Our History

Novapta was founded in 2011 by four physicists whose expertise spans several research fields as well as software and hardware design. Tim Stelzer and Mats Selen combine 35 years of academic experience as physics professors at the University of Illinois, and lead product development. Michel Herquet is founder of Novapta’s technical partner, B12 Consulting, and leads the Novapta back-end software group. With a Ph.D. in Physics Education Research and formidable skills in graphic design and programming, Michael Scott is Novapta’s front-end architect.

Our Mission

Novapta is dedicated to improving society by improving education. We create powerful, yet simple tools that enable instructors to use research-validated pedagogical techniques in their classrooms.

Our Approach

We build pedagogy driven products to use in our own classrooms. Novapta has the skills necessary to do rapid development, and we also have the classroom experience and education research background to assess the use of these products. As leaders in the field of Physics Education Research, working with a strong group of academic colleagues at the University of Illinois and elsewhere, we are uniquely positioned to verify that our products provide the best possible experience for both students and instructors. As assessment data and new ideas are received, new features are added to our software on a weekly deployment cycle that includes hundreds of automated unit tests to ensure a seamless and error free experience for our users.

Our Creative Team

Michel Herquet
Information Technology
Michael Scott
Creative Media
Mats Selen
Strategy and Innovation
Tim Stelzer
Pedagogy