About Us

Dr. Richard Huntsinger is a professor, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and Fortune 500 operations executive with broad international experience leading data analytics, enterprise software development, and operational excellence programs at organizations like Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Symantec, Hitachi, Curtiss-Wright, and US Department of Energy.  He currently serves as Executive Director at the Berkeley Data Analytics Group and lectures on data analytics at the University of California-Berkeley.  Recent projects include data analysis and process automation in nuclear power plant operations, electricity demand forecasting in smart electric grid networks, and enterprise data warehouse optimization in high-tech and telecom operations.  Dr. Huntsinger earned his PhD in Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University; MBA degrees from University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University, honors; and MSc and BSc degrees in Computer Science from California State University, honors.  He holds ASQ Six Sigma Black Belt and PMI Project Management Professional certifications.

Haas School of Business, University of California-Berkeley: https://haas.berkeley.edu/faculty/richard-huntsinger/
Division of Data Science & Information, University of California-Berkeley: https://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/people/richard-huntsinger/

Dr. Michael Ford is an engineering, public policy, and national security expert with decades of experience in government resource management, technology development, and nuclear plant operations.  He currently serves as Managing Director at the Berkeley Data Analytics Group.  His ongoing research examines the challenges and opportunities for nuclear energy in contributing to a low-carbon energy future.  This includes exploring the future of advanced reactor research and development in the United States, the potential for broader nuclear development worldwide, and the analysis of issues surrounding novel nuclear deployment options such as transportable nuclear power plants.  Earlier, he had a distinguished career in the United States Navy, where he served as commanding officer of a cruiser and a destroyer and held multiple senior leadership positions in the Pentagon. His engineering acumen led to early-career assignment as a nuclear engineering inspector, and he later served as the senior nuclear engineer of an aircraft carrier, where he was responsible for the training, operations, and maintenance for two small modular reactor plants.  Dr. Ford earned his Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.  He is a past Fellow of the MIT Center for International Studies.