About us


Pulak Mittal

Pulak is best known for running the country's second-largest student hackathon, PennApps, which he oversaw as it grew from 150 to over 1000 participants. Pulak has interned at Facebook and fellow EdTech startup Piazza, and has been a TA since his first semester at Penn.

Penn M&T '14 (Wharton and CIS), from Houston. You can reach him at pulak@emeraldexam.com.

Alex Rattray

Alex was also a co-founder of PennCycle, a bike share for the University of Pennsylvania, and CourseGrapher, an application to visualize departments and courses at Penn, which was one of Alex's first applications (built with Greg, below).

Wharton '14, Seattleite through and through. Always available at alex@emeraldexam.com.

Lauren Reeder

Lauren joined Emerald as a freshman, after building ZeitPlanner, a class scheduling app built for UPenn. Before coming to Penn, Lauren coauthored a biophysics paper on the chirality of organic molecules, which was published in the journal Surface Science.

Penn M&T '16 (Wharton and CIS), Bay Area born and Idaho-raised. Happy to talk at lauren@emeraldexam.com.

Emerald was founded by students, for students (and instructors). The project was originally created at AngelHack Boston in March 2012, and has come a long way since then.

Connor Theilmann, Chief Investment Officer at UPenn's Weiss Tech House, is a Strategic Advisor and also served as a founding team member.

Lauren, Pulak, and Alex are currently involved with the product;  Patrick YoonGreg TerronoGeoff Vedernikoff, and  Aaron Roth participated as developers in the original app development competition.  Matt Law was involved with the project, and Clarke Hung has also made significant contributions.