SKIES was founded in an effort to realize a vision that human knowledge, prosperity, and equality could be most critically advanced by developing innovative learning systems using tools and technology that have emerged only in recent years.

Julius Su

Julius co-founded SKIES because throughout his life, he has used computers to learn key concepts quickly, and he would like to use his experience and expertise to make life easier for students and teachers everywhere. In his free time, Julius likes to cook, read, eat, and sleep.

He holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Physics from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech.

Victor Kam

Prior to co-founding SKIES, Victor worked as a quantitative analyst on Wall Street. However his true passion has been in education; as a TA in graduate school, he noticed ways in which students can benefit from simple applications of existing technologies, and imagined how knowledge can be structured to further advance human knowledge. In his spare time, Victor enjoys playing the piano and getting together with friends for some chamber music “jam sessions”.

He earned his B.A. in Physics from Cornell and Ph.D in Chemistry from Caltech.

James Maloney

James has had over ten years of experience creating and leading K-12 outreach programs at Caltech, e.g. Community Science Academy, Caltech Classroom Connection, and Summer Research Connection. At SKIES, James works with teachers and students to build a community and to develop content and practices that take full advantage of new educational technologies. He has always been passionate about teaching and sharing his love for math and science. In his free time, he likes to compost, cook, and play guitar with his two year old son.

He holds a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Florida, and a M.S. in Physics from Caltech.

Faria Chowdhury

Faria worked eight years at Caltech's Seismology Lab to create web interfaces to enable scientists to manage and visualize seismic metadata taken from various regional seismic networks across the U.S. At SKIES, she is bringing her web development and database expertise to help develop the next generation of visualization, collaboration, and learning analytics tools.

She holds a B.S. degree from Caltech, and an M.S. from University of Southern California.

Jessica Su

Jessica was a technical intern at SKIES. She enjoys educating people and has extensive experience tutoring people for the SAT and SAT II. In her free time, Jessica likes to blog, play laser tag, and participate in programming contests.

She earned her B.S. in Computer Science at Caltech and is now pursuing a computer science Ph.D. at Stanford.