Creating adaptive learning solutions to empower individuals to pursue the work they love on the most relevant skills of the 21st century .

Divergence Academy is an education institution that is creating adaptive learning solutions to empower individuals to pursue the work they love on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development to data science to product management. Established in 2014 as the first Data Science focused institution in the DFW area, we are making a new world of education at the intersection of product, marketing, and technology accessible to students and professionals pursuing careers in hybrid roles through our Innovation with Analytics approach.

Our Data to Data Product is a custom learning solution for corporations. It is the result of our deep domain knowledge in big data and analytics, blended learning approaches with seamless assimilation of online content from different sources into the learner’s experience, and mentor-driven models along with labs and knowledge back office to maximize training with results. Give us a call to find out more about the solution or a possible solution to your particular challenge.


Sravan Ankaraju

Sravan Ankaraju

Founder & President

Sravan Ankaraju is the Founder and President of Divergence Academy. His experience is in moving large teams at Microsoft from reactive to predictive to prescriptive support through embracing of risk based assessments and machine learning models. He started his career as a developer and developing large-scale transactional systems applying various tree-based algorithms. He understands the pipeline jungles and hidden feedback loops associated with world of machine learning.

Rick Rainey

Rick Rainey

Adjunct Faculty / Cloud, Software Design & Development

Experienced Cloud architect, software design and development evangelist for key ISV’s.  He led projects such as the Cloud Ninja Polyglot Persistence project, Cloud Ninja Ingestion Patterns, and early PowerShell script development available on the Microsoft Azure Script Center.

Beth Lahaie

Beth Lahaie

Director of Programs

Beth is an enterprise software sales professional who has worked alongside some of the most forward thinking teams at AT&T, Lucent, Genesys and Nuance. She’s built sales teams from scratch, represented one of the first SaaS companies in 2000. Beth gets referred to engineering leaders at information based internet companies to provide early stage sales strategy and team building.

Naveen Bannagani

Naveen Bannagani

Adjunct Faculty / Big Data Analytics with R

Experienced Data Architect focused on integrating the Big Data and Predicitve Analytics through application of contemporary tools such as IBM Watson Analytics, Big ML, Rapid Miner, SAS, Tableau, Predixion and R.

Abhishek Goel

Abhishek Goel

Adjunct Faculty / Advisor / Big Data Analytics Strategy

Abhishek Goel. Abhishek is a SVP, Strategic Data Solution Team in Citigroup.. He has experience working and providing consulting and strategy services to C-Level executives of global financial institutions. He has a MBA and MS in Applied Economics.

Drew Robichaud

Marine/Advisor for Veteran Education

Ashok Pai

Advisor / BI Technologies

Ashok Pai is a passionate technologist with a background in distributed systems, business intelligence, and operations research. His vast software engineering experience involved stints at Microsoft, The Walt Disney Studios, America Online and Cray Supercomputers. Learning to learn has been key to his passion for technology.

Krishna Kavi

Advisor / Strategic Programs

Experienced in managing large research projects in Dataflow and Multi-threaded computer architecture, optimization of cache memories, memory management systems. Currently working on 3D DRAM systems with embedded processing cores (PIMs) for Map-reduce applications. Also developing innovative approaches to understanding security vulnerabilities using ontologies.

Desi Maes

Advisor / Finance & Operations

Desi Maes has more than 25 years of progressively responsible experience leading business operations in technology, manufacturing, sales, logistics, distribution, procurement, and security. Desi has also had 10 years of experience as an Adjunct Professor for numerous colleges and Universities within Texas. Additionally, he is a decorated combat veteran who commanded numerous combat organizations and is a Special Forces (Green Beret) and an Army Ranger.