Shishir Gundavaram to Direct Educational Technology at Ucompass

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Silicon Valley Based Expert Leads Teams Creating Next Generation Learning Platforms

Shishir Gundavaram

“Shishir literally wrote the book on design for the World Wide Web,” according to Ucompass CEO, Ed Mansouri. “He is the most brilliant technologist I have ever known.”

Shishir Gundavaram was named Chief Implementation Officer at the Florida-based education technology company, Ucompass. Gundavaram has over 20 years experience in various aspects of software development and is considered a foremost expert in backend architecture, distributed systems and mobile applications. He has created groundbreaking applications for major corporations, including The Kroger Co., General Motors and EMC Corporation.

“Shishir literally wrote the book on design for the World Wide Web,” according to Ucompass CEO, Ed Mansouri. “He is the most brilliant technologist I have ever known,” said Mansouri. “I have worked with people all over the world. We are thrilled that Shishir joined our team in this extremely important leadership capacity. When we first met several years ago via a conference call, I said ‘wait a minute your name is very familiar.’ I glanced down and saw his name on the book that I had used as a reference guide as I was building our company's technology platform and infrastructure,” added Mansouri.

Gundavaram wrote the book, “CGI Programming on the World Wide Web” in 1996 which was considered by many to be the definitive guide for developing websites.

“Shishir has served as a consultant and advisor to Ucompass while he has developed his entrepreneurial companies out in the valley. We finally convinced him to lead our technology groups here at Ucompass,” said Mansouri.

Gundavaram will lead three teams at the award-winning technology company. Development includes building a next generation learning management system powered by Octane, the patented technology from Ucompass. The company is also currently collaborating on a blended learning technology initiative with the Leon County School system. The Ucompass team is also developing and deploying WeatherSTEM. This innovative project involves integrating dynamic, grade-appropriate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum that is tied directly to weather stations deployed at individual schools.

Ucompass will showcase its new technologies and learning platforms at a national virtual and blended learning conference next month. The company's new WeatherSTEM initiative will be featured in a presentation
at FETC, the largest national education conference, in January 2014.

“We're fortunate to have a strong growth trajectory,” said Mansouri. “While we have been hiring and relocating employees to Tallahassee, and we are committed to building a strong team based in Florida, the opportunity to work with an entrepreneurial technologist like Shishir is incredible. He will lead our technology teams from San Francisco. He just has to get up a little earlier for our morning team calls,” joked Mansouri. “Shishir is a unique mix of professional skills and he is a competitor. In fact, he was a nationally ranked track athlete in India. We want our education system to be the best in the world, and Shishir is the perfect person to lead our education technology teams.”

Shishir Gundavaram lives in the San Francisco bay area with his wife and children. Away from the corporate world, he loves to teach and write, and he is the author of several books on Internet development and open source tools.

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