Hive Maritime was founded when two former Navy Officers discussed their frustrations with poor ship efficiency during a data analytics class at MIT. Using their maritime domain experience, they built a strong network within the shipping industry and quickly realized the huge opportunity to solve some of the biggest operational challenges in international trade. Adding an active service US Army operative with a strong focus on sustainability to the team, Hive Maritime was incorporated in 2015 and began working on developing a solution. The team has since expanded with high quality technical expertise from an MIT Operations Research Center PhD candidate and an Atmospheric Science PhD.
Brian Kirk, CEO & Co-Founder
Brian completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009 Following graduation, Brian was accepted into the U.S. Navy’s elite Submarine Force where he completed the Navy’s equivalent of an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and served three and a half years aboard the fast attack submarine USS Louisville. He will graduate with an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management in June 2016 and was recently nominated to Poet’s & Quants Top 100 MBA Graduates of 2016.
Chris Mannion, CTO & Co-Founder
Chris completed his BEng with Honors in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Liverpool in 2007 and joined the UK Royal Navy’s elite Fleet Air Arm as an Air Engineer Officer. He served on a front-line tour with 820 Naval Air Squadron in the Gulf of Oman and Indian Ocean. He was then selected to join the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and completed an MSc in Guided Weapons Systems at Cranfield University in 2012, with a thesis focused on small ship detection and tracking. Chris graduated from MIT with an MBA, is a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.
Captain Sam Perlik, US Army, Advisor & Co-Founder
Sam graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007 and was commissioned as a US Army infantry officer. He served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Brigade staff officer in Alaska and in Afghanistan. A proud paratrooper, Sam has served all of his operational assignment in airborne units, and is a US Army Jumpmaster-qualified Senior Parachutist. Sam has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is on the Department of Behavioral Science and Leadership faculty at West Point.
Zach Owen, Lead Data Scientist
Zach graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Operations Research and Information Engineering and subsequently spent two years working as a junior exotic equity derivatives trader at Barclay’s Capital. He left the finance industry to pursue a PhD in Operations Research at MIT. The field of operations research seeks to model and optimize complex systems arising in business applications. Zach is using these experiences and coding experience to develop Hive Maritime’s tracking and predictive algorithms that will form the core of the initial product.
Dr. Doug Stolz, Lead Meteorologist
Doug completed his B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and holds a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. His atmospheric research focused on the spatiotemporal variability of thunderstorms in the Tropics. Doug prides himself on effective communication of science to researchers, emergency managers, first-responders, government officials, and the general public.