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Dr. Thomas Armel

Founding Partner & Director of Technology



Tom is a Founding Partner at QS-2 and Director of Technology. He is a recognized subject matter expert with deep expertise in multiple diverse fields, including synthetic biology, biophysics, molecular and cellular biology, biochemistry, and genomics, and is responsible for leading the firm’s Biotechnology and Neuroscience service arms. He has managed projects in industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, biosecurity, infectious disease, diagnostics, and therapeutics development, with experience spanning from cutting-edge academic research efforts to large-scale translational projects with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Before founding QS-2, Tom worked at Booz Allen Hamilton supporting projects in biotechnology and synthetic biology, and served as a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Systems Biology Department where he was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with a Graduate Certificate in Biophysics, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Chemistry-Biology from Whitman College.

Dr. David Guarrera

Founding Partner & Director of Analytics



Dave is a Founding Partner at QS-2 and Director of Analytics. He is a proven thought leader with years of valuable insight supporting the statistics, machine learning, and analytics space, and leads the firm’s analytics and mathematics practice areas. His expertise and past projects include a wide range of technical subjects spanning machine learning, mathematics, statistics, data analysis, network theory, optimization, and theoretical physics. He has also managed projects involving other scientific areas requiring mathematical expertise including epidemic and population modeling, high-throughput biological phenotyping, and electric grid, power systems, and waste-water re-use engineering.

Prior to founding QS-2, he worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he supported big data, mathematics, and physics programs. Dave holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics (focusing on theoretical particle physics and superstring theory) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed Part III the Mathematics Tripos at the University of Cambridge, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physics and Mathematics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Shawn Kimmel

Director of Engineering



Shawn is Director of Engineering at QS-2 where he leads the firm’s transportation service area. Shawn specializes in automated vehicle (AV) and unmanned aerial system (UAS) technologies and is a recognized leader in robotics and transportation technologies, bringing over 13 years of experience in engineering and program management. Over the course of his career, he has made contributions in diverse areas of engineering, including systems engineering, mechanics of materials, artificial intelligence, network theory, macro-level energy modeling, technology acquisition strategy, automotive cybersecurity, and intellectual property. He has supported technology and policy efforts at US DOT, FAA, DOE, DARPA, NASA, USPS, NPS, National Academies, and commercial clients.

Shawn has previously worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, IEEE, RAND Corporation, Caterpillar, and Ensco, Inc. Notable accomplishments include leading testing and evaluation for DARPA Urban Challenge team Victor Tango (3rd place) in the first on-road automated vehicle race, developing system requirements for Caterpillar’s automated mining machines, and serving as an IEEE / AAAS Science and Engineering Policy Fellow in US Congress where he advised on automated and connected vehicle legislation that was passed into law in the 2015 FAST Act Research Title. He participates in professional committees at SAE, IEEE, and TRB related to emerging transportation technologies. Shawn received his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and holds both a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Mr. Chris Fernando

Principal & Aviation Lead



Chris is a Principal at QS-2 where he oversees the firm’s aviation service area. Chris brings extensive experience in urban air mobility (UAM) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and specializes in working with clients to address complex emerging technology issues and engaging in strategic partnerships with industry to support client needs. Chris has worked with some of the world leaders in this area, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Transportation Research Board’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (TRB ACRP), and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

Prior to joining QS-2, Chris worked at Booz Allen supporting infrastructure, energy, and environment work. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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