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Meet Our Founders

Robbyn Anand is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University and the founder of the annual Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry.

Chemist, Assoc. Prof. 7 years

Robbyn Anand, CEO

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Tony Thrush is the Director at Model Farm, and with over 20 years of experience in the creative industry, he has developed his skills in corporate branding to a level of mastery.

Marketing and Design 20+ years

Tony Thrush, Cofounder

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Anuj Sharma is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Director of the Translational AI Center at Iowa State University.

Data Scientist, Prof. 14 years

Anuj Sharma, COO

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Addressing the needs of the diverse world of academia requires input from many voices. ACE is a growing team of educators who provide guidance to the founding team to shape the future of Coltie. If you are an educator interested in joining ACE, please reach out to us on our Contact form or at

Advisory Council of Educators (ACE)

Associate Professor Pablo Pineyro, DVM, MVSc, DVSc, PhD

Department of Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University

Professor Montasir Abbas

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

Professor Asheesh "Danny" Singh

Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

Associate Professor Brett VanVeller

Department of Chemistry, Iowa State University

Professor Emeritus Aragula Rao

Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Iowa State University

A look into our platform

A lack of  information can lead to missed opportunities, which is why Coltie is dedicated to making academic connections seamless and effortless.  We are dedicated to creating an environment where academic opportunity is accessible for all.  Our goal is to help students from underrepresented groups find their pathways to a graduate degree.


Download Coltie today and open doors to a bright academic future!

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