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Karolyn Babalola, Ph.D.

Director of Data Engineering


Dr. Karolyn Babalola serves as the director of data engineering for IvySys Technologies. She has seven years of experience using digital signal processing and pattern recognition techniques to implement data analytics strategies for the intelligence and defense sectors. Karolyn has an extensive background researching, developing and implementing signal processing, pattern recognition and machine learning algorithms for applications including brain-computer interfaces, robotics, telecommunications, natural language processing and multi-modal data fusion.

As principal scientist at IvySys, Karolyn worked as a technical liaison and software engineer for the Constellation Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Situational Awareness program managed by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) in partnership with the Defense Intelligence Aggency (DIA). While on the Constellation program, she developed data extraction and normalization software for interfacing link-analysis tools into a single data source. As a lead technologist at Booz Allen Hamilton, she led a team of data scientists and software engineers in designing and prototyping analyst workflow optimizations in a data-centric architecture program based out of the DIA. Karolyn and her team successfully prototyped natural-language processing tools designed to mitigate analysts’ workloads.

Prior to joining IvySys, Karolyn served as a signal-processing engineer at Zeta Associates, Inc. At Zeta, she pushed the edge of software design to develop code that performed high-speed tuning of multi-band wireless signals, mitigated signal noise, detected and estimated embedded signals, mapped complex algorithms to parallelized processors, replicated wireless fidelity systems for content analysis, and extended a telecommunications C++ library. 

Karolyn completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she was a Meyerhoff Scholar.