The AAT Project Mentors

With most success stories there is always someone behind the scenes providing support... For the teens of this platform, that will be the mentors. The participants of this platform will have the chance to be guided by educators, scientists, industry leaders, and innovators that are at the top of their fields. We are thrilled to be joined by a support network as strong as The AAT Academy.

Meet the mentors

Barrett Caldwell

Professor of Industrial Engineering, fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Purdue University Faculty Scholar, and Director of the NASA Indiana Space Grant Consortium.
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Bill Dorfman

Cosmetics Dentist. Renowned in his field as an energy-brimming inventor and brilliant entrepreneur who has brought award-winning innovations to the world of dentistry.
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David Eagleman

Neuroscientist and Director of both The Laboratory for Perception and Medicine and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at the Baylor College of Medicine. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at the Baylor College of Medicine.
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Geoff Schneider

Venture Capitalist, Advisory Board member for The AAT Project, Geoff has over 20 years of operating and investing experience with online media, marketing software and Internet service companies, and founded Cava Capital.
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Igal J. Feibush

For the past five years, Mr. Feibush has served ToughLOVE full-time, leading its development and its transition from a nonprofit to a private, for-profit company. For two years, healso sat on the Board of Directors of the nonprofit Toughlove organization.
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John Kyees

Mr. John Edward Kyees served as an Interim Chief Financial Officer of Destination XL Group, Inc. since January 31, 2014 until June 1, 2014. Mr. Kyees served as the Chief Investor Relations Officer at Urban Outfitters Inc., from 2009 to June 2010.
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Melissa Jun Rowley

Melissa Jun Rowley is an award-winning journalist, on-air host, and producer with a passion for all things tied to the convergence of technology and social innovation. She is currently the creator of "Magic Makers," a social impact series following a group of brilliant teens as they use STEAM.
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Desmond Choi

Desmond Choi is the Founder/ CEO of SparkGig and the founder of United International Entrepreneurs Group .He graduated from sociology at the University of Waterloo in 2014.
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Michel M. Maharbiz

Michel M. Maharbiz is an associate professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center.
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Robert Nathan

For over 20 years Robert has raised Debt, Equity and Mezzanine Financing for emerging market companies in the Technology and Healthcare sectors. These companies have sub $100,000,000 valutations and the offerings range in size from $1,000,000 to $10,000,000.
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Seth Bordenstein

Dr. Bordenstein is a biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences and in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He is an Associate Professor with broad interests in the role of microbes in animal evolution and health.
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Sheldon Goldstein

Sheldon Goldstein is a professor of mathematics, physics, and philosophy at Rutgers University. He studies the very foundations of quantum theory, probability theory, and statistical mechanics. A particular concern of his is the notion of increasing entropy and the arrow of time.
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Simone Bernstein

Simone is a 2010 L'Oreal Paris Woman of Worth, is on the 2013 Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur list, and is one of Glamour's Top 10 College Women. She is on the Board of Directors for Youth Service America and a State Farm Youth Advisory Board member.
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Vamsi Sistla

Currently, Vamsi serves as CTO for OfferBoard and Technical Advisor to early stage startups. He teaches Cloud Operation Technologies (Windows Azure, Rackspace, Heroku, Amazon and Salesforce) and Big Data at various local institutions.
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Vikram Kapila

Developed an externally funded research, education, mentoring, and outreach program with over 12.1 million dollars of funding.
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Rhys Marsh

Rhys is a special advisor to UNICEF Burundi on distributed energy and social entrepreneurship, an active angel investor in the field of sustainable energy and was nominated as Mentor of the Year for his role advising a concentrated solar power startup in the 2013 Cleantech Open.
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Arun Kumar

Founder and charter member of the National Academy of Inventor. Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences and Department of Biomedical Engineering.
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Upmanu Lall

Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University.
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Orlando Watson

CEO/Founder of Rock House Entertainment & The I'm A Survivor Cancer Foundation
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Shiva Abbaszadeh

Postdoctoral scholar in radiology of Stanford University, specialist in large area electronics, biomedical imaging, flexible electronics, optoelectronics, and process development with experience as teaching and research assistant in University of Waterloo.
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Don Coursey

Ameritech Professor of Public Policy at Chicago Harris and the College and served as dean of Chicago Harris from 1996 to 1998. He is an experimental economist whose research elicits reliable measures of preferences and monetary values for public goods.
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Cascade Sorte

A marine ecologist who studies the impacts of global change. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine.
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Kip Guy

The Chairman of the Department of Chemical Biology & Therapeutics at St Jude Children's Research Hosptial, and a Member (Professor) of the St. Jude Faculty.
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Neil Sankar

Physician in Life Sciences industry involved in the clinical development of innovative therapies in Oncology.
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Ferez S. Nallaseth, MS, PhD

Founding President, CEO, CSO: Life Sciences Institute of NJ - Draws on Drs. Sakharov & Oppenheimer, & Colleagues to meet challenges of current paradigms in Medicine & Socioeconomics; Member: CBSA; Visiting Prof.: Chamberlain Univ.; Coach, Analyst & Editor: Nexus of Squash w/ Neurosciences.
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Michael Bush

Senior Vice President at Ganeden Biotech, Inc. and directs all sales, marketing and strategic business development activities for the global provider of probiotic ingredients.
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Stephanie Richman

Social Psychologist who studies social rejection, the self-concept, and relationships. Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at Westminster College in Pennsylvania.
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Gareth Jones

Eduzine Global Limited Media Director; Eduzine Consulting Limited business director, consultant and mentor.
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John Quackenbush

Computational Biologist and Genome Scientist; professor of biostatistics and computational biology, professor of cancer biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the director of its Center for Cancer Computational Biology
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Ryan Gill

Ryan Gill is a translator of passion who's experience spans media, technology, and finance. As a serial entrepreneur, he has launched and/or managed operations for several brands in partnership with cultural influencers such as Monster Energy, and the Maloof Family.
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Timothy K. Giordano

Attorney and business advisor of youth, education and human right advocates. Leading legal, business and education operating executive. Bloomberg’s business innovator award Receiver
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Kevin Menture

Executive vice president and board member of a senior management executive in securities industry and the consumer luxury sector. Served as the COO of an early stage luxury services firm. He has extensive experience in event management for groups and organizations, having launched a successful events management company in 2000
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Stacey Ferreira

Stacey Ferreira was only 18 years old when she and her brother pitched an idea to create a website called to billionaire and entrepreneur Richard Branson. is a cloud-based bookmark vault and password website that allows users to log into all of their accounts at once.
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Omar Abudayyeh

Omar Abudayyeh is an MD/PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School and graduated in 2012 with a degree in mechanical engineering and biological engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Henry Ford II Scholar and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.
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Blake Marggraff

Blake sits firmly at the intersection of health, technology, and execution. In 2011, Blake received the Gordon E. Moore Award, the top price of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, for simulation of novel, inexpensive, and effective cancer treatment and low-tech eukaryotic cell death quantification.
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Mitchel Kay

Entertainment/IP Attorney at Furgang & Adwar, LLP; IT Sourcing Manager within Financial Services Industry; Creator/co-founder Project Manuary.
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Giadha DeCarcer

Giadha DeCarcer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Financial Group Inc., a cutting edge firm providing authoritative and actionable intelligence in the Cannabis industry.
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Christopher Pair

Christopher Pair is the President and CEO of Cynergy Partners Inc.; an Investment and Consulting firm based in Beverly Hills, Calif. With a focus on Consumer Products, Network Marketing, and International Expansion.
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