We’re Digital Scientists

We’re scientists with a heart for the user. We believe in the scientific method – Together with our clients we hypothesize (i.e. research, design & consult), experiment (i.e. build, launch, iterate) and analyze (review insights and analytics) to define, launch and enhance software products in our lab. We believe in transparency with our clients, and in striving for simplicity for our users.

We use the newest technologies

We leverage the latest frameworks and tools in building cutting edge products. Our focus is on taking advantage of these new tools to help us build products for all kinds of devices: mobile, IoT, digital display, television, etc.

We build things fast

Time to value is important, so we believe in getting products in the hands of users as quickly as possible. We leverage open-source tools and components to help accelerate our efforts to bring new products to market.

We’re an integrated team

Designers and developers work side by side at Digital Scientists. We believe in working together and collaborating with our clients. Creative tension and energy drive continuous improvement. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Bob Klein

Chief Executive Officer

Bob Klein has spent his career driving innovation and change at companies like DHL, Caterpillar Overseas and Siemens. He has degrees from the George Washington University and the University of Florida. He is currently Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) Mobility Society and a board member for Tech Alpharetta.

Jeff Mette

Vice President, Business Strategy

With over 15 years of experience in the B2B business development, Jeff Mette has worn many hats. He has served as CEO, Vice President of Sales, and Vice President of Marketing. This experience has given him a unique perspective. By taking on these different roles, Jeff has gained important insight into the challenges that businesses face when developing solutions to their biggest problems. Jeff’s specialty is partnering with clients to solve business challenges by embracing new technology. Jeff has worked with a wide range of industries, some recent clients include: Lennar Homes, CareSpot (Tenet Healthcare), Papa Johns and MedAssets. Jeff currently lives in Roswell, Georgia, with his beautiful wife Amber and his two sons, Alex and Jack. Away from the office he spends most of his time coaching and watching his two sons chase the baseball dream, but he also loves cooking award-winning barbeque to raise money for charity.

Chris Karabinos

Vice President, Client Services

As Vice President of Client Services, Chris Karabinos is passionate about working with our clients to help them build the most highly usable and effective products that drive their business. Chris is a growth-driven business leader having worked with business and consumer companies in the US and internationally. This includes executive leadership positions in Account Management, Sales and Marketing with start-ups, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies. Chris has built new products, markets, teams and companies with companies like PointClear Solutions, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, ChoicePoint and GIS. Chris earned a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.

Chris is on the board of TAG-Health, Health 2.0 Atlanta, KSU’s Healthcare Mgmt & Informatics Masters Program. Chris’ passion for growing things extends into his personal life as he enjoys working with Boy Scout and Girl Scout units in the Methodist Church as he is Conference Scout Coordinator for the North GA Conference.

Fadi Eliya

Vice President, Engineering

Fadi has been working in software engineering and development for nearly 12 years. He loves AngularJS, NodeJS, MongoDB, and Elastic Search (and just about any new technologies to support the creation of mobile / web applications). In addition to his web development work, Fadi has instituted and analyzed social media metrics to improve user experience and visitor trending. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University. Fadi loves Ultimate Frisbee.

Rob Hall

Director of Product Management

Rob leads the product management and QA efforts at Digital Scientists. Rob has worn many hats over the years, and is accomplished as a digital media consultant, web designer & developer, and business leader. Rob has spent over a decade leading major initiatives with major brands such as Autotrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Premiere Global, Rheem, and many others. Rob studied music education and film production at Georgia State University and spent over 7 years teaching percussion at area high schools. In his spare time, Rob can be found enjoying time with his wife and four boys, floating in a kayak, hiking, or reading a good book.

JR Gunderson

Director of Product Design

J.R. Gunderson is a graduate of the Georgia Tech Industrial Design program, where he studied user interaction and product design process. J.R. is passionate about improving the functional design and experience of online and consumer products. His professional experience includes web design at The Rocket Science Group and MailChimp, licensed product work at Coca-Cola, and interface design at Electrolux, Inc.

Samantha Schneider

Senior Product Designer

Sam is a UX designer with an eye for the visual and a heart for the user. Her diverse background provides a well-rounded perspective for user needs and products she shapes. Including a BA/Anthropology from University of Florida, an MS/Industrial Design from Arizona State, and certificate in Graphic Design from the Creative Circus, Sam is also a Stanford-certified Project Manager, and Graduate of the General Assembly web design circuit. Previously, Sam has driven design efforts for Capital One’s mobile card interfaces and has also taught at Portfolio Center.

Tim Whitacre

Senior Architect

Tim has been a developer for over a decade and has had the opportunity to work with companies of all sizes. He enjoys working with the latest technologies and helping clients take their idea and turn it into a finished product. Previously he was a director at The Iron Yard, where he helped train individuals who wanted a career in software development. When he's not working, you can find him playing music, cooking for friends or exploring the South one whisky bar at a time.

Michelle Kim

Developer

Michelle Kim focuses on front end development working in SCSS, CoffeeScript and Jade. Closely collaborating with the design and development teams, she takes pride in creating high quality code while achieving pixel purrfection. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia where she earned her A.B.J. in Advertising. Michelle is a cat lover, and when she is feline up to it, she likes to make bad puns.

Jay Cosgrove

Digital Product Manager

Jay has a passion for MVP product development and a strong background of supporting a wide range of digital initiatives. In his career as a PM he’s filled the gap, plugged holes, and unblocked his team wearing whatever hat was needed - SQA, UX designer, business analyst, etc. He’s led engagements with large brands such as HomeAway, Aetna, and Dell. With an undergraduate degree in Business Economics from SUNY Oneonta, he has a love for the numbers and predicting outcomes of his projects. Outside the office, you can find him working in his garage-woodshop or writing music.

Kelley Medica

Developer

Kelley is a front end developer who appreciates beautiful web and mobile applications that are also simple and practical. After graduating from The University of Iowa with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication she made her way down south to work in marketing for a couple companies, including Pinnacle Promotions and AirWatch, before following her passion for web development. When she's not developing, you can find her in the mountains scaling rock walls or chasing her overly social Goldendoodle around the park.

Jen Childress

Director of Marketing

Jen Childress is an energetic marketer who leads the communication efforts for Digital Scientists. With nearly 20 years experience, Jen’s expertise lies in strategic & integrated communications, brand management, media relations, and using bad puns whenever possible. With experience working in technology, incentive, customer service and environmental organizations, this self-proclaimed Elvis fan enjoys the creativity and collaboration that comes with building a team and telling a story.

Gem Qiao

UX Designer

Gem brings together her abilities as both a visual and usability designer to create products that people care about. She aspires to use design to change people’s perspectives and inform positive behaviors, while making the world incrementally better and easier to live in. She has consulting experience with Delta and Georgia Power, collaborating projects with Coca- Cola, among other esteemed brands. Gem is a MA graduate of the SCAD Advertising program, and holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design. When not designing, Gem is living richly through travel, photography, cooking and kickboxing, while almost always a slave to her cats.

Adam Girardot

UX Designer

Adam is part of our design team and holds a BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech. His digital work is heavily influenced by the physical design, and his visuals often employ bold, yet restrained and purposeful uses of color. Over the past few years, he has sharpened his skills in visual and UX design. In his spare time, Adam also enjoys working in photography and painting.

Jerry Deng

Developer

Jerry is a software enthusiast. He has been working in software engineering and development for 9 years. Jerry enjoys coding any modern scripting languages such as Ruby and JavaScript. He is proficient in Node.js, MongoDB, Java, SQL, HTML5, and many other tools that help with the creation of apps...and is fascinated by Artificial Intelligence. He is a Computer Science graduate of Wayne State University and recently relocated from Michigan. When he's not working, you'll find him catching a good movie, hiking, hanging out with friends, working out, or learning something new.

Lexa Wakefield

UX Designer

Lexa is a hybrid UI/UX designer. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from Auburn University and has completed both the User Experience Design and Front-End Web Development courses at General Assembly. Lexa spent the early part of her career in the startup world, which prepared her to work fast and feel confident wearing many hats. She has a strong background in branding and even did a stint in advertising. Her strength lies in website and app design and she is passionate about adding empathy to all user experiences.

Derrick Beining

Product Support Developer

Derrick is a full-stack engineer, interested in building products and helping support teams through launch. He is well-versed in JavaScript, React Native, and responsive web and hybrid mobile technologies. His background includes applied experiences at Fullstack Academy of Code, a Marketing Directorship role at Holmesburg Christian Academy, and various roles in teaching and service. Derrick holds a BS in International Studies from Georgia State University, with continued studies towards a Masters of Divinity from the Westminster Theological Seminary.

Jake Hendley

Developer

Jake is a developer focusing on Ruby, NodeJS, and React. Before pursuing his passion for web development, Jake was a mountain climber and professional guide for mountain ranges in California, Utah and Wyoming. He is a graduate of The Iron Yard Greenville, and before joining Digital Scientists, was CTO/lead developer at Arkiver. When he's not building apps, Jake can be found rock climbing, camping, and enjoying the general outdoors.

Adam Kimbrel

Developer

Adam Kimbrel is a full-stack developer who enjoys attacking complex coding challenges with simple and practical solutions. Adam has made critical contributions to large projects for many major brands including Autotrader, ACT, Rheem, and the National Guard. He fills his free time with hiking, gaming, and landscape photography.

Marian Fraley

Human Resources Manager

Marian graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in Industrial Relations and has over 30 years experience as a Human Resources executive in several industries. Prior to her position with Digital Scientists, she was the HR Director for CryoLife, an innovative biotech company. She ensures both day-to-day and strategic HR solutions that support our business objectives. Marian also handles our employment policies & procedures, employee benefits, and recruitment of our talented staff. She loves aligning candidates’ talents to the most appropriate roles, and career path that matches their passions.

Karen Bayley

Accounting Manager

Karen handles business operations for the Company. Her goal is to ensure things run smoothly in the areas of Accounting, HR and Finance. The rest of the time she spends managing her family. She has over 20 years of experience in Accounting and holds an MBA in Finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as CPA and CMA designations.

Andrew Sawyer

Design Intern

Andrew is in the 11th grade at Mount Pisgah Christian School. He is the captain of the swim team and is the president of the media club. Currently, his favorite class is AP Photography, where he continues to build his portfolio and AP Computer Science. He volunteers in production at North Point Community Church. Andrew started designing on his own when he was 10 years old and has worked on projects ranging from app and website design / development to video creation. No matter the medium, Andrew likes creating something beautiful.

Cookie

Chief Barkitect

Educated by the finest at Brown University, Cookie got her degree in Pupular Culture. However, seeking an outlet from her suburban life, she embarked on a journey around the world for enlightenment. She joined a traveling circus troupe, saved a village from a volcanic eruption, and even had a short stint with a vigilante group of pirates. Pawsitively satisfied by her travels, she eventually settled with a job in our humble office.

At the office, Cookie plays gatekeeper. She won’t let anyone come in much further without a jump and a kiss – so be prepared! Her favorite pastimes are playing with her brother Spencer, sunbathing, hunting for acorns (yup, you read that right), and making sure that the floor stays soft.

We call both Atlanta and Alpharetta home

We are proud to be part of Alpharetta, but also consider Atlanta to be our home town. Our work is personal, so we invite clients to our office, or we often go to them.

Our Office

We are located in the heart of downtown Alpharetta (across the street from City Hall) in a building dated from 1910.

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