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Welcome Gavin, Nikos, and Sudhama

Posted in Knerds on April 10, 2012 by


We welcomed three rookie Knerds in the past few weeks. We’re psyched to have them, and thought we’d share a few fun facts about each new member of our team.

Nikos Michalakis is the newest engineer on our Platform team. Originally from Athens, Greece, Nikos graduated from MIT and worked previously as a Senior Engineer at Adserving at Adconion Media Group. In his free time, Nikos writes and illustrates stories that teach kids about computer science and technology (check out facebook.com/DrTechniko for more). Nikos’ favorite books are Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series. His proudest accomplishment is his 11-month old son.

Gavin Linkens joins Knewton as a Systems Administrator. A native of Lititz, PA and a graduate of York Technical Institute, Gavin previously worked as a User & Systems Support Associate at New Visions for Public Schools. His favorite book is The Hobbit and his favorite movie is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. When he’s not working you can find him playing fantasy sports and video games or cheering on his favorite sports teams (including the New York Mets, Buffalo Bills, and New Jersey Devils). Gavin also enjoys traveling: recently, he’s been to Japan, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Sudhama Bhatia joins our tech team as a Software Engineer. Originally from Mumbai, India, Sudhama graduated with an MS in Computer Science from NYU and previously worked as a software programmer at a financial firm. He loves music (his favorite band is U2), his iPhone, and playing sports regularly (squash in particular). In his free time, Sudhama also enjoys practicing the darbuka, a kind of Turkish drum. He says that his passion for education began even before coming to Knewton and considers organizing a book collection drive for over 2000 underprivileged kids one of his proudest accomplishments. Find him on Twitter @SudhamaBhatia.