Meet Our Team

Yun-En Liu

Yun-En Liu

Executive Director

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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.
Eric Butler

Eric Butler

Architect, Sr. Software Engineer

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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.
Alex Badion

Alex Badion

Software Engineer

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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.

Tony Bladek

Tony Bladek

Research Software Engineer

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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.

Jennifer Biely

Jennifer Biely

Director of Finance & Human Resources

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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.

Zoran Popović

Zoran Popović

Founder & Chief Scientist

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Zoran 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.