Board of Directors

Aragon Burlingham – Founder and President has spent the past decade in Silicon Valley in executive management positions at a diverse range of companies taking products from concept to production. He has a multidisciplinary engineering background, touching on fluid mechanics, structures, controls, and mathematical modeling.Throughout his college education and career, Aragon has worked with local schools in a volunteer capacity focusing on Math and Science education. Aragon switched careers in early 2008 to focus on his life long passion to enhance the math and science learning experiences of children. After spending an invaluable six months volunteering in local schools, he decided to launch the We Teach Science Foundation to empower engineers and scientists to assist and work with math and science teachers and students. Aragon has a Master of Science in Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.

John Gnuse – Treasurer has worked as an investment banker for 18 years and is focused on companies in the Technology sector.  Since 1999, he has been a member of Lazard’s Technology Group in San Francisco and currently serves as a Managing Director.  Mr. Gnuse has advised on major M&A transactions in the Technology sector and has worked with private and public companies on capital raising.  Mr. Gnuse also serves on the Board of Trustees of Chanticleer, a professional male vocal ensemble.  Mr. Gnuse holds an BA from Yale College, an MPhil from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Nidhi Mitra – Secretary is a former mentor at We Teach Science and a Principal at Alpine Investors, where she leads investments in software, online and business services companies in the middle market. Prior to joining Alpine, she was an engagement manager at the Monitor Group (strategy consulting), where she served clients across a wide range of industries, including education, life sciences, technology and consumer. Mitra graduated from MIT with a BS in Math and a BS in Management Science (Operations Research).

David N. Low – Board Chair has worked as an investment banker since 1987, focusing on the life sciences sector and emerging growth companies.  Since 2002, he has been a member of Lazard’s Life Sciences Group as a Senior Advisor based in San Francisco.  Mr. Low has advised on major M&A transactions in the life sciences sector and has worked with private and public companies on capital raising.  Prior to joining Lazard, Mr. Low was a Managing Director at JP Morgan and also worked at Lehman Brothers. Mr. Low also serves on the Regional Advisory Board of the Institute of International Education West Coast Center and on the Board of Directors for Lets Be Frank Dogs. Mr. Low holds an AB from Harvard College, an MA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Yale University.

Stephen Sulzbacher, Ph.D. is an Emeritus Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He was a pioneer in developing telemedicine and distance learning technology for rural schools and clinics in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of educational software programs and was a founding director of the Edmark Corp. He has been a frequent consultant on neurological problems of children at the National Institutes of Health, and for the Office of Special Education & Rehab. Services of the US Department of Education. Currently, Dr. Sulzbacher teaches courses in Global Health policy and continues his clinical work on inherited metabolic diseases and brain development.

Gerald Luiz is a Distinguished Engineer at NVIDIA Corporation, specializing in GPU architecture for Visual and High Performance Computing. He has been a mentor at We Teach Science since 2010. Having learned of the program via NVIDIA’s corporate sponsorship, he remains an ardent supporter of engaging technology companies as a source of mentors actively using their STEM education. Gerald also serves on the Board of Directors of the NVIDIA Foundation, focusing on the Compute the Cure initiative to leverage computational solutions to cancer treatment and research. Prior to NVIDIA, he has had a variety of leadership roles at companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500. Gerald has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University and a M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Amar Mehta is a senior member of Google’s patent group with experience across all aspects of intellectual property, including portfolio development, patent acquisition and licensing, and patent litigation. He leads the team responsible for patent strategy and portfolio development for Android and Chrome OS.  As a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-trained engineer and former investment banker, Mehta brings a data-driven, business-minded approach to solving complex intellectual property issues. He has been recognized nationally by the American Bar Association for his negotiation skills and has transacted deals with an aggregate value of more than $20 billion over his career.