Chief Executive Officer
Frank Ganis serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Castle Point Learning Systems (CPLS) where he is responsible for establishing and implementing strategies for corporate success. Before being named CEO, he was the Chief Operating Officer focused on orchestrating efficient structures and processes that spanned business development, marketing, platform development, content authoring and customer service. Prior to serving as COO, he led CPLS’s business development efforts and directed the marketing launch of the Gradarius Calculus Learning Platform.
Ganis has held various leadership positions in developing, launching and growing a series of innovative eLearning, eCommerce and technology ventures for education, financial services, media and retail companies. Prior to his role at CPLS, Ganis served in executive positions at Blackboard Inc., eSylvan, Capital One and MCI/News Corp Internet Ventures. As a Partner at Educhieve Education Consulting based in Washington, DC, and before that the Gilfus Education Group, he focused on crafting leading-edge solutions for school districts, colleges, universities, corporate training companies, academic publishers and toy manufacturers to promote institutional efficiencies and improve student success. He has been involved with creating scores of intelligent programs, applications and websites for students, instructors, parents and education administrators. Ganis has also provided guidance to a range of investors in the education industry. He began his career as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs where he developed software for distributed database systems, multimedia ISDN applications for consumers and Viewtron, an interactive television venture funded by AT&T, Knight-Ridder and CBS.
Ganis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science Education in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School.
Dr. Alexei Miasnikov
Founder & President
Dr. Alexei Miasnikov is Director of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and a Distinguished Professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 2012, he was selected as an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society for his outstanding portfolio of research contributions to the Mathematical Sciences. He has served in several faculty positions including Head of the Laboratory of Applied Logic at Novosibirsk State University, Professor at Omsk University, Visiting Professor at McGill University and Full Professor and Doctoral faculty member at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Dr. Miasnikov received a Master of Science in Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University, a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Leningrad University and a Doctor of Science in Mathematics (Habilitation) from Novosibirsk State University.
Dr. Alex Myasnikov
Founder and VP of Research & Development
Alex Myasnikov is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the Stevens Institute of Technology. For over a decade, he has been combining his interests in Mathematics and software development. As a member of the New York Group Theory Cooperative, he held a senior position in the Magnus Software project. Myasnikov was a senior researcher in Umbanet, Inc.—a computer security company sponsored by the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
While at Stevens, Myasnikov began to develop an interest in the ways computers can be used to improve student learning experiences and learning effectiveness. Focusing primarily on the design and development of personalized intelligent tutoring systems in Mathematics, particularly Calculus, his other research interests include statistical pattern recognition, machine learning, statistical group theory and symbolic computations.
Dr. Myasnikov earned a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Kurgan State University, Russia and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the City University of New York (CUNY).
Dr. Myasnikov is a founder and board member of Castle Point Learning Systems, and a recipient of the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame Award for Advancement of Innovation and Process.
Manager of Content Development
Andrew Stump is the Manager of Content Development for Gradarius, overseeing all aspects of problem creation, supporting materials like walkthrough tutorials, user manuals and in-platform content. He was drawn to science and mathematics education after seeing the difficulties of learning these subjects firsthand. Prior to his role at Gradarius, he was a Physics subject matter expert at Second Avenue Learning where he worked on Physics verification and quality assurance for K-12 educational games.
Stump earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics at Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Physics at the University of Rochester. At Rochester, he was chosen for a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship. He was awarded the Department of Physics and Astronomy's Best Graduate Student Teacher Award and was nominated for the university-wide Edward Peck Curtis Teaching Award. Stump’s particle physics research focused on more efficient computations in Z' physics and the processes that were active in the universe less than a microsecond after the Big Bang.
Dr. Dmitry Panteleev
Research and Development Engineer
Dmitry Panteleev is a Research and Development Engineer for Castle Point Learning Systems. Focused on expanding the core functionality of the Gradarius Stepwise Learning Platform, his work includes creating capabilities to support advanced Calculus concepts, and developing algorithms for solutions and verification of expressions. He also maintains the development infrastructure, including task management and system testing. Prior to his work at CPLS, he was a doctoral student at Stevens Institute of Technology and a teaching assistant for several Calculus courses.
Dr. Panteleev continues his work on researching Mathematical Solutions Processing which he began at the Stevens Institute of Technology while working on his Ph.D. His primary student research project was focused on the application of efficient modeling to complicated Mathematical hypotheses. This work required implementing several domain-specific algorithms in Algebra and parallel processing large amounts of data. Since his early years in Russia, he has studied advanced Mathematics and software engineering, receiving awards in city and country-level competitions. During his master-level computer science courses, he served as a software engineer intern for Yandex, the largest Russian web search engine.
Dr. Panteleev holds a Mathematics Specialist degree from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Director of Business Development
David Kyle is the Director of Business Development, leading the Sales Program and Pilot Support group while managing the interactions with early adopter and visionary institutions as they deploy and launch the Gradarius platform.
Kyle has worked in the technology field for over 20 years, beginning with his work at IBM during the formation of the IBM Internet division where he served as a product manager for news and information technology, as well as a liaison to IBM solutions groups and the publishing market. Additionally he served as Publisher Alliance Manager at Blackboard in its early years, working with academic publishers to integrate the emerging Learning Management System (LMS) into their product plans. Subsequently, Kyle has worked with leading publishers and publisher support organizations around the world to blend advances in digital content with learning software solutions.
Kyle has a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Culture from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz and a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University.
Castle Point Learning Systems, LLC (CPLS) is the developer of Gradarius™ — the world’s first Stepwise Calculus Learning Platform. Gradarius is an innovative online learning platform designed to help students master Calculus concepts for deeper understanding — offering immediate feedback, guiding problem solving, pointing out mistakes and providing hints during each step of the problem-solving process for every problem, any time of the day or night.
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