empowering Educators

We build software that helps instructors inspire students to become the next generation of instructors, scientists, and problem-solvers.


Our Brand is Expertise

Founded by higher education science educators with a strong history of educational technology innovation, Catalyst Education builds powerful digital teaching and learning software. "Make instructors the hero" is our mantra. Our technologies save instructors time so they can focus on providing an educational experience that their students will find valuable and inspirational.


James Caras, PhD


Jamie is a passionate educator and entrepreneur. He taught biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and founded Sapling Learning, a market-leading STEM online homework platform currently used by over a million students per year. He has also served as President of STEM and Chief Product Officer at Macmillan.

Brian Arneson, PhD

Director of Product

Brian is a chemical educator who developed UT Austin’s ChemBridge program and a microscale general chemistry lab curriculum. While leading Product at Sapling Learning and Assessment at Macmillan, Brian built the most effective and widely-used STEM education products in the world today.

Tony Shrout, PhD

Director of Labs

Tony is an avid tutor who believes lab-based learning is critical to science learning and problem solving. This passion is combined with his significant teaching experience and history of building learning products while at Sapling Learning.  

Tim Smith


While at Macmillan, Sapling Learning, and Uprise Publishing, Tim provided senior technology leadership and built highly scalable learning software platforms.


Lab courses are important because students engage hands-on with science concepts and develop problem-solving skills, yet they offer many unique challenges to those in charge of delivering them.

Labflow fosters student success and improves the teaching and management of lab courses.



Catalyst Education’s mission has attracted many valuable partners. We are proud to be a part of two innovator accelerator programs: the ACC Bioscience Incubator (we film our lab videos at their facility) and also are a MassChallenge Texas Finalist (class of 2019). We have partnered with OpenStax to bring OER and educational affordability to lab courses, and Van-Griner Learning to provide custom publishing services and printed lab manuals and notebooks.

Let Us Show You

Every educator needs more time and visibility into the learning taking place in their course. Let us show you how we deliver teaching and learning success.