Sam Horvath

Sam Horvath

Project Management Lead

Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly, your wholeness when you are broken, your innocence when you feel guilty, and your purpose when you are confused. — Alan Cohen

An east-coast transplant, Samantha moved to Champaign to complete her postdoctoral fellowship in 2013 and joined Pixo in 2018. Over the course of the last decade, Samantha completed her PhD and postdoc in (theoretical) physical chemistry and then worked at a few companies in UIUC’s Research Park. While physical chemistry might seem like a strange segue into software development and project management, Samantha isn’t your typical chemist. She traded in her beakers and hazardous chemicals long ago to study the physics and mathematics of chemical processes behind the safety of a computer screen, writing her own chemistry (quantum mechanics!) models to solve problems of scientific interest.

Her inherent organizational skills, years of committee work, coding development background, and strong scientific modeling proficiency have proved to be good fits in the world of science & technology project management.

As Pixo’s new project management lead, Samantha is passionate about team-centered workflow, building cool tech, and the processes that pull the two together. In her free time, Samantha enjoys the company of close friends and family; nerds it up with anime, sci-fy, and the golden era of Hollywood; and partakes in foodie fun, including a love of finely crafted cocktails.

EXPERTISE

Project management, organizational and process improvements, long-term projection and roadmapping, software development, agile/scrum, cross-functional team workflow, science & technology research & development, data analysis, scientific computing and modelling, and technical writing

EDUCATION

Scrum Alliance — Certified ScrumMaster
The Ohio State University — PhD in (Theoretical) Physical Chemistry
University of Tampa — BS in Chemistry

EMPLOYMENT

Pixo, 2018 – Present — Project Management Lead
Agrible, Inc., 2015 – 2017 — Senior Scientist & Project Manager and Director of R&D
Illinois Rocstar, 2013 – 2015 — Research Scientist
Pennsylvania State University & University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2010 – 2013 — Postdoctoral Fellow

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