Dan Sturtevant founded Silverthread, Inc. to commercialize work done by Baldwin, MacCormack, and himself to study complexity in large-scale software systems, to develop methods for quantifying ‘technical debt,’ and to create tools that help organizations build insight, reduce risk and improve business outcomes on difficult software projects. Over the past decade, he has worked with many firms facing architectural challenges including one where he helped lead an effort to drive modularity into a codebase with dozens of languages and hundreds of millions of lines of code.
Prior to founding Silverthread, Dan spent two decades as a software architect, manager, and developer. His domain experience spans data analytics, computational simulation modeling, cryptography, virtualization, Linux supercomputing, device driver development, hardware reverse-engineering, and the fusion of satellite data. He received awards for outstanding technical contributions from both General Dynamics and BAE Systems. He was awarded US Patent 880008, “Data Access Control Systems and Methods” based on his R&D work developing systems to prevent the theft of classified information by sophisticated insiders.
Dan has an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from Lehigh University, a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management from MIT, and a PhD in Engineering Systems, also from MIT. He has written extensively and presented multiple webinars on software complexity, developer productivity, quality, organizational risk and ‘technical debt.’
Dan is also interested in improving US education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Over the past 6 years, he created system dynamics models to explore important social, economic, and workforce issues. He has consulted for the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, US Navy, Chamber of Commerce, Business Higher-Education Forum, multiple community colleges, trade associations, and others. His work has been presented at the White House, the National Academy of Engineering, and was required reading in a Harvard Kennedy School course.