Nikolaus Baer is a research engineer at Zeidman Consulting. He has developed software for marine research, optical testing equipment, military terrain databases, mobile applications, and medical devices. He has written about software trade secret theft and is certified in the use of CodeSuite®. He holds a bachelors degree in computer engineering from UC Santa Barbara, where he attended on a Regents Scholarship. He placed first in the Start Cup 2004 business plan competition. Nik is currently the secretary of the Northern California Scholarship Foundation's Alumni Association, and just finished a term as the membership director of the Belmont Lions Club.