When my wife Oksana and I first arrived from Russia to the United States, we had little more than $100.00 but that didn’t matter because what we did have was a great education.
I earned my Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1998. I also hold an M.S. degree in Theoretical Physics and graduated with a B.S. summa cum laude in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
These areas of study focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), provided me with a solid foundation to secure advanced positions with top companies in the telecommunications, consulting and finance industries.
Then, in 2009, I was able to apply these experiences and my education, and achieve something that many executives dream about – I founded a company, Teza, and I have served as its CEO ever since.
Teza is a science- and technology-driven business, and we have mathematicians, engineers, traders, programmers, and other talented individuals in our Chicago, New York, and London offices.
Since it is imperative for our employees to bring a variety of STEM backgrounds to Teza, we are thrilled to support Girls Do Hack, which empowers girls and helps them gain confidence in the skills required for careers in STEM fields.
In addition to supporting Adler Planetarium’s efforts to inspire new minds in Chicago and beyond, Teza and I are active supporters of other national and local education initiatives to encourage young people to pursue STEM careers.
Last summer, we partnered with After-School All-Stars, an organization that provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life, to host the first STEM CampUs summer camp in Chicago.
I also serve on the advisory board of After School Matters, a Chicago nonprofit that provides local public high school teens opportunities to explore and develop their talents in STEM and the arts, while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond.
Finally, I serve on the global leadership council of buildOn, an international nonprofit organization that runs youth service after-school programs in United States high schools and builds schools in developing countries where they teach areas of STEM.
All of these initiatives are important because I believe that education allows people to move forward and create a bright future. I was lucky to have had a great education and it changed my life, and I believe every student in Chicago should have that same opportunity.
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Written by Dr. Misha Malyshev, CEO and founder of Teza.