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Presto Innovation's founders are Madelyn Quinol and Tom Dayton. We began collaborating in 2009 in the Intelligent Systems Division of NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, doing what we do now but as employees of UARC UC Santa Cruz contracting to the MCT software project. That project involved intimate collaboration with NASA Johnson Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2012 we contracted to the NASA Ames Software Management Office, from which we consulted to a diversity of projects--software; software+hardware; nanosatellites; rocket guidance, navigation, and control; uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs, drones); science payloads; program and project brainstorming, proposing, and planning; and more. In March 2015 we left NASA to form Presto Innovation consulting, so we can continue to help NASA projects but also help other agencies, organizations, and companies in both public and private sectors.
Madelyn Quinol | Co-Founder & CEO
Before founding Presto Innovation, Madelyn most recently worked at NASA Ames Research Center for 6 years, where as an embedded consultant she created and used these tools, methods, and approaches while she collaborated with, trained, and guided teams not only there but also at Johnson Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. With a B.A. in Applied Mathematics she started her career path as a systems engineer and systems analyst, analyzing requirements and processes of configuration and data management systems for satellite communications, advanced publishing for a distributed engineering environment, and information storage and retrieval systems—while employed by Unisys Government Systems and IBM Federal Systems. She then took a more creative path and used her degree in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design to switch careers to production artist and graphic designer at a design studio in Palo Alto. Madelyn continued on from there to create the visual, interaction, and information designs of complex web sites and applications, as well as marketing materials for large companies and startups in Silicon Valley such as Amdahl, PointCast, and ePhysician, which valued her experience in not just graphic design but also in programming. After the tragedy of 9/11, she took a break from all that to do something more meaningful and got her credential to teach math in middle and high schools. She then returned to private industry as a design consultant at Ramirez Design creating the user experience of web-based systems for clients including PayPal, Walmart.com, Stanford University, and more startups. Working at NASA Ames Research Center brought her back to the government, allowing her to come full circle by applying her knowledge and experience from the private sector to the public sector.
Tom Dayton | Co-Founder
Before founding Presto Innovation, Tom worked at NASA Ames Research Center for 11 years, where as an embedded consultant he collaborated with, trained, and guided teams not only there but also at Johnson Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Previously he was Senior Usability Engineer in iPlanet and in the Sun Microsystems Software Usability Lab. Earlier he was Technical Director of the Bellcore Rapid Applications Usability Engineering Group, where he was co-creator of The Bridge method and co-author of the Design Guide for Multiplatform Graphical User Interfaces. Before his post-doctoral fellowship at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center he got a PhD in Experimental Psychology with a blend of research methodology, decision making, cognitive science, quantitative methods (measurement, statistics…), and human-computer interaction. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, and has taught participatory methods all around the world at conferences and as an embedded consultant in companies. He has readily applied his knowledge and experience from the private sector to the public sector.