Metis provides intensive courses teaching you job-ready skills for the new economy. Our courses include Ruby on Rails web development, UX & Front-End Development, and Data Science. Created by world-class practitioners in their field, each course consists of 12 weeks of intensive on-site instruction, ongoing career coaching and job placement support. Our goal is to best prepare you to get a job in a high-demand role.
– Welcome to Metis.
Boston & New York City
September 15 and September 22
New York City
Upon graduating, you will be comfortable with the iterative design process, data communication and visualization, and you will have had introductory exposure to modern big data tools and architecture.
New York City
Our name Metis is inspired by the Greek goddess associated with wisdom and good counsel. We believe that the combination of collaboration and practice leads to better learning. Metis offers comprehensive courses in digital practices, designed to teach the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Classes focus on real-world problems; work is hands-on, team-driven, and led by digital experts and industry leaders. Over the course of an intensive Metis class, students gain a fundamental understanding of the digital space that will enable them to begin, change, or improve their careers.
“The Brain is like a muscle”
More is not always better! Whether it relates to the amount of content taught or the amount of time spent poring over a problem. After years of teaching workshops and engaging with students on all levels, we have approached the design of our curriculum to enable time for the brain to replenish while absorbing the foundational elements required for future success.
We strive, we sweat, we swear.
We go the extra mile.
We stage, we fail.
We try again. Get it right.
We learn. Connect. Come together.
Welcome to Metis.
Jason is the Co-Founder of Metis and the Vice President of Strategy at Kaplan Test Prep, where he helps Kaplan launch new businesses.
For almost 20 years, Jason has worked in education. From founding a nonprofit organization in New Orleans to working at global companies such as McKinsey & Company, Scholastic, and now Kaplan, where he has been since 2007, Jason has sought opportunities to work with exceptional teams on developing and marketing new products. He has been married for 10 years and has two kids. He is teammates with Bernardo not only in the launch of Metis, but also as participants in the Tough Mudder and Super Spartan.contact
Bernardo is the Co-Founder of Metis and the Chief Digital Officer at Kaplan Test Prep, where he leads the Digital Team and Innovation.
Bernardo spent many years as a computer scientist working in parallel computing and geophysical simulations. He taught at the University of Colorado and then became a consultant and later an entrepreneur, building two web startups that he took to profitability and sold. After spending several years in Latin America, he returned to New York and joined Kaplan to continue his passion for digital products, startups and education. He has been married for 19 years and has three kids. He is teammates with Jason not only in the launch of Metis, but also as participants in the Tough Mudder and Super Spartan.contact
Tarlin Ray is the Head of Admissions of Metis and a Vice President at Kaplan Test Prep.
For over 15 years, Tarlin has held leadership positions in several early stage companies such as T.w.I.S.M (Shaquille O’Neal’s clothing company), The Groove Alliance (proprietary 3D technology) and Virgin Charter (Richard Branson backed start up). He also had a prior role as an executive at Kaplan Test Prep. He has returned to the education field to marry his passion for lifelong learning and his dedication to building innovative products and services. He has been married for 9 years and has two kids.
Scott is passionate about non-traditional education and experiential learning.
His career includes both non- and for-profit design and technology curriculum development and marketing. He has worked for Pearson Education creating online learning strategies, for web-based college Sessions.edu as CMO, and has travelled the world delivering experiential learning workshops for the World Game Institute. He also teaches digital publishing and elearning at Rosemont College. Originally from the South, he has settled into Montclair, NJ where he plays pick-up soccer and hangs out with his two little girls.
Chris, a developer at thoughtbot, loves coding for the web and building the right product.
He is a big fan of Vim and the general Unix philosophy of sharp, focused tools. He started his career as a mechanical engineer but has always had a passion for programming, specifically web development. He has worked in Visual Basic and Python, but since finding Ruby and Rails, there’s been no looking back. Outside of coding, Chris is a fan of dinner with friends, skiing, and an embarrassingly eclectic cross section of music.
Gabe, a developer at thoughtbot, enjoys making well-factored, easy-to-use applications.
He has been coding in one language or another for half his life. At thoughtbot, he has built small and large Rails applications, and ran the apprentice.io program. He found Ruby in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since. In his free time, he likes to lift heavy things and watch Joss Whedon shows.
Eric, a developer at thoughtbot, develops software to make peoples lives easier.
He has always enjoyed learning and sharing new ideas. He was particularly drawn to code as a tool for change when he took a class in college where he developed educational software for elementary students. After spending time working abroad in Taiwan, he moved to New York, where he fell in love with Ruby and has been sharing that love with others through mentoring and teaching. While not typing away on Emacs, he can be found traveling the world or enjoying the outdoors with his corgi.
Harry, a developer at thoughtbot, has been teaching students how to code since college.
He discovered programming in middle school and by high school was coding in Lisp and running Linux servers. He first started teaching in college, where he tutored math, computer science, and physics. After graduating, he spent some time as a systems administrator, art school student, Christmas tree farmer, radio show host, and blacksmith. Eventually he wound up in grad school for computer science studying distributed systems. While there, he TA’d numerous introductory programming classes and also picked up Ruby and Rails. After finishing his master’s, he wrote code for a few companies (including a synthetic biology startup and an online video distribution platform), and has since joined thoughtbot and moved to NYC. Now that he’s at Metis, he’s thrilled to be sharing his enthusiasm for building useful things out of code.
Irmak is a partner and data scientist at Datascope, where he solves business problems with data by designing analyses and interfaces.
Irmak has helped companies across industries solve problems with data, from small companies to members of the Fortune 50. He also conducted and published academic research on a wide range of topics, such as web browsing habits of people from different demographics, school choices of high schoolers, global airline networks, endangered species conservation, natural language topic models, and optimizing DNA for protein production among others. Technically, Irmak is a Material Scientist (BS and MS, Sabanci University, Turkey), Chemical and Biological Engineer (MS and PhD, Northwestern University) and an Art Historian (Minor, Sabanci University). Practically, he believes in merging knowledge from different disciplines to ask and answer the right questions. When he is not striving for this, he believes in movies, bourbon, and Elliott Smith.
Laurie, a data scientist at Datascope, loves going after tough answers to great questions.
At Datascope, Laurie builds analytical tools for a wide range of clients to help them use data to solve their business problems. Prior to her switch to data science, she studied social neuroscience at the University of Chicago, building machine learning models of imaging data to explain how the brains of incarcerated psychopaths perceive and process emotions. Her least favorite part of data science is pruning the scope of a project down to a manageable size. Actually, that is her least favorite part of most things. Laurie is a passionate teacher, and she is very excited to return to the front of the classroom for the Data Science bootcamp.
Tyson is a designer at thoughtbot, previous freelancer and enjoys typography.
Tyson is a designer at thoughtbot, building and designing digital products. Prior to that, he freelanced, designing websites and iOS apps for small startups and large companies. Tyson is passionate about teaching his craft to others and is picky when it comes to proper quotation marks and other typographical goodness. He’s a self-proclaimed foodie, primarily indulging in everything to do with coffee, cocktails and pie.
House is a multidisciplinary designer fascinated by the intersection of art, design, and technology.
House was a product designer at Dropbox, where she worked on growth, onboarding, and Dropbox for Business. She was also the lead designer at two education startups, Codecademy and Treehouse. She founded Origins, a talk series about women who design software, and mentors young women interested in the field. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, and more. When not designing, House can be found speaking, writing, and practicing 3D modeling and animation
Laura, a developer bootcamp graduate, is passionate about bringing people into technology and making things happen.
Before joining Metis, she worked in Operations, Project Management, International Relations, and had a brief stint as a magazine editor. She was also freelancing as a Rails developer after completing a programming bootcamp. She is a member of Women Who Code and is very committed to the cause. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, reading, robots, and wondering about the universe. Laura graduated from ITESM as an Engineer in Information Systems.
Megan, a veteran technology recruiter, loves guiding people on their career paths and helping them find their next great jobs.
Before joining Metis, Megan spent five years building a vast network of software engineers and technology companies in Boston. She has built countless successful company and candidate relationships through her ability to truly understand a company’s hiring needs as well as the candidate’s motivations and aspirations. In her spare time, she teaches Zumba, so feel free to chat with her about Salsa or Merengue any time! Megan graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Alex, a recent developer bootcamp graduate, loves to create compelling offline experiences that help people connect.
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Alex is a cultural technologist, an individual that uses technology to shape and inform culture. After graduating from UCLA as a theater major, he worked with a handful of technology start-ups in both technical and operational capacities. He believes access to education and technology cultivates healthier societies. At Metis, he hopes to connect people to technology that will help them improve their lives, and the lives of those in their community.
Lillian, matchmaker at heart, tech recruiter by experience, loves connecting people with game-changing opportunities.
Well before joining the Metis team, Lillian lived in Seattle, WA where she started a career as a Technical Recruiter, working and building relationships with companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia. Like most girls who have watched too much Sex and the City, she decided to pack up her bags and move to the Big Apple. Since the move, she has worked for two start-ups and one digital advertising agency. Lillian is passionate about building relationships and helping others achieve their goals. In her spare time, she loves to travel, sip wine on her terrace, and indulge in amazing food, culture, and music. Her door is always open and she is committed to our student’s success.
Chad is the founder and CEO of thoughtbot, a software development firm that specializes in building great applications with Ruby on Rails and who are the creators of paperclip, shoulda, factory_girl and Airbrake, and who have been teaching Ruby on Rails development for over 4 years.
thoughtbot now has offices in Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Stockholm, Denver, Philadelphia, Austin, and Raleigh. Chad is co-author of Rails AntiPatterns (Addison-Wesley) and Pro Active Record: Databases with Ruby and Rails (APress), and has presented at various conferences around the world. To follow along with Chad and the rest of the thoughtbot team’s ideas on development, design, technology, and business, visit their blog at Giant Robots Smashing into other Giant Robots.
After studying engineering at Dartmouth College, Dan Gonzalez taught high school physics in both urban and prep school settings, including Milton Academy outside of Boston.
Dan has been with Manhattan Prep for the past 9 years. Before becoming President of the company in 2011, he worked as an instructor, instructor trainer, and curriculum designer. Through an uncompromising focus on teacher quality, Manhattan Prep has grown from a small boutique to a national leader in test prep, serving thousands of students each year. Dan lives in New York City.
Dean is a co-founder and data scientist at Datascope, a data science consulting firm that specializes in building new tools where none exist.
Dean has been crafting solutions for Datascope's clients for the past 5 years across a wide range of industries and use cases. He has spoken at numerous conferences like Strata and published peer-reviewed research in journals like Nature, Science, and PNAS that have been featured in places like TIME, Wired, and US News & World Report. He also serves as an advisor for the NUvention Analytics entrepreneurship course at Northwestern University and as a volunteer mentor for the Data Science for Social Good program in Chicago.
Debbie is the Founder & CEO of Stride, NYC's most reliable Agile consulting team. She also serves as a NY Pod Leader for Venwise, an ERA Mentor and GA Instructor.
Prior to Stride, Debbie was the CEO of Cyrus Innovation, an Agile software development consulting firm. She grew Cyrus into 60-person, a multimillion dollar, 5 time Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies winner, and Crain's NY Best Place to Work. Debbie is a sought after public speaker and writer, appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business TV, The Huffingpost, Inc Magazine and more.
Larry Rudman received his BA from Yale in 1989, and as a member of the first Teach for America class received a first-hand education in teaching in Brooklyn middle schools. He then pursued his doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but left before completing his dissertation.
Previously employed by educational software company Sunburst Technology, Larry has been with Kaplan for the past eight years, overseeing asset development and leading the Learning Sciences Team. He was appointed VP of Instructional Design and Research in November 2013, and continues to work closely with top-flight international researchers.