About

We are a group of passionate and skilled storytellers. We believe that students everywhere should have the power and ability to access a world-class education.

Our Mission

"To Fuel Thinkers to Explore
and Drive Disruptive
Innovations"

XYLO Academy provides high school students a unique educational
curriculum through engaging video modules on disruptive innovations
that are key to students' future careers. XYLO - Unlimited space for learning and opportunity.

About the Team

We have diverse experiences and backgrounds across technology, product innovations and education. We are united in our passion to provide equal access to the study of technology and innovation. Our diversity is our strength and our mission is our singular focus.

Our team shares experiences in biotechnology, machine learning, computer science, and more!

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Dr. Farhad Rostamian

Founder & CEO

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Keshav Nambiar

CTO

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Selin Karaoguz

Contributor

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Suraj Doshi

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KELSEY NICHOLS

Social Media

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Kirollos Bechay
MD, PhD

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Kyle Gillespie
PhD Candidate

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arielle Hogan
PhD Candidate

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FARHAD ROSTAMIAN

farhad.rostamian@xyloacademy.com

Farhad Rostamian is currently a lecturer at UCLA. He has four degrees from UCLA including the Degree of ENGINEER and an MBA. He has over 25 years of experience making highly innovative and iconic products such as the pill camera (with Given Imaging), the camera for Apple’s 1st iPhone (working directly with Steve Jobs), and sensors for disposable insulin pumps (with Medtronic). He has worked in Asia, Europe and the Americas. He holds several US and international patents. His passion lies, though, in mentorship and education.

 

Over the last 13 years, he has successfully developed and taught courses to graduate, undergraduate and high-school students – all focused on innovation. He has had the pleasure of teaching and watching over 1,000 of his students graduate to join highly innovative industries and corporations or become part of the start-up revolution. This course represents Farhad’s industry know-how, global experience and academic expertise.

Keshav is a senior at UCLA pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship. With extensive experience across artificial intelligence and robotics, he is excited to help deliver his knowledge to the next generation of disruptive innovators. Keshav is also dedicated to using his software engineering and web development background to help create and maintain the software infrastructure that XYLO Academy is built on.
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KESHAV NAMBIAR

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SELIN KARAOGUZ

Selin graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2020, with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Selin now works at Meta/Facebook as a program manager for machine learning/artificial intelligence programs that power AR/VR technologies. As a female engineer, she is particularly passionate about ensuring young women have access to STEM education, especially in disruptive innovation areas.
Suraj is a senior pursuing a degree in Computational and Systems Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship from UCLA. He is excited to pursue the nexus of business and healthcare in his future endeavors and is utilizing his background in research and outreach to secure funding to further expand XYLO Academy’s reach to students.
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SURAJ DOSHI

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KELSEY NICHOLS

Kelsey is an undergraduate student at UCLA pursuing Business Economics and Cognitive Science. With experience in Project Management and Marketing, she is excited to use her skills to help make learning more engaging and accessible. She is dedicated to expanding XYLO’s impact in the community as we support the next generation of innovative disruptors.
Kirollos Bechay is currently a general surgery intern at Kaiser Permanente, and will be continuing to UCLA for his Radiology residence next year. He graduated with his MD-PhD at UCLA, pursuing his research thesis in the Carmichael lab during his time there. He studied the use of pharmaceuticals to enhance stroke recover, looking at brain circuits and their connectivity in the mouse model. His academic interests include neuroscience, interventional radiology and the application of machine learning to medical sciences. He also has a passion for teaching, having TA’d during his time as a graduate student and was previously employed as a professional MCAT tutor.
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KIROLLOS BECHAY

 Arielle Hogan is currently a Neuroscience Ph.D. student at UCLA in the lab of Dr. Daniel Geschwind where she uses genomics to study nervous system injury and regeneration. She is originally from Arlington, Virginia and has a BS in Biology and BA in French from the University of Virginia. Outside of the lab, she is involved in science communications through her role as Chief Executive Officer of a nonprofit neuroscience communications platform called Knowing Neurons. Arielle is also interested in biotech entrepreneurship and serves as Co-Managing Director of the Nucleate LA chapter – a nonprofit biotech entrepreneurship education organization.
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ARIELLE HOGAN