The president of the education technology business for global semiconductor manufacturer Texas Instruments (TI) is on a mission to bring math and science concepts to life for all students.
A former high school math teacher, Peter Balyta uses his advanced degrees in both business and mathematics to bridge the worlds of industry and academia.
Balyta, who is also the vice president of corporate citizenship and academic engagement for TI, leads teams that are committed to improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by equipping teachers with the tools to teach more effectively.
Before pursuing his MSc at Concordia, Balyta says he was good at “doing math” but his time at the school helped him to unlock the way he thinks about the subject.
“I developed a much deeper understanding of how it permeates every aspect of the world around us and how math education is critical to helping solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.”
The value of a good mentor
“We all need someone to advocate for us and to help us gain confidence. While at Concordia, I had four individuals who took me under their wings. I still remember their encouraging words and try and channel their wisdom when working with students in whom I see potential.”
Biggest career challenge
“Prior to joining TI, my point of view was largely academic. When I entered the business world, all of a sudden, I had to learn a new corporate language around finance, supply chain, sales, marketing and leadership.”
Words of wisdom
“Go for it, even if you don’t feel completely ready. You’ll never feel completely ready and that’s OK!”
Outside the 9 to 5
“When my son was in middle school, I became a mentor for his robotics team. What started as a once-a-week commitment has become a long-term one. These robotics competitions, which are sports for the mind, are as exciting as cheering on a team during the Stanley Cup finals.”