Propulsion Academy’s mission is to impact society’s future. We want to give people the best tools and knowledge to reach their full potential and bring their personal contribution to the idea economy. We love living and working in Switzerland and feel that the country’s potential as a major IT player is tremendous. Even though IT education is excellent in Switzerland, access is restricted and only reserved to a select few. We want to democratize this process and give the country the software developers it needs to grow into an important technological hub within Europe and the rest of the world.
The seeds of Propulsion Academy were planted at the end of 2015 with what started as a coffee talk between its founders who have heavy experience in both industry and academia. What triggered this idea was the simple and obvious fact: Switzerland faces a well-publicized developer shortage and a system that lacked the ability to produce the required volume. We looked to what was going on with the hacking school movement and determined that we could put a Swiss twist to the concept for the benefit of those who didn’t have an opportunity to make it into IT.
Dean and Co-Founder
As a native Californian, Laurent grew up in the heart of the startup culture which has shaped his drive for technology ventures. Propulsion is an extension of his time spent during his MBA where he was amazed on how grown-up students could team up to work hard in such a short time to produce great things. Laurent’s ultimate goal is to help students take what they learned at Propulsion and turn it into an awesome tech job.
After many years as a successful IT project manager in the corporate world, Bogdan made a life changing decision: he left it all to be a student at a boot camp in Spain to become a developer and he loved it. From that point on, there has been no going back. Bogdan is passionate about education and is the go-to guy for students, personalizing and optimizing their experiences at the Academy.
Dr. Manuel Mazzara
We have a doctor in the house! Manuel is an expert in software engineering, specifically programming languages, processes, and techniques. As our in-house guru, he oversees the curricula for each course we offer and manages the instructors. As a man of great experience, he’s done this before setting up computer science curricula for more than 1,000 students!
Dr. Thomas Flatt
Thomas is board member and investor with a broad range of companies. Most of them are IT related which reflects his passion for software development and computer science. He is president of SwissICT and Vice-President of ICTSwitzerland, the two largest ICT associations in Switzerland which both have a strong focus on ICT education and the workplace Switzerland. Earlier in his career, Thomas was CEO of Abraxas Informatik, global head of HR at Adecco, head of e-business at Swisscom and consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. He studied Medicine, earned a doctorate in medical computer science and holds a MBA from INSEAD.
Dr. Markus Gross
Markus is Professor of Computer science at ETH Zürich, head of its Computer Graphics Laboratory, director of Disney Research Zürich, and a seasoned entrepreneur. He cofounded and sold several companies and serves on the boards of numerous international research institutes, societies, and governmental organizations. His research interests include a broad spectrum of topics in Visual Computing. He received many important awards and fellowships for his work and is a member of two academies of sciences. Markus has more than 25 years of teaching experience in Computer Science.
Dr. Bertrand Meyer
Bertrand’s inventions in theories, techniques, notations and tools for software quality have had a major impact on how the world develops software and played a key role in the enormous success of object-oriented programming. He has reinforced them through milestone books, language mechanisms, tools, and his work as a speaker and educator. He is Professor of Software Engineering at ETH Zürich where he has taught introductory programming to thousands of students as well as more advanced topics such as verification, parallel programming, software engineering, and language design.
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