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Presto Innovation, LLC

Embedded consultants to Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the world

Presto Innovation's founders are Madelyn Quinol and Tom Dayton.  We began collaborating in 2009 in the Intelligent Systems Division of NASA's 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's 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.

Madelyn Quinol, a.k.a. The Enforcer
Co-Founder & CEO.
Before founding Presto Innovation. Madelyn most recently worked at NASA’s Ames Research Center for 6 years.  She started her career as a systems engineer and systems analyst, working on 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 used her degree in Computer Graphics and Graphic Design to switch careers to production artist, web and graphic designer at Hausman Design and Amdahl Corporation, before becoming Senior User Interface Designer at ePhysician which valued her experience in not just graphic design but also in programming.  She took a break from all that by using her degree in Applied Math to teach math in middle and high schools, before joining Ramirez Design as an Interaction Designer who served clients including Stanford U., PayPal, Walmart, and Roost.

Tom Dayton
Tom worked at NASA's Ames Research Center for 11 years, where he collaborated with NASA's Johnson Space Center and Jet Propulsion Lab.  Previously he was Senior Usability Engineer in iPlanet and in the Sun Microsystems Software Usability Lab.  Before moving to the west coast 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 taught participatory methods all around the world at conferences and companies.