• Dr. John Seo

    Dr. John Seo was formerly the President & COO AIBrain, an artificial intelligence technologies development firm that was selected as one of the Global Top 20 AI companies by Datamation as well as one of the Top 5 Conversational AI companies by Neural Information Processing Systems (NIPS) Conversational Intelligence Challenge in 2016. Prior to joining AIBrain, he founded Yeonjoo Systems in 1989 and led the development team for X terminal emulation software, Xcute, for PCs, raster to vector image conversion program for engineering drawings and geographical maps, ENDRES, and document imaging system, MetaDesk. Metadesk was the first local software selected by IBM as one of their product lines. He also founded FrissNet in Silicon Valley to develop a computer network switching software. John received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and statistics from Seoul National University, master’s degree in computer engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and completed a Ph.D. from Seoul National University in computer graphics.

  • Dr. Stephen Omohundro

    Dr. Stephen Omohundro is an American computer scientist whose areas of research include Hamiltonian physics, dynamical systems, programming languages, machine learning, machine vision, and the social implications of artificial intelligence. His current work uses rational economics to develop safe and beneficial intelligent technologies for better collaborative modeling, understanding, innovation, and decision making. Omohundro earned degrees in physics and mathematics from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Omohundro started Self-Aware Systems in Palo Alto, California to research the technology and social implications of self-improving artificial intelligence. He is an advisor to the Machine Intelligence Research Institute on artificial intelligence.

  • Sam S. Woo

    Sam S. Woo, who is Senior Executive Director, joined ACE in 2007 while taking a Ph. D course at Rice University. Before joining ACE, he received a master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at Rice University. While pursuing his master’s degree, he extensively researched on nano computing and circuits, gaining insight into the intricate process of computer hardware configuration. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics & Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His strong fundamental knowledge of pure and advanced mathematics has helped many young clients by providing strong mentorship. Currently, he is also teaching top-tier students participating in GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) at Twin Creek School.

  • L. Nien

    Mr. L. Nien is a technology enthusiast and a seasoned veteran in the field of technology who is currently living and working in Silicon Valley, California. He has led many cutting-edge projects in network routing, data center switching and network security. He has strong technical design skills and have a knack for design and bringing new enterprise products to market. His industry interest lies in hardware design, software engineering and firmware development. A director of Computer Science education, he has been mentoring and guiding for many years to instill the engineering mindset in the young generations. He graduated with the First Class Honors in Electronics and Communications from the University of Bristol, UK. He also holds a MS in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky.

  • Maggie Karr

    Maggie received her Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and went on to pursue a Master's in English from Mills College where she graduated in 2014 with a 4.0 grade point average. While attending Mills College, she worked as a teacher's assistant and graduate student tutor in the Writing Center on campus. She has also held a number of other supplemental instruction and tutorial positions during her time at Berkeley, both on and off campus. She is adept at designing lessons that cater to a variety of different learning styles and is trained to help students at any stage of the reading and writing process, be it brainstorming, outlining, drafting, integrating quotations, citations, grammar, usage, sentence structure, mechanics, vocabulary, research, reading comprehension, literary analysis, close reading, study skills, or test preparation. She encourages her students to engage with the material by posing questions, forming educated opinions, thinking critically, and testing out their voices.

  • James Ahn

    James Ahn is a director at ACE Seoul Branch. After graduating from Alexander Hamilton Music High School in Los Angeles, California, he matriculated at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business-Economics in 2001. While pursuing his education, James completed the industry-renowned Junior Summer Internship program at Morgan Stanley, after which he secured an opportunity to refine his understanding of financial investment instruments at Sales & Trading division of Equity Capital Markets (ECM) at Cantor Fitzgerald & Co, a major global market maker specializing in institutional sales, portfolio trading, risk arbitrage sales and trading, and equity research. After graduating from UCLA, he joined Jones Lang LaSalle, the top asset disposition strategic consulting firm, before moving on to become Associate Consultant at Cushman & Wakefield. In 2004, after switching industries, he became the first teacher to teach the SAT at Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies, the most selective boarding school in Korea. While he was providing admissions strategic consulting services to more than 20 students in the school’s first graduating class, some of his clients became the school’s first-ever students to attend Harvard University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of California, Berkeley. He has guided some of the finest students from Thomas Jefferson School, Milton School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Busan Science Academy, Bergen Academies, Cranbrook School, Asheville Schools, the premier international school in Hong Kong (Hong Kong International School), the prestigious Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, HAFS, Daewon Foreign Language School, Seoul Foreign School, and other prestigious schools around the globe such as Upper Canada College and the world-renowned Geelong Grammar School in Australia, on their journey to attending top-tiered US schools.

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