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Wood Duck Research, Inc.
Non-profit education and defense research.
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Wood Duck Research, Inc. is a non-profit corporation formed in North Carolina. This is a 501(c)(3) public charity. This can be verified using the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search by selecting "Organization Name" and entering "Wood Duck Research".

Here is the certified copy of our articles of incorporation from the Secretary of State of North Carolina: Articles. And here is the application and exemption letter from the IRS: exemption letter and 1023ez form. from the U.S IRS.

Wood Duck Research, Inc. is named after the street on which it is located and for the wildfowl in the area.

Funding Sources

Funding is intended to be provided by the U.S. Government. At this time, no grants have been awarded.

Major Contributors

Mark C Davis Mark C Davis

Mark Davis is the Chief Technical Officer for Wood Duck Research, Inc. He is also the company Director.

Mark's current interests are research in technology as it relates to education and national defense.

He retired after careers in the US Navy and as a software engineer and hardware architect for both IBM and Lenovo. Rising to the level of Distinguished Engineer at Lenovo, he was responsible for the design of computer cross-disciplinary technology, including PC architecture, embedded systems, open source and virtualization. Previous work was with IBM in the areas of software development and architecture involving security, storage and virtualization. Dr. Davis has been granted well over fifty patents that were filed during his service at both companies. After graduating from Duke University with a BSEE, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy, and attended nuclear power school, and served as an Submarine Officer for twelve years, including one duty tour as a classroom instructor. He left the service as a Lieutenant Commander to obtain a PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Computer Science.

Dan M Davis Dan M Davis

Dan Davis is the Director of Technology Initiatives.

His Research interests are distributed and high performance computing, battlespace simulations, and virtual humans.

He is a consultant for the University of Southern Californias. Prior to his retirement, for a decade he was the Director of USC’s JESPP Project for JFCOM. In the ‘90’s, as the Assistant Director of Caltech’s Center for Advanced Computing Research, he managed Synthetic Forces Express, bringing HPC to DoD simulations. Prior experience includes serving as a Director at the Maui High Performance Computing Center and as a Software Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Martin Marietta. He has served as the Chairman of the Coalition of Academic Supercomputing Centers and has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has an extensive body of published research located here. As early as 1971, Dan was writing programs in FORTRAN on one of Seymour Cray’s CDC 6500’s. He saw duty in Vietnam as a USMC Cryptologist and retired as a Commander, Cryptologic Specialty, U.S.N.R. He received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

More details about Dan can be found at HPC-Education web site.