Meet the Leaders of EDULOG
Hien Nguyen, Chief Executive Officer/Founder
École Polytechnique, Paris, France. Diplome d’Ingenieur, 1971
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1975
Sloan School of Management (MIT), Cambridge, Mass. M.B.A., 1975
After completing his MBA and Ph.D. in Mathematics, Dr. Hien Nguyen began applying his knowledge by developing the Operations Research (OR) curriculum and program during his tenure at the University of Montana. His methods were so effective that the program continues to be a mainstay of the University’s curriculum. During this time, his focus on OR resulted in a consulting project that involved creating a mathematically sound way to optimize pupil transportation by developing efficient bus routes and schedules. These efficiencies ultimately lead to impressive savings for the districts involved with the project. After three years of refinement, Dr. Nguyen realized his true goal, the commercial application of optimized student transportation. In 1978, he founded the first pupil transportation consulting and technology company, EDULOG, based on this groundbreaking research.
In the 1980s, Dr. Nguyen’s algorithms evolved into new systems that greatly enhanced enrollment projections, school boundaries, and school distribution. His inventions applied mathematical principles to real world problems, creating better educational opportunities within limited school budgets. With the advent of the PC in the 1990s, Dr. Nguyen developed a modernized version of his software that ran on Windows-based workstations. Under his stewardship, the company continued to leverage new technology by creating the first web-based applications for pupil transportation.
Dr. Nguyen then shifted his company’s focus to developments in the emerging GPS/AVL student transportation market. The result is the most comprehensive planning and monitoring system for the world’s school buses. Continuing EDULOG’s history of cutting edge innovations, Dr. Nguyen’s renewed focus is integrating mobile devices that foster connectivity and real insight between buses and transportation departments. Dr. Nguyen’s vision of efficiency continues to guide the future of EDULOG into expanding world markets.
Jason Corbally, President
Jason Corbally leads the company toward new milestones, working closely with school districts, government, and industry to improve existing products and develop new ones, making EDULOG the industry leader in transportation management systems. Jason started at EDULOG in 2004 while attending the University of Montana and has paved the way for new partnerships, launching EDULOG’s innovative technology into the international arena. Selected as one of Missoula’s top “20 under 40” young business professionals, Jason also serves as a committee chair on Governor Steve Bullock’s Main Street Montana Project and on the Montana High Tech Business Alliance Advisory Board. A native of Butte, Montana, he and his wife are the parents of Peyton and Liam.
Sam Bull, Chief Operating Officer
Sam joined EDULOG in the fall of 2018 after serving for many years as an outside adviser. Sam was previously a member at Foster Pepper in Seattle where he represented national and regional technology companies, not-for-profit entities, banks, mortgage companies, broker-dealers, hospitals, and government entities. Sam received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and a J.D. from Columbia University.
Hong-Linh Nguyen, Chief Technology Officer
Linh Nguyen earned his Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT, he worked with the Department of Defense, Raytheon, and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories on projects that focused on applications of artificial intelligence: in particular, natural language processing and visual/geospatial machine learning. At EDULOG, he aims to apply state-of-the-art data modeling and computation techniques developed in artificial intelligence to problems that we face in the pupil transportation industry.
Linh’s understanding of data modeling and its potential contributions to the transportation industry inspired him to join in his father’s vision and officially return to EDULOG. In his role as CTO, Linh is innovating and creating applications that will change the pupil transportation industry for decades to come. Seeing the potential and inherent benefits of optimized student transportation in a world market, Linh seized the opportunity to return to Montana to apply his extensive knowledge to this growing need.
Tim Baigent, Director of Product Support and Training
Tim Baigent is EDULOG’s Director of Product Support and Training. Prior to EDULOG he worked in a similar way for multiple Fortune 500 Companies and the US Army. He has a MA in international relations from the Lebanese American University and a MA certification in instructional design from the University of Arizona.
Shawna Reinhardt Knudson, Executive Director, Account Management and Project Management
Shawna has over 25 years’ experience at Education Logistics, ranging from large-scale software launches to business development work with school districts of all sizes. She focuses on leading the Account Management and Project Management departments through hands-on activities, including deployment of EDULOG’s newest product line. Shawna knows that a one size solution doesn’t fit all circumstances, and she enjoys finding creative, meaningful results to transportation logistics problems. Prior to joining EDULOG, she earned her degree in Political Science from the University of Montana.
Nikki Mustard, Director of Administration
Nikki has nearly 25 years of experiencing managing staff and overseeing company expenses, and serves as the planning director for our annual EDULOG conference. While she’s a Montana native, Nikki was bitten by the travel bug and also serves as the Business Manager for a California Vineyard, giving her ample time to enjoy wine country. Nikki’s primary passion, though, is her family. When not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and extensive extended family.