|University of Rochester, BS|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering|
Tyler Kieft is an electrical engineer and computer programmer from Burlington, Vermont. He began hacking BASIC games in the fourth grade and worked for IBM as a Python programmer while still in high school. In 2005, he turned down Harvard for a full scholarship to the University of Rochester. There he earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the faculty award for engineering excellence and Summa Cum Laude honors. Currently one of the co-founders of SpeakerText, he previously developed wafer picking technology for IBM and computer vision software for Lockheed-Martin.