Sousan, as the firm’s technical expert and scientific adviser, brings over 20 years of professional experience computer science and advanced programming, with specialization in distributed databases. Her career spans academia as well as the industry. She has served as lead and principal research engineer and programmer on many key projects. Some of her exemplary positions include principal research engineer at MCNC Research and Development Institute’s Center for Networked Information Discovery and Retrieval (CNIDR) and senior software analyst at Intergraph Corporation.
As the Senior Software Analyst, while at Intergraph Corporation, she was responsible for the analysis, design, and implementation of software applications in graphics and non-graphic environments, most prominently, GIS applications on a UNIX platform and using a C based Object Oriented language. She has also held lead positions in the design and development of middleware components for the patent searching system commissioned by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Sousan’s technical expertise includes distributed databases, interactive web based information retrieval applications, web-based query system to search agricultural survey data. Sousan was an active member of the Grid Information Retrieval Working Group in the Global Grid Forum, and has served as a panelist in the NSF Middleware Initiative (NMI) review panel. As a researcher at the University of Central Florida, she worked on a NASA-funded Q&A research project that used thematic roles and statistical analysis for performing data searches of NASA manuals. She is the recipient of several awards including 1992 MasPar Challenge Contest for developing applications for massively parallel computers. Sousan also played a key role in the development of an interactive multi-media educational program for pediatric cardiology while at the University of Iowa. She has taught various computer science courses while at the University of Central Florida and the University of Iowa. Sousan is also the founder and president of Silver Krescent, a technology company.
Sousan holds an M.S. in Computer Science, University of Central Florida,; with all course work completed toward towards Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at the University of Iowa, with research emphasis on distributed systems.