people

Ramya Narayanan

Ramya Narayanan

Founder & Director

Ramya is excited about STEM learning, having grown up with a high school math teacher for a mum and an engineer for a dad. A strong base in math and science was inculcated from a young age and she went to on graduate in Chemistry at University.

Later, as a recruiter in the workplace, focussing on hiring computer programmers and engineers, she noticed something over the years. The people who did very well in the interviews and who then proceeded to have successful careers in the company had something in common- strong foundation in math, good critical thinking and problem solving skills and effective communication.

A desire to develop strong math skills in school students and change the current perception of math from boring to fun was the reason she started Lantern Academy.

Ramya has a Bachelors degree in Science, specialising in Chemistry from Bombay University and an MBA from the University of British Columbia

Narayanan Soundararajan

Narayanan Soundararajan

Co-Founder & Director

Narayanan is an Aerospace engineer from one of the world’s best engineering schools. He credits preparing for its very tough entrance test in giving him a solid understanding and strength in math, physics and chemistry.

Narayan, as he is usually called, has worked as an Investment Banker on Wall Street designing complex financial models for clients, again something he believes he was successful as because of his math abilities. He has also worked in different roles in private equity and technology across the world and now lives in Vancouver.

He is passionate about sharing his love for math with school students and when he is not busy working on curriculum ideas for the academy, he enjoys teaching courses in calculus and advanced physics to high school students.

Narayanan has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA from New York University.

Laurie Anderson, Ph.D

Laurie Anderson, Ph.D

Advisory Board

Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus, an Adjunct Professor in SFU’s Faculty of Education, and an Associate for SFU’s Centre for Dialogue. Laurie spent 30 years in the K-12 system as a teacher, principal, Director of Instruction, Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of Schools In Vancouver. Laurie has served as an education consultant for the Ministry of Education, and was a Director of the Canadian International Bureau of International Education for six years. Laurie has been a consultant to educational authorities in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong, and inspects international schools in the Middle East and Asia. Laurie obtained his BEd., MA and PhD at SFU.

Arvind Gupta, Ph.D

Arvind Gupta, Ph.D

Advisory Board

Arvind Gupta is a computer science professor at the University of British Columbia. He most recently served as president of UBC from 2014-2015. Previously, he was CEO and scientific director of Mitacs Canada, a national non-profit that develops research projects, led by graduate students, between universities and industry. Arvind is a passionate advocate of STEM education in Canada.

Dr. Gupta has sat on a number of boards, including the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Banff International Research Station, the Canadian Mining Innovation Council, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute, Mitacs Inc. and Mprime Network, and is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence. He is the editor of two book series on industrial mathematics and is author of more than 80 peer-reviewed publications

Arvind obtained his Master's degree and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.

Polly Allen

Polly Allen

Advisory Board

Polly Allen is the Director of Product Management for Research Analytics at Elsevier, a leading publisher of STEM academic content and journals. She has been developing software and leading software product development teams for 14 years. She has worked in a variety of industries and company sizes, from small startups to large companies like Amazon.com.

Polly is passionate about math and programming, and particularly encouraging young women to enter these fields. She has completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Victoria and MIT, and an MBA from the University of British Columbia