Our Story


Rank One Computing was founded in 2015 by a team of engineers intent on improving the accuracy, speed and efficiency of automated face recognition algorithms, as well as providing other algorithms for extracting content-based information from images and videos.

Prior to founding Rank One, the team's principals studied face recognition and image retrieval algorithms and applications in both academia and as federal contractors. The academic legacy of the Rank One team includes an extensive collection of peer-reviewed publications on the topic of automated face recognition, the development of the popular open source face recognition system OpenBR, and the licensing of software algorithms. The team’s legacy as federal contractors includes providing the software development, algorithm evaluation, and system engineering services to multiple government agencies.

Our Leadership Team


Brendan Klare

Brendan Klare

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Brendan Klare is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Brendan’s background includes a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and three years of service as enlisted infantry in the 75th Ranger Regiment.

Josh Klontz

Josh Klontz

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Josh Klontz is responsible for the quality of ROC software. Josh has a B.S. in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College. Josh has architected several open source computer vision frameworks, including OpenBR and Likely.

Scott Klum

Scott Klum

Co-Founder & Chief Engineer

Scott Klum is responsible for ensuring the delivery of well engineered solutions. Scott has an M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University, and he led the development of MSU’s FaceSketchID system.

Cody Barnes

Cody Barnes

Director of Finance & Operations

Cody Barnes is responsible for the company's finances, compliance and day-to-day operations. Cody has a B.S. in Finance and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Florida and is a licensed CPA. Prior to joining Rank One, Cody supported various operations in the banking industry.

Ben Klein

Ben Klein

Senior Engineer

Ben Klein is responsible for system development and integration. Ben has a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is an experienced provider of software engineering and data development solutions for advanced research programs.

Keyur patel

Keyur Patel

Senior Engineer

Keyur Patel is responsible for algorithm and system development. Keyur has an M.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University where he researched biometric anti-spoofing algorithms.