About Us

We love to inspire and guide you through any subject, develop new skills or upgrade your educational background.

ABOUT US

The Shoulders of Giants is a nonprofit organization ...

TSoG was founded in 2013 on a vision that world class science education should be available to all students of all ages. Since 2015, The Shoulders of Giants has offered an immersive, ongoing mentorship programs for dedicated students who would like the opportunity to study more closely under the guidance of Dr. Steven J. Foland.

OUR MISSION AND VISION

Mission: To share the thrill of scientific discovery.

Vision: To strengthen communities by providing future leaders with a firm foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering.

DR. STEVEN J. FOLAND

With thousands of hours or recorded teaching experience, Dr. Steven Foland's primary teaching philosophy is that one should never stop being of student and that learning opportunities become abundant only with the existence of hard work. He has made it his personal mission to demystify, destigmatize and democratize education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for K-12 students. Together with The Shoulders of Giants, he works to provide a place where passionate technical mentors can share their field of expertise in a meaningful way with the inquisitive minds of our future.

OUR TEAM

Meet Our Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Steven Foland

President – drfoland@tsogiants.org

Technical Mentor

Samuel Chang

Technical Mentor – schang@tsogiants.org

 
99% of people research the 1% of life’s mysteries. Why not be a part of that? Through TSoG, I strive to be a part of a movement that drives innovation, empowers students to reach their full potential, and molds students into socially aware thinkers.
 
 

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Katie Olivier

Director

Katie Olivier

As a leader and advisor, I want to encourage others to think differently and see the opportunities in STEM, which has the ability to solve some of our greatest challenges in today's world. This is why I believe it?s vital that children, young adults, and university students are encouraged to pursue STEM-related degrees and careers.
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Pradeep Vundela

Web Developer – pvundela@tsogiants.org

“Leave the world a little better than you found it” is the mantra I live by. In many ways that is exactly what TSoG has been doing. I wish there was TSoG while I was growing up to satisfy my scientific curiosity and since Time Machines are not a thing “yet”, helping such an organization gives me great satisfaction.
 
 
 

Dr. Steven Foland

President

Dr. Steven Foland

My go-to icebreaker question when I meet other scientists or engineers is simple: ‘What inspired you to pursue your field?’ Their answers, nearly invariably, have one element in common: a parent, grandparent, or someone else close to them worked in a related field. It’s no wonder – the people close to us inspire us, support us, and provide us with access to resources that will help us in our pursuits. But what is supposed to happen to all those bright students out there who lack that personal connection? It is my mission to do whatever I can to provide that same kind of inspiration, support, and access for any student who wishes to seek it out.
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Ranjan Misra

Director

Ranjan Misra

Measure success by the impact made on the lives of others. Make a difference in this world.' This is the Misra family mantra by which we live. Combined with TSoG sharing the thrill of scientific discovery and strengthening communities by enhancing learning, and you have perfect alignment. Reaching large audiences of all ages, crossing geographic & demographic boundaries, and the global impact is huge by reaching anyone, anywhere, anytime, and with a common purpose. I want to help TSoG provide this STEM knowledge and experience, especially to those that cannot receive this readily or affordably.
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Eyad Alrabbat

Director

Eyad Alrabbat

I've had the privilege to tutor many students over the years. Each time I sit with a student, I'm reminded of all the ones out there who wouldn't be able to afford this session. There are students out there with a passion for learning and so much potential. However, their growth is limited by financial barriers. The Shoulders of Giants is working to bridge this gap and provide all students with a resource rich with STEM materials and mentors to guide them through it. The educational field is filled with price tags, from standardized test fees to tutoring to educational resources. It's time for change, and we at TSoG are changemakers.
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Lauren Foland

Director

Lauren Foland

In my early experiences, there were few but precious moments where I had a sudden realization that I really could do something amazing. It always started with someone saying 'you've got this' or 'give it a shot.' From becoming a crane operator in the Navy to that moment in college where I mistakenly signed up for the more advanced Calculus class (for engineers), there happened to be a friend close by who listened to my moans of frustration and had the courage to say 'Lauren, you’ve got this.' TSoG is a place where these kind of cheerleaders are in abundance, and I believe in my heart that this kind of encouragement and empowerment will not just make the world a better place, but give any person within earshot a feeling that they can really do anything if they try.
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Brett Skyllingstad

Director

Brett Skyllingstad

All that I have I owe to my parents, teachers, friends, and family members who always encouraged my pursuit of engineering. I wish only that TSoG be there for all those that don’t have anyone to encourage them to pursue a rewarding career in STEM fields. To be a constant ever present border-less resource for all those searching and wondering what they should be when they grow up and Imparting those who engage with TSoG an endless desire to learn which will provide a steady stream of challenges that feeds you for a lifetime.
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Hauke Schupp

Vice President

Hauke Schupp

I believe in the power of 'Why?'! Asking this simple question drives us to understand the reasons behind any outcome. It teaches us how to solve problems and improve outcomes. STEM knowledge has improved my curiosity and problem solving skills to understand the 'Why' behind any problem I have encountered in life and business. I believe that my passion for understanding 'Why' and TSoG's mission and vision align very well. I am excited to be a part of the TSoG Board of Directors and look forward to grow TSoG's ability to share the thrill of scientific discovery with a global audience and to develop a firm foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering in future leaders.
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Ian Reynolds

Talent Management Professional

Ian Reynolds

It's exciting to contribute to an organization that is creating avenues to learning opportunities for the community. A continued appreciation and promotion of math and the sciences will be a catalyst in strengthening and sustaining a healthy, productive workforce that will in turn enhance our economy and its constituents. I support TSoG and its innovative approaches to offering 'hands on' learning experiences for all generations and demographics.
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Gemela Lewis

Director

Gemela Lewis

"The most important thing is to try and inspire those around you so that they can be great in whatever they do" Kobe Bryant. I want to continue to inspire youth in the wonders of STEM. It has unlimited possibilities, takes nothing short of imagination and hard work. Great things are on our horizon, and I want to serve as a bridge to success.
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Sarina Ziv

Director

Sarina Ziv

Having been fortunate to grow up with access to technology as well as the great outdoors, my ongoing goal is to disrupt education in such a way that it brings learning pedagogies into the 21st century, while still harnessing that which sets the human mind apart from the tools we use.
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Prem Gangalakunta

Director

Prem Gangalakunta

TSoG is a unique non-profit organization with a mission to democratize quality science and engineering educational content. The shortage of STEM skilled resources in today's workforce is a significant problem which needs to be addressed by making radical changes in our educational methods. I believe it is very important to get kids exposed to science and engineering education early on and make them aware of the tremendous impact they can have by choosing it as a career. I am confident that TSoG enables and equips students to achieve great things that make the world a better place.
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Dimitri Antoniou

Director

Dimitri Antoniou

I am passionate about scalable models of education that can increase economic access and opportunity. Today's changing degree requirements and demand for STEM skillsets have lowered barriers to entry into impactful and fulfilling careers. By cultivating a diverse generation of problem-solvers today, TSoG can empower individuals to become the lever that moves the world tomorrow.
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Sachindra Kumar

Director

Sachindra Kumar

Growing up, I was always told by my parents that effective education is the way to succeed in life, and success was measured in terms of how much we give back to the community. I was lucky enough to pursue my dreams and formal, STEM education played a big role in it, I intend to provide opportunities to kids who with a little help and guidance can pursue their dreams and succeed.
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Rachel Marsh

Ambassador

Rachel Marsh

My general driving goal in life is for this world to be better for my presence and my actions. If I can look back on my life at eighty years old and know I've done good, then I'm happy. I see this program and this organization as a way to go back and help the world. I see it as a way to help others and to make this a better world. We all need to do our part. Others have helped me. This is my turn.
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Lan Bui

Ambassador

Lan Bui

Not only do I want to help others live a healthier and enhanced life as a successful biomedical engineer, but I also want to help everyone reach their aspirations and be the best they can be as a mentor, friend, acquaintance, and friendly stranger.
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Idil Soyarslan Toros

Graphic Designer

Idil Soyarslan Toros

I believe that I came to this life in the team "good people" and I am trying to be a valuable member of that team. The million-dollar question of my life is "Is this place different than the time I was not here and will it be different after I am gone?". I keep on asking and answering this question every day.
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Jason Lai

Web Developer / Database Programmer

Jason Lai

You never know what is going to happen until you try. Growing up, I never knew what I wanted to do in life, what I could accomplish or excel in. I was grateful to be given so many opportunities to learn and figure my passion. There are others out in the world who do not have the same opportunities that I did. TSoG provides that kind of experience for everyone and it is exciting to contribute to an organization that works hard to create many learning opportunities for the community.
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Chantz Anderson

SEO / Marketing Advisor

Chantz Anderson

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Robert Dooley

Ambassador

Robert Dooley

My goal in life is to create prosthetic body parts that greatly enhance the life and functionality of the user, and to have these prosthesis available to all.

Aakaash Duggal

Ambassador

Aakaash Duggal

During my time as a high school student, I always had the utmost enjoyment and passion in the field of science. However, I would have this passion without learning from my mentors from my school and TSoG. Along with pursuing a career in the field of medicine, I hope to encourage many other people to pursue a STEM field, whether in TSoG or throughout the world.
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Rudra Aiyar

Video Editor / Media Coordinator

Rudra Aiyar

As a lifelong learner, I hope to continue to expand my understanding of the world we live in. It's interesting to think that what you've learned minutes ago can be shared and passed on to many more people and potentially spark the next big thing. At TSoG, I aim to learn more about the video editing process while making educational content that expands the viewer's knowledge of the world.
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Jasmine De La Cruz

Video Editor / Media Coordinator

Jasmine De La Cruz

My work consists of bringing people’s vision to life through art. Whether it involves illustrations, writings, or videos I’m able to gather the pieces of their imagination and make it a clearer picture for them. TSoG provides mentorships for students by giving them the scientific pieces needed to go forth and bring their own visions to life with science. It’s something I’m excited to be a part of.
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Samuel Chang

Technical Mentor

Samuel Chang

99% of people research the 1% of life’s mysteries. Why not be a part of that? Through TSoG, I strive to be a part of a movement that drives innovation, empowers students to reach their full potential, and molds students into socially aware thinkers.
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Margo Feuer

Technical Mentor

Margo Feuer

Science is a powerful tool we can use to steward our environment and societies. Better yet, scientific progress is done best in groups of diverse thinking. I hope we further science to help people lead better lives: both in the result of the research and in the process of coming up with that result. I want to bring all kinds of thinkers into this process with me.
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Raul Maldonado

Technical Mentor

Raul Maldonado

I strive to better myself as an engineer not only for my own benefit, but so I can be a ladder for others to climb. This is because I believe we all benefit from learning about our world. TSoG has allowed me to accomplish this by helping inspire students and spur their excitement for learning. I look forward to many years together!
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Meha Magesh

Technical Mentor

Meha Magesh

I'm hungry for knowledge. Whatever that's there to learn, I want to learn. And I think the best way to learn new things is by teaching what you know and meeting new people. Every new person you get to know is a valuable learning experience.
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Grace Zhang

Technical Mentor

Grace Zhang

STEM fields can be very scary to step into, especially as a student without any resources or support. As this same student, I was very lucky to discover TSoG and have the community support me through every step of my academic journey. Now, I want to be able to provide that same support to others who are interested in STEM, no matter their background.
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Trevor Exley

Technical Mentor

Trevor Exley

There are many boundaries in life that we need to break through to accomplish our goals. I see the affordability and accessibility of innovation as a test, that individuals in the community must come together to succeed for the benefit of people around the world.
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Aditya Ojha

Technical Mentor

Aditya Ojha

I believe any student can learn anything if their given the right tools to do so. I want to get back to the TSoG community that has taught and mentored me in science and engineering by giving future students the tools to succeed.
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Nurudeen Agbonoga

Technical Mentor

Nurudeen Agbonoga

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Vineet Aziz

Technical Mentor

Vineet Aziz

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Vivian Nguyen

Technical Mentor

Vivian Nguyen

STEM has always and will always be crucial for our society to function. Because of this, we must tear down the barriers that prevent people from wanting to pursue careers in the STEM. TSoG is here to break down these barriers by allowing open-access resources and mentorship to curious students across the world. As a future microbiologist and infectious disease physician, I hope to educate students about STEM careers and teach people about microbiology in relation to other STEM-related topics.
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Jiaojiao Wang

Technical Mentor

Jiaojiao Wang

When I see many of today's youth need encouragement and guidance to get inspired and prepared for their career, yet lack such opportunities and personal connections, I can't stop thinking about contributing. I want to do what I can to help them thrive and shine in their career path in the future!
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Saeed Saeed

Technical Mentor

Saeed Saeed

Although it is important to learn science disciplines, it is just as important to connect and bring awareness to STEM fields to students. This may be difficult for many underprivileged or underrepresented students, making accessible education programs crucial. Providing future generations with the mindset that anything is possible, regardless of your background, is a goal worth striving for.

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