Prof. Jo Boaler
Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and founder of youcubed. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Sussex, England, a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools and a lecturer and researcher at King’s College, London. She is the editor of the Research Commentary Section of The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), and the author of seven books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? (2009) Penguin, US, and The Elephant in the Classroom (2010) Souvenir Press, UK. She is the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning for teachers and parents, a White House presenter and an advisor to the PISA team at the OECD.
Cathy Ann Williams
As a partner at YETi CGI, Ward Makielski plays a strong role in concept development and game design based on years of professional digital media experience. Ward has operated in many roles including Producer, Senior Game Designer, Artist, and Animator for 20+ software titles ranging from early Apple II graphic adventure games to the casual games market serving social media, web, and mobile platforms. From 1992-1996, Ward was a Game Designer for Sierra On-Line designing award-winning edutainment CD ROMs, and he was also an Artist/Animator on multiple titles. From 1996-1998, Ward filled many roles including Producer and Game Designer at Disney Interactive He is credited as the Overseas Animation Supervisor for the LEGO Bionicle computer-animated movie Mask of Light, which he worked on while living in Taiwan and working with Taipei-based CGCG. His client list includes Disney, Pixar, LEGO, EA, Mattel, Marvel, Cartoon Network, Universal, American Greetings, Mark Kistler, AOL, LeapFrog, Sierra On-Line (Vivendi-Universal), PAN Interactive, and MGA. Additionally, Ward was a faculty member and department chair at Ferris State University (Grand Rapids) in the Digital Animation and Game Design department. Ward is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a BFA in Industrial Design and an MBA from Ferris State University with a concentration in Innovation and Design Management. In 1996, he received a CODiE Award for his edutainment software design on The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain for Sierra On-Line.
Dr. Mohsen Hejrati
Mohsen has a passion for education, math, AI and life sciences. He spent a decade studying how to make machines more intelligent and believes artificial intelligence is one of the most important problems for mankind to solve. He believes that it is not an easy problem and we need millions of creative problem solvers working together to have a chance. Mohsen holds a PhD in Machine Learning from UC Irvine and BS in Mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology.
Dr. Mohammad Mahdian
Mohammad has a B.Sc. degree in computer engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, an M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from MIT. He is currently a senior staff research scientist at Google Research NY. Prior to Google, he has worked at Yahoo! Research and Microsoft Research.