I'm an entrepreneurially-minded leader with 20+ years building, launching, and scaling technology businesses, mainly in deep learning (AI & machine learning), ed tech, and cybersecurity. I'm uniquely experienced in rallying Software Development, UX, Product Management, Data Science, DevOps, Customer Service, and Digital Marketing teams toward business objectives, and I'm equally comfortable at the command line and the board room. As a leader I have a passion for creating environments that foster diversity, creativity, learning and growth.

Work History

Consulting CTO

Learning Tapestry

Remote May 2017 – Present

On-demand CTO for universities, institutions, and startups in the education space. I help organizations build internal capability in technology, product management strategy, security, and data privacy. In this role I define, develop and deploy software-based solutions that support student success and achievement. I work with organizations to hire, train and retrain software developers, product managers, site reliability engineers, and more. I advise organizations and individuals on education technology investment opportunities.

SVP and Chief Technology Officer

Think Through Learning Inc

Pittsburgh, PA USA April 2011 – February 2017

Partnering with the executive team, grew TTL from $5MM to $20+MM in annual revenue. Rebuilt the company's entire product platform to support growth in usage from 150,000 students per year to 3.3 million students doing over a billion math problems per year (roughly the same size as Khan Academy). In October 2016, Think Through Learning was acquired by Imagine Learning.

Line manager for a 30+ member cross-functional product team including Product Management, UX, Software Engineering, Quality Assurance, DevOps, Data Science, IT, and Customer Success.
Let the company's platform expansion to mobile devices to improve the company's market reach and impact.
Championed the organization's contributions to Open Source and diversity efforts.
Revised the recruiting and hiring process for technical and product staff (documented on the development team's blog), which doubled the average tenure of engineers at Think Through Learning.
Championed the company's student data privacy and security initiative.
Technical Manager, Immersive Learning

Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA USA January 2004 - March 2011

Line-Of-Business Manager for the SEI CERT Program's Cyber Security e-learning support for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal civilian agencies. My team's mission was to invent, prototype, and launch solutions to unique problems in cyber security. Partnered with military and federal agencies to reduce risk, save money, and save lives through advanced cybersecurity training and education.

Envisioned, implemented, and championed the rollout of the FedVTE program, offering on-demand hands-on training in cybersecurity, computer forensics, commercial networking products, and offensive cyber toolkits for every Cybersecurity, IT staff member, and veteran across the globe.
Grew the program from initial prototype to a $6.4m program with a staff of 18 software developers, infrastructure engineers, and product specialists.
Launched first streaming video implementation on DoD SIPRNet.
Concepted and implemented sandboxed training for offensive Cyber capabilities.
Solutions Architect

Arnold Worldwide

Boston, MA USA October 2002 - August 2003

Project and technical lead focused on large-scale implementations of presentation-layer experiential and functional Web properties. Led a $1.8 million full redesign of the corporate presence and reservation engine for a major cruise line, managing information architecture, design, copy, search engine optimization, and online video updates. Led the transfer of the Web presence of a major data warehousing company from an external hosting vendor to an internal data center.


The U Productions

Franklin, MA USA October 2001 - October 2002

Independent consultant to regional businesses focused on web design, development and deployment. Implement workflow-based web applications and digital marketing initiatives.

Sr. Project Manager

BiT Group, Inc

Boston, MA USA October 2000 – October 2001

Project lead for client engagements responsible for leading Web application design and development teams of up to 13. Managed schedule, budget and deliverables for a $2m Web-based custom workflow application for the temporary staffing arm of Fidelity Investments.

Sr. Project Manager

Zentropy Partners

Cambridge, MA USA February 2000 – October 2000

Project manager, client partner and implementation lead for User Experience Design projects and engagements of strategic and financial importance to the organization. Acting Group Director from April 2000 through October 2000; responsibilities included resource allocation, training and development and human resources for branch project management resources.

Operations Manager, E-business Engineering

GTE Internetworking, Powered by BBN (now Level3)

Cambridge, MA USA October 1997 – February 2000

Department controller with fiscal responsibility for internal operations and project budgets. Led the roll-out of a customizable Internet-based knowledge management product. Primary project coordinator for alpha implementations. Launched an e-business consulting and implementation group within the company connecting custom web application development with the company's core internetworking products.

Senior Application Specialist

Cerner Corporation

Burlington, MA USA June 1995 – October 1997

Implemented Cerner's client-server clinical data repository, patient registration system and pharmacy information system at a multiple campus acute care and teaching hospital system in Ontario. Led a client team through product design and build classes, current state analysis, process improvement workshops and benefits realization seminars.


Carnegie Mellon University
MS, IT Management
Pittsburgh PA, USA May 2007
Coursework in entrepreneurism, software and SaaS pricing, software and service contracts, organizational risk management, and decision making under uncertainty.
The University of Michigan
BA, Industrial Psychology
Ann Arbor MI, USA June 1995
Coursework in economics, marketing, organizational behavior, German, Eastern European culture, and leadership development.

Publications and Presentations

VTE: The Virtual Training Environment - Advanced Virtual Lab Authoring and Delivery
Constantine Aaron Cois
Justin Beckwith
James Wrubel
Jeremy Herrman
CSEDU 2010 - Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computer Supported Education, Valencia, Spain, April 7-10, 2010 - Volume 1 2010
Replicating and Sharing Computer Security Laboratory Environments
Kara Nance
Brian Hay
Ronald Dodge
James Wrubel
Steve Burd
Alex Seazzu
HICSS, 2009, 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2014 47th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2009, pp. 1-10, doi:10.1109/HICSS.2009.882
High Fidelity E-learning: The SEI's Virtual Training Environment
James Wrubel
David W. White
Julia Allen
CMU/SEI-2009-TR-005. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2009.


Side Projects
Beer Goggles

Creator of Beer Goggles, a mobile app that uses AI to help craft beer fans discover new beer by taking a photo of the tap list at a restaurant or pub. Featured on Product Hunt.

Continuing Education
Panelist, CMU Hack-a-Startup

Twice-invited panelist and judge for the Hack-a-Startup weekend project at Carnegie Mellon University.

October 2015, October 2016 Pennsylvania, USA
Volunteer Mentor, Hour of Code

In-class tutor and support for the Hour of Code initiative.

December 2015 Pennsylvania, USA
U.S. English: Fluent
Native speaker
German: Proficient (B2)
6 1/2 years experience.
Side Projects
The Soft Stuff

I developed and run The Soft Stuff, a curated list of tools, processes, and resources for leaders and managers of technical staff. The Soft Stuff features open source job descriptions, career ladders, interview questions and processes, diversity & inclusion resources, OKR frameworks, and more.