Key Staff


Dr. Byron Chu
Callysto Project Manager
Data Scientist, Cybera

Byron graduated from the University of Calgary with a PhD in Biochemistry. His studies focused on intrinsic properties of proteins, and today he applies the same scientific principles to data and network-enabled projects. As a burgeoning data scientist, Byron is interested in the intersection of data analysis and storytelling, and how numbers can inform on every level of society: from networks and the environment, to the health issues we could potentially face.

Dr. Cathy Adams
Department of Secondary Education, Computing Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Drawing on links between phenomenology, pedagogy, and philosophy of technology and media scholarship, Dr. Adams’ research program addresses digital technology integration across K-12 and post-secondary educational environments; ethical and pedagogical issues involving digital media in schools; Phenomenology, Actor-Network Theory, and related sociomaterial approaches to qualitative inquiry (e.g. interviewing objects); and K-12 Computing Science curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Adams is affiliated with the Faculty of Education’s Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS). She was recently appointed as a board member of Mitacs Research Council (MRC). She has served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, and more recently joined the editorial executive of the open access journal, Phenomenology and Practice.

Dr. Ian Allison
Systems and Network Manager, PIMS

Ian Allison has a Master in Science in Mathematics and Physics, and a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from the University of Glasgow. He has worked in High Performance Computing, as well as System and Network management for over 10 years and is responsible for creating and operating the syzygy.ca JupyterHub service.

Professor James Colliander
Director, PIMS

James Colliander is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia and serves as the Director of PIMS. Colliander is an award winning teacher with an active research program at the interface of partial differential equations, harmonic analysis and dynamical systems. Colliander is also the Founder and CEO of Crowdmark, an education technology company with investors including MaRS Innovation and the University of Toronto.

Maria Cutumisu
Callysto Research Assessment Team Lead

Dr. Maria Cutumisu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta, in the area of Measurement, Evaluation, and Data Science. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computing Science, Faculty of Science, University of Alberta. Her research draws on computing science and education and is funded by NSERC and SSHRC grants. She graduated with an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computing Science from the Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta and she trained as a postdoctoral scholar at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include computational thinking and serious games, as well as the application of psychophysiological techniques (e.g., eye-tracking and electrodermal activity measures) to understanding students’ learning processes and memory using online game-based assessments.Cut

Meagan Hampel
Communications Director, Cybera

An expert in technology communications, Meagan is well-experienced in translating complex topics into stories that can be understood by the general population. She spent four years as a science reporter in London, UK, covering research and industry breakthroughs. Meagan has led Cybera’s communications team since 2014, and has launched several new programs, events, and media platforms to increase awareness of the company’s many digital initiatives. She strongly believes in the power of innovation for social good, and is excited to continue promoting Cybera’s message to the world.

Professor Michael Lamoureux
Innovation Coordinator, PIMS

Michael Lamoureux is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Calgary who serves as the Innovation Coordinator of PIMS. Lamoureux has previously served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calgary. Lamoureux has an active research program at the interface of harmonic analysis, wave propagation, and numerical methods with applications to problems in geoscience. Courses in complex variables and industrial mathematics leveraging Jupyter have been developed and delivered by Lamoureux.

Lamoureux is also the lead author of an e-book on Jupyter and the platform’s usage in teaching and research.

David Hay 
Callysto Ambassador for Alberta

David has undergraduate degrees in science and education, and a master’s degree in education. He is currently working for Cybera on a one-year leave from Elk Island Public Schools where he has been a Grade 6 teacher, an educational technology consultant, and a high school physics teacher.

Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk
Data Science Intern

Laura Gutierrez Funderburk started working for the Callysto Project while still an undergraduate student at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She has developed Jupyter notebooks and Python programming language for students in Grades 9-12 (her favourite notebook contains a simulation of two players engaging in an unfair dice game.) She is very experienced in research, conference organization, and facilitating learning experiences for people who are in different stages of their careers. Her work at SFU has earned her a Terry Fox Gold Medal. “I like to share my enthusiasm for coding, and hope that the events we organize for students will inspire them down the road to become developers.”

Dr. Verena Roberts
Education Specialist

Dr. Verena Roberts is a K-12 educator, instructional designer and HEd instructor with a passion for open learning. Verena has designed multiple online/blended courses and developed a wide range of open networked learning projects with a focus on OER and open learning. Some of her open projects include the ABOER K-12 Multiplying K-12 OER project, the UNESCO Open Education for a Better World project on Storytelling and Perspectives, and the #GamifiED project.

Lisa Cao
Data Science Intern

Lisa is an undergraduate at Simon Fraser University, focusing much of her studies and career around behavioural neuroscience, bioinformatics, and open source software development. Alongside working at Callysto as a data science Intern, she also develops free bioinformatics courses for the scientific community under BiocSwirl and organizes hackathons and RLadies Vancouver. An advocate of open science and education, Lisa was drawn to the Callysto project as a means of science communication and accessibility for underprivileged and rural youth. In her free time she enjoys gongfu-style tea ceremonies

Tina Leard
Education Specialist 

Tina has undergraduate degrees in english and education and received the top graduate fellowship to pursue her master’s degree in educational technology at Concordia University. She has assisted teachers in Alberta and Quebec with integrating technology into their classrooms through workshops and online communities of practice. Her past research includes investigating methods for tracking user-computer interaction to examine self-regulated learning. Tina has also analyzed data to drive decisions and devise learning solutions while working as a human performance technologist at Air Canada and a knowledge coordinator at Bombardier Aerospace.


Alyaa Mohamed
Data Science Intern


Alyaa has a PhD in computational biology from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. She’s most interested in communicating data-driven solutions to people of diverse backgrounds, particularly in the biomedical field. She joined Callysto to learn how to introduce problem-solving skills to K-12 students. In her own words, “I hope I can contribute to fostering computational thinking among students to prepare them for the future ahead.” Alyaa is also working as a post-doctoral associate at the University of Calgary to find new therapies to help children with brain tumours. In her free time, she enjoys being with her two children.