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Dr. Lerner is President and Chief Executive Officer of KT-Tech, Inc., a high tech research and development company which she founded in 1991. As President and CEO, she is responsible for the general management and direction of the company and provides overall technical leadership and strategic vision.

From 1991 to the present, the company has provided innovative solutions to engineering and research problems in intelligent data management, image processing/pattern recognition, data compression, 2D/3D graphics and computer visualization, neural networks, fuzzy logic, remotely sensed image analysis, imaging/document processing, and intelligent control/robotic systems analysis. Dr. Lerner is a leader in the field of image processing and intelligent data management and has received numerous grants and commendations from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Naval Academy Research Council. In addition, Dr. Lerner has authored numerous publications on data compression, information and data fusion, data representation and analysis, and content-based data archival and retrieval and has presented her research at various conferences and symposia worldwide. Dr. Lerner is the prime architect of the advanced image compression technology developed by KT-Tech.

Prior to founding KT-Tech, Dr. Lerner was a Professor of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD from 1979 to 1991, where she was the first female science faculty member to be awarded tenure in the Mathematics Department. Dr. Lerner gained the rank of Full Professor, the first female science faculty member at the Naval Academy to achieve that position. From 1987 through 1991, Dr. Lerner was a Visiting Professor at NASA/Goddard Robotics Laboratory, Greenbelt, MD where she was awarded the NASA/Goddard Director's Discretionary Fund Awards in 1990 and 1991 for outstanding research. Dr. Lerner held the position of Senior Staff Mathematician at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory before beginning her academic career at the Naval Academy.

Dr. Lerner holds Ph.D. and Masters degrees in Mathematics from George Washington University, Washington, DC and a B.A. in Mathematics from Goucher College, Towson, MD.


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