Galvanize is the recognized leader in technology education with a focus in software development, data science and data engineering. We have world-renowned team of experienced, full-time instructional faculty.

Jean-Francois (Jeff) Omhover

Principal Instructor, Sr. Data Scientist

Jeff has more than a decade of experience researching, teaching and consulting at a top tier French engineering school, Arts et Metiers ParisTech. His research was at the intersection of product design and machine learning, and he has supervised multiple PhDs in the field of computational design. He has also managed several large-scale scientific projects involving both academic, economic and institutional partners, engaging multiple disciplines such as product design, user experience, marketing, cognitive psychology, sociology, and mechanical engineering.

Nir Kaldero

Director of Data Science

Nir Kaldero is the Head of Data Science and the Director of the GalvanizeU Master’s of Science in Data Science program, a partnership between Galvanize and the University of New Haven. Kaldero also serves as a faculty member in the MSDS program. A tireless advocate for transforming education and reshaping the field of data science, Kaldero’s vision and mission is to make an impact on a wide variety of communities through science and technology.

Andreas Kavountzis

Principal Enterprise Instructor

Andreas is a mathematician turned programmer who is focused on data transformation at scale and building performant dashboards and reporting. His background includes substantial work with both relational and non-relational databases.

Andreas currently leads development of the curriculum at Galvanize, which is used for highly critical training of technical teams at Fortune 100 organizations across the world. He has a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.

Thomas Fowler

Lead Enterprise Instructor

Thomas has been working in software development for nearly 20 years. Over the course of his professional career, he has built a holistically-based focus on the problems and requirements of the project at hand. In other words, regardless of the technology, language(s) or platform(s) used, the solution should perform reliably, be easily maintained, meet the requirements of the business and be something which empowers the user rather than debilitating them.

Jeff Dean

Lead Curriculum Developer

Jeff has over a decade of technical experience as a developer, engineer, and now instructor. He has led teams and is currently a lead curriculum developer at Galvanize, enabling enterprise teams from Fortune 100 companies to learn and grow their technical skills.

Joe Peterson

Lead Enterprise Instructor

Joe has a passion for technology and more than 20 years of experience in software architecture and development, creative problem solving, technical leadership, team management, teaching/mentoring, and customer-facing technical pre-sales. He has expertise in Android app development, Linux, open source, databases, 3D computer graphics, Internet/networking technology, data visualization, aviation, and space mission ground systems.

Chyld Medford

Lead Enterprise Instructor

Chyld is a senior software engineer who has designed numerous business-critical software applications for a variety of modern industries. Chyld's development experience spans work in finance, medicine, education, energy, and defense industries for companies including Lockheed Martin, Atmel, Boeing, NASA, LexisNexis and Bloomberg.

Nathan Zukoff

Associate Instructor

Nathan is an Associate Instructor and has spent years focused on data science work both at CrowdFlower and Mixpanel. CrowdFlower was focused on data enrichment and Mixpanel on data analytics. His expertise is focused in the areas of software development, agile product development, and process design.

Jay Batavia

Associate Instructor

Jay is an Associate Instructor and Full Stack Developer. He speaks English, French, Gujarati and Hindi. He has a BA in Computer Science from Colorado College. He is passionate about technology and believes in technical education for everyone.

Mattias Ljung

Associate Instructor

Mattias is an Associate Instructor and Full Stack Web Developer that specializes in XP processes and test driven development. He has direct recent experience in Agile transformations and modern web technologies. He loves helping organizations and individuals thrive through implementing modern development practices that benefit all parties involved.

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