Jacob Van Baalen, Finsight LLC

Jacob is a recent computer science graduate from the University of Wyoming. He has experience developing mobile applications that range from data collection to games on both iOS and Android as well as web applications, windows applications, and enterprise applications. 

James Murphy, Finsight LLC (Sub Contractor)

Creative, analytical problem solver with ten years of experience analyzing large, noisy data sets to elucidate patterns and infer underlying processes. Personable, friendly, and socially-adept analyst that thrives in collaborative environments. Advanced quantitative analyst and R programmer: skilled at using R and optimization software to produce original statistical algorithms, perform standard statistical analyses, conduct exploratory data analyses, manage data, and produce compelling graphics. Capable of efficiently producing original analytical insights for a wide variety of data driven issues. Excellent technical writer, editor, and public speaker. 
Ph.D. University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, 2010 Thesis: Spatial Dynamics of the Eastern Bering Sea Snow Crab
M.S. Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources, 2006 Thesis: Spatial and Temporal Distributions of Lake Erie
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Biology, 1997

Richard Yamada, Project Director

Richard has been involved in Alaska’s recreational fishery for over 30 years as a business owner and recreational fishing advocate at the state, federal, and international level. His research duties as the CATCH (Catch Accountability Through Compensated Halibut) Project Director has allowed him the opportunity to study the history of recreational fisheries management in Alaska and become familiar with today's recreational sport fishing sector in Alaska. Richard has a broad range of skill sets, developed from his experience as a professional media producer,  computer applications consultant and business entrepreneur. 

Richard is a member of NOAA's Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, Recreational Fishing Work Group, a board member of the National Association of Charter Boat Owners, Alaska Charter Association VP, and member of the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council's Charter Management Implementation Committee.

Project Team

Eric Torgerson, Finsight LLC

Eric has over 15 years of experience solving real-world problems with computer systems. He has extensive experience in the field of digital imaging and has successfully completed projects involving a wide range of architectures and technologies. Areas of concentration include: hardware and software requirements analysis, client-server application development, database development and administration, digital imaging, and unix server administration

Jubal Skaggs, Finsight LLC

Jubal is a developer/systems administrator with over fifteen years of experience designing, implementing, and maintaining systems. He has gained in depth experience of the entire software development life cycle. Mr. Skaggs has worked with a wide array of different technologies, problems, and solutions for midrange systems, large public facing applications, and middleware technologies. Many of the projects and systems worked on, or implemented, are critical infrastructure, require security clearance, and twenty-four by seven uptime.

Rick Bush, Finsight LLC

Rick is an experienced software engineer with many years of industry experience designing and developing enterprise software solutions. During his career as an IT consultant and contractor, he has led many successful development efforts on mission critical software systems in a variety of industries. He has an extensive background in fisheries information management having served in a variety of roles on many projects for agencies including the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC), the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), the Alaska Fisheries Information Network (AKFIN) and others. He has strong project management skills, and business management experience as a minority owner and managing associate of Wostmann & Associates, Inc. and as General Manager of Finsight, LLC. 
Education:B.S. Symbolic Systems; concentration: Artificial Intelligence. Stanford University, 1990