Meet Our Team

Our team lives, breathes and dreams ​HPC industry research​. ​We're driven to reveal trends that impact business and technology ​​strategy.

Earl C. Joseph


Dr. Earl Joseph drives research and consulting efforts associated with the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific markets for technical servers and supercomputers. He advises Hyperion Research clients on the competitive, managerial, technological, integration and implementation issues for technical servers. Dr. Joseph also oversees Hyperion Research's high-end HPC User Forum activities.

Specifically, Dr. Joseph focuses on:

  • HPC worldwide market data and ROI
  • Vendor strategies
  • Exascale initiatives worldwide
  • U.S. Government
  • Asia-Pacific region
  • Manufacturing sector > Learn More

Steve Conway

Senior Adviser, HPC Market Dynamics

Steve Conway directs research related to the worldwide market for high performance computing. He also leads Hyperion Research's practice in high performance data analysis (big data needing HPC).

Specifically, Mr. Conway focuses on:

  • HPC market dynamics
  • High performance data analysis
  • HPC in EMEA
  • HPC in industry
  • HPC and cloud computing
  • Software stack/middleware > Learn More

Bob Sorensen

Senior VP of Research

Bob Sorensen helps drive research and consulting efforts in the United States, European, and Asian-Pacific markets for technical servers, supercomputers, clouds, and high performance data analysis. He advises a diverse and international client base on the global HPC sector's status and prospects through strategic research projects, single and multinational government studies, international competitive research analysis, and technical trends analysis in HPC hardware, software, and infrastructure worldwide.

Specifically, Mr. Sorensen focuses on:

  • Processor and storage technologies
  • U.S. Government
  • Exascale developments
  • Quantum computing/future technologies > Learn More

Mark Nossokoff

Senior Analyst

Mark Nossokoff has over 30 years of experience in the data storage technology field and directs his research and consulting efforts in associated areas. Mr. Nossokoff’s experience includes hardware design, application engineering, product marketing, product management and strategic planning and co-inventor of (four) patents.

Mr. Nossokoff, in addition to many HPC topics, will focus on:

  • Emerging storage technologies
  • Storage mediums
  • IO interconnects and architectures
  • File systems
  • Data storage solution reliability, availability and usability
  • Storage trends and competitive analysis
  • Storage technology impacts on cloud, AI and quantum computing applications
  • Ecosystem analysis and impacts of M&A > Learn More

Before joining Hyperion Research, Mr. Nossokoff worked primarily in the OEM Storage B2B market for NCR, AT&T, Hyundai/Symbios, LSI (Engenio), NetApp (Engenio), LSI again (server IO and PCI RAID), Dot Hill and most recently with Seagate. Mr. Nossokoff has a BSEE degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Wichita State University.

Alex Norton

Principal Technology Analyst and Data Analysis Manager

Alex Norton helps drive research and consulting in all areas of the worldwide HPC market, specifically on the cloud and emerging technologies. He also manages the data analytics and data visualization team at Hyperion Research.

Mr. Norton, in addition to many HPC topics, focuses on:

  • HPC and cloud
  • Emerging hardware, specifically AI hardware
  • Special studies
  • Data analysis for research > Learn More

Mr. Norton received his Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in applied mathematics.

Melissa Riddle

Associate Analyst

Melissa Riddle helps drive research related to high performance computing markets.

Ms. Riddle, in addition to many HPC topics, will focus on:

  • Data analysis and visualization
  • HPC and emerging market research
  • Special Studies > Learn More

Before joining Hyperion Research, Ms. Riddle conducted biological and biomedical research at Florida Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, and California State University, Fullerton. Ms. Riddle holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from California State University, Fullerton.

Thomas Sorensen

Research Associate

Thomas Sorensen provides a broad range of support to research areas including high performance computing, cloud, AI-related developments, quantum computing, and other advanced computing topics. Mr. Sorensen also supports various market survey efforts for the analytical team and is also the lead author of HPC User Forum documents.

Mr. Sorensen’s background includes technical transcriber, educational coordinator, and research intern at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Mr. Sorensen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University).

Mike Thorp

Senior Account Executive

Mike Thorp is a result-oriented global sales leader with more than 20 years of sales, sales management, business development, marketing and relationship management experience in the IT Research and Advisory Industry. He’s an effective communicator with strong strategic sales planning and negotiation skills.

Specifically, Mr. Thorp focuses on:

  • Global sales
  • Contracting
  • Customer relationships > Learn More

Kurt Gantrish

Senior Account Executive

Mr. Gantrish is responsible for Hyperion Research's sales to U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), and HPC hardware/software vendor accounts. He has over 25 years of experience in the information technology industry.

Prior to joining Hyperion Research Mr. Gantrish served as VP of Sales for NextMark, a market-leading software development company for media planning tools. Mr. Gantrish also has 14 years of experience providing enterprise IT solutions to the U.S. Federal Government for Red River Computer Company as well as Norseman Defense Inc. He has served both as an Account Executive and as a Sales Manager for these > Learn More

Jean Sorensen, CPA

Chief Operating Officer

Jean Sorensen is responsible for the oversight of Hyperion Research business operations, including accounting, finance, human resources, and vendor relations. Her accounting education and experience, along with strong organizational and communication skills, help ensure Hyperion Research runs smoothly.

Ms. Sorensen has previously worked in public accounting, corporate accounting (assistant controller), and academia focusing on math/science instruction. > Learn More

Cary Sudan

IT & Research Manager, Market Data Group LLC

Cary Sudan is the project manager for HPC-related research projects at MDG. His core competencies are in data collection and analysis of IT-centric market research analysis. He has a background in application development, networking and information security.

Cary helps Hyperion Research conduct all types of in-depth surveys around the world, creates the survey databases and helps analyze the results. > Learn More

Suzanne Sudan

President, Market Data Group LLC

Sue Sudan been conducting HPC research since 1990. Her work includes both supply and demand side investigation of HPC technologies and solutions including multi-client studies and market forecasts. Over the years she has also done in-depth market research in Cyber, Cloud computing, Internet of Things, SaaS, Virtualization, Business Intelligence and Mobility solutions.

Sue helps Hyperion Research conduct all types of in-depth surveys around the world, including HPC users, buyers and vendors in the government, industry and academia. > Learn More

Kirsten Chapman, KC Associates

Manager Data Collection Operations

Kirsten Chapman drives the primary and secondary data collections team for Hyperion Research. Her team includes highly experienced research assistants who contact HPC professionals in both government and business in order to gather their opinions and observations about HPC computing.

Specifically, Ms. Chapman focuses on:

  • Handling data collection logistics
  • Synthesizing data to prepare for analysis
  • Promoting attendance to HPC User Forums > Learn More