Team


The Airy Labs Team

    • Andrew Hsu

      Chief Brain

      Andrew is a recent Thiel Fellow, and was a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Program at Stanford University when he was 19. He founded Airy Labs in early 2011. Andrew started at the University of Washington at age 12 and graduated with three B.S. degrees in Neurobiology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry, and a minor in mathematics when he was 16. At Stanford, he was a Frances B. Nelson Fellow and a Smith Stanford Graduate Fellow. He is the author of several books, including A Life of Science. He was also a competitive swimmer when he was younger, posting the fastest 100 butterfly time on the West Coast of the US among 12-year-olds. Andrew has also appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, Time magazine for kids, and the National Geographic magazine for kids. His story has been included in a 4th grade text book that was published in the US. Read more at www.andrewhsu.com.

    • Calvin

      The Cackler

      Before Airy Labs, Calvin developed several popular Facebook games including Tiki Resort at Playdom, Lil Farm Life at Green Patch, and NBA Legend at Lionside. Calvin holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics (double major) from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Software Engineering from Santa Clara University. He loves playing and learning through the eyes of his almost 4-year-old son including playing “Talking Tom Cat,” “Slice It,” and even non-digital play like slides, fire trucks, and sandboxes. His goal is to build games that his son both learns from and has fun playing.

    • Chris

      Art Monkey

      Chris is an artist at Airy Labs working on game art, character designs, website design, and more. He was recently voted ‘Least Likely to Look Presentable Over Skype Video.’ He began his career many moons ago during the wild frontier of internet startup land, where roles were undefined and creativity roamed like loose cattle. It’s fitting that the wagons have circled and he’s come back. Chris feels lucky to be among such talented and passionate folk.

    • Grace

      Artist

      Grace Chen is a superstar graphic designer at Airy Labs. As an experienced artist with a design degree from UCLA, she has worked with and led teams for some of the largest education and tech firms out there like Hasbro, Apple, and Scholastic. Now, she’s taken her talents to Airy Labs where her illustrations will bring our games to life. Naturally, she is into Anime and Graphic Novels.

    • Hailin

      Eagleclaw

      As a computer scientist, Hailin has published research papers in top academic journals. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2004 and started his career at Array Networks, where he was a member of the core engineering team that created the world’s fastest VPN device. In 2007, he became a core WordPress.com developer, writing some of the most complex algorithms used by 30 million blogs around the world. He joined Playdom in 2010 as a Software Architect and helped build million+ DAU games on Facebook. Besides writing code, Hailin loves hiking, playing ping pong, and growing an organic vegetable garden.

    • John

      Poker Sage

      Prior to joining Airy Labs, John was co-founder and CTO of Rankmind, Inc, which assists companies in recruiting and hiring through software tools and services. John previously worked at companies such as Netscape, Sun Microsystems, and AOL, and holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. As an avid gamer, he enjoys playing strategy and role-playing games. His favorite game of all time is DragonQuest VIII. John is also a huge sports fan and enjoys swimming, biking, and golf.

    • Johnson

      Red Comet

      Johnson studied mechanical engineering in Hong Kong, then electrical engineering and computer science at Cal and at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from UCLA in 2000. His experience includes early web startups in the late 90s, writing EDA software for big corporations, missile defense software for government projects, software for designing low power circuits, and Web 2.0 startups. His eclectic love of games include strategy, FPS, racing, puzzle, platform, and RPG games, among others. Besides games and engineering, he adores the Japanese otaku culture and indulges himself in animation, manga, J-drama, and Gunpla modeling. Occasionally, he also enjoys camping, swimming, and hiking.

    • Kathy

      Insane Artist

      Kathy started drawing when she was one year old. After art college, she started her career in the gaming industry. She is experienced in background painting, 3D texture mapping, 3D modeling, and concept art for console and casual game companies such as LucasArts, Electronic Arts, and Playdom/Disney Interactive Media Group. She joined Airy Labs to make her dream games – educational kids games. She’s always wanted to create art to educate kids, and toward that end she has been working on her own children’s book illustrations and hopes to one day publish them. Airy Labs is her way to continue pursuing her dream and she is very excited about it. Besides art, she is also a singer, and has been learning classical/opera singing and been performing in theater with a choir for many years so far. She also loves training martial arts like Taekwando, kickboxing, Jiu-jitsu and Tai-chi.

    • MJ

      Learning Guru

      MJ overclocks Airy Labs as our resident business operations manager. Also an experienced educator, she previously worked on the development of gifted children. Here, she specializes in coaxing creativity and optimal productivity from the Airy Labs family while making everything run happily. A former art curator and publishing house executive, MJ moonlights as a fantastic cook with an obsession for fast cars and classical music.

    • Patrick

      Solid Gold Watch

      Patrick is a second year Ph.D. student at Harvard University, studying the epigenetics of memory at the Broad Institute/MIT. A James Mills Pierce Fellow at Harvard, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology. One of his abiding interests is gamifying education, and he’s excited to pursue this at Airy Labs. Patrick once failed out of college since he was gaming too much, and works to channel his experience toward more productive paths. When he’s not pipetting or adding value, he is a part-time gymnast and traceur.

    • Andreas

      Corporate Espionage, U.S. Bureau

      Andreas is an artist and an engineer. He grew up in the highlands of Ecuador and has a strong passion for the outdoors and adventure. At Airy Labs he is currently working on video production and photography, documenting the company’s unique and exciting development. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and is currently working on the Stanford Solar Car Project, where he designs and builds various mechanical and electrical components. His future goals are to offer alternative energy solutions in developing countries and to electrify transportation around the world.

    • Fran

      Sound Wizard

      Fran brings international flavor to Airy Labs. He’s a laid back, beach loving guy from Majorca, Spain. As our resident sound designer, hes always composing, coming up with some crazy sound effects, or convincing us to do voiceovers for our characters. If you don’t see him in a conference room with his headphones on in front of a keyboard, then he’s probably in the kitchen having another french vanilla coffee.

    • Martin

      Sound Wizard

      Martin hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina; and has been playing music and games for as long as he can remember, so it is only natural that he combined both as a game Music Composer. Being also a music teacher for kids, Airy Labs is the perfect place for Martin to let his creativity flow. When he is not creating music or playing around the country with his band, he enjoys spending time at home with his family, painting and cooking for friends.

    • Yutaro

      Tee Time

      Growing up in New York, this team-member can do it all. Developing from a young tennis champ to an acclaimed golfer, Yutaro is a dedicated and passionate big-picture thinker who is a favorite here at Airy Labs.

    • Monica

      Animal Lover

      Monica is a do-it-all member at Airy Labs. A UCLA Design/Media Arts graduate, she loves to draw slimy animals or comics for friends. She has illustrated a childrens book, was a NCAA Division I athlete, and has two pet rats named D-Pants and Mastershake. Monica loves to be outside and go exploring, and when she isnt playing video games she likes to hunt for the Bay Area’s spiciest salsa! She can speak Slovakian and is totally convinced she has the greatest family in the world.

    • Monica

      Animal Lover

      Monica is a do-it-all member at Airy Labs. A UCLA Design/Media Arts graduate, she loves to draw slimy animals or comics for friends. She has illustrated a childrens book, was a NCAA Division I athlete, and has two pet rats named D-Pants and Mastershake. Monica loves to be outside and go exploring, and when she isnt playing video games she likes to hunt for the Bay Area’s spiciest salsa! She can speak Slovakian and is totally convinced she has the greatest family in the world.

    • Alicia

      Panda Wrangler

      Alicia is the Director of Science and Learning at Airy Labs. After earning a B.A. in psychology at Boston University, Alicia earned her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at UCLA, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center and the University of Delaware School of Education. Alicia joins us with nearly a decade of research and teaching experience in cognitive science, psychology, and education, and is thrilled to be curating fun and educational games for kids using well-documented scientific principles of learning. In her spare time, you can find her taking an indoor cycling class, singing karaoke, or discovering new recipes.

    • Laura

      Tiger Trainer

      Laura is a get’er done type of woman. She comes to Airy Labs having experience being a preschool teacher and working with other startups. She can create, plan, and execute like a trained choreographer and is incredibly meticulous and detail-oriented. She has an unbridled passion to revolutionize the world for children so naturally, Airy Labs is a second home for her. When she is not at Airy Labs, Laura loves to run and is currently training for a marathon. She is also passionate about making a difference with people, and she loves to spend time with her amazing family.

Alumni Interns

    • Kelly

      Alumni Intern With Estrogen

      Kelly is primarily responsible for social media marketing and communications. She is currently enrolled in Stanford University’s undergraduate program and is working toward a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing. Prior to joining Airy Labs, Kelly held editor positions in two student-run publications and worked in her non-profit organization that built schools in Third World countries. She enjoys PC games like the Sims and Harvest Moon, and prefers spending her lunch breaks shopping over eating lunch.

    • Kevin

      Alumni Stickler Intern

      Kevin is a rising junior at Stanford University studying Computer Science. He’s been playing games ever since he can remember and even tried his hand at making his own in middle school. Kevin has a lot of experience gaming when he probably should be studying for classes, but then again he’s an advocate for learning by playing. He spent last summer teaching students how to beat the SAT using this philosophy. Kevin enjoys all kinds of games, especially ones where he wins. When he’s not gaming or coding, he likes eating, sleeping, playing tennis and singing with his a cappella group.

    • Raj

      Alumni Intern

      Raj first met Andrew when they were both finalists for the Thiel Fellowship 20 Under 20 Grant, and loved Andrew’s idea and company so much that he decided to work there. Raj is the youngest member of Airy Labs – he is currently 18 years old and just graduated high school. This fall, he will attend the University of Michigan. Prior to working at Airy Labs, Raj was a web developer and hacker. Some of his roles at Airy Labs include building its website and programming games.