The founders of Blink Identity have over a decade of experience designing and deploying large scale biometric identification systems for the Department of Defense in the Middle East. They have been working with identity in motion technology for the past three years and Blink Identity sensors are currently being deployed to Iraq for operational testing at US military bases.
Mary Haskett drives the business strategy and marketing direction, as well as manages the day-to-day operations.
Ms. Haskett began her career in the defense industry, developing embedded simulation-based training for the Advanced Tomahawk Weapon Control System (ATWCS). In 1996, Ms. Haskett went on to found HCI Training, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based training development company.
Throughout the years, Ms. Haskett has managed training development and deployment programs for a number of clients, including Dell, Sybase, USAA as well as the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. In 2002, she was nominated as one of the Austin Business Journal's Profiles to Watch in tech-savvy Austin, Texas. Ms. Haskett has served on the boards of directors of the Austin chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the Austin chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals (AIP) and the International Interactive Communication Society (IICS). She often presents at training industry conferences and trade shows including Online Learning, Training Director's Forum, Computer Training World and e-Learning.
In 2007, HCI Training, Inc., was acquired by its largest client, Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3). Ms. Haskett was asked to stay on as the Vice President of Software and Training for I-3 to lead system integration teams responsible for providing comprehensive biometric solutions to both U.S. and foreign governments. Her tenure with I-3 resulted in exposure to the cultures and related needs of a variety of clients, including customers and end-users in Iraq, Kurdistan and Afghanistan.
Ms. Haskett holds an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics awarded by the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dr. Alex Kilpatrick
Dr. Alex Kilpatrick is responsible for technology development, research, infrastructure, and analysis.
Dr. Kilpatrick was formerly an Air Force officer, performing and managing R&D in the space and software fields, as well as managing the entire Air Force basic research program in Computer Science. He has also developed a variety of advanced components and infrastructure for training systems used by thousands of learners in major US companies, as well as giving invited lectures and a keynote at national training conferences. Dr. Kilpatrick has also conducted research in Social Network Analysis, Ontologies, Intelligent Agents and microelectronic work for DARPA.
For the past five years, Dr. Kilpatrick has developed a variety of biometric systems for foreign governments in the Middle East, as well as serving as the Chief Scientist and VP/GM for Ideal Innovations. Inc. He was the sole developer of biometric/security systems for the Jordan International Police Training Center, the Iraq Ministries of the Interior, Petroleum, and Water, the Iraqi High Tribunal, and several fingerprint scanning efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other confidential programs. He also served as the technical lead of the Iraqi Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the Iraqi National ID Card proof of concept, and the Iraqi permanent resident ID card. Dr. Kilpatrick has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan twenty-five times in support of system development and research.
Dr. Kilpatrick holds a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a M.S. in Systems Management (R&D) from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.