How can technology – and the local talent in our Wyoming communities – help in areas of need due to the impacts of COVID-19?
The Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition was founded on March 17 to answer this question. The need for such a coalition grew more apparent in the following days as Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon announced closure of all public spaces. As the impacts to communities rapidly grew, so did the Coalition – swelling to over 200 volunteers representing a wide range of skillsets and expertise.
WTCC is now working to coordinate high-impact, technological efforts to assist the state in confronting its looming COVID-19 crisis. The Coalition has organized around various groups and projects lead by a diversely skilled leadership team.
“The real purpose of this coalition is to bring together the ideas and challenges that COVID-19 brings to our state and unite them with the technology-savvy community, whether that’s established businesses or individuals.” said WTCC founder Eric Trowbridge, CEO of Array, Inc., a school of technology and design based in Cheyenne. “The idea is not to duplicate work efforts and solutions, but to use the power of our collective minds to share ideas, initiatives, and resources.”
Wyoming residents with technological or organizational expertise who have a similar vision are encouraged to join WTCC on our mission.
Executive Leadership Team
Eric “ET” Trowbridge
CEO of Array & Founder of the Wyoming Technology Coronavirus Coalition
Eric Trowbridge commonly referred to by his initials, ET, is the Chief Executive Officer of The Array School of Technology and Design. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and graduated from Central High School in 2004.
ET then moved to San Francisco to study art direction and later relocated to Los Angeles to work in the film industry for various art and design departments on short and feature films. He then began working for Apple in a leadership capacity for eight years in Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. In 2014, he left Apple to pursue technology-oriented entrepreneurship endeavors in Wyoming.
ET helped found Array in 2016, which became Wyoming’s first accelerated private school teaching graphic design, computer science fundamentals, and web development among other subject areas. In 2018, he was appointed by the City of Cheyenne’s Mayor to chair a city-wide broadband task force exploring solutions to affordable and high-speed broadband efforts for the City. Later that year, ET was appointed by Wyoming’s Governor to serve a four-year term on the state’s Workforce Development Council.
Owner and Chief Engineer of Engineering Design Group, LLC; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
I am an electrical engineer based in Laramie, Wyoming. For the first 15 years of my career, I designed circuit boards for a supplier of the military/aerospace industry where I eventually became CTO. Our designs in engineering required ongoing coordination with our marketing, sales, procurement, and production teams.
I left my role there in 2019 and in 2020 launched Engineering Design Group, LLC from my home office in Laramie. I am honored to bring what I’ve learned as a leader to the WTCC, and am proud to work next to our generous volunteers as we help our Wyoming communities.
President and Electrical Engineer of Embedded Bytes, Inc.; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Jeremiah Gillis is an electrical engineer and president of Embedded Bytes, Inc. Jeremiah previously worked in the mechatronics lab at BRP Evinrude. He developed drive by wire electronic throttle and shift controls, digital helm remote controls, other engine functions, and EMC testing.
Previous to this, Jeremiah had an extensive mechanical background as an automotive technician with BMW. Jeremiah has 2 US patents and an electrical engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Market Researcher, Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Nicholas Giraldo is a market researcher with the Wyoming Small Business Development Network helping small business clients around the state with their market research questions.
Before joining the Wyoming SBDC Network, Nicholas was at the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services where he helped veterans find employment and training opportunities. In 2018 Nicholas served on the ENDOW: ENGAGE Leadership Council, a statewide task force charged with developing a long-term economic diversification plan for Wyoming.
Nicholas was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming and besides serving on active duty for the U.S. Army for four years, he has spent his entire life in Wyoming. Nicholas has bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming and lives in Laramie with his wife and four kids.
Makerspace Coordinator at the Engineering Student Innovation Center, UW; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Tyler Kerr serves as director of the Engineering Student Innovation Center at the University of Wyoming, the largest makerspace at the University of Wyoming and one of the best equipped makerspaces in the Mountain West.
Prior to his current role, Kerr was hired to design and set up one of the first makerspaces at the University, the Coe Student Innovation Center. Contrary to most technologists, Kerr received a B.A. in Geology from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in 2011, and an M.S. in Geology (Paleontology) from the University of Wyoming in 2017. It was from this background in paleontology, alongside a fascination with emergent technology that led him to pursue a career in STEM education which blended the two worlds together. Today, Kerr continues to be passionate about STEM education and emergent technology, as well as developing creative, gamified, out-of-the-box nerdy ways to engage communities and teach complex topics in meaningful ways.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UW; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
My research combines artificial intelligence and machine learning to build robust systems with state-of-the-art performance. I develop techniques to induce models of how algorithms for solving computationally difficult problems behave in practice. Such models allow to select the best algorithm and choose the best parameter configuration for solving a given problem.
I lead the Meta-Algorithmics, Learning and Large-scale Empirical Testing (MALLET) lab and direct the Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing center (AIM) at the University of Wyoming.
More broadly, I am interested in innovative ways of modelling and solving challenging problems and applying such approaches to the real world. Part of this is making cutting edge research available to and usable by non-experts. Machine learning often plays a crucial role in this, and I am also working on making machine learning more accessible and easier to use.
Co-founder and CEO of Flowstate; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Jerad has built a career out of developing products and companies.
Jerad led Firehole Technologies, an engineering software company based in Laramie, WY, as the CEO and co-founder. Firehole was eventually acquired by Fortune 500 software giant Autodesk in March 2013.
After spending some time traveling the world with Autodesk, Jerad’s interests returned to small business and his native Wyoming. Since then, he’s kept busy.
Jerad started Breakthrough 307, an early stage angel fund, then launched Coworking@TheDurlacher, a shared workplace in downtown Laramie, WY, in 2018, before being hired as director of the University of Wyoming’s business accelerator in Casper. In 2017, he was appointed by Governor Matt Mead to the ENDOW (Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming) Executive Council – a team charged with developing a 20-year plan to modernize the Wyoming economy.
In his spare time, Jerad has recently decided to become co-owner of a local brewery and partner with a lifelong friend to invent, develop and launch a consumer product — Funk Off Outdoors.
Jerad’s passion for technology, business, and his home state of Wyoming have all converged in Flowstate, where he is building a company that’s intent on delivering next generation technology to the oil and gas industry.
Channel Leader, Public Relations; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Lois is a retired biomedical science writer and editor, author of many articles about medicine and molecular biology in popular publications such as Discover, Newsday, New Scientist, and The Economist. She has also authored two books about the human genome project, built the content for a search engine for doctors, and started a digital publication for rheumatologists using Twitter.
Now, as a founding member of Dubois DRIVE, she uses her digital publishing and social media skills to further the economic development of her home town of Dubois, Wyoming. She previously wrote the text and amassed many of the images for the rebuild of the town’s destination website. (See www.duboiswyoming.org.)
Currently Lois writes a blog about daily life in a remote Wyoming town and its contrasts after a lifetime of living in New York City. (See www.livingdubois.com.)
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in biology (genetics and immunology) and a certificate in digital media management from New School University. In her spare time, she plays several musical instruments, and tries to get in a hike nearly every day.
Research Scientist and Technical Coordinator at the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center; Executive Leadership Team, WTCC
Teal Wyckoff is a Research Scientist and Technical Coordinator at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WYGISC) at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie, Wyoming.
Teal focuses on the coordination and development of online tools to support the use of geospatial information by both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and non-GIS users in decision-making processes for state and federal agencies, county and local governments, and non-governmental organizations. Teal’s career has focused on integrating geospatial concepts with topics in wildlife management, natural resources, public health, rural broadband access, environmental management, resource planning, citizen science and crowd-sourced information gathering.
Teal is passionate about integrating data and information into decision-making processes to support resource management. When we start from an information-rich place, we can make informed decisions that influence the state, region, and beyond.
Teal has an A.A. in General Studies, a dual major B.S. in Physical Geography and Environment and Natural Resources, an M.S. in Zoology, and maintains a GISP from the GIS Certification Institute.