About

Founded and based in Palo Alto, CA, Intelligent Papers is a company focused on building the tools for global equality in education. Cuneyt Ozeren and Ismet Mustecaplioglu started Intelligent Papers with the goal of eliminating paper from education and closing the digital divide globally. Intelligent Papers conducted its first pilot in Ankara, Turkey in the spring of 2009. Later, in 2010, TUBITAK, the Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Organization awarded a $1,000,000 research and development grant.

In the meantime, when California approved digital high school textbooks in math and science, Cuneyt and Ismet decided to turn their attention to the United States. Riverside Unified School District approved and started its first Intelligent Papers pilot in October 2009 in a Biology Honors Class in Arlington High School. Subsequently, a second pilot was approved and started in January 2010 in a Calculus AP class in Ramona High School. The company has been working very closely with Riverside Unified School District to improve its solution in order to fit the needs of all schools.

Team

Cuneyt Ozveren

Cuneyt Ozveren is the Chairman and CEO of Intelligent Papers. Cuneyt is a serial technology entrepreneur with expertise in large-scale distributed systems.

Prior to Intelligent Papers, Cuneyt was the CEO and founder of LeapTag, which is a news and blog recommendation engine. LeapTag uses a highly sophisticated machine-learning lgorithm in order to recommend news and blog items relevant to its users based on direct content analysis. The recommendations are chosen from millions of fresh news and blogs crawled daily.

Before LeapTag, Cuneyt was the founder and CEO of Atoga Systems, an optical switching startup, which used tunable lasers to change network topology based on application traffic. Atoga received multiple “best of show” awards from shows such as SuperComm , Comnet and Interop. Atoga was sold to Arris International.

Prior to Atoga, Cuneyt was a founder and Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing at Berkeley Networks, which was a wire speed routing company whose claim to fame was application aware networking. Berkeley was also “best of show” at Interop, and it was sold to FORE Systems.

Prior to Berkeley Cuneyt worked at FORE Systems as a Principal Engineer and Manager building the flagship ATM switch of FORE Systems.

Cuneyt also worked at Digital Equipment Corporation for six years, where he designed various networking switches and routers, including FDDI, ATM, and Ethernet. Cuneyt also led an ARPA funded project on All-Optical Networking in cooperation with MIT, Lincoln Labs and ATT.

Cuneyt holds PhD, MS and BS in EECS from MIT and MBA from Sloan School at MIT. His PhD work was on Discrete Event Dynamic Systems which resulted in six papers in major journals and several conference articles one of which won a best student award. His work in Sloan School on applying control theory approaches to economic systems also earned him the Pugh-Roberts Prize. Cuneyt also holds several patents on networking and distributed systems.

Ismet Mustecaplioglu

Ismet Mustecaplioglu is the President of Intelligent Papers. İsmet is a prominent businessman in Turkey currently in paper and pulp related businesses. He was the CEO and Cofounder of REIS A.S., which represents many international pulp and paper companies in Turkey.  Ismet is also the President of the Turkish Pulp Club. Ismet’s industrial experience includes a partnership in Enyap A.S. &  Parkim A.S.

In addition to his influence in Turkey, Ismet has strong connections in Europe as well as Asia, where Intelligent Papers gets the devices used for its Digital Textbook application.

Ismet holds a BS in EECS and a BA in Economics  from University of Rochester.

Advisors

Technology Advisors 

Dr. Paul Mockapetris

Paul Mockapetris advises Intelligent Papers on technology issues regarding networking and distributed computational aspects of digital textbooks.

Paul is the inventor of the Domain Name System (DNS). He is currently Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Board at Nominum, Inc.

Paul created DNS in the 1980s at USC’s Information Sciences Institute where he was later the Director of ISI’s High Performance Computing and Communications Division. Throughout his career, Paul has contributed to the computing research community and to the evolution of the Internet. His earliest work at UC Irvine on distributed systems and LAN technology preceded the commercial Ethernet and Token Ring designs. At ISI, after working on the design of the SMTP protocol for email and its first implementation as part of the birth of the Internet in 1983, Paul took on the challenge of designing DNS, and then operated the original “root servers” for all Internet names. After the formal creation of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in 1986, DNS became one of the original Internet Standards; the IETF continues to be the focus of new applications and extensions to DNS. Paul has been associated with the IETF since its creation, chaired several DNS and non-DNS working groups, and was Chair of the IETF from 1994 to 1996.

Paul was program manager for networking at ARPA in the early 1990s, supervising efforts such as gigabit and optical networking.

From 1995 on, Paul held leadership roles at several Silicon Valley networking startups, including @Home, Software.com (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), Siara (now Redback Networks), Urban Media and NU Domain.

Paul has dual BS degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT, and a PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Paul Mockapetris received the 1997 John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Award “Personal Achievement – Network Engineering” for DNS design and implementation, the 2003 IEEE Internet Award for his contributions to DNS, and the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of California, Irvine.

In May 2005 he received the ACM Sigcomm Lifetime Award.

Dr. Zehra Cataltepe

Zehra Cataltepe advises Intelligent Papers on data gathering by the digital textbook and analysis for the purpose of student evaluation to help with directing student specific content and helping teachers, schools, and districts understand relative strengths and weaknesses of each of their students.

Zehra is currently an Associate Professor in the Computer Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University and she is also Binghamton SUNY-ITU Information Systems Engineering Program Coordinator.  Her research includes machine-learning applications (bioinformatics, recommendation, web mining, music genre and composer classification, machine and plant condition monitoring, image classification), machine learning algorithms (HMMs, RBF Networks, SVMs, linear models), and machine learning theory (feature selection and classifier combination techniques, improving generalization by regularization or additional information about the problem).

She has held positions in Siemens, and Bell-Labs earlier in her career.

Zehra holds BS in Computer Engineering and Information Science from Bilkent University, and MS and PhD in Computer Science from Caltech.

She has published over 50 papers internationally in machine learning theory and algorithms, music and document classification, monitoring, bioinformatics and software.  She also holds eight patents.

Education Advisors

Jay McPhail

Jay McPhail advises Intelligent Papers on product features and deployment issues in US schools.

Jay is currently the director of K-12 Instructional Technology for Riverside Unified School District. He began teaching 1998 at Perris HS where he was selected as the Sallie Mae First Class Teacher for Perris Union High School District and a nominee for the State of California First Class Teacher. His understanding of technology and its power to transform the educational environment led to his being appointed director of technology from 2000-2003 when he was selected as teacher of the year for Perris HS. In 2004, he was hired as an instructional services specialist in Instructional Technology for Riverside Unified School District where he led the district in its efforts to obtain EETT grant funding resulting in RUSD obtaining two highly competitive EETT grants bringing over 5 million dollars into the district. Over the years, Jay has been a presenter at numerous conferences throughout the nation (NECC, ISTE, CUE, NACOL, California League of Middle Schools, TechEd, district presentations and board presentations) he was a member of the state CTAP coordinating council in 2005-2006 and currently serves on the Promethean National Advisory Council and the California Advisory Board for Tech Forum.

Dr. Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson advises Intelligent Papers on feature analysis of digital textbook products, measurement and evaluation of digital textbook deployment, and teacher training.

Bruce is currently an Assistant Professor in Bosphorus University. His research includes leading an ongoing study of both employer and graduate assessment of the strengths and weaknesses in Bosphorus University’s teacher education programs in the areas of elementary science teaching, elementary math teaching, and preschool teaching, as well as leading ongoing longitudinal research focusing on Changes in Student Beliefs about Teaching and Learning as a Result of Participation in the Elementary Teacher Education Program at Bosphorus University.

Bruce’s consulting work includes early childhood and primary school projects in Turkey, educational reform and school change projects in US, early childhood curriculum and teacher training projects in US and Turkey, and advocacy for children, families, and teachers.

Bruce also held various teaching and educational administration positions earlier in his career.

Bruce holds BA in Behavioral Science from Lesley College, and EdM and EdD from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Zeynep Beykont

Zeynep Beykont advises Intelligent Papers on pedagogical evaluation of digital textbooks, and using digital textbooks for adaptive language education.

Zeynep is currently Visiting Associate Professor at University of Melbourne, VIC, Australia.  She has held research positions at Harvard Institute for International Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Inverness Research Associates.  She has also held consulting positions in Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, University of Athens, UNICEF, and a variety of school districts, nongovernmental organizations, and museums in the US and Turkey.  Earlier in her career, she was a Teaching Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Professional Development Leader, Harvard Institute for International Development.

Zeynep holds BA double major in Psychology and Sociology from Bosphorus University, EdM in International Education and EdD in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She is well published internationally in youth development, culture, pedagogy and bilingualism.

Business Advisors 

Sam Perry

Sam Perry advises Intelligent Papers regarding partnerships and political aspects. Sam is President of Ascendance Ventures, Inc., a firm based in Menlo Park, CA., advising startups in the technology and new media arenas. Recently work has involved an early stage integrated media company targeting corporate sustainability practices and an electric automobile company, Tesla Motors, in which Sam is an investor, informal adviser and enthusiastic customer.

Sam previously served as a corporate venture capitalist for ReutersRVC Greenhouse, one of the most successful corporate venture investment groups. Prior to that, he was an international correspondent for Reuters and United Press International for more than a decade covering business, high technology and politics in North America and Europe.

Sam is an active participant on several nonprofit groups, including E2 – Environmental Entrepreneurs, a nationwide network of business leaders supporting progressive environmental policies. He is a founding member of the Environmental Circle of Full Circle Fund, an ‘engaged’ philanthropy of business leaders providing expertise and grants to social entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sam earned an AB degree [hons] from Harvard University, a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cass Business School, City University, London. As a Rotary Scholar, he also studied at Stockholm University.

Emre Berkin

Emre Berkin advises Intelligent Papers on reaching to markets in the Middle East and Africa region. Emre owns an independent consulting practice based out of Istanbul where he provides services on doing business internationally, mergers and acquisitions, and investments. His typical clients are institutional and private investors, PE and VC funds; and enterprises aspiring to expand geographically and companies looking for funding to grow their businesses.

Emre Berkin had a thirteen year career at Microsoft until 2006. He was the Vice President for Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the Chairman of Microsoft’s Middle East and Africa (MEA) operations. Emre had an overall responsibility for 79 countries. In his role Emre was credited with accelerating the growth and expansion of Microsoft’s operations in Middle East and Africa, working closely with key government leaders, industry partners and customers to enable governments, citizens and businesses to benefit from the information technology revolution. Besides his commitment to the development and deployment of IT, Emre showed a strong passion for education in the developing markets. He personally led Microsoft’s community affairs efforts through which Microsoft had contributed to various community activities improving education and helping underprivileged people in the region over the years.

Emre Berkin joined Microsoft in 1993 to establish company’s operations in Turkey. As the founding General Manager of Microsoft Turkey, Emre was responsible for making Turkey one of Microsoft’s fastest growing subsidiaries worldwide.

Prior to Microsoft, Emre Berkin was with Digital Equipment Corporation. During his 10 year career with Digital, including six years in the United States and four years in Turkey, Emre managed sales, consultancy, support and service organizations.

Emre Berkin is regarded as an expert in doing business in the emerging markets, especially the Middle East and Africa. He is a frequently sought after speaker and consultant on topics in emerging markets, as well as in running businesses internationally, corporate life and leadership.

Emre also serves as a non-executive director on boards of companies in Turkey, UAE, the UK and Canada; as well as of various NGOs.

Emre holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara and a Master of Science degree from DePaul University, Chicago.