Steve Dean, ASA, P.E.

Managing Principal


B.S. Mechanical Engineering
– United States Naval Academy

– University of Pittsburgh

Entrepreneurial Management Program
– Carnegie Mellon University


  • American Society of Appraisers
  • Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania
  • Former Chief Engineer of Nuclear Submarine

Steve R. Dean, DAI’s Managing Principal, founded the company to provide financial, engineering, and management consulting services to the financial services, power, and energy industries. Mr. Dean has 25 years of business, finance, and management experience. Mr. Dean’s projects have involved the use of Monte Carlo simulation models to forecast energy prices, the valuation of industrial assets, and estimation of acquisition prices. He has advised institutional investors regarding investments in domestic and international power plants, energy facilities, transmission systems, and industrial projects.

In his present capacity as Managing Principal, he has managed the turnaround of several distressed assets, renegotiated power and fuel contracts, and implemented process efficiency improvements. Mr. Dean has provided consulting services for owners/developers, lenders, and investors in over 100 industrial projects. Over the past two decades, Mr. Dean has utilized state-of-the-art computer modeling techniques to evaluate investment uncertainty. This work has been used successfully by investors to make quantitative business decisions regarding the development of assets and the purchase and/or sale of bonds, equity investments, and company stock.

Paul Fischbeck, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor

Paul Fischbeck


B.S. Architecture
– University of Virginia, 1974

M.S. Operations Research
Naval Postgraduate School, 1981

Ph.D. Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
– Stanford University


  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Society for Risk Analysis
  • Commander, US Naval Reserve

Dr. Paul S. Fischbeck is a Professor in the departments of Engineering and Public Policy and Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. His general research involves normative and descriptive risk analysis. Past and current research includes the development of a risk index to prioritize inspections of offshore oil production platforms, an engineering and economic policy analysis of air pollution from international shipping, a large-scale probabilistic risk assessment of the space shuttle’s tile protection system, and a geographic information system (GIS) designed to evaluate the environmental risk, economic potential, and political factors of abandoned industrial sites.

In addition to advising DAI on risk analysis and modeling issues, he has also served as an expert witness in the evaluation of large power generation facilities. With DAI, he has presented papers, and led workshops at dozens of professional conferences on quantitative risk analysis methods and asset valuation.