ACTNext is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Steve Polyak to Principal Advisor, System Architecture; Kurt Peterschmidt to Lead Architect, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; and Laura Frisby to Senior Program Manager.

As a Principal Advisor, Steve Polyak will continue to utilize his expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, as well as data and learning sciences, to develop the architecture of ACTNext mobile/web platforms, and to spearhead ideation and implementation of ACTNext projects and research studies.

Steve is currently the primary architect of the ACT Educational Companion app. Along with his doctoral degree in artificial intelligence, Steve has earned several certifications across various technologies including the Coursera Machine Learning specialization. He is currently pursuing a Data Science at Scale specialization through Coursera. Both Coursera certifications are from the University of Washington.

In his new role, Kurt Peterschmidt will lead the design and development of modular capabilities, advise on infrastructure, and apply machine learning techniques for the purposes of fusing multimodal data and designing adaptive systems.

Kurt’s responsibilities will include integrating ACTNext research with ACT platforms such as LEAP and OpenEd. He holds a MS in Computer Science and a specialization certificate in machine learning, from Coursera at the University of Washington.

Along with Steve Polyak, Kurt has been instrumental in the development and execution of the ACT Educational Companion app and the accompanying pilot study conducted in conjunction with Clinton high school in Greenville, SC.

Laura Frisby’s promotion to Senior Program Manager is reflective of her instrumental role in the high-level planning and organization of ACTNext operations as the group pursues its development agenda.

Laura facilitates all aspects of the team’s work and scaffolds the activities that allow ACTNext to work effectively as an individual unit and across ACT departments. In addition to her MS in Library Science, Laura possesses a deep knowledge of ACT processes, culture, and infrastructure, which allows her to serve as an unparalleled guide to the group as they pursue the next generation of learning and assessment technologies.