Ben Mann holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stanford University and was a graduate student with Ayasdi co-founder Gunnar Carlsson in the 1970s. Ben leads Ayasdi’s initiatives with government agencies. Prior to joining Ayasdi, Ben worked for more than 6 years at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency within the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As Program Manager, he devised, initiated, and directed novel mathematical programs with wide-ranging applications in materials science, physics, chemistry, biology, and neuroscience. Ben’s signature DARPA program, Topological Data Analysis (TDA), developed a theory to solve complex problems that involved structured and unstructured data sets. Using geometric ideas that data has shape and that shape has meaning enabled this program to analyze a variety of massive data sets. Earlier in his career, Ben served as a Program Officer in Mathematics at the National Science Foundation and on the mathematics faculties of several universities, including Harvard, Clarkson, and the University of New Mexico. His publications and research interests span algebra, number theory, topology, and geometry, and their implications across science and technology. Ben is also the author of Life on Loan, a modern satire that lampoons universities, government, and private foibles. He and his wife enjoy exploring the Texas Hill Country.