Ahrash N. Bissell has been a part of the NROC Project (under the legal name of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education) since 2010, where he has managed the EdReady project since inception. Ahrash is also a consultant or board member on innovation in education and science for several projects and foundations, with special focus on science and math (STEM) disciplines, open educational resources (OER), and data-sharing. In particular, Ahrash seeks to build and test practical solutions to long-standing problems in realizing the theoretical benefits of OER, including digital-age publishing models, sustainable business strategies, effective marketing and implementation of OER and related practices, and better collaborative approaches to designing and sustaining open legal, technical and social innovations.
Prior positions include serving as the Executive Director of the education program at Creative Commons, the Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center and a Research Associate in Biology at Duke University, and an Instructor at several universities. He has a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Oregon and a BS in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.