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Welcome Brandon, Paul, Eugen, Mirka, and Nate

Posted in Knerds on October 5, 2012 by

Nate, Brandon, Mirka, Paul, and Eugen: software engineers or indie band? (Photo by Josh Robinson)

In the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed five new engineers to the Knewton team.

Brandon Reiss joins Knewton as a software engineer on our Adaptive Learning team. Before coming to Knewton, Brandon worked at a startup called Organic Motion, where he contributed to all aspects of designing and implementing a computer vision based markerless motion capture system. Brandon studied Computer Science and Mathematics at NYU. He’s a big Seinfeld fan and also likes to cycle, cook, do small construction projects, and write software. You can find Brandon on github or at

Paul Kernfeld is also a software engineer on the Adaptive Learning team. Originally from State College, PA, Paul attended Brown University. His hobbies include cocktails, cooking, and eating. Case in point: before joining Knewton, Paul was in Sichuan learning Sichuanese cooking. Check out Paul’s personal blog and website (“no joke, it’s actually both”) at

Originally from Romania, new software engineer Eugen Dinca graduated from Universitatea Petrol-Gaze, Ploiesti. He previously worked as a tech lead for one of the middleware teams at Wireless Generation. Eugen’s pop-culture favorites include: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (book), Snatch (movie), and Futurama (TV show). The best vacation that he’s ever taken was to Greece, and the one thing he couldn’t live without is the internet. You can find Eugen on StackExchange.

Miroslava Sotakova, known as Mirka, is a software engineer on our Platform team. Mirka, who is from a small town in Slovakia, has degrees from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and Aarhus University in Denmark. Mirka enjoys hiking, biking, and taking pictures. Like Eugen, she’d find it hard to live without the Internet (though she concedes a week offline is usually great) and would also miss her cameras and the guitar. You can learn more about Mirka on her personal website.

Our newest QA Engineer isn’t really new at all. We’re psyched to welcome Nate Burke back to the Knewton team, after a brief sojourn “wheeling and dealing mortgage-backed securities” (he said it). Nate is from East Hartford, CT and graduated from Harvard. Hobbies include track and field, classical music, small-mountain New England skiing, running, string quarters, and cheese. The best place he’s ever traveled? “I’ll tell you where. Someplace warm. A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little place called Aspen.” Nate would like you to check out this website: