Dr. Jean-Claude Falmagne is the founder of ALEKS Corporation and Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors. He is one of the two originators of Knowledge Space Theory. Dr. Falmagne holds a Ph.D. Degree from L'Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and an honorary degree from the University of Graz, Austria.
Professor Falmagne joined the faculty of New York University in 1971, and was Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) from 1989 until 2005. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine. Some of his work in the past two decades has been concentrated on Knowledge Space Theory, which he developed in collaboration with Professor Jean-Paul Doignon of L'Universitée Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Professor Falmagne is the author or co-author of approximately 120 journal articles that deal mostly with choice theory, measurement theory, psychophysics, and Knowledge Space Theory. He is also the author or co-author of five books and a co-editor of two volumes. His most recent book, Learning Spaces, contains the most up-to-date presentation of the mathematical theory supporting the ALEKS system. He has received Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, a von Humboldt Award, and, in 2004, an Innovation Award from the University of California, Irvine.
In 1987-88, Professor Falmagne was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In 1988-89, he was President of the Society for Mathematical Psychology. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Mathématique, Informatique et Sciences Humaines, and the Mathematical Social Sciences. He is currently a Fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychology.
In 1978, Professor Falmagne solved a long standing theoretical problem raised by the economists Block and Marschak in 1960, concerning the representation of choice probabilities by random utilities.
In 1971 Professor Falmagne founded the European Mathematical Psychology Group (EMPG), in which 80-100 researchers from all over the world gather annually to discuss research in the field.
Mr. Lampros is the Company's chief executive officer.
Prior to joining ALEKS, Mr. Lampros was the President of Machine Tool Finance Corporation (currently Machine Tool Finance Group of US Bancorp Leasing and Financial). He was instrumental in that company's transformation from a small entrepreneurial venture into an industry leader in the financing of precision manufacturing equipment in the United States.
Mr. Lampros began his professional career at the law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, L.L.P. He holds the JD Degree from New York University School of Law and the AB Degree from Oberlin College.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Nicolas Thiéry is the company's Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Thiéry was a key member of the team that originally developed ALEKS at UCI.
Dr. Thiéry holds the Ph.D. Degree in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences from UCI. He also holds the Diplôme d'Ingénieur (equivalent to the US Master's Degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications Engineering) from L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications de Bretagne (ENST) in Brest, France and the Diplôme d'Etudes Avancées en Informatique (equivalent to the Master's of Science in Computer Science) from the Université de Rennes, France.
Senior Vice President
Before joining ALEKS Corporation in 2005, Mr. Lenney was the President of McGraw-Hill Online Learning. From July 2000 through May 2004, Mr. Lenney was President of McGraw-Hill/Irwin, the premier publisher of business and economics textbooks in the United States. One of Mr. Lenney's key achievements as publisher at McGraw-Hill Higher Education's Science, Engineering, and Mathematics division was spearheading the successful launch and distribution of ALEKS in the higher education marketplace. In addition Mr. Lenney has over 25 years of experience in educational publishing. Mr. Lenney holds the B.A. Degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, as well as the Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Director of Applied Research
Dr. Eric Cosyn is the company's Director of Applied Research. Dr. Cosyn was a key member of the team that originally developed ALEKS at UCI.
Dr. Cosyn holds the Ph.D. Degree in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences from UCI, and the License en Mathématiques (equivalent to the Master's of Science in Mathematics) from L'Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Dr. Dan Bindman
Dr. Dan Bindman joined ALEKS Corporation in 2002. Dr. Bindman directs the development of ALEKS Math products and has been the driving force behind continuous product improvement and key innovations.
Dr. Bindman holds the Ph.D. Degree in Mathematical Behavioral Sciences from UCI and the B.S. Degree in Math-Applied Sciences from UCLA.
Michael J. Rizzo
General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining ALEKS, Mr. Rizzo was at U.S. Bank for 22 years where he held a number of key legal and management positions, most recently as an executive vice president responsible for three divisions with over 1,000 employees and $8 Billion in assets. From 2000 to 2009, he was President of the bank’s Business Equipment Finance Group. Under his leadership, the group quadrupled from $1.1 Billion in assets to $4.5 Billion. Earlier, Mr. Rizzo served as General Counsel and Chief Operations Officer of the bank’s equipment leasing division.
Mr. Rizzo began his career at the New York City law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren. He holds the BS degree from Cornell University and the JD degree from The University of Michigan Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar.