Our Team

David Harden, Chief Executive Officer (founder)

Harden has in-depth experience in Web technologies, Internet marketing and networked learning. Before working as Director of Business Development for the educational technology group at Fourth Dimension Interactive, he founded a non-profit Web-based community devoted to science writing and academic science studies. Harden has published widely on the subjects of science and visual systems of communication. He has an MA from UCLA and a BA from Stanford University and taught at UCLA.

Gary Himes, CFO/VP, Corporate Development

Himes has extensive experience in raising capital and M&A transactions in the technology and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Coursemetric, Himes was Vice President of the merchant banking concern Colman, Furlong and Co. and an Investment Banking Associate at Prudential Securities. Himes wrote his BA thesis on the role of voucher payment systems in public education reform. Himes earned his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado and his MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Tim Sawyer
, Creative Director (founder)

Sawyer has 12 years experience in creative design, brand development and advertising. He has worked for ad industry leaders Foote Cone & Belding and Bayer Bess & Vanderwalker, and recently held the position of Creative Director in the Chicago offices of BBDO. With partner Lisa Nielsen, Sawyer is responsible for the creative success of Internet brands TalkCity, Vital Signs, VA Research and many others. He has a degree from the Bath Academy of Art in England.

Sharra Smith, Education Services Director (founder)

Smith has a background in both education and educational technology product development. She recently worked devising electronic math and science products for Lucas Learning and has also developed Web-based curricula for NASA. Smith taught high school science and has first hand experience incorporating electronic materials into the classroom. She has an MA (Education) and a BA (Human Biology) from Stanford.

Andrew Guldman, Interim Director, Software Engineering

Through our partnership with a leading San Francisco Web-engineering company, Fluid Design and Development, we employ a team of sophisticated Web engineers led by Guldman. Previously a senior engineer for the Fireman’s Fund, Guldman has extensive experience modeling complex client-server database applications, developing Web-based software and managing large teams of software engineers. Guldman has a BS in Computer Science from Brown University. 

Guillaume ardoise, R&D Engineer

Ardoise has over eight years of academic training, research, and work experience in Computational Simulation. At Coursemetric, he is responsible for all facets of the company's Web technology development. He participated in the definition of the technical specifications of Relational Databases as well as computer codes for the French Navy, and he developed and optimized Computational Fluid Dynamic codes at Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada. Ardoise was a Graduate Student Instructor in Physics at UC-Berkeley and has tutored Mathematics and Physics in France and Canada. He has a M.Eng from UC-Berkeley.


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