Samantha Wood Goddess, Chief Financial Officer, received a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1995 and joined Sensimetrics in 1996. Ms. Goddess is responsible for the company’s financial strategy and its execution, the negotiation of license agreements and subcontracts, and sales and marketing of Sensimetrics’ products. In addition, she oversees all aspects of grants and contracts administration, including compliance with FAR/DFARS regulations, DCAA audits, and negotiation of indirect cost rates with both DHHS and DoD.
Derrick B. Henry, Front End Developer / UX Designer, graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Music Technology and Multimedia Studies. Since joining Sensimetrics in 2011, Derrick has performed a wide variety of tasks for the company, including video production, web development, and industrial design and fabrication.
Jens Jorgensen, Art Director / Designer, received his diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has been working in the field of multimedia and design since 1993 when he first worked on projects for Microsoft and SAP. At Sensimetrics, Mr. Jorgensen is responsible for sound and video content for the company’s software packages, interface design, navigational structures, animation, electronic and printed design for marketing, package design, and industrial design. Jens also acts as the company’s webmaster and system administrator.
Michel T.T. Jackson, PhD, Principal Research Scientist / Programmer, received a B.A. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; and Linguistics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCLA. Since then, he has held a number of academic and/or industrial positions at Yale University, the Ohio State University, Emerson College, Articulate Systems, Lernout & Hauspie, Dictaphone, Nuance, Mediwatch USA, and Sensimetrics. His publications include the multimedia course Speech Production and Perception I, published through Sensimetrics, and “Analyses of vocal tract cross-distance to area mapping: An investigation of a set of vowel images”, with Drs. Richard S. McGowan & Michael A. Berger, in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (January 2012).
Wendelin L. Sachtler, PhD, Principal Research Scientist / Programmer, received a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Columbia University, where he investigated visual processing of color and motion information. His postdoctoral work at the Research Laboratory of Electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focused on visual and tactile perception in Virtual Environments, during which time he also developed computerized tests for sensory and motor deficiencies, obtaining patents for online color vision testing. As President of Corpora Systems, Inc., Dr. Sachtler leads projects for development of assistive devices for the blind as well as physiological measurement systems for medical and basic research, for which he has received grants from NIH, NSF, and NIDRR. Dr. Sachtler consults with Sensimetrics staff on software development, sensor and actuator interfaces, and plastic part design and construction.
Thomas E. v. Wiegand, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, an A.B. in Physics from Franklin & Marshall College, and M.A., M.Phil., & Ph.D. degrees in Experimental Psychology from Columbia Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. His work there included research in visual and auditory psychophysics and computational models of light adaptation. Dr. Wiegand was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Research Laboratory of Electronics, where he conducted research on applications of Virtual Environment technology. After his post-doc he continued working at MIT as a Research Scientist where his projects included experiments in psychophysics, virtual environments, and wide ranging work in engineering design. In his current position as Principal Research Scientist at Sensimetrics Corporation, he is engaged in research related to the development of novel technology for hearing enhancement and navigational aids for the visually impaired, and is PI or key personnel on various projects at Sensimetrics Corporation and Corpora Systems Inc. Dr. Wiegand is also involved in a number of ventures in the areas of engineering services, medical device development, and educational evaluation, and has served on editorial boards of scientific journals. He has authored or co-authored papers published in collections as well as in the journals Vision Research, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, and PRESENCE. He holds granted and pending patents in electronic design through his work at MIT and Sensimetrics Corporation. Dr. Wiegand is a member of Sigma Xi, New York Academy of Sciences, IEEE, and other professional organizations.
Patrick M. Zurek, PhD, President, Company Director, received his doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from Arizona State University in 1976. From that time until 1981 he was a Research Associate at the Central Institute for the Deaf in St. Louis, where his principal work was on otoacoustic emissions from human and animal ears. In 1981, he joined the Communications Biophysics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Principal Research Scientist. His work there focused on the behavioral study of hearing impairment and its rehabilitation through hearing aid signal processing. Dr. Zurek has published numerous papers and book chapters on these and other topics in psychoacoustics (CV) and has been a reviewer of manuscripts and grants in his field. He is a member of the Auditory Society of America and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. In 1999 Dr. Zurek succeeded Robert Berkovitz as President of Sensimetrics where he has been engaged in a variety of research projects relating principally to the development of novel technology for hearing. The subjects of these development projects have included: a headset-style assistive listening device; a hand-held digital instrument for infant hearing screening; an audiometric spatial-hearing test system; interactive courseware for instruction in Hearing Science; advanced hearing protectors; MRI-compatible earphones; and hearing loss simulations for audiology.