Management Team

Dr. Jingli Yang

Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Dr. Jingli Yang, Chief Executive OfficerDr. Jingli Yang, Chief Executive Officer of ERT, is an accomplished marketer, strategist, and entrepreneur. She cultivates business relationships with partners and customers, while working to develop infrastructure and processes necessary to foster the growth of ERT. Under her leadership, the company has enjoyed continuous growth and expansion of its client base while maintaining a focus on both customer satisfaction and employee welfare.

Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. in Biogeography, Geographic Information Sciences, and Remote Sensing from the University of Maryland and has over 20 years of experience in Earth remote sensing, science data systems, and geospatial interoperability for NASA and NOAA. Prior to ERT, she held a series of progressively more responsible technical and management positions in the Earth remote sensing and satellite data systems fields with companies including Raytheon and Space Imaging EOSAT. Dr. Yang also served as President of ERT for several years, during which she initiated ERT’s Earth remote sensing science support and science data systems development and maintenance activities.

Dr. Yang is President of the Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR), serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and is active in both the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union. She previously served as Vice President of MSBR, Chair of the NASA Goddard Contractors’ Association, and member of the Maryland Federal Facility Advisory Board under Governor O’Malley. She has received numerous awards including a NASA Global Change Research Fellowship, National Geographic Young Explorer award, and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s Ta Liang Memorial Award.  ERT and Dr. Yang were featured in the 2014 NASA Office of Small Business Programs Spotlight publication highlighting Women-Owned Small Businesses.

Dr. Peter Li

President

Photo of Dr. Peter Li, PresidentDr. Peter Li is a co-founder of ERT, Inc. As President, Dr. Li is responsible for executing ERT's corporate goals and focuses his work on expanding the company and its capabilities. Dr. Li has more than 20 years of experience in environmental science and engineering, geographic information system application, geotechnical engineering, geophysical survey, and hydrogeologic investigation.

Dr. Li received his Doctoral degree in Geological Sciences with a focus on Geophysics from Rutgers University. He is a Certified Professional Geologist in Virginia, a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, and a member of the Maryland Space Business Round Table.

Dr. Mina V. Samii

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Photo of Dr. Mina Samii, Chief Operating OfficerDr. Mina Samii, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for ERT, is responsible for the management and oversight of the company’s entire contract portfolio. Spanning a number of federal agencies including NOAA, NASA, and USACE, ERT’s work includes a broad range of science, engineering, environmental management, and information technology efforts.

Dr. Samii has over 30 years of experience in IT management, systems engineering, analysis, operations, and scientific and engineering research and development. She successfully led several large federal and commercial programs and contracts; including a multi-billion dollar federal modernization program, full-scope commercial outsourcing contracts, and large science and engineering programs. 

Prior to joining ERT, Dr. Samii served as Vice President and General Manager for Science, Engineering, and Technology Solutions in the Civil Group of CSC, where she led a team of more than 2,000 staff providing science, engineering, and technology solutions and support for many U.S. federal civilian agencies. 

Dr. Samii holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of New York at Albany, and completed post-doctoral research at the Johns Hopkins University. She has published over 20 professional papers and received numerous awards including the prestigious NASA Human Space Flight Awareness Award and the 2010 Leadership Award from Women in Aerospace. Dr. Samii serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Aerospace, and previously served on the Board of Directors of both the Council for Electronic Return Advancement and the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Laboratory.

Dr. Anthony Maranto

Executive Vice President, Business Development

Photo of Dr. Anthony Maranto, Vice President of the Environmental Engineering Business UnitDr. Tony Maranto has more than 25 years of professional experience as a program manager, business leader, researcher, and educator. He now serves as a member of ERT's executive team and is responsible for the firm’s strategic growth, identifying and leading the effort to capture new business opportunities, and ensuring the firm continues to meet customer expectations. Dr. Maranto leads ERT's overall business development efforts, strategic initiatives, and partnership development activities across all of our technical divisions serving NASA, NOAA, DoD, and other federal markets.

Dr. Maranto holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a Master’s degree and Doctorate in Environmental Science with a focus in Environmental Chemistry. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. He has served in a leadership role for the Society of American Military Engineers and is also a long-time member of the American Chemical Society, the National Association of Ordnance and Explosives Contractors, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Maryland Space Business Round-table, and the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association.

Ms. Linda Brainard

Vice President, Corporate Business Operations

Mrs. Linda Brainard brings to ERT more than thirty years of federal contracting experience and a wealth of acquisition and procurement knowledge. Mrs. Brainard most recently served as the Chief Acquisition Officer for the Peace Corps, where she was the principle advisor to members of senior staff on all acquisition activities. Prior to the Peace Corps, Mrs. Brainard was the Director of the Strategic Sourcing Acquisition Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Acquisition and Grants Office. In her role with NOAA/AGO, Mrs. Brainard oversaw the NOAALink, ProTech, SciTech, and OpsTech programs. 

Mrs. Brainard graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Economics. She subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Ron Isaacs

Chief Science Officer

Photo of Dr. Ron Isaacs, Chief Science OfficerRon Isaacs brings to ERT more than 40 years of experience as a both research scientist and company president and CEO.  Ron’s has made scientific contributions in the areas of radiative transfer, satellite remote sensing, numerical weather prediction, and air quality. With a strategy based on scientific excellence and its transition to practical applications, Ron was key in growing Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc. (AER) from a PI-focused research firm to an award winning, integrated corporation broadly servicing government and industry. He led corporate growth and sustainment activities, and executive oversight of day-to-day operations, strategic planning, marketing, program management, contract negotiation, cost and schedule control, teaming, recruiting, human resources, and technical oversight of major customer programs. At ERT, Ron will be responsible for enhancing basic and applied scientific research capabilities, thus adding value to the corporation’s scientific reputational discriminator and the ability of ERT to serve its customers as a trusted partner to the government marketplace.

Ron holds both a Master’s of Engineering and a Master’s of Science degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society, a Senior Member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, and the Tau Beta Pi Association. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force as a Space Systems Operations officer