George Brindeiro is an international alumni of Stanford EPGY, now GiftedandTalented.com, who lives and works in Brazil. He founded Overdrive Electronics, a company backed by Start-Up Brasil, an initiative from the Brazilian government that aims to stimulate and support technology-based businesses. George’s company teaches electronics and computer programming and sells parts for others to build their own inventions. Part of the maker culture, Overdrive aims to foster creativity and innovation and the inspiration for such a company can be seen from George's time spent as a student with Stanford EPGY.
George began taking GiftedandTalented.com's EPGY courses in high school to challenge himself outside of the classroom. He completed the entire EPGY Calculus series in one semester. Progressing through the difficult materials quickly aided him in becoming a “more independent learner and set higher standards for [him]self.” This experience motivated George to challenge himself as much as he could, a sentiment that has lasted with him since he took these courses.
The ability to work independently at his own pace inspired George to make educational tools readily available to students that want them. George's EPGY experience also informed his decision to become a high school teacher early in his career, thus gaining valuable experience required for his current role as an education entrepreneur.
After high school, George earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechatronics Engineering from the Universidade de Brasilia. While serving as the CEO of Overdrive Electronica, he is working to earn his Masters in Electronic and Automation Systems Engineering from the Universidade de Brasilia.