Award-Winning Researcher

Arjan Khalsa has been at the forefront of educational research since the early 1990’s, leading federally-funded research projects awarded by The US Department of Education, The National Science Foundation, and The National Institutes of Health. Research topics have focused in  the K-8 grade range, servicing students with disabilities and English Language Learners. Topics have included visual mathematics interactions, literacy acquisition, and using technology to enhance accessibility.

Awards. Arjan was among the select group to win the first-ever Tibbetts Awards in 1996, given to outstanding recipients of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants. He won again in 2002, this time taking advantage of a photo opportunity with California Senator Barbara Boxer. In 1992, Arjan won The John’s Hopkins National Search for Computing to Help People with Disabilities, a competition that involved over 800 contestants.


Patents. IntelliKeys (shown below) was granted two patents. It was the first computer keyboard to work with multiple operating systems: PC (referred to as IBM PC back then), Apple IIe, and Macintosh (Apple Desktop Bus).

Conceptua Math has applied for four patents, all of which are pending. These patents address mathematical visual modeling, innovations in teaching difficult math topics like the multiplication and division of fractions, and using technology to support teachers in leading rich classroom discussions.