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Brad Gaiser

Brad holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University. Following completion of his Ph.D. Brad joined Varian Associates where he focused on development of particle simulation programs. Following Varian, Brad joined Athena Systems where he built the development team as VP of Engineering. Following the sale of Athena, Brad delivered a number of successful consulting projects that leveraged his math and physics background.


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Brad grew up in small towns across Kansas, and discovered early on that he had a knack for science and math. He also developed a sense that hard work and education would provide him a means to access a world outside of the rural farming communities where he lived.

After graduating high school half a year early, Brad started his undergraduate work at Kansas Wesleyan University where he majored in Mathematics and Physics (and minored in Chemistry and Russian!) Amidst the brutal number of hours needed to cover the course work, Brad did manage to get a few glimpses of the outside world -- including spending a summer studying Soviet Economics and Russian Art in Austria. After graduating at the top of his class, the next stop was Stanford University for a Ph.D. in Physics. The process of writing a thesis on theoretical physics taught Brad two lessons: academia was not the best fit for him, while technical computer programming was.

After Stanford, Brad joined Varian Associates in Palo Alto, in the Microwave Tube Division R&D group. Brad worked with line engineers to optimize the electronic design of high power klystrons and coupled-cavity TWTs. In addition to working to make some of the analysis programs available to the line engineers, he substantially advanced the state of the art in the Varian's electronic design codes by writing new particle simulation programs.

A consulting project led Brad to an opportunity to join a Silicon Valley software startup company, Athena Systems. Brad worked as one of the primary product architects, and then built the development team as project manager and eventually as VP of engineering. Brad headed up a core group on the technical side to continue developing product; and helped transition the technology when it was sold to Cambridge Research Associates.

Brad has worked on a number of consulting projects, many of which have been oriented toward bringing technological solutions to everyday business and personal problems. He recently joined InSite Partners to continue to utilize his talents in mathematics, the sciences, and in computer technology to supplement the capabilities that InSite is able to offer its customers.