Melissa holds a B.S. in Physics from Boston College. Her undergraduate research was in astronomy and involved using Kepler data to create an unbiased census of Long-Period Variable stars in the Milky Way. After graduating, she worked for a biotech startup where she discovered a passion for software engineering. She took a job as a Software Engineer at The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and started her M.S. in Computer Science. At Draper, she worked on projects in the fields of astronomy, quantum computing, and machine learning. After three years at Draper, Melissa founded a direct-to-consumer startup called Smile. Smile was a dating app that used machine learning to match users based on their sense of humor. As the CEO of Smile, Melissa raised a Pre-Seed round and brought the product to market in 4 months with a team of 10 engineers and marketers. The company hit its target of 10K users in Boston in the first 2 months post-launch. The market downturn this year meant shutting down the company with no strategic exit, but Melissa is so excited to bring what she learned to AdeptID. She truly believes in the mission – that AI is the future of job matching, and that we have an opportunity and responsibility to ensure it is done ethically and efficiently.