About Us

Modal Technology Corporation is a privately owned Minnesota corporation that offers new and proven solutions for machine learning that are based on a relatively new branch of applied mathematics known as modal interval arithmetic.

The vision of Modal Technology Corporation is to overcome well-known industry pain points which currently act as the barrier for the “Third Wave” of advancement in AI systems.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is involved in the development of industry standards and works with industry partners to apply the benefits of its patented technology to many vertical markets including healthcare, finance, aerospace and defense.

Nate Hayes

Nathan T. Hayes
Chairman, Founder and CEO

Nathan Hayes is an entrepreneur, mathematician, and software developer who has been instrumental to the development of modal interval arithmetic and served six years as a committee member of the IEEE 1788 Standard for Interval Arithmetic.

As one of the few in the world who knows well and can apply modal interval arithmetic to today’s technology, Mr. Hayes has founded two companies leveraging this arithmetic to significantly improve performances in machine learning and computer graphics.

  • At Modal Technology Corporation, he has developed ALiX, an artificial intelligence method based on modal interval arithmetic that guarantees to find the BEST machine training result in a single run.
  • At Sunfish Studio, LLC, as President and CTO, he invented the first ever modal interval rendering systems and methods. He is the inventor of patented applications of modal interval arithmetic in key areas of hardware design and software method to improve the speed and quality of computer graphics.

Mr. Hayes served six years as a member of the IEEE 1788 committee for the standardization of interval arithmetic, which became an international debate forum concerning the future of interval arithmetic. In 2015, the IEEE committee approved a standard which is compatible with modal interval arithmetic.

Prior to his modal interval arithmetic years, Mr. Hayes was a software management executive and developer at CyberOptics Corporation, a high precision sensing technology manufacturer, for nearly a decade. Mr. Hayes has studied film production and animation at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and mathematics at the University of Minnesota.

Susan Kaplan

Susan Kaplan
EVP and CMO

Ms. Kaplan was Founder and President for Quality Management Solutions (QMS). She led and restructured organizations in healthcare, government, manufacturing, and service sectors to improve profitability with QMS clients’ executive management.

Ms. Kaplan has held key leadership roles at these top performance excellence organizations: Minnesota Quality Award and Florida Sterling Award. She was an integral part of the National Department of Rural Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (largest USA health philanthropy) think-tank for healthcare reform.

Ms. Kaplan received her BAS and MAS in education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is the author of “The Grant Writing Process.”

Brad Winter

Bradley J. Winter
CTO

As an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, and inventor, Mr. Winter’s twenty plus years of experience in the semiconductor industry encompasses the development of ASIC and FPGA intellectual property in markets as diverse as medical electronics and aerospace systems.

Mr. Winter was a Senior Analog and Mixed-Signal Design Engineer at LSI Corporation, with a background in 3D art, computer animation, solid modeling, and multiphysics analysis. He is the founder of CoolSilicon®, LLC, a company providing the semiconductor industry with innovative in-silicon cooling solutions for single and stacked-die semiconductor devices.

Mr. Winter is an expert in the application of FPGAs for use in co-emulation and hardware acceleration. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Dale Mahaffy

Dale Mahaffy
CFO

Dale Mahaffy is an accomplished senior executive and strategic financial expert offering more than 25 years of CFO level experience with companies ranging in size from startup to $300 million. He has broad industry knowledge, including relevant experience in the software and technology industries.

Dale is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, majoring in marketing. Dale also received an MBA from the University of Michigan, specializing in accounting and finance.

Barry Ressler

Barry Ressler
Strategic Advisor

Mr. Ressler is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the International Space Medicine Consortium (ISMC), an independent and collaborative entity, founded to enhance the knowledge of Space Medicine and to develop diagnostic and therapeutic protocols for the unmet challenges of Micro-G and interplanetary travel helping space crews and space-faring travelers to work and live in extra-terrestrial environments. Mr. Ressler also founded STAR Associates, Inc. in 1994 as a company to provide strategic advisory and project funding services for early stage industrial process and therapeutic/diagnostic technology companies.

Over his career, Mr. Ressler has founded, co-founded and/or been the CEO of companies in the high-technology and biotech arenas, including EP Therapeutics, Inc., a bio-pharmaceutical company now a division of ISMC engaged in the development of a revolutionary new class of therapeutics, Triton Thalassic Technologies, engaged in the non-chemical pathogen inactivation of blood products, and Universal Voltronics Corporation (UVC), a public company (NASDAQ and AMEX) that developed high-voltage Pulse Power products for scientific research, SDIO defense, alternative energy sources, medical diagnostics/therapeutics and for industrial applications, which became a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corp, now Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Mr. Ressler is the inventor of 7 patents in the field of monochromatic UV sterilization of industrial fluids, blood products, injectables, ophthalmic healthcare packaged products and Parenteral Drug Delivery IV/Renal Bag technology and food/beverage process applications. Mr. Ressler is an invited speaker at the Parenteral Drug Association and to the FDA for Aseptic and Advanced Sterilization Technologies and to the United Nations in Geneva for the use of Artificial Intelligence for Medicine and he is a member of the Global AI Pioneers Strategy Organization.

Manny Villafana

Dr. Manny Villafana, Ph. D., S.C.
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Villafana is a serial entrepreneur who never stops dreaming for himself and for others. He was born in the Bronx, of Puerto Rican descent, and came to Minnesota in 1967 to become Medtronic’s first international sales administrator. From there Manny, also known as the “Cardiac Kahuna,” moved forward to design breakthrough technology in the cardiac realm and went on to found companies to implement these ideas.

In 1971, Dr. Villafana was the founder, chairman and CEO of Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc., now part of Boston Scientific. Through this company he changed cardiac history by introducing the lithium battery into pacemakers.

He then went on to found St. Jude Medical in 1976 and introduced the first bileaflet mechanical heart valve, which reduced the frequency of blood clots in patients. It still dominates the mechanical valve replacement market. In 2017, St. Jude Medical was acquired by Abbott for $25 billion.

Dr. Villafana has started several other successful companies, and is now developing his newest company, Medical 21, Inc.