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 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 served as the Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) when Callysto was launched. Colliander is an award winning teacher with a research program in partial differential equations. Colliander is the Founder of Crowdmark, an education technology company, and a cofounder of the International Interactive Computing Collaboration (2i2c).

Staff Maria Cutumisu

Dr. 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 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 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.