IntellADAPT wins NSF grant to transform STEM education


Contact: Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar, CEO
intellADAPT, Inc.

IntellADAPT wins NSF grant to transform STEM education
Grant funds provide free usage of Adaptive Learning platform to local schools

(Boston, MA) IntellADAPT, a leader in adaptive learning technology, recently received a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation. This grant enables intellADAPT to provide its Adaptive 2.0 software platform to several universities and high schools for Introductory Physics classes at no cost for the fall semester 2015. This research will enable intellADAPT to use Big Data analysis to refine its adaptive learning algorithms in its adaptive courses.

Nishikant Sonwalkar, ScD, founder and CEO of intellADAPT, commented, “It is an honor to receive this SBIR grant from NSF. It shows confidence in our product and company, and the work we are doing to improve STEM education in the US.”

This fall semester 2015, intellADAPT is working with 21 professors and teachers and 1,000 students to better accommodate individual learner’s needs to deepen their comprehension of physics. Physics is a foundation course for so many STEM careers, including those in the health care industry, yet many students struggle through the content, get discouraged, and drop out of their dream majors as a result.

“Sometimes a learner misses a key point in a lesson, which prevents them from understanding subsequent principles. With adaptive learning and our patented Adaptive 2.0 platform, students are guided to the areas where they are weak and provided additional instruction until they demonstrate their comprehension,” according to Managing Director Sharyn Hardy, EdD.   “As a result, our Adaptive Physics course not only improves learning for each individual student, but also boosts their confidence to succeed in the course and any other STEM courses they take.”

The research being conducted will study the learning trajectories of large numbers of students progressing through the physics course. This will uncover patterns that can improve understanding of learner behavior and lead to innovations in intellADAPT’s adaptive learning product for the further transformation of STEM education.

The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified workers to fill them. IntellADAPT is positioned to ensure that US students are prepared for the exciting career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

About intellADAPT, Inc.: IntellADAPT is a pioneer in adaptive learning and is based in UMass Boston’s Venture Development Center. Founded in 2014 by Dr. Nishikant Sonwalkar, its products are based upon cognitive learning theories and the latest brain (synaptic learning) science to perform real-time analytics and drive deep comprehension. Dr. Sonwalkar holds a ScD in Molecular Dynamics from MIT, where he served on the faculty and as Principal Educational Architect. Dr. Sharyn Hardy earned a Doctorate in Education from UMass Lowell and an MBA from the Sloan School at MIT. IntellADAPT’s mission is to foster student success in STEM.

Dr. Nish Sonwalkar presents at the Adaptive Learning Leadership conference in DC.

Dr. Nish Sonwalkar presented at the Adaptive Learning Summit in DC on August 25, discussing the importance of personalized learning in the modern classroom, how intellADAPT’s Adaptive 2.0 software can boost learning efficiency for a wide range of ages and topics, and the future of intellADAPT with brain-wave adaptive learning.


Adaptive Learning for STEM Education: Adaptive Physics Demonstration

Join us for a webinar on August 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT.

Register now!

Join the free webinar designed to demonstrate how integrating adaptive learning with your existing classroom teaching can produce the following results:

  • Support for individual learning strategies.
  • Ensure that your students achieve highest quality of education and training and complete competency of relevant concepts.
  • Accelerate the learning process to allow your students to master concept in half the time.

Dr. Nish Sonwalkar, former Principal Educational Architect of MIT and found and CEO of intellADAPT, will demonstrate how intellADAPT’s patented technology can help you better achieve your education and learning outcome goals. Join us on August 24th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST to learn more about this exciting new technology platform for STEM education.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Participate in the National Field Trials for Adaptive Physics Education

National Science Foundation funded research project on “big data analytics driven adaptive learning for STEM education” is inviting participation of school systems for field trials.

Under this project, 10 selected high schools will be offered use of the innovative adaptive learning platform for improving learning outcome for STEM students at no cost.

In previous field trials,

  • Students have reported that receiving real-time assessment feedback and further instruction in their preferred learning style significantly improved their comprehension.
  • Students progressed through the activities at their own pace without fear of peer judgement on their performance.
  • Instructors received learner analytics, both for each individual student and for entire classes, that assisted with tweaking their lectures to improve learning outcome.

Using intellADAPT will take no more faculty time than the usual class preparation. Faculty participation will include attendance at a 1-hour online webinar in September to train on the intellADAPT technology and attendance at 1-2 optional conference calls of all instructors in this study to discuss experiences and trade ideas. No travel, no lengthy surveys, only sharing thoughts and experiences with other instructors.

Intrigued? Contact Dr. Sharyn Hardy for more information at

MITCOB Panel Discussion Moderated by Dr. Nish Sonwalkar

Post by: Andrew Ficken

Everyone’s burning question was finally answered at MIT Club of Boston’s panel discussion, “who the heck cares about social media?”
Moderator Dr. Nish Sonwalkar, founder and CEO of intellADAPT, introduced an unusual panel of successful millennials whose careers would not exist without the help social media. Panelist Toni Oloko is the founder and CEO of PracticeGigs, an app to match local tennis players for practice, even offering to hire professionals for an additional fee. Carolyn Reckhow, Head of Staff at LeanGap, an entrepreneurship accelerator program for high school students, just finished her Master’s in macro social work at Boston University while also serving as marketing coordinator for CityAwake, an organization which strives to foster Boston’s social impact ecosystem through social entrepreneurship. Finally, Eddy Zhong is the co-founder of LeanGap, the story of his success covered by Business Insider, Business Journals, and Huffington Post a few months after the company’s founding. Together, they discuss which social media platform is best, how much time should be allocated to your social media identity, how to most effectively build your online profile, and what exactly is a hashtag. Newer generations are interested in the authentic and mundane aspects of people’s lives. In order to connect with as many people as possible, you need to provide them with opportunities to engage with you. While it all may seem daunting and time consuming, all that is needed to keep up to date is a few minutes on the way to get coffee or while waiting on the train for work each day. Together, these young professionals go into detail about all of these aspects of social media and more.

Watch the video recording of the panel discussion below:

Video: The New Age of Personal Brand Building

On May 28th, 2015, intellADAPT’s Founder and CEO, Dr. Nish Sonwalkar, served as moderator of the MIT Club of Boston’s panel discussion, “The New Age of Personal Brand Building:  Marketing Yourself with Social Media”.

The panel discussion focused on the importance of embracing this new age of media marketing and brand building that we are entering.  Panel members discussed the challenge of surviving in the fast paced world of self-promotion and the use of various social media outlets including, Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linked-in and Youtube.

Watch the video of the panel discussion below:

Read more about the event and panel members…

intellADAPT’s Dr. Nish Sonwalkar to Moderate Professional Development Panel Discussion

We are proud to announce that intellADAPT’s CEO & Founder, Dr. Nish Sonwalkar, will be serve as moderator of the upcoming event:

MIT Club of Boston Presents

Professional Development Panel Discussion

New Age of Personal Brand Building:  Marketing Yourself with Social Media

Date: May 28, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


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intellADAPT: Committed to the People of Nepal


Here at intellADAPT we are deeply saddened by the recent earthquakes in Nepal, which have, taken thousands of lives, displaced countless others and destroyed many of the country’s cultural treasures. Even now, relief has yet to reach many of the remote areas where destruction has been felt the hardest.

We urge everyone to help us in our efforts to provide essential humanitarian relief, which includes, educational programs, infrastructure, food & water, medical supplies, etc. As members of an international community that cares we at intellADAPT have pledged to work with a number of partners to help Nepal emerge from this destruction stronger than ever.

While there are a number of organizations doing wonders for the people of Nepal, we have chosen to partner with the Nepali Women Global Network (NWGN) and the independent initiative ‘Mothers in Nepal’ to support aid efforts on a grassroots level.

Please take the time to review both mission statements and make a donation if you can. Even a few dollars will go a long way in restoring stability to the people of Nepal.

‘Nepali Women Global Network’Donate

‘Mothers in Nepal’

Thank you,

The intellADAPT Team

Kinematics: A New Mobile Adaptive APP

In 2014 intellADAPT developed and deployed the world’s first adaptive Massive Open Online Course (aMOOC) in ‘Mastering Fundamentals of Physics’.  In keeping with our mission to expand access to quality STEM education we are proud to announce the release of our Mobile Adaptive APP ‘Mastering Fundamentals of Physics’ course.  For the first time IntellADAPT’s patented Adaptive 2.0 technology is available on all Android powered mobile devices, through the Google Play Store, with access on iOS and Windows devices coming soon.  Available as nano adaptive courses, you can master the ‘Fundamentals of Physics’, one segment at a time, starting with ‘Kinematics’, right on your smartphone.  In addition to our Physics courses,  intellADAPT will be offering nano adaptive courses in Algebra, Statistics, and Computer Programming in Ruby to provide the necessary logical background for success in STEM education.

We invite you to download the world’s first nano adaptive course in Kinematics by clicking the icon below: