NeuCo - The Optimization Standard

Management Team

Our people are our #1 assets. We have a highly talented and experienced team with a lot of enthusiasm about the solutions we're developing and implementing. This spirit is embodied in NeuCo's management team:

Peter J. Kirk – President & CEO:
Peter Kirk joined NeuCo as Vice President of Business Development in 2001 and went on to assume the roles of Vice President of Sales and then Executive Vice President responsible for Sales and Business Development, before being appointed President & CEO in 2010. Peter’s previous experience in the Energy Sector included roles as Business Development Manager with Plug Power, Inc., a developer of stationary fuel cells, and as a developer, consultant and banker with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Enron Development Corporation, and J.P. Morgan Chase (formerly Chemical Bank.) Peter has an MBA in Finance from Wharton and an MA in Economics, Energy and Environmental Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Amitava Bhattacharya, Ph.D. – Vice President of Engineering:
As Vice President of Engineering, Amitava leads the team responsible for implementing successful, high value, cost-effective optimization projects. Working with NeuCo’s experienced engineering team, Amitava has streamlined NeuCo’s implementation process to be the fastest, smoothest, most successful, and lowest cost in the industry. He also led the development of NeuCo’s successful Customer Support program which is designed to ensure long-term customer satisfaction. Amitava brought with him to NeuCo considerable applications engineering management experience within process industries, having served as System Manager in Aspen Technology’s Advanced Process Design group. Amitava was previously Deputy General Manager of Corporate Technical Services at Reliance Industries Limited, Bombay, India. He has received numerous professional and academic awards, and has published his research in chemical engineering literature.

Fred Pickard – Vice President of Technology Development:
As the leader of the Technology Development group, Fred is responsible for bringing NeuCo's product vision to life and for developing ProcessLink®, the core technology that forms the basis for all of NeuCo’s products. This includes the creation of software development and installation tools that result in faster, smoother and higher-margin installations.  Fred has more than 20 years of experience in the design and development of knowledge-based software solutions for large-scale commercial applications.  At Digital Equipment Corporation's Artificial Intelligence Technology Center, Fred led the development of Digital's Configuration Platform (DCP), an expert-systems based technology platform for discrete manufacturing solutions.  Fred was a co-founder of Ellora Software, an AI software company specializing in protocol-based products for large health care organizations.

John McDermott, Ph.D. – Vice President of Product Management:
John leads the team responsible for product management.  His group works closely with NeuCo’s customers and partners to ensure that the products developed fulfill critical industry needs and that customer value is sustained over time.  Prior to NeuCo, John was a member of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 12 years and a member of the Boeing Corporate Technical Advisory Council for seven of those years.  John spent 6 years at Digital Equipment Corporation as the Chief Scientist of their 200 person Artificial Intelligence Technology Center.  He is a founder of two AI companies, Carnegie Group and Ellora Software; at both companies he guided the development and commercialization of several successful products.  Carnegie Group was acquired by LogicaCMP in 1995, and Ellora Software was acquired by Aetna in 2002.  John is a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence.

Vikas Malik – Vice President of Customer Support:
As leader of the Customer Support group, Vikas is responsible for ensuring that NeuCo’s optimization products deliver maximum value consistently.  Vikas started NeuCo’s Customer Support group in 2002 and has been involved in designing one of the best and most proactive Customer Support programs in the industry.  Vikas has over 18 years of experience in advanced controls and automation.  Prior to joining NeuCo, Vikas managed several domestic and international controls and automation projects at Emerson-Westinghouse Process Controls, ABB and Larsen and Toubro Limited.