Project Pals is a web-based project creation environment for students in grades 4 through college. The application guides students through a process of discovery and deep learning. Students working in teams collaborate on projects in real time, using a methodical approach to problem solving that is focused on how to solve the problem.
Project Pals invented unique tools that connects project-based learning, social media and problem-solving into one experience

Mission

The primary objective of Project Pals is to inspire and train students to become lifelong learners with the capabilities to methodically approach problem solving situations

Vision

By bringing a cooperative, real-world problem solving environment into the classroom, Project Pals aims to instill students with the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the modern, collaborative workplace

Value

Project Pals’ methodical approach to problem solving, which consists of easy-to-use strategies that can be used by students across contexts and subject areas, helps students construct problem representations that lead to better student understanding and improved retention

Meet The Team

Miriam Bogler

Founder & CEO
I am an instructional technology professional. My vision for technology is built on the premise that understanding is the highest goal of learning. My professional experiences include: the establishment of a successful after-school technology program providing cutting-edge robotics, multimedia, animation and game design, the implementation of a technology curricula and school plan, and the creation of instructional materials for teachers to conceptualize, plan and execute projects using technology. I worked as a computer teacher and tech coordinator at several Southern California private and public schools. At present, I am the founder & CEO of Project Pals, a web-based project creation environment for students in grades 4 through college. The application guides students through a process of discovery and deep learning. Students working in teams collaborate on projects in real time, using a methodical approach to problem solving that is focused on how to solve the problem.

Josh Fester

CTO
Josh is a software engineer with over 12 years of experience. He has built and lead many technology teams for startups in every phase. He has a strong knowledge of entrepreneurship and core web technologies. He has experience with Ruby (Rails and Sinatra), Javascript (Node, Ember, Angular), PHP (Symfony, Wordpress), ASP.NET, devOps, and agile development practices.

Theodore Berger, USC

Biomedical Engineering Viterbi School of Engineering
Dr. Theodore W. Berger is the David Packard Professor of Engineering, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Neural Engineering at the University of Southern California. Dr. Berger received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine and The Salk Institute. Dr. Berger joined the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. Since 1992, he has been Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, and was appointed the David Packard Chair of Engineering in 2003. While at USC, Dr. Berger has received an NIMH Senior Scientist Award, was given the Lockheed Senior Research Award in 1997, and was elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 1998. Dr. Berger also received a Person of the Year “Impact Award” by the AARP in 2004 for his work on neural prostheses, was a National Academy of Sciences International Scientist Lecturer in 2003, and an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer in 2004-2005. Dr. Berger was elected a Senior Member of the IEEE in 2005, received a “Great Minds, Great Ideas” award from the EE Times in the same year, and in 2006 was given the USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship

Bhadresh Sutaria

Managing Partner at Mind Dynamics LLC
Bhadresh Sutaria is Managing Partner at Mind Dynamics LLC – providing technology, finance, and strategy consulting services and advisory support to startups and Private Equity investors. Bhadresh has solid Board experience and strong background in Finance, Operations, Strategy, and Business Development in Education, Technology, Logistics and Life Sciences. As CFO & Senior Vice President, Finance & Strategy for Pearson’s K-12 business Bhadresh was responsible for strategy, business performance management, planning and analysis, and M&A and Strategic Partnerships from Finance perspective. During his tenure as CFO, the business gained market share and delivered record revenues, profits, and margins while investing in research and future products. He has worked with Investment Banks for M&A and evaluated startups. He has hands-on experience dealing with investment decisions, development and business management for many Education Technology products and Education contracts with District, State, and Federal Agencies. Bhadresh has undergraduate degrees in Commerce and Law from Gujarat University in India, Graduate degrees in Accounting & Tax from University of Illinois and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University and CPA certification.

Margaret Shih, UCLA

Board of Visitors Term Chair Professor of Management and Senior Associate Dean Full time MBA and FEMBA
Margaret Shih is the Board of Visitors Term Chair Professor in Management and Organizations and Senior Associate Dean of FEMBA and Full Time MBA programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Her research focuses on the effects of diversity in organizations. In particular, she focuses on social identity and the psychological effects of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and stigma in organizations. Prior to joining the faculty at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, Professor Shih served on the faculty at the University of Michigan for 8 years, and also worked at the RAND Corporation. She serves on the executive committee for the International Society for Self and Identity and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. She was also an editor for the special issue of theJournal of Social Issues. She has received fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, Social Sciences and Humanities of Research Council of Canada, John Templeton Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Kevin Randolph

Deputy Director and Executive in Residence (EIR) LA Cleantech
Kevin has raised hundreds of millions in capital, created billions in economic value and thousands of jobs on a global scale. Kevin has been a c-level executive, advisor, mentor and coach to Industries including electronic banking, electronic brokerage, SaaS, social commerce, retail, broadcast television, interactive television, cable television, radio, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, airlines, advertising, higher education, technology transfer, medical devices, nuclear materials, nanotechnology, management information systems, decision support systems, competitive local exchange carriers, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, data mining, terrestrial navigation systems, computer-telephony integration, transgenic agriculture, commercial real estate, nuclear isotopes and solar power. His largest project was building a pan-Asia communications company, completing 20 acquisitions in 18 months and increasing enterprise value 500 fold in 24 months from $4,000,000 to $2,000,000,000. Most recently he has been a key advisor and executive director at Washington State University and Idaho State University. There he has identified over $200B in disruptive technology revenue with over $240M in government sponsored proposals in process.

Jim Winett

Executive in Residence (EIR) LA Cleantech
Mr. Winett is the Founder and Managing Director of the DPAA Group, a boutique-consulting firm focused on creating strategy and providing operational execution services. Jim also is an entrepreneur and takes management and equity positions in emerging companies and technologies. Jim is a hands-on operations and finance executive. As a business consultant and advisor, Mr. Winett has provided consulting services since 1987 to over 70 clients ranging from early-stage startups and turnarounds to large U.S. and overseas manufacturers, distributors, retailers and service corporations. Mr. Winett has particular strengths in strategic planning, organizational change, operational execution, restructurings, business development and finance. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Winett has founded and developed numerous successful companies in Internet Fulfillment, Consulting, Health, Fitness and Wellness, and Consumer Products industries. Mr. Winett received his MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992 and his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He is also a CPA (inactive status).

James Stanfield, Newcastle University, UK

Lecturer School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences Newcastle University, UK
Together with Professor James Tooley, James helped to set up the EG West Centre in 2002 which is dedicated to generating knowledge and understanding about how markets and self organising systems work in education and which institutions and regulatory frameworks best allow education to flourish. Together with assisting Professor Tooley in his research around the world, James’s PhD research focused on the growth of private schools for the poor in Kenya and how this development relates to the United Nations concept of the right to education. James has recently played a leading role in setting up SOLE Central and is now working with Professor Sugata Mitra, helping to develop SOLES, the School in the Cloud web platform and the concept of education as a spontaneous order