Axiom Data Science is an informatics and software development firm focused on developing scalable solutions which can be leveraged across a variety of users, clients and institutions in order to make the best tools for data management, integration, and visualization. We support a variety of federal, private, academic and non-governmental organizations managing and conducting research in the ecological, geological and ocean sciences.

Staff and Facilities

Axiom Data Science staff includes software architects and engineers, GIS and data analysts, web and graphic designers, scientists and data librarians. Our headquarters are located in Anchorage, Alaska, and we have two satellite offices that each maintain a High Performance Compute (HPC) cluster in Portland, Oregon and Providence, Rhode Island. Together, Axiom’s HPC resources are composed of more than 1400 processing cores staged in a series of interconnected blade arrays as well as 1.4 PBs of storage distributed across clustered storage nodes. Compute nodes and storage nodes are connected over a low latency, converging network fabric (40 Gb/Sec Infiniband). GlusterFS is employed as a storage software abstraction layer that enables clients and storage servers to exploit data transfer over Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) protocols. This configuration enables data throughput from the storage cluster to the compute cluster to reach speeds greater than 160 Gb/Sec in high-concurrency situations necessary for large-scale scientific modeling as well as hosting, querying and visualizing large, long-term data sets. Axiom also has a dedicated multi-braided 1 Gb/Sec high speed internet connection for large file transfers between external data centers and the high-bandwidth demands of centralized web/cloud based applications.

Staff Bios

Rob Bochenek

Information Architect

Rob has been developing data management and cyber infrastructure solutions for research programs and organizations for the past fifteen years. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degrees in aerospace engineering and mathematics. Early in his career Rob spent five years at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council leading the data management team in processing, documenting and organizing the informational products produced from the scientific research funded to understand and monitor the ecological effects of the oil spill. Based upon that experience, Rob founded Axiom in 2006 to develop more generalized and holistic solutions for data management. He specializes in scientific geospatial information management with applications to physical/biological modeling and decision support data warehouse knowledge systems.

Shane StClair

Software Architect

Shane is a founding partner of Axiom, and has been programming professionally for over a decade. Through many years of conducting data salvage and application development projects he has become a strong advocate for maintaining clean, organized and well described datasets; creating user interfaces that are both powerful and intuitive; and writing well documented and reusable code. Shane graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002 with a degree in biological sciences, which gives him a useful insight into biological research.

Kyle Wilcox

Software Architect

Kyle has over eight years of experience working in the ocean and environmental sciences, where he specializes in the discoverabiliy and accessibility of data. After earning a BS in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 2006, he went to work for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, MD, managing huge collections of modeled and observed data. Kyle lead the software development team at Applied Science Associates from 2009 to 2013 before joining Axiom Data Science in November of 2013. At home, his wife and three kids manage his always growing to-do list.

Dr. Jesse Lopez

Scientific Computing Technologist

Jesse’s professional interests lie at the intersection of environmental science and computational science. He studied History and Mathematics at the University of Washington (BA), Computational Mathematics at Brooklyn College (Post-Bac), and Environmental Science and Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). His doctoral work at OHSU was focused on developing and applying high-resolution numerical models and observations to study circulation and sediment dynamics in the Columbia River estuary. Jesse also has extensive experience teaching Mathematics and Computer Science from middle school, as a member of AmeriCorps, to upper-level undergraduate courses. Away from his laptop, Jesse enjoys listening to records and drinking tea with his orange cat.

Dr. William Koeppen

Physical Scientist

Will has a Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata College (Geology and Physics, 2001); a Masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis (Earth and Planetary Science, 2003); and a PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (Geology and Geophysics, 2008). His doctoral work included using laboratory analyses and satellite data to understand the composition and evolution of Mars. As a postdoc, he worked on a hybridized time-series analysis algorithm to detect volcanic eruptions in near-real time using real-time satellite data and methods to identify the presence of geologic materials associated with nuclear enrichment in thermal infrared airborne data. At Axiom, Will serves as staff scientist as well as a liaison to many of the scientific groups with which Axiom works.

Stacey Buckelew

Data Coordinator

As data coordinator, Stacey engages with scientists to support their use and organization of Axiom’s data portals and data management tools. Stacey has a 10 year history working in applied marine ecological research and coastal habitat restoration in locations spanning, literally, from the Arctic to Antarctica. Through these experiences, she has a well-developed capacity to coordinate across research teams and stakeholders to support their decision-making needs. Stacey has Bachelor of Science in marine biology and a Masters of Science in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. When not in the office, she can be found learning the art of beekeeping and running, skiing, or biking throughout southcentral Alaska.

Jessica Austin

Senior Software Engineer

Jessica's interests are in understanding and improving the efficiency of complex systems, whether that be a sprawling software infrastructure or a control system for robotic locomotion. She has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech and a master's in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon, as well as five years experience as a software developer and DevOps engineer at companies including ThoughtWorks and GrubHub.com. She joined Axiom to learn more about the management and analysis of scientific data at a large scale, and to work with scientists and engineers to more quickly gain insights into the data they collect. In the summer she enjoys foraging and gardening, in the winter you'll find her working on a project at the local Makerspace, and any time of year she can be found exploring the mountains around Anchorage with her dog, Kodiak.

Ross Martin

Senior Software Engineer

Ross has been developing software professionally since 2006. He received a double-major at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Management and Management Information Systems. Previously, he worked on applications for the Department of Defense and created solutions for the financial industry that service thousands of users. Ross has expertise in developing highly-available, full-stack web applications and services.

Lyra Bochenek

Operations Manager

As operations manager, Lyra executes the behind-the-scenes tasks that enable Axiom to operate efficiently and effectively. She leads organizational logistics, identity development and graphic design. Lyra is a founding partner of Axiom. Before launching Axiom, she worked for 7 years as an associate editor for Alaska Newspapers Inc and and was the creative lead for the marketing department at Alaska USA FCU. She has a degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Outside of work she can be found romping in Alaska with her two girls, gardening and trying to keep up with young ultimate frisbee players.

Luc Mehl

Data Scientist

Luc has a Bachelor of Science degree from Carleton College (Geology, 2000) and Masters degrees from University of California, Santa Barbara (Geology, 2002) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program (Marine Geology and Geophysics, 2008). Luc was hired by Axiom in 2009, and his roles include data ingestion, database management, converting data to netCDF, writing data-feed services (Java), building advanced analytical tools (e.g., Kriging, Biodiversity Indices), and taking out the recycling in one of his adorable and unreliable vehicles.

Brian Stone

Senior Software Engineer

Brian Stone has a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio from Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He's developed web-based applications since 2004 and specializes in web design and usability concepts. Prior to his work at Axiom, Brian was the primary web administrator for the Anchorage Daily News and Alaska.com, and he created a variety of interactive maps and graphics to supplement newsroom stories. At Axiom, he creates cross-platform, web-based spatial planning applications that allow users to interactively explore multiple large scientific data sets across time, space and depth.

Dave Foster

Senior Software Engineer

Dave is a software developer working with Python, web development, and quality DevOps infrastructure. He has a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Computer Science, 2004), and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh (Computer Science, 2005). At home, he has two Schnauzers and attempts to keep the ball out of the net in his rec soccer leagues.

John Marc Dunaway

Software Engineer

John Marc has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He was hired in 2011 as a software engineer specializing in backend Java services that supply spatial data for web applications. Since joining Axiom, he's organized, ingested and built services to access large image and video data sets (e.g., ShoreZone), summarized and mapped sparse spatial data sets (e.g., marine mammal sightings), and designed and developed tools to subset and analyze GIS and raster data.

Chris Turner

Data Librarian

Chris is a data librarian and metadata evangelist trying to make it easier to responsibly share and document research data. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Alaska, Anchorage (Mathematics, 2007) and a Master of Science from Syracuse University (Library and Information Science, 2012). His prior work experience includes working in libraries doing serials cataloging, collection maintenance, and photo and document digitization, serving as a data management consultant for NSF funded research groups while an eScience Fellow as SU, and comparing and crosswalking scientific metadata standards while interning at the NSIDC. Chris was hired at Axiom to help document data resources, develop metadata strategy, liaise with program managers and PIs, and to develop and promote data management best practices. Outside of work, he enjoys long bike rides and brothy soups.

Ian Gill

Metadata Technician

Ian studied poetry at the University of Arizona, education at the University of Alaska, and environmental science at Western Washington University. Along the way, he spent over a decade doing fieldwork in Alaska, mostly watching bears catch salmon at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory and the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary. In the off-seasons he found work to support his summer bear habit, including jobs as a handyman, a deckhand, and a stuntman. His graduate research at McNeil River focused on the behavioral ecology of brown bears foraging for salmon and the impacts of bear-salmon predation on salmon populations. Ian worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game from 2012 to 2016, first as a habitat biologist and later as a science editor, where he learned to appreciate well-documented data, well-used semicolons, and the serial comma.

Jordan Jenkes

Data Analyst

Jordan earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and will complete his Bachelor of Science in Geology in the Spring of 2015. He joined Axiom in 2013 as a data analyst working to ingest and organize spatial data sets. Recently his work has involved organizing and reprocessing scientific and socioeconomic databases into open source formats as well as transforming spatial and temporal data sets into NetCDF for archive and visualization. Jordan also manages the Research Assets application, which allows scientists to share information about their research efforts and platforms (e.g., buoys, ships, gliders, etc.) in Alaskan waters.

Malcolm Herstand

GIS Analyst

Malcolm earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Geographic Information Science from Montana State University, and studied further in Aquatic Ecology at the University of Vermont. His work with several academic research groups focused on hydrology, ecology, and invasive plants in places like Idaho's Sawtooth Range, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the foothills of Alaska's Brooks Range. At Axiom his experience in fieldwork, statistics, and GIS helps him work with scientists to bring their data into new geospatial products and visualizations. Out of work he likes to scramble up Alaskan peaks.


Therapy Dog

As a puppy prodigy and adult dog phenom, Francis has dual degrees in Saliva Production and Getting in the Way. Before working at Axiom as an occupational therapist, Francis spent years learning the way of the dog in his owner's garage. He currently loves being off leash, corralling and giving rides to kids, barking at moose, and cleaning his plate.

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