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Faculty Profiles

 Ajay Amar, MBA, PhD

Dr. Ajay Amar, founder of Austin GMAT Review and Austin Elite Prep for GRE preparation, holds a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management.


Dr. Amar brings in-depth knowledge and experience from the corporate world as well as academia. A veteran of semiconductor industry, he is best known for leading his organizations with an integrated vision of strategic operations, optimizing product costs, and driving risk-benefit analytical thinking within the industry. Dr. Amar credits his education for his success in business and management.


Dr. Amar has a long-time commitment to academic excellence. In his early years at the University of California, he worked as teaching assistant to a renowned Nobel Laureate. He subsequently won Berkeley's prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award.  


A published researcher, Dr. Amar has taught and mentored students who have gone on to a variety of graduate programs. His abiding belief in the value of a high-quality education is the foundation of our company.

 David Lyon, MS

Dr. Ajay Amar, founder of Austin GMAT Review and Austin Elite Prep for GRE Prep Nathan Palmer

The quintessential Austinite who has rarely missed an Austin City Limits festival, David Lyon holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.


In addition to teaching GMAT classes at Austin GMAT Review and GRE classes at Austin Elite Prep, David holds strong philanthropic interests. David's community work includes his current involvement as the principal of Big Picture Social Impact Consulting, and a seat on the advisory board for Tomberg Family Philanthropies, which works on issues such as education, health, and poverty. In the past, he was managing director of fundraising for a non-profit organization for at-risk youth.


David landed a 780 (99th percentile) on the GMAT including a perfect score on the GMAT verbal section. He brings his talent for test-taking and his passion for teaching to the GMAT classes that he leads in Austin and Monterrey, Mexico, where he teaches our GMAT Verbal Immersion Course. David also runs our GRE preparation course.

Jennifer Rich’s commitment to academic excellence became evident in high school when she was named a National Merit Finalist and graduated first in a class of nearly five hundred.  


Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. Having served as a cadet in the Virginia Tech Corps, she was commissioned as a U.S. Naval Officer upon graduation. For four years, she served as Instructor, Division Director, and Command Training Evaluator at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, personally instructing more than 300 students in science and engineering principles fundamental to naval nuclear propulsion plants. She earned the designation of Master Training Specialist for outstanding instructional abilities.


After scoring 760 (99th percentile) on the GMAT and a 6.0 on the AWA, Jennifer proceeded with graduate work at Oklahoma State University, where she earned an MS in Management Information Systems. Jennifer currently resides in the San Antonio area where she helps our students excel on the GMAT.

 Jennifer Rich, MS

Jennifer Rich, member of the Austin GMAT Review faculty

 Nathan Palmer, MS

Nathan Palmer, better known as our Royal GMAT Instructor (he's a direct descendant of King Edward I of England), is a long-time Austinite who returned after going out west, overseas, and to Harvard Law School.


Nathan performed two years of volunteer missionary work in New Zealand before taking up a double major in philosophy and psychology at Brigham Young University, from where he graduated magna cum laude. He subsequently completed his MS in psychology at Brigham Young University with an emphasis in philosophical and theoretical psychology. He later entered the field of law with a Harvard Law degree.


Blessed with a passion for math, Nathan served as a high school math teacher with Teach for America. He has also taught as an adjunct psychology professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Nathan's non-academic interests include directing a philanthropic foundation and biking. Among his many claims to fame is having biked up and down the world's steepest residential street (Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand).


A stellar test-taker, Nathan achieved a perfect score on the quantitative section of the GRE and a 770 (99th percentile) on the GMAT.

David Lyon, member of the Austin GMAT Review faculty