• Leadership

  • Mentors

  • Dr. Steven J. Foland

    President | Mentor

  • Dr. Foland is a co-founder of TSoG and former director of the Biomedical Engineering program at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has made it his personal mission to demystify, destigmatize, and democratize education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students of all ages.

    After leading the Biomedical Engineering program at UT Dallas to accreditation (including completing two crucial ABET reviews), Dr. Foland stepped into an advisory role as the chair of the Industry Advisory Committee for the department in summer of 2018. This change has allowed him to more fully concentrate his efforts on his true passion: guiding the professional and personal development of passionate students through the TSoG Mentorship program as they push themselves to become good citizens of the scientific community.

    In addition to his work as an educator, Dr. Foland's founded Floating Point Laboratories, LLC in summer of 2018 to develop cutting-edge technological solutions for the classroom and home-learning environments. Our Virtual Mentorship program, launched in fall 2018, was made possible thanks to Floating Point Labs.

  • Interested in becoming a TSoG Mentor yourself? This exciting volunteer opportunity is a great way to use your technical skills to give back to the community. Please contact us through our Volunteer page to learn more!

  • Board of Directors

  • Steven J. Foland, PhD

    President | Mentor

    CEO of Floating Point Laboratories, LLC

    TSoG Co-Founder | Mentor

  • Kirby Drake, JD

    Vice President | Director

    Partner at Klemchuck, LLP

    TSoG Co-Founder

  • David Dooley


    Director of Business Development at Hitachi Consulting

  • Doug Zahniser

    Director | Development Chair

    Senior Managing Consultant at IBM, Retired

  • Ranjan Misra


    Former president and COO at Hitec Power Protection, Inc.

  • Staff

  • Lauren Foland

    Program Administrator

  • As our Program Administrator, Mrs. Foland works behind the scenes to make sure all of our operations run smoothly. The wife of Dr. Foland, she has been with the organization since the very start and is the first person most of our students and parents speak to when they contact us.

    In addition to her administration duties, Mrs. Foland also coordinates most of the event planning for The Shoulders of Giants; she throws great parties for TSoG!

  • Idil Soyarslan Toros

    Social Media Coordinator

  • As Social Media Coordinator, Idil's main focus is helping us share the thrill of scientific discovery online. Look for her and her camera at a TSoG event near you!