"When I look around I find that I was very blessed to be exposed to technology at a young age (my mom was a programmer). I want ALL kids to have the same opportunity I did -- to be exposed to programming & engineering at a young age, and to be able to study and practice those skills all through their early education." -Ryan
Ryan Henning is a Software Engineer turned Data Scientist. Ryan worked in industry on a large C++ data acquisition framework as a Software Engineer before returning to academia. In graduate school, Ryan researched deep neural networks for image processing and classification, specifically using neural networks to detect a symptom of pediatric cancer. Ryan and his colleagues at Baylor deployed this research in two mobile apps that are saving lives around the world.
Joyce’s earliest passion is the "M" in STEM, that is, mathematics. Joyce obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wyoming. Joyce is also a programmer and a data scientist; she has worked both in academia and industry modeling patterns through Bayesian frameworks and machine learning algorithms.
Throughout her life, educators in the STEM fields gave her the opportunities to rise into a path of freedom to develop her skills and grow in many areas. Her story gives her extreme motivation to provide the same (and better) opportunities to young and adult minds.
As a kid growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, Paul was often disappointed to discover that a lot of the toy products he saw on TV were only sold in the "lower 48s", so he learned to make his own versions of them out of his mom's arts and craft supplies. Thus began his lifelong love for making things that he wished existed.
Paul earned a BA in Communication & Media Studies from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.
Cindy is a native Texan with a well-rounded skillset in both software and business. She received an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, but upon graduation during the dot com bubble decided she wanted to become a programmer. With an O’Reilly book and a lot of tenacity Cindy worked her way into a lead software engineering role for NASA’s International Space Station.
Cindy moved on to work with several small startups then to IBM where she spent most of her career. This is where she built her business acumen and completed her executive MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. While at IBM she was recognized as a Top Talent both in her technical and business roles, and got to work directly with great visionaries like Tim O’Reilly and Grady Booch. This inspired Cindy to apply her experience and tenacity to endeavors that will make the world a better place.
Travis has a long history in open-source and entrepreneurship. Travis started the SciPy project as a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic and then went on to write NumPy as a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BYU. He left academia in 2007 to focus on entrepreneurship becoming President of Enthought until 2012 and then founding NumFOCUS in 2011 and Continuum Analytics in 2012. As CEO of Continuum Analytics, Travis led the company through its initial angel $2.25m fund raise, and into its $24million Series A which led to the company being renamed to Anaconda.
Travis started the Numba and Conda projects and helped organize and lead the Bokeh and Dask projects while also over-seeing services, training, and early development of the Anaconda package repository. In 2018, Travis left full-time employment by Anaconda to establish Quansight whose mission is to build and connect companies and open-source communities. Travis is thrilled to be advising AutoAuto.