About Us

University by Industry

We are building an online university, "by Silicon Valley", that:

  • teaches the skills that industry employers need today

  • delivers credentials endorsed by employers

  • educates at a fraction of the cost of traditional schools

With industry giants—Google, AT&T, Facebook, Salesforce, Cloudera, etc.—we offer Nanodegree programs and credentials, designed so professionals become Web Developers, Data Analysts, Mobile Developers, etc. Our students acquire real skills through a series of online courses and hands-on projects.

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Leadership Team

Sebastian Thrun

Sebastian Thrun

Co-founder, CEO

Sebastian has set his sights on democratizing higher education. Co-founder and CEO of Udacity, Sebastian is also a Research Professor at Stanford University, a former Google Fellow, as well as the inventor of the autonomous car and project lead on Google Glass. Sebastian has been named the 5th Most Creative Person in Business (Fast Company), among the 50 Smartest People in Tech (Fortune), and highlighted in 50 Best Inventions of 2010 (Time).

Vish Makhijani

Vish Makhijani

President, COO

Vish believes the time is now to make higher education more effective, accessible and useful. Prior to Udacity, Vish led high growth organizations at companies like Zynga, Yandex and Yahoo. Vish is a dog lover and aspires to become a scratch golfer but is a realist.

Shernaz Daver

Shernaz Daver

Chief Marketing Officer

Shernaz brings over 20 years of experience building brands and consumer perception; advising executive management; scaling operational teams; and developing global businesses to take companies to the next level in marketing and mindshare. Over her tenure, she has worked with numerous companies including Netflix, Walmart, Motorola, Polyvore, Khan Academy, Zynga, Groupon, Kosmix and Baidu. She was the chief marketing officer and head of investor relations at Inktomi, a company that became one of the hottest Internet names reaching a $37 billion valuation. Shernaz started her career at Sun Microsystems with roles in the US and European offices.

She currently serves as an executive advisor to Google Ventures.

Oliver Cameron

Oliver Cameron

VP Engineering and Product

Oliver is committed to mobilizing education. He is an avid and prolific mobile engineer who joined Udacity in 2013 to bring the thrill and fulfillment of being an app developer to millions of students around the world. He started Udacity’s Grader program, which enables students to submit and receive human-graded project evaluations within two hours. Prior to Udacity, he was founder of Everyme, which was a part of the Y Combinator Class of 2011, and raised $3.6 million in funding. Among his proudest life moments was welcoming his daughter Daisy to the world in 2014.

Ryan Fong

Ryan Fong

VP Finance and Operations

Ryan believes that access to relevant, lifelong learning is the key to enabling people to realize their full potential. He’s committed to ensuring that Udacity’s financial and business infrastructure supports the accomplishment of its mission. Prior to joining Udacity, Ryan led finance for high growth businesses at Microsoft and Yahoo!.

Stuart Frye

Stuart Frye

VP Content

Stuart believes that education is the single best tool we have to break through socio-economic barriers and has spent his career working to make education more relevant and accessible. Prior to joining Udacity, he co-founded Eduvant, making student data more actionable and accessible for K-12 teachers and schools, and worked with the Monitor Group and for Aston Educational Group, where he opened schools across China. Stuart is an avid trail runner, a novice surfer, first-time Dad who is finding the time to learn to program through Udacity classes.

Salwa Muhammad

Salwa Muhammad

VP Student Services

Salwa is focused on cultivating lifelong learners and is fascinated by the impact that informal education has outside of the classroom. She has taught in Bangladesh, Uganda, and the U.S., where her students have ranged from preschoolers to adult learners. In addition, she has served as a director at Wellesley College, where she advised students about international careers, and has conducted formative evaluations for the popular PBS Kids animated educational TV series WordGirl. Her interest in educational media stems from her own early education learning from Sesame Street in Arabic, Bengali, and English.

Kathleen Mullaney

Kathleen Mullaney

VP Careers

Motivated by $30K in student loans, Kathleen joined Udacity in 2011 to help make education more affordable and useful to students all over the world. Having spent the better part of 3 years heading up the course development team building awesome learning experiences, she is now focused on getting graduates of Udacity programs new jobs they love.

Clarissa Shen

Clarissa Shen

VP International

Clarissa is an optimist about technology’s impact on education, having co-founded a K-12 start-up, and led digital change at Apollo Group. In her past life she led a contemporary dance company and was in management strategy with Monitor Group. After discovering CS101, Clarissa had so much fun learning to code that she wanted her kids to have that same opportunity in the future—so she joined Udacity.


Advisory Board

Carl Bass

Carl is president and chief executive officer of Autodesk, Inc., a maker of professional 3D design software and consumer applications, and was a co-founder of Ithaca Software, which commercialized HOOPS, a 3D graphics system.

William Bennett

"Bill" is former United States Secretary of Education from 1985 to 1988. He also held the post of Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under George H. W. Bush. In 2000, he co-founded K12, a for-profit online education corporation which is publicly traded.

Steve Blank

Steve is a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Translation: he has failed and—more often—succeeded, in a 21-year career building 8 Valley startups, including several with major IPO's. Along the way, he's learned an incredible amount, and has spent the last decade sharing what he's learned with entrepreneurs all over the world, including here at Udacity in 'How to Build Your Startup'.

Cathy Davidson

Cathy is a Professor of English at Duke University since 1996 and was Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University from 1998 to 2006. In 2010, President Obama nominated her to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities. She currently serves on the Board of Advisors to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Digital Media and Learning" initiative.

Peter Levine

Peter is partner at Andreessen Horowitz and a veteran executive from leading enterprise software companies. He is a lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business and has also taught at MIT's Sloan School of Management. As an avid ice climber and mountaineer, he compares his mountaineering expeditions to building a company.

Laurene Powell Jobs

Ms. Laurene Powell Jobs is founder and chair of Emerson Collective, which works with social entrepreneurs and organizations to promote improved education, immigration reform, social justice and conservation. Ms. Powell Jobs also serves as president of the board of College Track, an after-school program she co-founded in 1997 to prepare underserved high school students for success in college.

George Zachary

George is partner at Charles River Ventures with 20+ years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. At CRV, he focuses on building consumer internet and infrastructure companies. He is on the board of Stanford SSE, Stanford's StartX, and is an advisor to the X PRIZE Foundation.