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Introducing Six New Knerds

Posted in Knerds on September 1, 2015 by

L–R: Carlos, Davis, Michael (Pictured below: Thomas, Richard, Ken)

Welcome six new Knerds!


Thomas Murphy, the newest senior software engineer on the platform team, hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota. After attending NYU Steinhardt for graduate school, he did front-end architecture at ADP’s Innovation Lab. In his spare time, he creates electronic music. He is also addicted to Broad City and his biggest pet peeve is noisy furniture.

Richard Tong, from Beijing, China, is a senior implementation architect. He went to Renmin University of China for undergrad and University of Alabama for graduate school. His favorite book is the Age of Spiritual Machine, his favorite movie is Forrest Gump, and his favorite TV show is The Wire. If he could witness any event past, present, or future, it would be uploading his consciousness to a computer. His biggest pet peeve is ignorance.

Originally from Mexico, Carlos Monroy Nieblas is a senior engineer on the test engineering. Before Knewton, he went to the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and then worked as a senior developer at EMS. He enjoys collecting postal stamps and Latin-American literature, such as Neruda, Paz, and Garcia Marquez.

Michael Criste is a visual designer on the marketing team. He is from Fairfax Station, Virginia, and attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He recently spent a month travelling around Europe, and before that, he worked for a financial services company. His main hobbies are Netflix and cats, and his biggest pet peeve is mouth breathers.


Ken Goldstein, from Denver, joins the business development team as a the vice president of institutional engagement. He attended the University of Colorado, and worked for Cengage, Knewton, and Blackboard over the last 13 years. He enjoys snowboarding and his favorite time of day is all the time. Check him out on Twitter @ken_goldstein.

Our newest data scientist, Davis Glasser, is from Maryland. Before Knewton, he was a vision scientist at NYU. His hobbies include cooking and judo, and his favorite movie is Zoolander. If he could witness any event, past, present, or future, it would be the first time a person thought that it would be a good idea to eat a blue crab.