Planet3’s team is comprised of leaders and innovators who are passionate about building a better world by using the latest technology to bring STEAM learning to lifE.
Tim Kelly is a media executive, Emmy Award-winning producer, and conservationist. As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet3, Tim leads the strategic direction of the organization.
Most recently, Tim was President of the National Geographic Society, where he transitioned the primarily print-based organization to a global multimedia force and engineered the launch of the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Films, and a wide array of digital media products.
In addition to serving as the CEO of Planet3, Tim serves as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, on the Board of the Great Plains Conservation Trust, and on the Board of the American Prairie Reserve. An avid explorer and conservationist, Tim is passionate about connecting the next generation to the challenges and solutions affecting our rapidly changing planet.
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Albert Lin is an internationally renowned scientist, innovator, technologist, entrepreneur, and National Geographic Explorer. As Chief Science Officer of Planet3, Albert leads the scientific research efforts of the company. Albert also serves as a research scientist for the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology at the University of California, San Diego.
Albert is recognized for his research in the Valley of the Khans Project and as a Co-founder of Tomnod, which uses crowdsourcing to identify objects and places in satellite images. Albert is passionate about the combination of exploration and citizen science to raise awareness and solutions for global issues. Albert is also the youngest recipient of the Nevada and Lowell Thomas Medals for Achievements in Science and Exploration.
Albert Lin is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his doctorate in Material Science and Engineering.
Kelly McGrath is a veteran science and mathematics educator with a design engineering background. As Chief Operating Officer of Planet3, she leads the development of curriculum and content, the sales and marketing teams, and the technology group. Most recently, Kelly was the Vice President of Science Product Development at Pearson. She is driven by her passion to improve K-12 education, specifically within STEAM subjects, through the use of highly interactive and immersive technology.
Kelly is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.
Esther Wojcicki is a world-renowned educator, award-winning journalist, edtech pioneer, and vice chair of the Creative Commons board of directors. With a background in education and technology, Esther founded the journalism program at Palo Alto High School in 1984 and grew it to one of the largest journalism programs in the nation.
Esther has been intimately involved with Google and GoogleEdu since its inception, where she was one of the leaders in setting up the Google Teacher Academy and remains a guiding force.
As Chief Learning Officer at Planet3, Wojcicki is contributing her vast experience to review and refine Planet3's instructional approach to embed her project-based learning tenets. She will also help build Planet3's strategic alliances with technology providers and educational thought leaders. (Photo by Joi Ito)
Washington, DC | Vijay Lakshman is an interactive software developer and creative IP expert with more than 25 years of experience in the interactive media industry. As Senior Creative Advisor of Planet3, Vijay advises on the creative direction for the immersive environments in the platform. During his career, Vijay has published over 85 software titles, including mega franchises such as The Elder Scrolls: Arena, The Lord of the Rings, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Animal Jam.