Who We Are

Core Capabilities

INNOVIM specializes in Science Systems Engineering, using high technology to create innovative big data and mobile computing solutions. Our scientists are concentrated in Earth Observation and Climate data manipulation, influencing instrument design, ironing out analytical processing and collection parameters, and determining how to make the data available to scientists in a way that makes it most useful for modeling and research endeavors. We primarily supply customized applications to NASA and NOAA.

The INNOVIM Difference

INNOVIM places a premium on life cultivating initiatives: improving our environment, preserving life and property from severe weather, protecting native ecologies, and improving quality of life for humans and other species. Our workforce comprises experts in these fields, 30% of whom hold PhDs and all of whom are enthusiastic about our mission and engaged with our customers.

Our customers know that we can deliver passionate experts, end-to-end product development, and research-enabling science.


INNOVIM, LLC is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in science systems engineering and climate and weather modeling services. We create innovative data and environmental science solutions for NASA, NOAA, and FAA.



INNOVIM Defense Services provides systems engineering, software engineering and space systems engineering for our national defense.


A joint venture between INNOVIM and Trident Internet Systems, Inc., TRINNOVIM delivers small business socio-economic data solutions.

Our Leadership

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  • Samira Samadi, Managing Member

    Sammy head frameAs a founding partner and managing member of INNOVIM, Sammy has provided a backbone of business acumen to our growing enterprisebased on her 20 years of sales and marketing expertise.

    Prior to founding INNOVIM, Sammy managed public relations, created marketing plans, and assessed market trends as Marketing Manager, Director, and Analyst at Pepco, BEC, and Claritas.

    Sammy holds a BA in Business from George Mason University and MBA with a focus in marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Cindi Brown, President and Chief Operating Officer

    Cindi head round newCindi brings her 30+ years of experience with software development, satellite operations ground system support, proposal and program management  to her current role managing the entire depth and breadth of INNOVIM’s operations.

    Cindi has overall strategic and operational responsibility for INNOVIM.  Working with the executive management team, she provides experienced leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure INNOVIM has the effective operational controls and personnel in place to bring about new growth and ensure financial strength and operational efficiency.

    Prior to joining INNOVIM, Cindi worked at Integral Systems enabling civil and military satellite mission planning and operations and providing program management over large Air Force Programs. She also managed  the Landsat 7 Mission Operations Center as program manager for Computer Sciences Corporation .

    Cindi holds a BS in Computer Science and Statistics from George Washington University. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

  • Kathie Powers, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

    Kathie head frameKathie is a financial executive with experience as Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer; Chief Accounting Officer, Controller, and Director of Finance of public, private and not-for-profit, emerging-growth, and international companies.

    Kathie launched her career as a comptroller for the Department of Defense. She went on to support the newly created Lockheed Integrated Solutions as a Senior Accountant and became Vice President and Controller of SAIC. Kathie currently serves as a Trustee of Lakeland College and on the Financial Executive International Board of Directors.

    Kathie holds a BA in Music, Music Performance, Art, and Education from Lakeland College and an MPA in Accounting and Finance from Georgia State University.

  • Shahin Samadi, PhD, Chief Technology Officer

    Shahin head frameWith his expertise in computer science and extensive experience in NASA systems engineering, architectural design, and program management, Shahin has always been more than an executive: he’s a technical leader.

    Before co-founding INNOVIM in 2003, Shahin was a NASA civil servant as Program Manager /Technical Director at Goddard Space Flight Center. He held senior technical leadership positions at CRM leader Merkle, internet media innovator Vodium, and at business information technologies provider BNA and  taught as an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University. He has authored more than thirty-five technical publications on software reuse, data systems architecture, and other advanced computing topics. His projects have included NASA’s MODIS instrument definition and development of the Joint Polar Satellite System.

    Shahin holds a Ph.D. and MS in Computer Science, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University.

  • Philip Ardanuy, PhD, Chief Science Officer

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    Phil has 35 years of experience supporting weather and environmental satellite observations, scientific research, modeling, and decision support for NASA and NOAA, along with an abiding enthusiasm for the scientific endeavors of this and coming generations.

    Before coming to INNOVIM, Phil retired as Principal Engineering Fellow and Weather Solution Architect from a distinguished career at Raytheon Intelligence, Information, and Services. He has written more than 100 peer-reviewed and conference publications. He is an active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) for which he has chaired and participated in conferences around the nation and around the world, and has participated in numerous National Research Council committees, including the first Earth Science and Applications from Space “Decadal Survey.” Phil is also a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Environmental Information Services Working Group, NASA’s Applied Sciences Advisory Committee, and the AMS Satellite Meteorology, Oceanography, and Climatology Committee, and served on the Maryland Space Business Roundtable as President as well as on its Board of Directors.

    Phil has received numerous professional honors and awards throughout his career including multiple NASA GSFC and LaRC group achievement awards, a Raytheon Peer Award in 2004 for “dedication in the excellence in his work and unimagined expertise in algorithms, ground processing, mission understanding, and mission experience,” and recognition as an AMS Fellow in 2011.

    As Chief Science Officer, Phil participates in executive-level activities and provides leadership in new-business capture and networking activities to advance the company’s interests.

    Phil holds PhD, MS, and BS degrees in Meteorology from the Florida State University.

INNOVIM’s History


INNOVIM launched in 2003 on the basis of the particular expertise of co-founder and President Shahin Samadi to meet the needs of NASA’s instrument requirements development. Since then we’ve grown by leaps and bounds.