Acadicus is developed by Arch Virtual, a VR/AR development company focused on using these technologies to solve real world problems. Building on over 7 years of experience delivering enterprise and educational applications for companies like GE Healthcare, ExxonMobil, Suzuki, the NBA, American Family Insurance, Adtalem Global Education and many others, we created the Acadicus platform with the goal of reducing the, cost, time, and complexity of creating VR training experiences.
Jon Brouchoud leads Arch Virtual’s development team, and his passion is using virtual reality technologies to solve real world problems. He has over 20 years of experience in professional practice and has won numerous awards and competitions for his work in 3D development.
Jon holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Business Week, Architectural Record, and the Chicago Tribune.
Kandy Brouchoud leads Arch Virtual’s operations. She brings a diverse range of experience and draws on her background in architecture to advise on CAD and BIM interpretation into virtual environments. Kandy is LEED certified and holds a B.S. and Master’s Degree in Architecture.
John "Pathfinder" Lester
Director of Community and Business Development
John has worked in software development, online communities, immersive learning and multiuser virtual worlds for over 20 years. He’s led projects and teams from startups to Fortune 100 companies, and his background includes neuroscience research, medical informatics, 3d multiuser virtual worlds and knowledge management.
John developed the first online patient support communities and immersive medical education platforms at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and he led the development of education initiatives in Second Life at Linden Lab. He brings deep experience in cultivating online learning communities and designing multiuser 3d and VR-based experiences for education and professional development.
As Director of Community and Business Development at Acadicus, John supports and cultivates the success of our expanding community of instructors and educational content creators. His focus includes facilitating collaboration among our core customers and developing new relationships that will expand the Acadicus ecosystem of shared content and simulations.
Dr. Nick Slamon
Dr. Slamon completed medical school in 2001 at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia PA. He then completed a residency in pediatrics and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Nemours/duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington Delaware. In addition he serves an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Clinical track at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. From 2007 until June 2011 Dr. Slamon worked at the University of Florida as an attending in the 24 bed mixed cardiac and pediatric intensive care unit. He also served as the fellowship program director for his final two years in Gainesville, overseeing 2 fellows per class. He then returned to duPont in July of 2011 serving as the fellowship director and overseeing the expansion from a one fellow per year program to the current 3 fellow per year, 9 fellow program.
Dr. Slamon is an active member of SCCM and the AAP. His research interests are varied but include a strong track record of education and partnership with fellows and junior faculty. Analysis of innovative ways to deliver care are of particular interest. Recent projects include a study of physician biometric parameters using wearables during live critical care activities, a similar biometric project in simulation, use of a digital stethoscope to diagnose pediatric murmurs remotely, review of rapid response activations using telemedicine technology, parameters needed to create a viable pediatric eICU, and he is currently working with a new device to help diagnose pediatric heart failure using an artificial intelligence analysis of ECG/Phonocardiograms. His most recent undertaking involves his partnership with Acadicus to improve immersive medical training through the use of virtual reality simulation.
Drs. Nina and Tom Templeton
Advisors / Investors
“We are the geezers of the Acadicus cohort; we were adults before the advent of the internet, and when we were kids ‘phone’ meant a corded landline rotary dial telephone (google it!). Back in the day, what Jon, Kandy and the Acadicus team are accomplishing would have been science fiction, but it is now real and should be even more important in the post-COVID-19 era. Since retirement, we have tried to give back in various ways and are humbled and honored to be asked to serve on the medical advisory board.”
Dr. Doug Willrett
Partner / Investor
Dr. Willrett brings over 30 years of experience, having worked in business, science, and marketing roles throughout his career. At DuPont, he led a successful Nutrition & Health global business unit focused on improving the quality & safety of food utilizing bio-based technologies.
Prior to DuPont, Doug was the Executive Vice President of the Cultures Division with Danisco. Dr. Willrett received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Dr. Eric B. Bauman
Academic and Healthcare Adviser
Dr. Eric B. Bauman is an award-winning educational designer, and proven innovation executive with expertise in the fields of game-based teaching and learning, simulation, VR/AR and emerging technology. He was inducted into the Society for Simulation in Healthcare’s Academy Fellows class based on his substantial contributions to simulation in the health professions.
He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, Dr Bauman is a registered nurse, firefighter, and paramedic with more than 25 years of clinical, research, teaching, and command experience.
He has held numerous academic, industry and professional titles including:
- Faculty Associate in the Department Anesthesiology at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
- Visiting Scholar in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin School of Education
- Chair of Game-Based Teaching and Learning for the Center of Excellence in Simulation Education
- Assistant Dean for the Institute for Research and Clinical Strategy
- Assistant Dean for Technology Development – Senior Leadership Team
- EMS Commissioner – Dane County, WI
- Division Chief of EMS – Blooming Grove Fire Department
- Senior Paramedic and Training Consultant – Town of Madison Fire Department
Partner / Investor
Shannon leads Arch Virtual’s sales & marketing team. He brings over 25 years of experience developing and strengthening brands of all sizes. He holds a B.A. in Marketing and an M.S. in Communications. He is an Effie award winner and has received numerous accolades for his work in the digital advertising space. Shannon serves on multiple non-profit advisory boards and aspires to leverage VR technologies in innovative ways that create positive social change.
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