Key Staff

Staff Dr Byron Chu

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.

Staff Dr Cathy Adams

Dr. Cathy Adams

Department of Secondary Education, Digital Technology and Computing Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Dr. Adams' research 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; and K-12 Computing Science curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Adams is a University of Alberta Vargo Teaching Chair, a board member of Mitacs Research Council (MRC), and is affiliated with the Faculty of Education’s Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS).

Staff Dr Ian Allison

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 JupyterHub service.

Staff Professor James Colliander

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.

Staff Maria Cutumisu

Maria Cutumisu

Callysto Research Assessment Team Lead

Dr. Cutumisu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education, at the University of Alberta in the area of Measurement, Evaluation, and Data Science. 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, feedback, and memory using online game-based assessments.

Staff Meagan Hampel

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

Callysto Ambassador for B.C.

Dr. Lamoureux is a Faculty Professor at the University of Calgary and the Callysto representative for the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). He has an active research program which addresses harmonic analysis, wave propagation and numerical methods, with applications in geoscience and seismic imaging. Dr. Lamoureux is keenly interested in the use of technology for teaching and research, and has developed courses in industrial mathematics and complex analysis using Jupyter notebooks.

Staff David Hay

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.

Staff Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk

Data Scientist

Laura 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 experienced in research, conference organization, and facilitating learning experiences for people who are in different stages of their careers.

Staff Dr Verena Roberts

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.

Staff Tina Leard

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. 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.


Bryce Haley

Data Science Intern

Bryce has a Bachelor of Science with majors in computing science and mathematics from Simon Fraser University (SFU). He got introduced to the Callysto project through SFU – he was hired to help a SFU math professor develop a Callysto notebook about fish traps. After the project, he was hired onto the Callysto team. As a data science intern, Bryce develops data science learning materials for students and teachers and leads training sessions.


Casey Knoll

Communications Specialist

Casey has a Bachelor of Communications Studies from the University of Calgary and a journalism diploma. As the Callysto’s communications specialist, she promotes Callysto’s work in helping teachers and students develop in-demand digital workforce skills. Prior to Callysto, she worked in communications roles in research, insurance, and the arts.