Dr. Steve Kramer is the President and Chief Scientist of Paragon Science, Inc. Drawing upon his research and consulting experience in the academic, business, and government fields, Dr. Kramer sets the research and business directions for the company. He founded Paragon Science with the goal of developing cutting-edge technologies to aid in the counter-terrorism efforts of the United States and has since expanded Paragon Science’s scope to focus on providing valuable business intelligence in the commercial data-mining industry.
In 2005, Dr. Kramer started his current research in graph theory, network analysis, and complex systems theory, yielding Paragon’s patent-pending dynamic anomaly detection technologies. He has performed data-mining consulting work for multiple clients, including The Advisory Board, Digital Motorworks, RetailMeNot, and Vast.com. He presented his paper “Anomaly detection in extremist web forums using a dynamical systems approach” at the 2010 ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI-KDD 2010) and at the Pentagon. He also recently served as a program committee member and paper reviewer for IEEE International Conferences on Intelligence and Security Informatics 2011,IEEE International Conferences on Intelligence and Security Informatics 2012, ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics 2012, IEEE Intelligence and Security Informatics 2013, and FOSINT-SI 2013 (International Symposium on Foundations of Open Source Intelligence and Security Informatics).
A native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, he worked during six summers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the Computing Division and the Applied Theoretical Physics Division. In May 1987, he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in physics and mathematics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Working under Prof. Michael Marder in the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin, he earned his Ph.D. in physics in May 1993. His dissertation on nonlinear models of rivers and river networks involved pattern formation in complex systems; computational physics; numerical solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations; and visualization of three-dimensional, time-dependent data.
From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Kramer performed research under multiple US Air Force SBIR contracts in the areas of computational electromagnetics; computer simulations of imaging systems and optical scanning devices; and numerical calculations of wave propagation applied to radar cross sections, inverse scattering, and interactions of microwaves with biological media.
From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Kramer worked in the e-commerce software industry. As Vice President of Education at Trilogy Software, he led a team of 25 people and oversaw a $1.3M annual budget to deliver technical training and technical documentation to external clients and internal employees. Following his years at Trilogy, he served as Manager of Educational Services at Motive Communications, another software company, before launching Paragon Science.
S. Kramer, “Anomaly detection in extremist web forums using a dynamical systems approach,” accepted to the ACM SIGKDD Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI-KDD 2010), July 25, 2010.
P. Rudolf, S. Kramer, and J. Baxendale, “A software bridge to connect the USAF SRI (Scanning Radiometric Imager) to a model of the eye,” SBIR Phase I Final Report (December 1995).
P. Rudolf, S. Kramer, and J. Baxendale, “Spatial inverse scattering: theory and applications,” SBIR Phase II Final Report (November 1995).
P. Rudolf, S. Kramer, J. Baxendale, and C. Crump, “Virtual optics — a numerical imaging technique,” SBIR Phase I Final Report (May 1994).
Stephen P. Kramer, “Nonlinear models of rivers and river networks,” doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin (May 1993).
S. Kramer and M. Marder, “Evolution of river networks,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 205 (1992).
R. E. H. Clark, J. Abdallah, Jr., G. Csanak, and S. P. Kramer, “Electron-impact cross sections and coherence parameters for the 6s2 1S – 6s 6p 1P transition in neutral barium,” Phys. Rev. A 40, 2935 (1989).