Advisory Board


Phil Fraher

Phil Fraher has over 23 years of leadership experience within business intelligence, data delivery, and business-to-business (B2B) software companies. Phil currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Houston based FuelQuest. Phil focuses on building customer-centric organizations within the company’s finance, professional services, support, and Fuel Center® operations. Previously, he served as President and CEO of Visual Numerics, Inc.; performed as COO and CFO of Brightmail, Inc.; and held other financial management positions at Cahners Business Information Electronic Media Division, Pilot Software, and Dun & Bradstreet. Phil has extensive venture capital, M&A, and international business expansion experience. He began his career as a software engineer with Exxon Production Research. Phil holds an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester and a BS in computing engineering at Auburn University. Phil serves on three advisory boards at Auburn University:  Engineering Advisory Board, the Computer Science and Software Engineering Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Council. Phil also serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. Phil also serves as an Executive-in-residence of the Houston Technology Center.



Earl Dodd

Earl J. Dodd, President and Chief Cloud Officer of Ideas And Machines, is passionate about helping organizations achieve better results with supercomputing, cloud computing, extreme analytics and 3D story worlds. With 30 years of experience in supercomputing and HPC, and a strong ability to problem solve and formulate strategy, Earl has been helping companies and governments achieve the desired ROI by leveraging new computing technologies and business models. Earl’s technical focus is on strategy formulation for ultra-scale architectures and 3D visual collaboration environments. These strategies will help drive the next generation of computationally-steered workflows, applications and decision support environments.

Recently, Earl was the Executive Director and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers, Inc. in Montana – a first-of-a-kind public-private partnership (P3) focusing on the HPC Cloud as an economic development engine for the region. Earl has held leadership positions with IBM, Fujitsu and Cray Research. Earl started his career with Getty Oil Company’s Research Division and then Texaco Research. He holds BS and MS degrees in Mining Engineering from Montana Tech and an MBA from Tulane University. Earl is actively engaged with the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Compute Canada, The Society of HPC Professionals, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & Innovation (MEDI) and other professional organizations and government. He resides in Cypress, Texas and travels globally.

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Ideas And Machines, Inc. helps clients in the public and private sectors with supercomputing, high performance computing (HPC), cloud computing realization, and business optimization.