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Introducing Six New Knerds

Posted in Knerds on January 21, 2014 by

From L-R: Mike, Julia, Ilya, Ashley, Dan, and Dimitriy

We welcomed seven new Knerds to the team in the past month.

Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Senior Product Manager Ilya Bagrak comes to Knewton from Amplify. His hobbies include writing, running, cooking, and reading (his favorite book is Special Topics in Calamity Physics). Ilya’s favorite website is Longreads and his favorite Wikipedia page is the Monty Hall problem. You can find him on Twitter @ibagrak or on his website,

Dan McGorry joins Knewton’s Product Design Team as the Art Director. Originally from Woodbridge, New Jersey, Dan graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In his free time, he enjoys photography and restoring and building 1980s BMX bikes. Dan’s high school yearbook should have named him most likely to never use algebra in real life. Find him on Twitter @DMcGorry and see his portfolio here.

Recent MIT graduate and Brooklyn native Julia Sterling joins Knewton as a Software Engineer on the QA team. Prior to coming to Knewton, she spent her summer teaching Python to high school students in Jerusalem. Julia’s hobbies include sewing, soccer, and intro parkour. Her favorite Wikipedia page is on heavy metal subgenres.

Mike Chapin, the Director of Legal at Knewton, graduated from UC Berkeley and earned his JD from Boston University. Originally from Silicon Valley, he was previously working at a big law firm in Boston, mainly working with entrepreneurs and startups (Knewton being one of them). Mike’s main hobby is trying out new hobbies — upcoming plans include cooking a 4 course meal from a book (and having people like it) and brewing beer in his NYC apartment.

Ashley Mucha joins Knewton as a Biology Content Curator. Ashley is originally from New Jersey and received her B.S. from Michigan State and her M.S. from Johns Hopkins to University. She’s taught Biology and Anatomy/Physiology in Baltimore City and 6th/7th grade science in Newark, NJ. Her favorite book is High Fidelity by Nick Hornby and her favorite things in the world are robots, sunflowers, and airports (in that order).

Originally from Ukraine, Dimitriy Royzenberg has lived in New Jersey for the past 14 years. He joins Knewton as part of the Systems Engineering team. Before coming to Knewton he was building and managing scalable database infrastructure for a broad range of companies. In his free time, Dimitriy enjoys biking, yoga, and reading. His favorite TV show is Seinfeld.