Kasthuri Gopalaratnam, Founder and Chief Educational Officer

Kasthuri has a diverse background that includes hands-on product development and information technology management in India and USA. Throughout his career, Kasthuri has demonstrated strong leadership skills in managing projects, processes and people and proficiency for leveraging technology to solve business problems. He had been teaching math to K-12 students for a few years before deciding to transition completely to the Education field, which led him to a Master’s Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He successfully launched the first centers of ALOHA Mind Math in Massachusetts, an international math enrichment program that develops mental arithmetic capabilities in young children using visual, aural and kinesthetic techniques.

Kasthuri is passionate about educating young children and mentoring professionals to help them realize their true potential. His experience in teaching young children and the gaps he perceived between their education and the skills demanded by modern professions led him to develop MatScience21, a blended after-school enrichment program in math and science for middle school students that will enable them develop 21st century skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

Kasthuri’s educational background includes an ED.M degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on Technology, Innovation and Education, an MBA degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a double major in Information Systems and Operations Management and a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University.

Dr. Govindarajan, Advisor to MatScience21

Dr. Govindarajan is currently teaching at the Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI) in Tamilnadu, India. Prior to this, he taught and performed research at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), Chennai.

He received his Master’s Degree in Physics from Madras Christian College and his Ph.D in Theoretical physics from Madras University, India. After a stint as Research Associate at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur he joined as a faculty at Loyola college, Chennai. During this period he was a visiting Scientist at Texas University, Austin and Syracuse University, NY.

Dr. Govindarajan has visited as invited Professor to several institutions in Brazil, Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Spain and was a Senior Research Associate at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, in Trieste, Italy.

He has authored more than 80 publications in Theoretical physics and Mathematics. His interests are in algebraic quantum theory, quantum field theory, high energy physics, string theory, noncommutative geometry, topological and differential geometric applications in physics, knot theory and blackhole physics.

In addition to his various teaching positions, Dr. Govindarajan has served in the capacities of secretary and vice president of the Madras chapter of Indian Physics Association and Dean in the Homi Bhabha National Institute at IMSc, and has been in the advisory group for Theoretical Physics of S N BOSE Center, Kolkata, India. He is currently an editor of the journal `Physics Education' of Indian Association for Physics Teachers.

Dr. Govindarajan is a founding member of the Tamilnadu Science Forum (TNSF) which is focused on popularizing basic sciences among school and college students as well as among the common people. He is devoted to inculcating a passion for math and science in young minds.