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Meet the Co-founders of Menrva Research

Nirmala Singh-Brinkman, PhD


Writer, educator, and program manager, Nirmala has academic training in the humanities, experience in college- and community-level teaching, and an excellent track record supporting programs in the nonprofit sector. She has helped individuals and organizations prepare manuscripts for publication, win hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding, and develop programmatic and funding strategies. She has expertise in writing, proofreading, and editing, and she has managed training programs, developed curricula, coordinated content, and recruited and managed talent. Nirmala brings a critical eye and lends a productive hand to any project in order to ensure its fullest expression and successful completion.

Donald Brinkman

Donald Brinkman is a software developer, program manager, writer, painter, game designer, and a passionate advocate of the benefits of building bridges between technical and humanist disciplines. He currently directs external programs in digital humanities, digital heritage, and games for learning at Microsoft Research. Prior to joining Microsoft, he spent eight years in developmental and technical roles acquiring and executing government-research contracts in areas such as quantum computation, signals intelligence, electromagnetic and kinetic simulations, behavioral economics, game theory, and cross-cultural communications. His interests include disruptive technologies that leverage crowdsourcing, social economics, culture jamming, transmedia, frame games, and other non-traditional approaches. In his spare time he consults and speaks on grant writing, emerging technologies, and game design. He is particularly interested in helping organizations to leverage twenty-first-century technologies.