About Knowledge Matters, Inc.
Knowledge Matters is the leading developer and publisher of simulation-based business and personal finance curriculums for high schools. Founded in 1997 by Peter Jordan, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the company's simulations have been used by over 1 million students in over 5,000 high schools.
Knowledge Matters focuses exclusively on education and does not produce consumer titles. Every design decision is based on maximizing the educational value of the simulation experience. The company believes that rich visual simulation-based learning will be the dominant educational trend of the next quarter century. This method is more appealing to students, easier for teachers, cheaper to deliver, and more effective in achieving useful skill development. The company is currently expanding its offerings to serve the college market and key government agencies.
Peter Jordan, PresidentPeter Jordan is founder and CEO. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He earned a BA in Computer Science from Dartmouth College where he graduated summa cum laude. Before founding Knowledge Matters, he worked for McGraw-Hill and Digital Equipment Corporation.
Eric Olsson, Vice PresidentEric Olsson graduated with a BA in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked as a marketing and graphic design consultant since 1991 with clients throughout the New England area. He began working with Knowledge Matters in 1999 as the Creative Director. Eric has taught classes on graphic design and printing technology at Smith Vocational High School in Northampton, MA.
Maureen Ginley, Director of Strategic PartnershipsMaureen Ginley has a BA in Economics from Saint Anselm College. She recently received an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Maureen is instrumental in coordinating and executing the DECA and FBLA formal competitive events and the annual Virtual Business scholarship program. She is also responsible for handling communications with state-level business and marketing associations as well as the company's distribution partners, including Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.
James Schroeder, SalesJames Schroeder graduated from Temple University with degrees in English Literature and Chemistry. He taught for thirty years at East Haven High School in Connecticut and served as the business/technology department head for five years. He has also designed, implemented, and taught E-learning courses for Area Cooperative Educational Services as well as assisting with teacher workshops at MIT on immersive computer-simulated learning environments.
Raymond Jacobs, Lead ProgrammerRaymond Jacobs has been interested in game development since childhood. At Knowledge Matters, Raymond has led the development of a new simulation engine and its associated toolset for both the Mac and PC platforms. This engine is being used to develop a series of social studies simulations that will be released by Knowledge Matters. Raymond has developed award-winning games including Morning's Wrath.
Kelly Slough, Lead EngineerKelly has a M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo where he studied computer modeling, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Regina where he was the top graduate in the Faculty of Science. He is a software architect and developer with over 15 years of experience in all aspects of the software development lifecycle. At Knowledge Matters, he is responsible for delivering the student and instructor web interfaces for the Virtual Business and ProSim business simulation products as well as development of simulations. Previously, at NeoEdge Networks, he invented innovative methods and tools for monetizing casual games with deeply embedded advertising and has several patents pending in this area. He has also worked as a Technical Director at AOL/Time Warner, managing the 30 person team responsible for delivering phone-based speech recognition applications for various AOL brands.
Scholarship ProgramKnowledge Matters, Inc is committed to supporting the educational community. Click the following link for more information about the 2013/2014 Virtual Business Scholarship program. |Virtual Business Scholarships|
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