering at numerous organizations within the Hudson Valley area of New York, such as: volunteering for Results as an Advocate and volunteering here at Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc. Dr. Piedra previously volunteered at Elant at Fishkill as an Activity Assistant, at Literacy Connection as an ESL Tutor, and at Barrett Art Center as an Assistant to the Program Director.

Dr. Piedra resides in Poughkeepsie, NY with her loving husband Darrel J. Patton. Poughkeepsie, NY is located in the Eastern region of the USA.



Lina Kamil graduated with an Master's degree in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology/Biostatistics from UC Berkeley in 2022. Prior to her MPH, she also obtained her Bachelor's degree in Public Health and Molecular Biology. She joined the Quantum Risk Analysis team with the hope of applying the skills she learned in her graduate studies. While her research interests lie in cancer and environmental epidemiology, she is enthusiastic about contributing to the work done to model COVID-19 risk and the risks of other infectious diseases for the Pandemonium app.


Python Developer & Quality Assurance Engineer

Lavanya Boopalan is a software professional with experience in developing solutions for large scale e-commerce and banking systems. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and has 11 years of experience in IT consulting and services. She had been a Team Lead engaging with clients and leading technically diverse teams in delivering IT solutions. She has a passion for exploring, learning and developing skills in new technologies.


Python Machine Learning Developer and Quality Assurance Engineer

Yiming, originally from China, has a Master's degree in Computer Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and received 1st Prize of Hackathon for Code Your Dreams & Deaf Kids Code at Google in March 2024.



Rob brings a varied background in business, education, and advocacy to Quantum Risk Analytics, Inc.

Rob transferred his project management skills from the manufacturing arena to secondary education, developing innovative high school STEM programs to make science, engineering, and programing skills accessible to a broader scope of students. He also worked on the administrative side of secondary education, managing the transition from paper and mainframe-based Student Management Systems (SMS) to digital, PC- & web-based products. Rob also drove the adoption of digital Learning Management Systems (LMS) and Web 2.0 learning tools into classrooms. Along the way he developed expertise in managing and conducting training for the teachers and administrators who had to implement the new systems and tools.

Rob's current focus is on advocacy for people with disabilities in higher education. Rob's son is currently a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. at a highly competitive university. In addition to the usual interactions with various academic and administrative departments at the college, Rob helps his son manage the often conflicting regulations and requirements of over ten federal and state departments and programs that are involved with his care and support as a person with a disability.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri School of Science and Technology, and an Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Advisory Board

Maynard S. Clark, M.S. Mgmt. (Research Admin.)

Maynard retired in 2019 from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he worked in multiple administrative positions over 12 years.

Gul Agha, Ph.D.

Gul is the Co-Founder and CEO at Embedor Technologies as well as Professor Emeritus & Research Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recent Contributors


Python Quality Assurance Engineer

Viththal graduated from New York University with a Master of Science in Computer Engineering. Having always been passionate about producing the best outcome and achieving perfection in what he does, his role as a QA engineer provides him with the utmost satisfaction. Over the years, he has gained skills and experiences in a variety of different fields through internships and academic courses, which he intends to use to contribute towards the organization's goals. He is a highly motivated individual who enjoys learning new tools/technology and solving problems. In addition to his professional endeavors, he enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and some days he likes being a couch potato binge-watching web series.



Aditya, an enthusiastic public health expert, holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health, with specializations in Epidemiology - Biostatistics and Mental Health - Substance Use. Eager to showcase expertise in epidemiological and psychological research, Aditya is committed to contributing valuable insights and making a meaningful impact on public health outcomes.


Python Developer and Quality Assurance Engineer

Godwin graduated with B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a strong foundation in web development and core engineering concepts. Passionate about innovation with strong problem-solving skills accompanied with a proactive approach to continuous learning.


Quality Assurance Engineer

Shiyi is a QA engineer with a master's degree in Computer Science from University of Central Florida. With a foundation in computer systems and software, Shiyi is passionately learning new technology and contributing her expertise and knowledge to fields that combine coding, epidemiology, and public health. Shiyi is excited to have a positive impact on the team.



As a dedicated public health enthusiast with a Master's Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology from Moscow State Medical University named after I.M.Sechenov, Viktoriia is passionately driven to contribute her skills and knowledge towards advancing the field of epidemiology and public health. Viktoriia is excited to use data analytics in epidemiology to predict infectious outbreaks.



Leah is a passionate public health professional with a Master of Public Health degree from Yale School of Public Health, specializing in Epidemiology of infectious diseases. With a background in biological science and vaccine studies, Leah wishes to demonstrate her expertise in epidemiological research and contribute to the team that makes a positive public health impact.


Python Developer & Quality Assurance Engineer

Harsh Vora is a skilled Computer Science graduate from Northeastern University with a master's degree, with a robust technical foundation in languages like Python, Java, and frameworks such as React and Node. Harsh's dedication to innovation is evident through his contributions, such as leading the adoption of Kafka-based event-driven architecture and simplifying Git operations at renowned companies. He is highly motivated to use his skills and expertise gained through previous experiences and coursework to help the organization.


Python Quality Assurance Engineer

Harsh has a Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from Boston University.


Python Quality Assurance Engineer

Samarth has a Master of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from Boston University.