Ordinate Corporation, creator of the Versant tests, has been combined with Pearson's Assessment Product Solutions.
Alistair Van Moere, President
Alistair is President of Pearson's Assessment Product Solutions. He manages an organization of experts who research, develop and globally distribute assessments and automated scoring services for evaluation of speaking, writing, and math skills.
Alistair has an MA in English Language Teaching, a PhD in Applied Linguistics & Language Testing, and an Executive MBA. He has worked in various language training and assessment roles over the last 20 years: Assistant Professor at Kanda University, Japan; Director of Studies in language schools in Japan and the UK; EFL teacher in Thailand and Indonesia; and academic tutor to prepare overseas students for studying in UK universities. He has also consulted on numerous test validation projects for exam boards, such as Trinity College London.
Alistair is active in the language assessment community and the International Language Testing Association (ILTA). His PhD thesis on interactions in spoken language proficiency tests won the 2010 Jacqueline Ross TOEFL Award for best dissertation in Language Testing. He is frequently an invited speaker at conferences, and has published 20 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Educational and Psychological Measurement, Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, IEEE Professional Transactions, and Australian Review of Applied Linguistics.
Janusz Niemiec, Engineering
Janusz Niemiec holds a dual MS degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications. He brings over 15 years of experience in architecture, development and operations of Internet-centric enterprise systems and diverse distributed computing environments. Before joining the Assessment Product Solutions at Pearson, he had been an integral part of several startup companies developing products and services in the areas of personal marketing, biometric-enabled shopper services, and language instruction solutions tailored to consumer and corporate markets.
During his career, Janusz served as Director of Development for Personalized Marketing at Pay By Touch, VP of Systems and Infrastructure at AdvanceWork International, and VP of Online Technology at Syracuse Language Systems.
Bill Bonk, Test Development
Bill has a joint PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science, and a master's degrees in Second Language Studies. His interests and work have been in growth modeling, data visualization, learning and memory for sequences, foreign language psycholinguistics, and second language teaching and testing. In addition to the U.S., Bill has lived and worked in France, Italy, Ecuador, Japan, Hawaii, and Brazil.
Masa Suzuki, Test Development
Masa has an MA in English with a concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He has 10 years of experience in developing and validating automated spoken language tests. He has significant experience implementing custom requirements onto the Versant patented technology platform. Masa has successfully managed several high-stakes test development projects, including the development of the Versant Aviation English Test under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the development and validation of the Versant Arabic Test under a contract with the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, and the development and validation of the Spoken Chinese Test with Peking University. He frequently presents research results at respected international conferences in the field of language testing and applied linguistics such as Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) and American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL).