Sai Gattupalli

Sai Gattupalli

Hello and namasté.

I am Sai and I am a Research Assistant in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My interests lie in the fields of intelligent tutoring systems, math learning dis/abilities in adult learners, remote instruction, behavioral inquiry into web-mediated learning and communication, computational thinking, web design and accessibility.


Advanced Learning Technologies Lab


Ivon Arroyo, Ed.D.

The Center for Knowledge Communication


Beverly Woolf, Ph.D.

International Alliance to Advance Learning in the Digital Era


Viktoria Pammer-Schindler, Ph.D.

Project బడి (Project Badi)


Sai Gattupalli

My Work

Although my research portfolio covers several topics, my core focus lies in math education. Here is what I think about it.

Why is math important?

Math is a life-skill. It is applied overwhelmingly in several domains and disciplines. Math helps us quantify and organize our daily habits. Broader cognitive abilities, problem solving and logic are associated with math solving skills. These qualities have direct implications in the workplace and therefore drive STEM innovation.

What is the current state of math education?

With the COVID-19 pandemic further propelling remote learning and hybrid models as our primary medium of classroom content delivery, K12 (and higher ed) math instruction is being delivered in ways more fragmented than ever before. This contributes to an even wider gap between learning gains vs student interest in math education. Meaning, the core essence of math is being delivered unevenly and inequitably than ever before.

What am I doing about it?

It is important that we understand there is a severe lack of STEM workforce in the US, to start with. My research focuses on various intersections where Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS) are used to address math problem solving issues in adult learners (and Grade 6+ learners). ITS are advanced programs that instantly adapt to learner's math solving behavior and math performance. They provide "scaffolding" and encouragement, and help deliver positive learning outcomes.

I work on these measurements, and quantify math learning ability and achievement among "at-risk" adult learners. I make improvements that yield new positive outcomes, develop core math content, find new patterns, educate teachers and the community.

Under guidance from my advisors -

Ivon Arroyo, Ed.D., Torrey Trust, Ph.D. and Elizabeth McEneaney, Ph.D.

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Work Experience

Research Assistant

Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, UMass Amherst

2019 - Present

Assess "at-risk" adult learners' affective states and learning performance through Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS)Analyze relationship between learning technologies and affect and gritInvestigate and predict learners' math learning outcomes using deep learning for facial featuresImprove student computational thinking ability through technology and embodied game play. Read more....

3D Printing Assistant

Digital Media Lab, UMass Amherst

2019 - 2019

Assess and offer advise to patron-designed 3D modelsDetect build issues using slicing softwareMaintain individual device print schedule and prioritize job queuesProvide projected completion of printsMonitor and troubleshoot 3D printing equipment for errorsPrepare and load material into production equipment

Instructional Technology Specialist

Merrimack College

2018 - 2019

Provide leadership in maintaining high quality technology integration into teaching and learningWork closely with the CETL Department (Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning) and design useful teaching resources for faculty and staffOversee transition and provide support for pilot learning management systems (LMS)Research use of newer technologies for in-person and remote instructionProject Manager for campus-wide digital signage systemRecommend hardware and software for uninterrupted instructional delivery

Graduate Assistant | Digital, Web and Social Media Assistant

The Girard School of Business, Merrimack College

2016 - 2017

Manage school's official online social portfolioAnalyze student performance data and create reportsCommunicate with student body using weekly newsletterAssist in event planning and communication strategy

Graphic Design and Social Media Intern

The School of Liberal Arts, Merrimack College

2016 - 2017

Manage school's online social portfolioResponsible for remote setup and maintenance of Windows IOT clients running digital signage softwareProcure hard- and softwareTest and evaluate new releases

Mobile App Developer, User Experience & Design Intern

Merrimack College

2016 - 2017

Identify features and design prototypesDesign interfaces to improve user experienceFind and fix bugs, test, deploy and maintain production assetsWork closely with academic departments to constantly innovate app functionality and designEnsure the best app performance and user experience of the appUse and adapt existing web applications for apps

People Manager - Critical Incident, Problem and Change Management

Global Datacenter Operations/NOC

HCL Technologies

2012 - 2015

Manage Critical Incident and Problem Manager personnel across NA, EMEA and APAC geosResponsible for avoiding data center outages through proactive measures, both hybrid and cloud infraLead support tracks during outages; notify C-level stakeholdersHost Chance Advisory Board (CAB) meetings with business and IT stakeholdersExpertise in Incident Management, Change Management, Problem Management and Asset ManagementExpertise in tools such as ServiceNow, SolarWinds, Nimsoft, XYMon and OpManagerExpertise in Incident Management, Change Management, Problem Management and Asset ManagementAnalyze event logs for postmortem reportsCreate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for technical tracks

Senior Technical and Systems Specialist


2010 - 2012

Provide IT assistance to staff and customersUpdate, maintain and monitor all aspects of computer networksMaintain domino databases and ensure overall IT-Sec adherenceComply with IBM Global Delivery Framework (GDF) and Lean quality standards

User Xperience Designer

Messenger Pilot Deployment


2009 - 2010

Evaluate application design for user experience effectivenessPerform usability testingDesign mock-ups, sitemaps and task flowsTranslate ideas into production application featuresConduct competitor and customer analysis

Indie Web Developer

2008 - 2009

Create website designs meeting customer requirementsMaintain web servers and monitor uptime using Parallels


PhD, in progress

Learning Technologies
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA

Master of Management Sciences

Instructional Technology Management and Leadership
Merrimack College, Andover MA

Bachelors of Science in Computer Technologies

Minor: Mathematics and Physics
Osmania University, India


Project బడి (Project Badi)

Telangana State, India

2020 - Present

Founder of nonprofit providing classroom and instructional supplies for KG-10th government school teachers in Telangana State, India.

Guest Speaker - Education and Workforce Training

Just-A-Start, Cambridge, MA

2017 - Present

Share insider knowledge with the IT cohort while providing support and guidance in the job market. Demonstrate worked-examples from the industry and help reinforce individual confidence.

Student Volunteer

Lazarus House, Lawrence, MA

2017 - 2018

Student-led program serving the homeless and low-income families in Lawrence, Massachusetts, including offering emergency shelter, food and clothing to people in crisis and providing transitional housing, advocacy and work preparation.

After-School Volunteer

Atkinson Elementary School, Andover, MA

2016 - 2018

Help the lead teacher in providing one-on-one or group assistance to students in grades K-5. Assist students with homework, independent reading, or read aloud and help develop key literacy skills.

Host - Blood Donations Camps

HCL Technologies, India

2014 - 2016

Supervise the venue and inspect pre-donation, donation and post-donation areas as per health regulatory standards. Support and liaise with voluntary organizations supporting children suffering from Leukemia.

Host - Parent Counseling

HCL Technologies, India

2014 - 2016

Provide counseling and support services to parents with children suffering from Leukemia.

Host - Catalyst for Social Change

HCL Technologies, India

2014 - 2016

Host corporate-level events focusing on educating and supporting disadvantaged children suffering from HIV/AIDS, abandoned by one or both parents and from poor socio-economic conditions, under HCL Technology's corporate social responsibility initiative "The Power of One".


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