About Us

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EntropyZero in Brief

Founded in 2005, EntropyZero Consulting is a boutique software engineering consultancy focused on delivering quality software and software engineering solutions to public sector and commercial clients. We are a select group of talented and dedicated software developers experienced in delivering dynamic and scalable software across multiple environments.

Founded on core values of passion for technology, commitment to excellence and a focus on our people as individuals, EntropyZero quickly built strong relationships with clients by delivering results and helping them to succeed in realizing their vision.

A key component of EntropyZero's success has been our people. We recognize the important role our people play in working with our customers and developing innovative software solutions and we have recruited a set of outstanding and talented individuals who focus on service and results.

Our Team

Steven Buxton, CEO and Principal Consultant

Steven was bitten by the programming bug early in life and is an autodidact able to easily learn and wield new technologies as they emerge. At 18 he joined EJ Bell Associates, and now has more than 20 years of experience architecting, leading, and delivering enterprise solutions in a variety of areas. He’s a natural architect and builder, having built an aluminum furnace and forge, an automated wheelchair controlled from an iPad, as well as a number of custom software packages. He once wrote a software deployment tool using a device less powerful than an iPhone while commuting home on the bus. That tool is still in use 7 years later due to the solid architectural patterns and implementation. Most recently, he has been containerizing claims processing applications hosted in AWS to simplify deployment and more easily bring new team members up to speed.

He founded EntropyZero Consulting with his partner Mike Brockey in 2005 and has managed the company since Mike’s untimely death from cancer in 2011. Steven has spent the last 5 years leading the company as well as providing world class technology consulting services to his clients.

When he is not making software development look easy, he likes to spend what free time he has with his family, or working on projects in his home shop. Having a child with disabilities, he has focused on developing solutions for areas such as bathing and self-care, mobility, and communications difficulties. Every so often he enjoys taking his Harley for a spin on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Phil McMillan, Senior Architect

Phil was born a geek and wrote his first functional piece of software 30 years ago at the age of 11. He's an experienced software engineer and architect who has delivered a variety of systems across a broad mix of customers in the commercial and public sectors. His project work includes implementations of different layer 6 and layer 7 network protocols, telephony circuit provisioning, billing reconciliation, contact center and customer management, student information systems, command and control messaging, claims processing, interactive voice response portals and statistical model solving engines. Phil's happiest when crunching on tough and/or unique problems and loves a good challenge.

When not working, Phil is a reasonably accomplished amateur chef who enjoys cooking for his family and friends. He was recently bitten by the fun of making things and built his own 3-axis gantry milling machine for various projects. Phil's also developed an interest in robotics and circuit design, and is working his way through the publicly offered UC Berkeley and MIT electrical engineering lectures and class materials. Once upon a time, before having a family, he was also an avid epee fencer, and hopes to get back to the sport at some point.

Doug Singel, Senior Consultant

It's safe to say that Doug loves everything about computers, both hardware and software. Doug's coding passion goes all the way back to the early 1980s and the Apple II. Building on this head start, he completed a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University in 1988 and an M.S. in Computer Science from George Washington University in 1996. He most enjoys developing business support systems in both the public and private sectors. Prestigious companies that have utilized his talents include Northrup Grumman, Unisys, SAIC and Raytheon.

Doug is married, with one son. At home, he can be found making things in his wood shop, reading or rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Doug also enjoys family outings in the great outdoors. And he has become very accomplished at losing during friendly No Hold 'Em poker tournaments.

Alexei Frolov, Senior Consultant

Even as a child, Alec loved engineering and building things. Born in Russia and raised in Latvia, he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from Moscow State University of Civil Engineering with a straight-As record. In 2000 Alec arrived in the U.S. well grounded in a wide range of reliable and successful engineering knowledge, from structures of nuclear power plants to math models used in CAD systems. He enjoys algorithmic challenges, and has solved plenty of them during his career with big companies like Pitney Bowes and Perot System Government Services as well as smaller, but equally ambitious, businesses such as EntropyZero.

Alec also looks for challenge and competition outside of work. He participates in various flavors of HAM radio-sport and competitive high-speed telegraphy. And when he's done exercising his brain, Alec works out his body. His active pursuits include marathoning, cross-country skiing, pentathlon, street-fighter biking, swimming and accuracy small bore rifle competition.