"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.
During Joyce’s time in academia and industry she has also gained experience in STEM education by advising and teaching students ranging from 3rd grade to graduate level, and by developing curricula in a variety of STEM fields. Thus she is delighted to lead the Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence curriculum development in AutoAuto. 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.
Sabina Bharwani is the founder of Hello World, a computer science program that partners with K12 schools to build autonomous learners who approach and solve problems like engineers. Prior to this Sabina led Teach For America’s EdTech and Innovation Strategy teams, where she managed a large fund focused on the rigorous application of improvement sciences and was charged with stewarding bottom-up and top-down innovations through rapid cycles of learning and iteration.
Sabina has experience teaching 4th-6th grade at public schools, where she implemented the use of EdTech tools at the classroom level and coached teachers on pedagogical and curricular practices across all grades and subject areas. Sabina holds an M.P.P. from Harvard University, an M.S. in Education and Development from the Relay Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Rice University.
Alfred is a Junior at Anderson High who has been taking AP technology courses since his freshman year. Throughout his early childhood Alfred was exposed to leading-edge technology through dinner table conversations with his father who is a VP of Engineering for AI systems at GLG and a technology entrepreneur. Alfred began attending robotics camps in 5th grade and his passion for software development was realized in 6th grade when he discovered an online class for learning to code. Alfred’s obsession grew as he completed several online coding courses by the end of his 7th grade year. After exhausting that resource he turned to his father to help him work on more serious projects.
By freshman year Alfred was writing integration test scripts for his father's startup company WhatsMyWine. Because of the head start he got in learning to code, throughout his courses at Anderson he acted as an assistant teacher helping the students through particularly difficult problems. Currently Alfred is teaching private saxophone lessons to middle school students and developing a mobile video game in Unity. He’s happy to be working with the AutoAuto team as it is truly at the interaction of his interests: education, business and technology.
As a child, my curiosity and creativity led me to figure out how to code in visual basic. My first project - cycle through the colors of the rainbow. As an adult, I taught myself how to build websites because I was interested in combining the artistic visual elements with the problem solving skills when things weren't working. My other big passion - people! I've spent most of my career in leadership positions in technology and higher education, and sometimes a combination of the two, and enjoy helping others grow.
I volunteer with AutoAuto because I believe in their mission and am inspired by our next generation of engineers who are learning through their programs. Watching kids (and sometimes adults) figure out what they can do with the technology is always a fun and rewarding experience!