Leadership

Steve Sashihara

President and CEO
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Steve Sashihara leads Princeton Consultants' unique blend of optimization and predictive analytics, data science and management consulting to help businesses achieve transformational improvement in service and efficiency.

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Dr. Eugene Adam

Director
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Gene leads enterprise-level data and business intelligence initiatives to success on a foundation of stakeholder consensus, superior design and budgeting, and effective executive oversight. Since joining Princeton Consultants in 2000, Gene has partnered with diverse business leaders and built a record of results in several verticals, including insurance and related financial services.

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Rick Carter

Healthcare Principal

Rick Carter brings 35 years of healthcare consulting and operations expertise to lead Princeton’s healthcare practice, helping hospital and physician leaders improve process and performance through the implementation of and tools for patient service lines as a physician- led, professionally managed operating strategy to deliver care less like a department store and more like specialty care boutiques. Prior to joining Princeton Consultants, Rick founded and led Equation Consulting, a healthcare economics and analytics rm for 11 years.

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Matt Diamond

Senior Specialist

Matt designs, writes and supports computer software for clients in transportation, market research, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and other industries. Matt joined Princeton Consultants in 1994. He mentors young developers, takes the lead on researching and migrating to new development tools, brings industry best practices to bear on a project, and produces high quality code on the critical path to meet deadlines—skills that are vital to the success of a project.

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Will Bastian

Senior Consultant

Will manages, designs and develops custom web-based solutions. He leads teams to meet deadlines and provide value through well-tested, production-ready implementations in transportation, healthcare and education. Will holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Skidmore College. He joined Princeton Consultants in 2006.

 

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Jon Crumiller

Vice President and COO
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Jon Crumiller serves as Chief Operating Officer of Princeton Consultants. As a co-founder of the firm, Jon brings more than 35 years of consulting expertise and experience to our client base, having served leaders in many of the nation's most successful businesses.

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Dr. Irv Lustig

Optimization Principal

Irv leads our development of custom optimization software. An internationally recognized leader in operations research and advanced analytics, Irv joined Princeton Consultants from IBM Research, where he cultivated state-of-the-art approaches for the next generation of optimization/business integration. Irv received Sc.B. and Sc.M. degrees in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University, where he studied under George Dantzig, the father of linear programming.

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Shem Malus

Director
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Since joining Princeton Consultants in 1998, Shem has helped the leadership of transportation companies transform operations and processes to substantially improve asset utilization and increase network efficiency. He has built custom systems and applications for highly complex business environments, interfacing with client executives in different lines of business, Operations and IT, and working with teams of consultants and developers.

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Dr. David Johnson

Senior Specialist

David designs and develops reliable, high-performance software applications, using proven optimization techniques where needed. He joined Princeton Consultants in 2006. David holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Center for Complex Quantum Systems at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Michele Belfort-Mihalyi

Senior Consultant

Michele works with Class I railroads as a systems integrator and coordinator for the integration of an energy management system with the government-mandated train control system to prevent accidents. She is also an experienced incident/defect root cause analysis investigator for rail safety systems. Based on her skill at analysis, planning and collaboration, Michele leads technology product requirements management, acceptance testing and industry adaptation, and product vendor and customer coordination.

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Dinesh Maneyapanda

Director
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Dinesh Maneyapanda has been with Princeton Consultants for more than 21 years. He helps lead the optimization practice, and also has broad experience in the design and development of workflow and technology solutions and HR best practices. Dinesh graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is also currently chairman of his undergraduate "eating club," a channel that allows him to pursue academic interests and reconnect with alumni.

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Dr. Patricia Randall

Senior Specialist

Patricia joined Princeton Consultants in 2007. She specializes in the design, development, and implementation of large-scale, high impact systems that help businesses optimize their decision-making at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. Patricia works on-site with client executives and subject matter experts, and with a team of optimizers, software developers and mathematicians.

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Steve Charbonneau

Senior Consultant

Steve joined Princeton Consultants in 2006. Steve designs and implements communications and signaling software solutions used by Class I railroads in the United States and Canada. He helped develop and deploy a next-generation rail car fleet management platform. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal.

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Dr. Robert Randall

Senior Specialist

Since joining Princeton Consultants in 2006, Rob has helped executives and operations personnel improve asset utilization and increase profit. For companies in transportation and diverse industries, Rob builds custom optimization models based on mathematics, operations research and special software that makes recommendations. Working with client executives at their offices and facilities, Rob implements these advanced tools to transform business processes and help ease the burden on the employees. Rob holds a Ph.D.

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Dr. Attila Mihalyi

Director
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Attila works with freight and transit railroads to architect and implement transformative solutions in the areas of rail safety, communications, systems management and railroad signal design.  Since joining Princeton Consultants in 2005, he has managed software development and integration teams to implement and deliver custom applications that enable railroads to integrate and leverage new communication technologies, automate and improve testing processes, and to collect and analyze asset monitoring data.

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Dr. Jeffrey Fogel

Senior Consultant

Jeffrey joined Princeton Consultants in 2011. Jeff is skilled at software development, product management, data analytics, and technology and systems integration. He leads the design and support of SATS, a new generation simulation tool that that improves and substantially automates railroad system testing. Jeffrey earned a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Michigan and a BS in Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard University.

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Leah Schanely

Director
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Leah is a leader of our Rail Practice, leveraging her extensive knowledge of signaling and traffic control systems, which she has developed over more than 16 years at Princeton Consultants. She helped develop Pegasus, the dominant intermodal transportation management system. Leah graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Computer Science and Engineering, and minored in Philosophy and Cognitive Science.

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Serghei Sarafudinov

Senior Specialist

Serghei joined Princeton Consultants in 2004. He is a software architect and developer of operational systems in transportation and other industries. Serghei is a skilled project manager and IT consultant. He has an MS and BS in Applied Math and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.

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Heath Hevlow

Senior Consultant

Heath joined Princeton Consultants in 2007. In transportation, insurance and non-profit spaces, Heath helps organizations achieve enterprise-wide goals using a strong command of technology and how it is best used to facilitate business processes. He is skilled at project management, facilitation, gathering requirements, design, development, and testing. Heath holds a BS in Computer Science from Tulane University.

 

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Dr. Bob Steen

Director
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Bob Steen has been with Princeton Consultants since 1998, where he leads segments of the transportation, financial services, and optimization practice areas. He is also a skilled facilitator and educator. Bob holds a Ph.D. in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University, where he modeled the dynamics of planetary atmospheres. He and his family reside in the historic town of Rocky Hill, New Jersey, where he has served as an elected member of the borough council and is active in the community.

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Fred Scheifele

Senior Specialist

Fred joined Princeton Consultants in 1984, making him one of our longest tenured firm members. Fred performs high-level software design, development and implementation for clients in financial services, transportation and other industries. With deep technical expertise, he is a valued consultant. Fred holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University.

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Vic Levy

Senior Consultant

Vic joined Princeton Consultants in 2004 and leads software development for railroad and intermodal transportation clients. Vic builds critical solutions that improve rail safety and locomotive health. Vic holds a BSEE/CS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.

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Ernest Marshall

Senior Consultant

Ernie joined Princeton Consultants in 2010. For Class I railroads, Ernie leads the development of groundbreaking software solutions and he is a systems integrator for Positive Train Control, the federally mandated railroad safety initiative. He is skilled at program management and business process improvement. Ernie earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University.

 

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Greg Wold

Director
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Greg Wold joined Princeton Consultants in 1995. Balancing strategic concerns with tactical project delivery approaches, Greg leads teams in implementing mission-critical processes and systems. He has successfully managed a series of major business transformation and technology initiatives in dynamic corporate environments, including the transportation/supply chain sector, financial services, and human resources.

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Kim Wells-McDonnell

Senior Specialist

Kim joined Princeton Consultants in 1998. Kim leads projects in systems integration and strategy, bringing together processes, people, and technology. She helps develop end-to-end solutions in transportation logistics (railroad, long-haul trucking, and intermodal), healthcare, financial services and insurance. Kim earned a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University.

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Dr. Godfrey Miller

Senior Consultant

Godfrey joined Princeton Consultants in 2013. Godfrey leads systems integration and software testing for a Class I railroad’s Positive Train Control initiative. His skills include numerical analysis, C++, and Monte Carlo simulation. Godfrey earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Physics from Princeton University.

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Maria Pekin-Garfinkle

Senior Consultant

Maria is a systems integrator for the implementation of a Positive Train Control solution involving multiple railroads. Maria leads a team dedicated to design, maintenance and support of a real-time status relay software suite, an essential safety component of train safety. She joined Princeton Consultants in 2005. Maria earned an MS in Business Management from the Open University of Israel and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Haifa.

 

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Penny Pelton

Senior Consultant

Penny joined Princeton Consultants in 2008. For Class I railroads, Penny helps lead systems integration to assist the development and integration of Positive Train Control, the federally mandated railroad safety initiative. Her skills include business process improvement, data analysis and comprehensive use case development. Penny earned a BA in Astrophysics at Princeton University.

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Stefan Sabo

Senior Consultant

Stefan joined Princeton Consultants in 2012. For Class I railroads, Stefan helps develop and implement solutions that transform operational performance. He earned an MA and BA in Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. Yehuda Snir

Senior Consultant

Yehuda joined Princeton Consultants in 2007. Yehuda helped develop and deploy, and now supports, a transformational rail car management system used by all of North America’s largest railroads as well as many rail shippers. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dr. Andrew Szilva

Senior Consultant

Andrew joined Princeton Consultants in 2006. Andrew is skilled at project/lifecycle/risk management, process re-engineering and strategic planning. He helps lead groundbreaking solution development for leaders of the Transportation industry. Andrew holds a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from UCLA and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Dr. Octavian Teodorescu

Senior Consultant

Octavian joined Princeton Consultants in 2006. Octavian leads engagements in financial and transportation services, working with client executives to uncover problems, gather and analyze data, and make better decisions powered by advanced analytics. Octavian holds a PhD in Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Computational Biophysics from Cornell University, a PhD in Nuclear and Particle Physics and Computational Physics from McGill University, and a License Diploma in Physics and Biophysics from the University of Bucharest.

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Dr. Greg Wellman

Senior Consultant

Since joining Princeton Consultants in 1996, Greg has led high-end solution development for a wide range of fields, including transportation, finance and pharmaceuticals. Greg earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Theoretical Physics. He earned a B.Sc. in Physics/Math with double honors at the University of British Columbia.

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