Miguel F. Aznar
The founder of KnowledgeContext, Mr. Aznar
has a rich and varied background in management consulting, technology, and
education. As Executive Director of KnowledgeContext, he...
- Developed concept, formed team, and created the
501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation KnowledgeContext.
- Recruited board of directors, expanded it, and handled
succession of board chairs.
- Developed and field-tested curriculum in coordination
with middle school teachers in Berkeley, San Jose, Sacramento, and Santa
- Developed website to deliver curriculum to teachers and
to provide organizational information (www.knowledgecontext.org).
- Managed on-going assessment and refinement of
- Radio interviews: KSCO
Mr. Logic, KUSP
for four 30-minute shows, and multiple visits to KUSP's
Talk of the Bay
- Raised funds from IBM, Microsoft, Williams
Communication, JPMorgan, and individual donors.
Technology Challenged: Understanding Our Creations & Choosing Our Future,
a book on understanding and evaluating nanotechnology.
Technology Challenged on the media and at conferences, gaining its
acceptance as a textbook at multiple colleges.
- Developed and teaches
UC Santa Cruz COSMOS
- Instructs teachers on using the ICE-9 curriculum at the
Krause Center for
Innovation at Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, California)
Mr. Aznar is the
Director of Education
for the Foresight Nanotech Institute and serves on the
Educational/Consulting Advisory Board of the
is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and is a member of Phi Beta
Kappa Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. A synopsis of
his professional experience prior to KnowledgeContext includes:
- Analyzed business processes and developed training programs for
- Developed a geographic information system to track solid waste for
the City of Los Angeles
- Analyzed and merged databases for the corporate merger of Bank of America and
Security Pacific Bank.
- Managed a team to reduce setup time in the manufacturing operations
of McCulloch Motors.
- Developed a standard costing model for Sugar Foods, a condiment
- Trained McDonnell Douglas personnel in the programming of management
and accounting reports.
- Trained BW/IP project managers in use of advanced project management
- Assessed capabilities of the Los Angeles Unified School Districtís
manufacturing kitchen, evaluating alternatives of outsourcing,
replacement, and upgrading.
- Evaluated profitability of internal media production department in
- Developed software solutions and user manuals, and coordinated
project plans for NASA, Amdahl, and Open Systems Development.
Mr. Aznar serves on the
Advisory Board of the Acceleration Studies Foundation and on the
Advisory Board of
the Nanoethics Group. He has also served on the Board of Directors for
Acacia, a non-profit social
organization, and was the chapter advisor, providing strong leadership and
guidance for students at the University of California at Berkeley. Each
Aznar leads the Sierra to the Sea
Bicycle Tour, which takes 140 cyclists from California's Gold Country
through the Wine Country and to San Francisco. He is an avid road cyclist and mountain biker
with an abiding love of nature, enjoys hiking, communal cooking with
friends and even finds time to write poetry.
Distinguished Engineer &
Director of Systems Engineering,
Mark Cathcart has been involved with
KnowledgeContext for almost 10-years, although not as much as heíd like. He
was first introduced to Miguel Aznar while giving a series of keynote
presentations at conferences around the world on the social/economic impact
of the Internet and related technologies in 1999. Since learning about
KnowledgeContext he has served as a board advisor and helped with funding to
get their book published. He remains concerned about the level of technology
literacy and the ongoing impact of technology, especially in the traditional
economies where he feels complacency is a major problem.
He is a Distinguished Engineer and Director of Systems Engineering at Dell,
responsible for the future strategy and design of server management and the
Dell management framework. Previously he was a Distinguished Engineer and
Member of Academy of Technology at IBM Corporation. He has been an open
source software proponent for some 25-years and has was at the forefront of
the open standards strategy at IBM for 10-years from 1992, and was a
technical representative for IBM during negotiations over
source adoption with the European Union.
He is an active triathlete, rapidly becoming assimilated into the triathlon
scene in Texas. He leads regular ďno-dropĒ Sunday rides for Jack and Adams
Bike shop. Previously he was Chairman of the UK's 5th Largest club,
Tri-Force; he has represented Great Britain three times; was voted a British
Triathlon Association Volunteer of the Year in 2003. Mark is also active in
his Austin community, participates in the neighborhood association and
writes an informal column
for the Austin Metroblog.
William Gray, Jr.
National Accounts Manager,
For over 25 years, Dr. Gray has worked with school administrators,
psychologists, and teachers across the nation. As the National Accounts
Manager for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, he is responsible for strategic test
initiatives, marketing, proposal development, implementation plans,
budgeting, and professional development. Dr. Gray has primary
responsibility for sales and marketing with high-level clients and key
accounts while supporting assessment evaluations, adoptions,
implementations, and data teams in schools across the country. Dr. Gray has
conducted over 3000 professional development seminars on assessment
techniques, score interpretation, national standards, data teams,
statistical analysis, and using test results to improve instruction.
Dr. Gray earned his Ph.D. from Northcentral University, holds a masterís
degree in clinical psychology from Loyola College and bachelor degrees in
both biology and psychology from the College of William and Mary in
Virginia. Dr. Gray is an executive board member and past president of the
California Educational Research Association (CERA) and is a member of the
American Psychological Association, National Council on Measurement
Education, American Educational Research Association, and the Washington
Educational Research Association.
Treasurer, Advisory Board
With over twenty years experience as an
engineer and manager in software and network systems product development,
testing and application, Charles Hanes brings considerable strengths to
KnowledgeContext. Some highlights of his successful professional career
- Senior software engineer for Open Systems Development, responsible
for custom contract software development.
- Co-founder and Vice-President of Advanced Technology for LANQuest,
where he developed a technical consulting and product testing
business, and created application and testing software, including a
major network product line.
- Senior Project Manager for Comdisco Systems, Inc., where he
co-invented the application traffic modeling technique in BONeS
PlanNet, which was patented by CSI, producing a competitive advantage
for the product line.
- Product Development Manager for Software Connections and Software
Development Engineer for Hewlett-Packard Co.
Mr. Hanes has a Masterís Degree in Electrical Engineering from the
University of Illinois, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Summa cum
Laude, from Oklahoma State University. He is a member of the Board of
Directors and is the Treasurer for the Park Row Association, a non-profit corporation which is responsible for a
236-unit condominium complex, and has served as the treasurer for the
Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County. He is also an avid reader and
still finds time to pursue such diverse interests as astronomy and
Addie Holsing was a full time, professional
teacher for nearly four decades. She serves on the Professional
Resource Network, and is a presenter for CalServe, a program of the
California Department of Education which coordinates service learning
programs in the state. Highlights of her prestigious career include:
- Development and copyright of a curriculum guide, ACORE, for which
she conducts teacher workshops throughout the state.
- Mentor teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District .
- Teacher Trainer for the California Literature Project.
- Presenter at numerous professional meetings, including the Common
Destiny Alliance in Washington, D.C. and the State Demonstration
- Building Bridges, a summer institute designed and run by Ms. Holsing,
whose objective is to connect students at risk of dropping out of
school with adult tutors and to provide motivating summer activities.
Her accomplishments with this program include a recent student
publication, A Young Personís Guide to Berkeley, as well as a video
by the same name.
- Presenter of multiple staff development programs, trainings,
workshop sessions, and conferences highly regarded by her professional
- Winner of the Mason McDuffy outstanding teacher award.
Most important and impressive of all her credentials is the continued
high praise Ms. Holsing receives from current and former students,
parents and educators. And, while her list of professional accomplishments would keep most
people fully occupied, Ms. Holsing found time to build her own home, along
with her husband and son. She loves the Theater of the Absurd, and often
shares this interest with her students, broadening their cultural
awareness and appreciation of the arts. Ms. Holsing also enjoys reading, especially about pedagogy, and backpacking with family and
Maximilian J. B. Hopkins
Maximilian J. B. Hopkins brings over ten
years experience as an attorney to KnowledgeContext and currently has his
own successful law practice in Northern California. His legal background
includes extensive work in superior and municipal court trials, civil
litigation, and jury trials.
A graduate of University of California at
Berkeley and the Golden Gate University School of Law, Mr. Hopkins also
has extensive experience with non-profit corporations, having generously
given of his time and talent over many years. He is the general counsel to
the Andrews-Reiter Research Program and is vice-president of the Western
Oaks Village Homeownerís Association, for which he handles all the
associationís legal work.
In addition, he has served as the president of
the Acacia Chapterís House Corporation, overseeing a budget in excess of
$100,000, managing the organizationís two properties and handling all
associated legal needs. Mr. Hopkins is a dedicated family man and the
father of four children. He enjoys travel, skiing, hiking, tennis and
Lawrence E. Liden
Coordinator - Technology in Education
University of California Extension,
Lawrence E. Liden
coordinates technology in education for the University of California
Extension, Santa Cruz. In this capacity, he develops course offerings,
schedules classes, identifies sites, selects and evaluates teachers, advises
students, and teaches classes. At the request of the UC office of the
President, he conducted a two-year study to determine the availability,
access and use of technology in selected K-12 schools, the technology skills
expected of students by the faculty of the University; and the use of
technology by typical University professors.
superintendent of the Institute of Computer Technology, a unique model
school system formed as a partnership between three school districts, the
State of California and many computer industries to provide technological
education to kindergarten thru adult students; to develop curriculum about
technology for use throughout the state; to test and develop innovative
instructional practices; and to foster a partnership between education and
interest in education has carried him from classroom science teacher to a
rich sequence of administrative positions supervising, coordinate, and
promoting both science and technology education.
Suresh K. Lodha
Professor of Computer Science
University of California
Suresh K. Lodha is a Professor of Computer Science at the
University of California, Santa
Cruz. His current research interests include
geospatial and data visualization, imaging and lidar sensors, and sensor
vision. He received an M. S. degree in Engineering-integrated
Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and an M.
A. degree in Mathematics from the University of California,
Berkeley. He obtained the Ph. D. degree in Computer Science from Rice
University, Houston, Texas. in 1992.
Suresh Lodha is a member of ACM and IEEE. He has contributed more than 80
research articles in journal papers and conferences. He won a
Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of California, Berkeley and
an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of California, Santa
Consultant, Education Assessment
Governing Board, Chair
Diane Means is an experienced education administrator specializing in the
development and implementation of school and district systems to support
standards, assessment, and accountability. She is adept at
translating student achievement data into easy-to-understand, useful
information, and committed to utilizing a variety of data to inform
instructional decision-making. Diane has a proven ability to
initiate and direct innovative and proactive accountability measures;
develop strategic plans for schools and districts, build and manage
relationships with key constituents; and produce reader-friendly
Previously, Diane was Director of
Assessment, Santa Clara Unified School District, where she managed the
district assessment/accountability system, including state and local
assessments. She successfully developed a districtwide system of
data collection and reporting. Diane pioneered use of web-based data
reporting and school planning tools, and participated in various school
reform efforts, including Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC),
Noyce Foundationís Every Child a Reader and Writer (ECRW), and Noyce
Foundationís Math Assessment Collaborative (MAC). She supervised an
assessment team of two staff members, plus a variety of support networks
directly related to efficient and effective assessment. She
worked closely with school administrators and school/district leadership
teams to review data, develop district and schoolwide plans (LEAP, SPSAs),
monitor program impact, and adjust instruction to meet specific student
needs. Diane was a member of Superintendentís Cabinet.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Secretary, Governing Board
||Trevor Oelschig is a
Vice President at Bessemer Venture Partners
and focuses on investing in consumer technologies,
software and media. Trevor works with Knewton, Smilebox and Zopa and worked
with Pure Networks (acquired by Cisco).
Prior to BVP, Trevor was with JPMorgan Partners and was closely involved
with Tidal Software (acquired by Cisco), Sierra Logic (acquired by Emulex),
Aristos Logic (acquired by Adaptec), Zilliant, and leading the seed
investment in Vyatta. He has also worked with Comcast Interactive Capital
and in the Asia Corporate Finance and Strategy practice of McKinsey &
Company. Trevor started his career in the San Francisco and Palo Alto
offices of Andersen Consulting incubating and advising early-stage consumer
Internet and enterprise software companies.
Trevor holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of
Pennsylvania, an MS in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford
University, and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from
University of California at Berkeley.
Independent Marketing Writer
Mike OíSullivan is an independent marketing writer who
has helped a variety of clients connect with their target audiences,
including organizations in the technology, publishing, and nonprofit arenas.
One marketing campaign he worked on was so successful
that ClickZ, a popular publication for Internet marketing
professionals, featured it as a case study. Heís also been published in
WordBiz Report, an award-winning newsletter that covers best practices
Mike has a
B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and lives in San Francisco.
When not crafting hard-hitting communications, you can probably catch him
jogging in his backyard: Golden Gate Park.
University of California
at Santa Cruz
Karl S. Pister is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of
California (UC) at Santa Cruz and former Vice President of Educational
Outreach for the University of California. He was Dean of the College
of Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley from 1980 to 1990
and Chancellor at UC Santa Cruz from 1991 to 1996.
Karl is Chair of the
governing board of the California Council on Sciences and Technology, a
member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the
Advancement of Science. He is an Honorary Fellow of the California
Academy of Sciences. Karl serves on the governing boards of the
Monterey Bay Aquarium Reasearch Institute as well as the Center for the
Future of Teaching and Learning. He is the founding chairman of the
Board on Engineering Education of the National Research Council.
Karl has been recognized with the Wason Medal for Research from the
American Concrete Institute, and the Vincent Bendix Award for Minorities in
Education and the Lamme Medal, both from the American Society for
Engineering Education. He has also been recognized with the Berkeley
Medal from UC Berkeley, the Presidential Medal from UC, and the Year 2000
Presidential Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Karl received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and
his Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of
Director of Educational Technology,
Santa Clara County
Office of Education
Robert Shemwell is the Director for Educational Technology at the Santa
Clara County Office of Education and Region
5 California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP). He has over 16
years of experience with instructional technology, curriculum development,
training and grant support in K12 education. Robert has been a middle
and high school teacher in Los Angeles County, a staff development
coordinator with San Francisco U.S.D and a District Technology Director in
Robert has a masterís degree in Curriculum
and Instruction. As a director with SCCOE's Educational Services, he
supports districts in state and federal funding, develops curriculum and
trains educators in effective technology integration strategies.
Acceleration Studies Foundation
John Smart is a developmental systems theorist who studies science
and technological culture with an emphasis on accelerating change,
computational autonomy and a topic known in futurist circles as the
technological singularity. He is president of the
Acceleration Studies Foundation (ASF) a nonprofit community that seeks to help
individuals better understand and manage continuous accelerating change.
John has a B.S. from UC Berkeley, has done graduate work in human
physiology and medicine at U.C. San Diego, and coursework in biological,
cognitive, computer and physical sciences at UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UCSD. He
is presently completing an M.S. in Future Studies at the University of
Houston, and writing his second book, Destiny of Species, on the topic of
John is director of ASF's annual conference, Accelerating
Change, where 350
science, technology, business and humanist speakers and attendees debate and
explicate the topic of accelerating change, from both universal and local
perspectives. John has run three businesses, his last for nine years as CEO
of Hyperlearning, a 50-employee educational services company, sold to The
Princeton Review in 1996.
Teacher in Residence,
Krause Center for Innovation
Los Altos Hills, California
Linda Ullah, M.A.,
M. Ed. is Teacher in Residence at Foothill College's
Krause Center for Innovation where
she writes curriculum for face to face and online courses, teaches, and
helps coordinate the Learning in New Media Classrooms) program. She also the
director of the Center's Earn While You Learn Technology/Project Based
Learning Institute for teachers. She has co-authored the curriculum for the
Institute and has authored several online courses including a Global
Project-based Learning online course. This course was her Instructional
Technology Masters Degree Project. Additionally, Linda writes evaluation
reports and grants to support the Center's programs as well . She is in the
process of becoming a Project-based Learning Curriculum Coach and Trainer
for the New Tech High Schools in North Carolina.
Linda has a M.Ed in Special Education from the University
of Cincinnati, a M. A. in Instructional Technology from San Jose State
University. She is the recipient of the Harold H. Hailer Award in
Instructional Technology and the SJSU Gold Award for the College of
Education. She received a BA in Social Studies with a minor in English from
Marietta College. She also studied art history in Bergamo, Italy through
Ohio University's University Abroad program.
Linda has served on several educational boards. She is the
former president of the Morgan Hill Unified School District's Board of
Trustees. She has served Teachers International Exchange Board, and the
IISME (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education Educational
Committee. She is currently serving the Charter School of Morgan Hill Board.
This is a project-based learning charter school.
Patrick Williams is an engineering manager at Google, where he is
responsible for various software initiatives delivering needed services to
small businesses and consumers. This includes all aspects of software
development - concept to deployment. In addition to the technical side of
Google, he is also a member of the Google Grants team, assisting in
recruiting goals and participating in mentoring programs.
Patrick previously was CEO of Nimbus Design, where he was
responsible for the operational aspect of creating web solutions and
defining new business directions. He established business
relationships and partnerships that aligned with the design and technology
focus of the company. Patrick was also President/Co-founder of Proteus
Development, Vice President of Engineering at Tanjian Technologies, and
Director of Advanced Product Development at ScanSoft Inc. (formerly Caere
Patrick has a B.S. with honors in Computer Engineering
from the University of California at Santa Cruz, with additional coursework
in electrical engineering, mathematics, and computer science from University
of Leeds in England.