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Where strategy, feasibility, and research meet technology.

KRNLS is a boutique firm that focuses on research, implementation, and the design of advanced technologies for community relevant placemaking and economic development. Organizations such as NASA, DARPA, Hyperloop Transportation Technology, and Radius Indiana have all chosen KRNLS for research, project management, and strategic development. Other government agencies such as the US Department of Defense, the borough of Wilkinsburg, and the City of Pittsburgh have also engaged KRNLS for large scale planning, implementation, and smart cities projects.



Co-founded by Olga Pogoda and Scot MacTaggart in 2017, KRNLS is located in Pittsburgh, PA and operates worldwide.


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principal & co-founder


A believer in community-centric development, Olga leads each study and research project while also studying ethical tech development. Olga serves as an EIR at Carnegie Mellon University and has a deep love for all tea.



scot mactaggart

An evangelist for the big, meaningful visions that innovation and entrepreneurship make possible, Scot has a track record of management and consulting, and helped to lay the groundwork for KRNLS.

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director of design strategy

Natalie Stewart

With deep experience in urban sustainability and innovation, Natalie crafts compelling brands and experiences. Natalie is an experienced information architect, a dumpling devotee, and a perpetual traveler, having started her career in the Middle East.


creative lead

alyssa andress

An avid follower of art and product design, Alyssa produces all video, photography, and graphics for KRNLS. Alyssa is the co-host of a podcast focused on sustainable fashion and is also a big fan of Harry Potter.

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bids & proposals specialist

emily toal

At the intersection of agtech and food justice, Emily manages project scopes and deadlines. Emily is interested in designing sustainable, regional food systems and loves experimenting with produce in her own kitchen. 



Stella Wang

Stella is interested in marketing analytics to analyze data, develop marketing campaigns, and branding. Also, she enjoys makeup, traveling, and doing yoga.



Sally Hsu

Passionate about brand marketing, Sally loves to create creative marketing strategies and is interested in psychology marketing. Sally also enjoys watching movies, traveling, and going to Disneyland.