About The Shoulders of Giants

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In 1676, Isaac Newton, one of the most influential mathematicians and scientists of all time, famously wrote:


"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

—  Isaac Newton


The Shoulders of Giants, Inc. (TSoG) is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organization 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 program for dedicated students who would like the opportunity to study more closely under the guidance of Dr. Steven J. Foland. This program is designed to provide middle and high school students with a broad foundation of knowledge and skills across science and engineering disciplines, help them gain experience working and communicating in a professional environment, and encourages them develop the study habits necessary to achieve success at the university level and beyond.

In 2018, we began working toward making this world-class program available to students anywhere in the world by developing the online infrastructure and global community necessary to support this effort. Now, students of all ages can join Dr. Foland and the rest of the TSoG community as they embark on their own personal journey toward excellence in science, engineering, and mathematics.

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.


About Our Leadership

Please see our Leadership page for profiles of each of the talented members of The Shoulders of Giants Board of Directors.

Dr. Steven J. Foland

Steven J. Foland (PhD Electrical Engineering) is the founder and president of The Shoulders of Giants, an experienced optical / electrical / mechanical engineer, and former faculty member and director of the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Since 2012, he has made it his personal mission to demystify, destigmatize, and democratize education in STEM.

After leading the Biomedical Engineering program at UT Dallas to accreditation (including completing two crucial ABET audits), Dr. Foland stepped down to focus on his work with The Shoulders of Giants. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to develop cutting-edge technological solutions for the classroom and home-learning environments. In many ways, TSoG.tv and our online mentorship program represent the confluence of the many varied branches of Dr. Foland's career.