Welcome to Wild Noodle's Consulting services. Wild Noodle offers consulting services in sociological research design as it pertains to the tech industry and education.  We also provide assistance with technical curriculum design and instruction, which includes workshops, seminars and small to large scale competitions.  Wild Noodle also provides support for technical recruiting and assessment.  For more information, please contact info@wildnoodle.com.

Meet our consultants.

Soraya Cardenas

Dr. Soraya Cardenas

Dr. Soraya Cardenas received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her specializations in Sociology include, Sustainability & Environment, Inequalities, Race & Ethnicity, and Social Justice. While a graduate student, she received a Post Doctorate Fellowship from the University of Kansas, the prestigious Presidential Fellowship from University of Nebraska and was the recipient of the Garcia-Robles Fulbright scholarship, which she received to study water scarcity in Queretaro, Mexico. She later spent three years in Oaxaca to study poverty and the Environment. While a professor at the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK), she produced documentaries with her classes. One of her films, which explored Aroostook County’s interest in biomass, was financially supported by a National Science Foundation grant. She also received the Trustee Professorship to study windmills near the vicinity of communities. In 2010, she was awarded “Researcher of the Year” for her work with students in the classroom along with her chairing the maiden event, Scholars Symposium. This event united UMFK for a conference, which brought notable scholars, such as Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Distinguished Professor Dr. Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez and others. The event also provided an outlet to showcase students’ work. In 2012, Dr. Cardenas was nominated for the Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence.

Brian Conte

Brian has over 30 years of entrepreneurial experience and technology expertise. Brian managed the development of Microsoft's first browser in 1985 and later founded hDC, the first Windows software company. Brian ran hDC, later named Express Systems, for 10 years before selling it to WRQ in 1996, where he remained as CTO. Brian spearheaded the development of one of WRQ's most successful products, Express 2000, which generated more than $10 million in its first year. Brian subsequently founded Fast Track and ran Microsoft Imagine Cup Algorithm competition from 2004 to 2008. Brian holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University.

Emi Lesure

Dr. Emi Lesure

Dr. Emi Lesure is a sociologist with training and experience in qualitative and quantitative research. She recently completed her doctorate, and in addition to being a consultant for Wild Noodle, she is currently a researcher examining health care and economic and community development. She also has experience as an educator. She taught young children for four years at an after-school program in an underserved community and a kindergarten in New Haven, Connecticut, and she taught undergraduates for seven years as an instructor and teaching assistant at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi. These experiences of teaching students of diverse backgrounds and ages and researching economic development have made Emi committed to improving educational outcomes, especially in subjects needed to enter and advance the tech sector. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University. Emi grew up in the Bay Area and spent the next 16 years studying, teaching, and doing research in Connecticut, New York, Japan, Costa Rica, Spain, China, Indonesia, and Malaysia and traveling to several other countries in between. She currently lives in the South Bay.