Who’s Under The Hood
CEO & Co-Founder
Alison Alvarez is the CEO and co-founder of BlastPoint. She spent years building big data tools for large companies, and became convinced that more affordable and accessible solutions should exist. She has emerged as an expert consultant regarding large geospatial data systems, lecturing around the country to teach people how to use data tools for themselves, and developing a library of free interactive coding lessons (https://github.com/nosila/).
Alison is an NSF Research Fellow, a Jack Kent Cooke Fellow, and a Swartz Entrepreneurial Fellow. She holds two Master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon: a 2007 MS from the Language Technologies Institute at the School of Computer Science and a 2016 MBA from the Tepper School of Business. She currently sits on the advisory board of Y-Combinator’s Valor Water where she utilizes her extensive experience to guide tech infrastructure and software team-building.
CTO & Co-Founder
Tomer Borenstein is the CTO and co-founder of BlastPoint, focused on bringing the power of data to the masses. Tomer graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Bachelor’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering, followed by a Master’s degree focused on Machine Learning and Computer Vision. He was the first CMU undergraduate to create and instruct an official Computer Science course: “Building Cross Platform Web Applications”. Tomer is the grand prize winner of the UpPrize Social Innovation Competition, and has been recently named to Pittsburgh Business Times’ “30 Under 30” list.
Nick Coronado is the Software Engineer for BlastPoint. With a background in Music Composition at CMU, he switched focuses to software development about 4 years ago and co-founded Nebulus, an online music production startup company that went through the AlphaLab program. Since then, Nick has worked with a number of Pittsburgh startups and larger companies, moving to and from various ends of the tech stack.
Lekhana Satish is the Data Scientist of BlastPoint, focused on learning quickly and using it for real world applications. Like most people in the field, she did not follow a straight path into data science. She has a mix of work experience from the nonprofit community across India and the United States, as well as working in manufacturing companies. She developed an obsession with data science during her early years of working at nonprofits. Lekhana graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Management, followed by an MBA. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Data Science.
Multimedia & Communications Specialist
Marcia Harder is the Multimedia and Communications Specialist for BlastPoint. She previously worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for Discovery Channel, The Washington Post, The Onion, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Association.