Alpha Amatya joined the Simons Foundation in 2014 to work with staff and external vendors on ongoing software development efforts. She is the engineering lead for the SPARK project. She is responsible for the system architecture, specification, design, and development of the SPARK system. She actively manages specifications/requirements for internal developers as well as third party systems. Amatya holds a B.S. in mathematics with a minor in computer science from Washington College in Maryland and an M.S. in computer science from Pace University in New York.