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

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

Research Director

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

Research Director, HPC Analyst

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.

Jaclyn Ludema


Jaclyn Ludema covers significant areas pertaining to the HPC market. Ms. Ludema has experience as a Data Scientist serving government agencies (NOAA, HHS-CMS, and NASA). Her strengths are in data analysis, automating decision-support processes, applying weather and ocean models to forecast systems, and helping teams solve big data storage and usage issues. Her vast experience also includes saving over 100 manatees from chilly weather and boat strikes. Ms. Ludema has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MS from Johns Hopkins University.

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

Associate Analyst

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).

Cary Sudan

Principal Survey Specialist

Cary Sudan specializes in data collection and analysis of IT-centric, HPC, AI and QC market research. His background is in application development, networking and information security. Mr. Sudan is key to Hyperion Research survey design and databases, as well as data analysis and presentation. He worked as the IT Manager as well as HPC Research Manager with Market Data Group for over 15 years. During those 15 years Mr. Sudan assisted Hyperion Research in market studies, helping expand international surveys, including China. His bachelor’s degree is in Information Systems Security.

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

Hyperion Research Partners

René Copeland

Business Development, Strategic Marketing & Sales

Mr. Copeland is responsible for Business Development and certain Strategic Sales/Marketing activities. He also assists in long-range planning with a focus on the US Government markets.

Specifically, Mr. Copeland focuses on:

  • Business Development
  • Strategic Sales
  • Sales Planning/Forecasting
  • > Learn More

Katsuya Nishi

Senior Account Representative, Japan

Katsuya Nishi has participated in the HPC world for over 30 years with 5 years as System Analyst and 5 years as Account manager at Cray Research Inc. While at Cray Research he was awarded "International Top Performer" twice. In 1998, he founded Best Systems Inc. and later worked with Grid Research Inc., Swimmy Software Inc., HPC Solution Co. Ltd., Beyond Computing Co. Ltd and E-Marketings Inc.

He is currently the Chief Editor of HPCwire Japan and conducts in-person interviews with many Japanese HPC researchers including "FUGAKU" supercomputer users. He is also working with a number of non-profit organizations in the High Performance Computing arena:

  • Board Member and Office director for "NPO Initiative for Parallel Bioinformatics"
  • Board Member and Office director for "NPO Tsukuba OSS support center"
  • > 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

Andrew Rugg

President, Certus Insights

Andrew Rugg is an industry leader in integrating quantitative, qualitative, and analytics research methodologies to develop applied strategic insights for clients. He’s worked extensively for a diverse range of clients, including advocacy groups, health non-profits, consumer companies, health care companies, and defense contractors. Andrew currently serves as President of Certus Insights, a full service market research agency based in the Washington, DC area.

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

Benjamin Portman

President, Orpheus

Benjamin Portman is the President of Orpheus, a team of passionate and experienced web designers, web developers, graphic designers and marketing strategists. Since their founding in 2014, Orpheus has consistently delivered attractive, efficient and functional websites, applications and solutions to help companies tell their story, grow their online presence, and succeed in today’s competitive digital economy.
Benjamin and his Orpheus team support Hyperion Research websites ( and as well as event video, editing and streaming.