• Over 30 years experience in consulting and executive management.
  • Customers at public & private corporations and government.
  • Education as a Ph.D. physicist facilitates handling projects with a mix of business, technical and scientific challenges.



  • Ph.D. in Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1981
  • M.S. in Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 1979
  • B.A. in Physics, Clark University, Worcester, MA 1976


  • I am looking for opportunities requiring the integration of science, technology and business:
  • Analytics – especially new project development in big data, geospatial applications, and other theoretically complex situations.
  • Corporate development – especially collaborations and partnerships involving advanced science and technology.


  • Lapides Consulting, LLC
    2011 –
    Management Consultant

    Provide general, strategy and analytics consulting in science, technology, healthcare and management. Work on corporate development involving large and small firms and academic institutions. Founder. (examples below.)

  • Current Focus: advanced business analytics, finance of basic scientific research, applications of geospatial data in agriculture and public health.
  • Industries experience includes: health care, life sciences, optical devices, semiconductors, retail products, metal products, manufacturing, software products, communications devices, environmental advocacy (water, fisheries), food services, publishing, defense and government.
  • University of Md, College Park 
    2009 – 2011
    Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

    Arranged private financing for research faculty in advanced science and engineering.

  • Worked with and mentored scientists from numerous fields to position their work for private corporate or foundation funding including: quantum computing, lab-on-a-chip technology, infrared astronomy, spintronics, enzymology, nanotechnology, genomics, bioinformatics, public health, Earth remote sensing and medical imaging.
  • Negotiated research relationship between Canon corporation and UMD’s bioengineering department to develop an automated pathogen detection system for human blood.
  • Negotiated relationships with two geospatial satellite companies to support research in infectious disease identification from space.
  • Conducted multiple internal research competitiions involving dozens of researchers from all fields. Results were used to identify key researchers for new corporate and foundation relationships.
  • Mentored researcher who developed injectable MRI probes. Helped him introduce ideas to leading medical imaging companies.
  • Lapides Consulting, LLC
    1996 – 2009
    Management Consultant

    Provided strategy and general consulting in science, technology and management. Founder.

  • Advised a large technology consulting company on the use of semantics technology in systems under development for NIH.
  • Authored a business intelligence strategy for $10 billion federal travel spending on behalf of the General Services Administration.
  • Authored an IT roadmap for the newly created U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (part of the Department of Homeland Security).
  • For an international technology company, expanding its nascent life sciences R&D effort, developed relationships in federal R&D agencies, small advanced technology companies and major academic research institutions. Mentored science staff on work in pathogen detection to position them for federal funding.
  • Assisted large health care firm in home health care IT strategies; helped to troubleshoot challenges in existing home health care IT systems.
  • Advised an international optical device company on new markets for their device technology.
  • See past analytical work performed in executive and consulting capacities under ‘analytical details’ above.
  • Essex Corporation (acquired by Northrop – Grumman)
    1989 – 1996
    Vice President

    Key member of executive team. Formulated strategy and financings for this optical technology R&D firm mainly doing business with the U.S. Department of Defense. Developed research collaborations with industry and academia in photonic image processing applications for MRI and microscopy.

  • Worked with science staff to identify commercial opportunities for company’s synthetic aperture radar technology. Helped them understand its value for magnetic resonance imaging and a new form of microscopy called synthetic aperture microscopy (google: lapides synthetic aperture microcopy).
  • Authored, prosecuted and secured several U.S. patents for company’s imaging technologies.
  • Built relationships with major academic research institutions and international industrial firms to further research and development of this imaging technology.
  • Worked with senior executive staff to define strategies for debt restructuring and equity financing and assisted in securing capital.
  • Advised the company on major litigation strategy and negotiation.
  • Allegheny Beverage Corporation (Acquired in management buyout)
    1981 – 1988
    Executive VP, CIO and other positions

    Led this $1.2 billion, 20,000 person services and manufacturing firm during a financially challenging period which included complex M&A and finance activities. As CIO, modernized IT in four divisions. Began as management trainee.

  • Managed corporate turnaround through severe cash crisis, improving cash flow by $50 million.
  • Reduced corporate bureaucracy of 200 to 40 in nine months while maintaining control of the company’s core financial systems.
  • Ran divestiture M&A activities resulting in $750 million in transactions over about two years.
  • Managed $80 million going private transaction.
  • Introduced analytics into operations, solving numerous problems involving plant efficiency, vehicle routing and material distribution. For example:

    – Solved riddle of collapsing revenue in $600 million vending operation. Management thought it resulted from emerging recession. Proved it resulted from faulty vehicle routing algorithms.

    -Determined that company’s food distribution in $1 billion food subsidiary was operating inefficiently. Outsourced $150 million dollar of food distribution providing substantial savings and improvements in customer service.

  • NIH – Nat’l Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Lab for Chemical Physics
    Staff Fellow

    Conducted research on the physics of cell membranes using laser Raman spectroscopy.

  • Measured effects of membrane components on the stability of lipid bilayers (google: lapides ira levin).
  • NASA – Goddard Space Flight Center
    Research Assistant

    Conducted research on the physics of solar flares and planet formation using gamma-ray and x-ray spectroscopy and neutron transport theory.

  • Ph.D. thesis on the remote measurement of planet and comet asteroid composition using cosmic ray induced gamma-ray detection. Cited by scientists publishing on the Mars Oddysey mission
    (google: lapides gamma ray).
  • Solar flare research – studied gamma-ray producing nuclear reactions involving Carbon and Oxygen for use in solar flare temperature measurement.

Work history

Most of my analytics work was conducted in various executive capacities at Allegheny Beverage Corporation. Allegheny was a $1.2 billion services and beverage manufacturer.


I also did some analytics work as a consultant. My analytics background also informed the mentoring I did as an academic executive with a number of research faculty in this field.


Essentially, I Introduced business analytics into Allegheny Beverage including: sales forecasting (periodic regression), manufacturing and inventory optimization, and logistics optimization and other kinds of analysis using visualization techniques.


Relevant statistics for the service operation included the following: 20,000 employees, 150 distributions centers, 1000 industrial food service operations, 100,000 vending machines, thousands of vehicles, and thousands of customer accounts. The beverage manufacturer had two 10 million case per year production centers and 15 warehouses.


I. Operations Research – Optimization for Manufacturing and Inventory

  • Developed forecasting for $180 million beverage manufacturer to drive inventories to a minimum and optimize plant operations in a multi-plant multi-warehouse environment. Incorporated complex seasonality behavior and dealt with an intensive promotional competitive environment that could change inventory requirements on a daily basis.
  • Using visualizations of production line downtime distributions for 20-mlllion case-per-year operation, identified serious flaw in cost accounting system that was masking a major plant maintenance problem and seriously adding to production cost.
  • In many retail problems, customer service at the SKU level is not well-defined because (1) volume cannot be predicted within replenishment times and (2) substitution likelihood renders the idea of SKU somewhat meaningless. I approached the problem by optimizing SKU category inventories as a function of SKU variety in a 20,000 SKU operation. The importance of variety is, after all, something that every shopaholic understands.


II. Operations Research – Optimization for Logistics, HR, Other

  • Analyzed food distribution for national food service company ($1 billion in revenue) and found that it was operating far from optimum. Redesigned distribution system by computing optimal warehouse placement and use of distribution vendors. Negotiated $150 million/year outsourcing logistics contract to implement findings.
  • After revenues began to precipitously decline on $600 million in food vending revenue from 100,000 machines, I was asked to discover the reason. Management believed it was due to an emerging recession. Determined it was due to recently implemented changes in the design of truck routes to service the vending machines. Used account level revenue change distributions to distinguish internal changes from macroeconomic forces on revenue.
  • Developed optimal route model for servicing thousands of coin operated laundry machines to minimize cost and probability of coin jams.
  • Constructed employment duration at separation distributions for 20,000 person operation to understand regions where talent/experience drain was affecting food service operations. Used results to convince operating management how much to allocate to training and development of employees.
  • Faced with the need to cut a corporate bureaucracy of 200 to 25% of initial size, the initial options were draconian cuts likely to cause the loss of financial control or gradual cuts contributing to the likelihood of bankruptcy. Realized that the “decision making power” of the staff far exceeded its leadership. Engaged them in a bargain to achieve the cuts. WE succeeded in reducing staff from 200 to 40. (Yes, people actually determined their own separation dates!)
  • Constructed building energy consumption distributions to help visualize savings opportunities for 200 building real estate portfolio.


III. Business Strategy

  • In support of General Services Administration’s goal of optimizing $10 billion in federal travel spending, prepared a strategy for creating actionable business intelligence for air, train, hotel and vehicle spending.
  • Created an IT roadmap for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) focused on actionable analytics in each of many ethnic populations.
  • Designed numerous mathematical business process models as part of a revamping a $1.2 billion budget. Implemented budgeting based on process modeling rather than by year by year comparisons.
  • Developed many valuation models as part of turn-around M&A activities. Used to work with lenders in renegotiation of credit facility and buyers of operating assets of the company. When company became financially troubled, designed valuation models that guided financial recovery strategy. Cash flow was improved by ~50 million and company operating assets were liquidated to satisfy senior debt of $175 million.



Summary. My work has enabled me to operate in many technological and scientific fields and with a wide array of measurement and mathematical techniques. Below is a list of areas worked in within a few categories.


As a physicist, I have often brought my scientific training to use in business even though I have not conducted research since I was a postdoctoral assistant at NIH early in my career. The first expression of my scientific background in business was in the analytics (operations research) work that I did as an executive at Allegheny Beverage (See Analytics Details). Later as a consultant, I used science in corporate development (technical and strategic marketing). I also used it to mentor scientists positioning their work for new funding sources. During my most recent work as an academic executive, I relied on my scientific credentials to mentor scientists and assist them in developing new relationships with corporate and foundation funding sources.


Science fields: nuclear physics, planetary and solar physics, transport theory, biophysics of cell membranes, and medical imaging. 


Measurement Techniques: optical signal processing, tomographic image reconstruction, neuropsychological testing, synthetic aperture radar and microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, and gamma-ray spectroscopy.


Analytical and Mathematical Techniques: Operations research applied to manufacturing, logistics and retail optimization and forecasting problems.


Strategic Analytics: My understanding of business strategy and advanced mathematics has enabled me to pioneer analytically based business applications and advise others. I know how to take complex ideas and conclusions that rely on mathematical analysis and express them as simple visualizations.


Software Development: While I am not an expert software developer, I keep up on computer languages and related technologies. Recently, I authored a manual for an open source Ruby on Rails extension called Hobo. I has also have become proficient with Wolfram Research’s Mathematica at a novice level.


General: My recent service at the University of Maryland, College Park to set up industrial research relationships provided me with familiarity and introductions to many new domains of research and measurement. I interacted with dozens of researchers and the advanced techniques that they were pioneering. These included functional MRI, optical computerized tomography, nano-devices, lab-on-chip technology, genomic matching techniques, computational linguistics, infrared imaging spectroscopy, quantum computing, and operations research. 


Dr. Lapides has worked for more than 30 years at the intersection of science, technology and management.


He began his career as a physicist, obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and spending a year at NIH’s Laboratory for Chemical Physics as a postdoctoral fellow.


Soon after, he moved into information technology management at a national corporation, (Allegheny Beverage Corporation) with over $1 billion in revenues and 20,000 employees, eventually becoming its CIO. As CIO, he modernized the IT operations for four operating divisions. Thereafter he transitioned into executive management (executive VP, 2nd highest role) where he closed over $750 million in contracts, acquisitions and divestitures, including leading the company through a successful financial workout and going private transaction.


He continued his executive career with an optical sciences firm (Essex Corporation, acquired by Northrop Grumman) where he focused on building relationships between academia and large international technology firms, developing and prosecuting the company’s intellectual property portfolio and corporate finance.


Fourteen years ago, he started his own consulting firm that brought together the knowledge gained from these diverse areas to consult mainly with large firms. Nearly three years ago, he had the opportunity to bring these capabilities to academia at the University of Maryland, College Park. There he worked to establish relationships between researchers and industry. He recently left to continue his consulting practice.


Dr. Lapides’ work has enabled him to work in many technological and scientific fields and with a wide array of measurement techniques. Some of these include: nuclear physics, planetary and solar physics, transport theory, biophysics of cell membranes, optical signal processing, tomographic image reconstruction, neuropsychological testing, synthetic aperture radar and microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray spectroscopy, and gamma-ray spectroscopy. In business, he used his science background to pioneer business applications based on operations research.


His corporate work also has allowed him to develop many capabilities including: corporate law and finance, intellectual property law, financial accounting, strategic planning, management practice, and management and control systems.


He holds a Ph.D (1981) and M.S. (1979) from the University of Maryland College Park and a B.A. from Clark University, all in physics.