Our Staff

Dan Hendricks

Dan leads the management team as the company’s President. Dan has over 30 years of experience in the Navy, as a Nuclear Engineering Officer, Surface Warfare Officer and Engineering Duty Officer, retiring at the rank of Captain (O-6). He has a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Naval Academy, and a master of science degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School. Since leaving active duty, Dan has worked in both the private and public sector in roles of increasing responsibility in program management and budgeting, network architecture, systems engineering, and computer security. Dan is a registered Professional Engineer (Electrical) in the state of Washington, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Communications Society.

Mary Alice Hendricks

Mary Alice is the Vice President of OSML. She earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and has experience managing grants and contracts from state and federal sources for a variety of clients both in the United States and in Third World countries. As grants and contracts compliance officer, Mary Alice was responsible for tracking program progress, monitoring and approving all budget expenditures, filing all progress and final program reports, and working closely with funding agencies to ensure the success and sustainability of the grants. Her work as the executive director of the San Diego Young Artists Symphony has helped develop her leadership skills in managing programs and people and placed her at the front of successful fund-raising efforts.

Bryan Hendricks

Bryan is studying Computer Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo starting this fall. He began Making with Legos when he was young, and this interest evolved into a passion when he joined the San Pasqual High School FIRST Robotics team with his sister in his freshman year of high school. He went on to form the High Tech High North County FIRST Robotics team with his sister, acting as vice-president for two years and president for one. Bryan interned at the SPAWAR robotics lab for two months before going to college, and while he isn’t sure exactly what he wants to do after college, he knows that he’ll have options with a degree in Computer Engineering.

Ariel Therrien

Ariel is our lab manager, and works on a little bit of everything here at OSML. She joined our team in June of 2015, but has been an unofficial part of the lab since we opened. Some of her work can be seen around the space, including the welded tool cart and many tables, the classroom whiteboard system, and the custom-designed gears and OSML logo in our design studio. She graduated from UC San Diego with a bachelors in Marine Biology and a minor in general biology in June of 2018. While her main focus is in biology and conservation, she has a passion for learning new things and in gaining experience in engineering and design. Her goal is to combine her skill sets in an effort to become a well rounded environmental scientist. She is usually involved with as many group projects as possible, along with designing and fabricating items for our members. She also maintains all of our machines, and works on developing and maintaining safety protocols in the lab space. Ariel loves to discuss what she’s working on in the lab, as well as her other passions, which include herpetology, conservation, and hiking.