Farshid Bagheri — Research Consultant
Farshid Bagheri Saravi has earned an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in telecommunications. He is currently a research consultant in CS-IT Hub. He has published extensively in refereed journals and conferences. His current research interests include Wireless Communications (WSN, WBAN, IoT), Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, Metaheuristic Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Cloud Computing. He is certified in MCP, MCTS, MCSA of Microsoft and CCNA routing and switching of Cisco.
Ryan Kinser — STEM Education Consultant
Ryan Kinser holds a bachelor of arts in English/cultural studies from George Mason University and a master’s in secondary education from Grand Canyon University. A “teacherpreneur,” Kinser prides himself on his rich network of professionals who are actively engaged in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in schools. Kinser teaches AP Computer Science Principles, Introduction to Computer Science, and co-teaches Global Leadership. His teaching experience includes being nominated as Hillsborough County’s Teacher of the Year and working with Florida Virtual School. Kinser is a MIT Master Trainer, Google Certified Educator, and a Teacher Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Neirda Lafontant — STEM Education Consultant
Neirda is the founder and S.T.E.A.M. Ambassador for FUNducation, LLC. After earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, Neirda worked with Engineering companies and took part in community outreach programs to encourage today’s children to become tomorrow’s Engineers. Her experiences led her to discover a passion for encouraging kids to get into Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics, also known as S.T.E.A.M. fields. Realizing that kids often saw those fields as taboo, she wanted to find a way to help them enjoy learning without fear of the subject matter. As she worked toward a Masters in Business, the solution came to her while watching her niece and nephew play – we can teach kids in the moment when they feel the most fearless, open, engaged, and excited: playtime. So she started FUNducation, LLC to tap that potential to help kids engage and learn in S.T.E.A.M. fields.