Founder & Chief ScientistZoran Popović is a Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, as well as founder of Enlearn. Trained as a computer scientist, his research focuses on creating engaging environments for learning and scientific discovery. He is one of the leaders in the field of large-scale citizen science. His laboratory created Foldit, a biochemistry game that produced four Nature publications, and showed for the first time that novices can be developed into world-class experts in a science domain through game-based scientific discovery. His laboratory has produced award-winning math learning games played by over five million learners worldwide. He is currently focusing on engaging methods that can rapidly develop mastery and expertise in arbitrary domains with particular focus on scientific breakthroughs and revolutionizing K-12 math education. Zoran is known for conducting large-scale educational campaigns including Algebra Challenges conducted in Washington, Minnesota, and Norway with almost 100,000 students. To maximize the impact of his research, he founded Enlearn to develop the first platform that adapts all aspects of the learning ecosystem by specializing to each curriculum, student, classroom and teacher in realtime, towards maximizing learning outcomes. His contributions to the field of interactive computer experiences have been recognized by a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award.
Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining Enlearn, John was co-founder and CEO of TeachFirst, a subscription-based multi-media teacher professional development company that became part of Editure Professional Development in 2009. Prior to TeachFirst, John held executive positions in Marketing and Product Management at several early stage companies in the wireless and streaming media spaces. John earned a B.A. at Brown University and an MBA at the University of Washington.
Chief Product Officer
Pittsburgh born and raised, Scott started his career planning to change the world through a life in public service. He attended the George Washington University where he earned several degrees relating to this goal. After working in the DC political machinery for many years including a stint at the White House, Scott decided to redirect his energy into revolutionizing STEM education in the United States. Prior to joining Enlearn, he has been a leader at several strong contributors in this space, including Carnegie Learning and Think Through Math.
Director of Research
Yun-En is excited to work at Enlearn to apply or create new techniques for generating and planning adaptive educational material for students. In his free time, Yun-En spends much of his time on an assortment of hobbies, including playing violin in bands, cooking, weightlifting, and aerial silks…and it has to be said, baking the most delicious and beautiful birthday cakes for each of us here at Enlearn. HUGE perk for the rest of us. For a list of Yun-En’s research publications, click here.
Director of HR & Finance
Jennifer has worked in nonprofit management for national and regional organizations doing strategic planning and board development, fundraising, finance, media and public relations, human resources, and social media/community engagement. She has been an executive director, lawyer, teacher and technical writer, PTA president, and campaign manager. She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, and SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.
Cullen came to Enlearn as a front-end developer after graduating from the University of Washington with Bachelor degrees in Computer Software Engineering and Statistics. While studying at UW, he worked with Professor and Enlearn Founder, Zoran Popovic at the Center for Game Science as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. There he helped develop Creature Capture, a flash game designed to teach kids about fractions. He also worked closely with the Fold-It and Refraction teams during his employment at the Center for Game Science.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Melissa made her way west to pursue her MS in Writing as well as a graduate certificate in sustainability at Portland State University, where she did extensive research on how the book publishing industry could become more sustainable. Her research resulted in a book titled, “Rethinking Paper & Ink” which is still used by publishers like Macmillan as an internal resource. Melissa ran her own freelance publishing, editing, and writing company for years after grad school, specializing in the sustainability industry. Most recently, Melissa was Director of Program Operations at an e-learning company where she was in charge of figuring out the best ways to create amazing learning experiences for Fortune 500 companies. She loves working in fast-paced environments where people are trying to solve difficult and important questions. In her free time, Melissa is usually running somewhere on a trail, playing guitar, doing yoga, gardening, reading about sustainability and biomimicry, or going on adventures with her husband and dog. Not necessarily in that order.
Alex is a Seattle native who graduated from the University of Washington, Bothell with a degree in Computer and Software Systems. His first job out of college was working for RealNetworks on a DVD player that would copy the owner’s movies to an internal hard drive. The product was declared a “Bad Idea” by a court in California and was never released to the public. Next he matched gems for four years at PopCap games and met lots of great people, some of whom now work at Enlearn. Alex spends much of his time questioning whether he should have hired someone else to work on his house instead of doing it himself. Lately his wife has been able to convince him that his time is valuable and that it’s really nice to have a project takes weeks instead of months. He also enjoys growing vegetables in his garden and fermenting liquids in his basement. Alex greatly enjoys eating cookies, especially chocolate chip. Some of the better ones to be found in the city are at Delancey pizza, Macrina bakery, and Slab sandwiches. To compensate for his love of cookies he plays water polo with the Seattle Otters, indoor soccer with old PopCap colleagues, and practices yoga with his wife.
Brian graduated from Linfield College in Oregon with a BS in computer science and a double minor in mathematics and music. He quickly landed a job with The Resource Group, where he spent five years as a consultant, creating customer integrations for business and accounting systems. Brian recently came to Enlearn, because he was drawn to the Enlearn mission statement. “I jumped on the job, because the goal of the work–the knowledge that we are all working to improve the education process for children–is huge and positive. In addition to the mission, the interesting problems we get to work on, our weekly kata, and the pair programming we do means that I am learning something new every week, if not every day.” Brian is a huge sports fan, follows the Seattle Sounders enthusiastically, and can be found at both home and away games in the Emerald City Supporters section cheering and singing in support of the team. Though Brian’s viola and violin from his college days in a chamber group are stored somewhere at his parents’ house, Brian still likes to play guitar casually, collect punk rock records, and go out to hear live music.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Eric has pursued a research career at the intersection of formal methods, human-computer interaction, and education. After completing a Ph.D. dissertation on formally modeling problem solving strategies for use in educational technology, Eric is excited to apply those skills towards developing new approaches for using computers to enhance education. In his spare time, Eric develops experimental video games as a co-owner of an independent development studio. More information about Eric’s projects and past research publications can be found here.
Research Software Engineer
Tony has more than 20 years experience in R & D (his kids’ initials are even R & D) in everything from supercomputing chip design at Tera/Cray computer to software research and development at Pacific Northwest National Lab. Tony has received Bachelor’s Degrees from Whitman College and the California Institute of Technology as well as two master’s degrees from the University of Washington in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Tony’s interest in education started with his parents who both stressed the importance of a good education to his entire (large) family. It continued when he started tutoring in a kindergarten classroom as a young adult and was cemented when he started teaching at the community college level and coaching his kids in basketball and baseball over the last few years. With an interest in the brain-mind connection since high school, a passion for data visualization, and several degrees in technology, education technology seems like the perfect fit.
Isaac completed his BS and MEng in computer science at Cornell University before moving to Manhattan to work as a backend software engineer. While he greatly enjoyed NYC, Isaac eventually began looking for more laid-back cities with easier access to nature and finally set his sights on Seattle. Education has always been a strong Stein family value, so Isaac found a good fit with Enlearn and their mission. It’s also a fun place to work with a lot of opportunities to jump on interesting problems and new technologies. In his free time, Isaac enjoys hiking, weightlifting, board games, spending time with his dog, and a huge number of computer projects.