The state of education across the world is in rapid transition. With the skyrocketing costs of higher education, budget crises of many universities, and millions of jobs remaining unfulfilled due to missing skill sets in the workforce, higher education is in turmoil, which creates an opportunity for innovative leaders to bring about transformational changes in the industry.
Despite the rapid explosion of technological advances and strides made through the digital revolution and the advent of the information age, the landscape of higher education has remained essentially unchanged. By collaborating with universities and talented professionals in the field of cognitive science, data, technology and education, UV Labs aims to help higher education institutions thrive by providing bold ideas, new technologies and innovative products that assist in setting standards for student outcomes. By ‘innovating from within’ and partnering with universities and employers, UV Labs aims to prepare a new generation of learners to identify clear and efficient pathways through education to meet their academic and professional goals.
Launched in November 2012, UV Labs is led by a team of innovators and thinkers who have proven track records in building products and technologies for a large-scale consumer base, and who have a deep passion for the future of higher education.
Dr. Satish Menon is the founder and CEO of UV Labs. Throughout his career, Satish has impacted the development of multiple technological innovations in the field of education and digital media. He has led the development of digital content management systems, distributed operating systems, learning management platforms, data-driven adaptive learning engine, mobile products for learning and tools for career planning for post-secondary learners.
Prior to founding UV Labs, Satish was the Chief Technology Officer for Apollo Group, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest private education providers. In that role, Satish was responsible for the design and development of all consumer-facing technology, as well as creating cloud-enabled education-as-a-service solutions for the company. He was also responsible for engineering the acquisition of the Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor Software and enhancing it to provide adaptive, individualized instruction for increased student success in math for the higher education segment.
Prior to his work at Apollo Group, Satish held roles as Chief Architect of Yahoo Media and Vice-President in the Consumer Platforms team at Yahoo, co-founder and CTO of Kasenna, director of SGI’s software technology group, research scientist at Georgia Tech’s National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Distributed Systems Group and as member of technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs.
Satish earned his Ph.D. in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Deeply passionate about higher education and the role technology can play in transforming it, Satish holds several patents (issued and pending) in the areas of personalized learning delivery, content management and video technologies.
Chairman of the Board
Ryan Craig is an entrepreneur and investor in the education industry. Prior to founding University Ventures, Ryan founded and built Wellspring, the largest and leading organization of treatment programs for overweight and obese children, adolescents and young adults, including boarding schools, summer camps and after-school programs. Ryan headed the Education & Training sector at Warburg Pincus from 2001 – 2004. Ryan has advised the U.S. Department of Education and served as VP Strategic Development for Fathom, the Columbia University online education company, from 1999 - 2001. Ryan began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He received bachelor's degrees in Literature and Economics summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, and his law degree from the Yale Law School.