A former UND administrator has a new job with a Grand Forks-based software firm.
Joshua Riedy has joined EdgeData as its chief operating officer and has claimed a partnership stake in the company.
Riedy most recently served in roles as the vice provost, chief strategy officer and chief information officer at UND. During his time at UND, he oversaw several initiatives involving big data, high-performance computing, cyber operations, cyber security and unmanned aerial systems, according to a news release.
“Dr. Riedy perfectly suits the EdgeData vision and mission,” EdgeData President Chris Shroyer said in a statement. “His experience leading teams in a collaborative atmosphere and in capturing and analyzing big data bring immediate value to our customers and partners. We’re privileged to have him.”
EdgeData produces software that takes data gathered by unmanned aircraft and automatically turns it into information that can be used by clients to make business decision. The company’s recently debuted product, BladeEdgeSM, is the patent-pending, first automated analytical software tool customized for the wind energy industry, the release said.
EdgeData recently attracted new equity, which will its says will support the next BladeEdgeSM analytics release as well as the research and development of other big data and UAS applications. In total, the company has collected nearly $1.2 million in capital investment since April 2015, the release said.
“Dr. Riedy’s expertise in big data and unmanned aircraft systems in combination with the additional capital investment allows EdgeData to accelerate its mission to extract value and create actionable intelligence solving the big data challenges of today,” EdgeData CEO Lonnie Bloomquist said in a statement. “Dr. Riedy is well suited to take on the revolution EdgeData is driving in the UAS, big data and power industries.”
Riedy’s employment with UND ended earlier this year when interim President Ed Schafer signed a letter of termination without cause on June 29.
Riedy told the Herald in July that accusations of mishandling public funds while in his vice provost role were untrue and had no bearing on the university’s decision to dismiss him.