Dr. Bao 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.
Dr. Lerner is the prime architect of KT-Tech's advanced image, video and audio technologies, patents, and software.
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, computer visualization, artificial intelligence, remotely sensed image analysis, imaging/document processing, and intelligent control/robotic systems analysis.
Dr. Lerner 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 has presented her research at various conferences and symposia worldwide.
Prior to founding KT-Tech, Dr. Lerner was a Professor of Mathematics at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where she achieved the distinction of becoming 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.
Dr. Lerner held the position of Senior Staff Mathematician 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.
Mr. Robert Lerner is KT-Tech's Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the company's operational policies, objectives, and initiatives. Mr. Lerner manages and directs KT-Tech's research and development programs to capitalize on potential new products.
Prior to KT-Tech, Mr. Lerner held positions in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Commerce, most recently as the Senior Technology Policy Analyst in the Office of Space Commercialization. In this role Mr. Lerner served as the Department of Commerce's White House liaison for space related issues and was the Department of Commerce's chief technology policy analyst for commercial imaging satellites.
Mr. Lerner began his career as a Research Physicist and Electronic Engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he developed theoretical models and conducted experiments in the areas of electromagnetic propagation, remote sensing and radar systems. He has also designed and conducted microwave remote sensing experiments from aircraft and satellites. Two of these experiments were flown as part of the Earth Resources Experimental Package (EREP) on NASA's SKYLAB satellite.
Mr. Lerner holds a Physics degree from Brown University.