Michael Hruska - President / CEO
I am an entrepreneur, musician, and scientist with eclectic experiences spanning
standards, learning, and computer science. I am a seeker of boundaries, edges, and
outliers that applies the principles of chaos to order and the opposite for vice
I am passionate about the way that technology can transform our learning, our business,
and our lives. I’ve worked with diverse groups from government, commercial and NPOs
to creatively frame and solve problems and harness the power of organizations. I
love wine and spending time with my dogs... and I have rock climbed in 22 states.
Nikolaus Hruska - VP Technology
I am a software engineer and researcher with diverse experience in the standards
development process and the eLearning industry. I am most intrigued with the development
of new eLearning specifications which remove the innovation ceiling of traditional
standards and bring the use of modern software development tools and techniques
into the industry.
I enjoy almost every genre of music from New Orleans Jazz to Bluegrass and Electronica.
I play both the guitar and bass and I enjoy producing my own electronic music. I
love travel as well - I've been to 44 of the 50 U.S. states.
Jonathan Poltrack - VP Government Services
I am a software engineer and project manager that contributed to the Sharable Content
Object Reference Model (SCORM), the defacto global eLearning standard. I am interested
in the development of new eLearning technologies that are lightweight, easy to implement
I spent several years honing my software skills by playing guitar, full-time, in
a touring band (yes, that's sarcasm). I also love to travel and have had
the opportunity to keynote international conferences due to my work on the ADL Initiative.
Aaron Silvers - Chief Learning Officer
I help people (and organizations) discover what they know and perform
better. I craft experiences that educate, entertain and elevate.
I connect dots, build communities and guide collectives into teams
that get better... together. I enjoy wicked problems and fractal challenges.
I design solutions: teams and tools. I seek first to understand,
then I do stuff. I find ways for us to win.
I deliver on big, innovative ideas that stick around. I bring good
people together to grow those ideas. I battle “can’t”, “don’t” and “won’t”.
Andy Johnson - Games and Learning Analyst
I've been involved in designing specifications, creating learning content, and coding
architecture for over 10 years. I am very good at defining problem spaces and working
My true passion is gaming of any type - card games, sports (playing or watching),
video games, etc. I love to create experiences that make people laugh.
Kimberly Heinlein - Chief Administrative Officer
I manage finance, accounting, payroll and the day-to-day administration duties around
the office. If you call our office, you'll probably speak with me. Don't worry -
I am friendly and courteous! I am the cog of the wheel at PS (a rose amongst thorns,
if you will).
I love cats and am always looking to hone my skills in online shopping.
Walt Grata - Software Engineer
I have seven years of software development experience using Python, Java, .NET,
I have a passion for learning about and using new technologies to deliver software
that is usable, scalable and performant, but also fits into a clients existing infrastructure.
I enjoy brewing my own beer and consider my self a foodie and enjoy finding new
restaurants in the greater Pittsburgh, Johnstown and Altoona areas.
Lou Wolford - Project Specialist
I enjoy being part of every aspect of the Software Engineering process, from gathering
requirements to writing code. I am excited to step into the Mobile Marketplace to
provide fun, interactive applications that will procure non-stop entertainment and
also stimulate minds.
In my free time, I enjoy any sports related activity, good food, and the occasional
epic fantasy book series.
Mark Dewey - Software Engineer
I write code. That is what I like to do. There is no a platform I wouldn’t develop
for. I love to take my code and create innovative solutions to problems. I am really
interested in developing solutions to problems using the mobile platform.
When I am not behind a computer creating something cool, you can find me outside
juggling my clubs, or playing some Ultimate Frisbee.
Matthew Graham - Software Engineer
I develop web applications, mobile applications for iOS and enjoy every aspect of
the software engineering process. I love learning different programming methods
and languages, and am passionate about optimizing every aspect of my life.
In my free time I am interested in video games, all genres of movies (Kung-Fu movies
especially) and will never say no to a game of chess.
Stephen Trevorrow - Software Engineer
I plan, design, and develop software using a wide array of languages including;
Android, .NET, and Python. I'm also incredibly interested in Artificial Intelligence,
from simple Genetic Algorithms to complex Particle Swarms.
Learning is a constantly evolving process and to be at the top of the curve means
to always look for better ways to finish any task. Outside of my code I'm an avid
gamer and enjoy taking the time to play and experience video games from every genre.
Jay Ostinowsky - Software Intern
I am currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown pursing my
degree in Computer Science. I am working on various projects which include web based
applications as well as server and client side coding.
Outside of Computer Science, I enjoy baseball, basketball, and keeping myself fit.
I also enjoy playing computer games (Diablo 3 especially) and listening to electronic
and rock music.
Jared Schmidt - Software Intern
I am currently studying computer science at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
I enjoy everything about computers and technology and I am always keeping up to
date on mobile developments. I enjoy building computers and I also program in many
When I am not at my computer you will usually find me reading science fiction novels,
or playing guitar. Also I enjoy listening to rock symphonies.
Pat Sycz - Software Intern
I love writing programs and solving problems. I like the quirky, innovative ways
of solving problems. Artificial Intelligence and games are my favorite projects.
Also, I enjoy testing software because every time you find a way to break it, you
learn something from it.
When I'm not sitting behind my computer, I'm usually playing xbox, my guitar, my
drums, or solving puzzles.
Join Our Team
We are a growing software and technology company that develops cutting-edge, web-based
and mobile technologies and provides technical government services related learning,
education, and human performance.
We are looking to hire passionate, skilled software engineering professionals to
join our already strong and high-functioning team.
We provide fun, supportive working environments; pragmatic, practical, agile teams;
and, the ability to work on exciting projects in education and learning, from the
Skills and Experience
Here are some qualifications of an ideal candidate:
You are comfortable and adaptable with a wide array of programming platforms
You regularly experiment with newer languages, technologies, and approaches
You have a passion for technology, programming, and software - enough that you
like to discuss it often
You have participated in the development of at least one shipped software product
You have some familiarity with component-design and/or user experience or interaction
You thrive in a team-based environment and love sharing your knowledge and experiences
You want to help revolutionize education and learning
Looking For a Fun and Satisfying Career?
We are looking to hire new teammates in Johnstown, PA and Washington, DC; and we
also have geographical flexibility.
Our teams work best with people who are creative, self-motivated, curious, passionate,
pragmatic, vocal, and fun.
Ideal candidates should be productive in a work hard / play hard type of environment.
They should be ready to augment and enhance the existing team.
If you're the kind of developer who has what it takes to join our team, you'll push
us all forward, faster.
Interested? If so, please email us at
jobs(at)problemsolutions.net a one-page resume, a paragraph summary
of your skills, talents, and career aspirations, and responses to the following:
What emerging technologies do you think will greatly affect the landscape of
software development over the next few years, and why?
If you had the choice to use any programming language, on any platform stack,
which would you choose, and why?
What book have you read over the past six months that has most stimulated your
Describe a recent situation where you had developed a program to solve a problem.