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Meet the Professors for Your GRE Course

Dr. Ajay Amar, founder of Austin Elite Prep, holds a doctorate in physics 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 business world as well as academia. A veteran of semiconductor industry, he is best known for leading his organizations with strategic vision and analytical thinking. Dr. Amar went on to establish Austin Elite Prep for GRE preparation, Austin GMAT Review and Austin LSAT Prep, the leading test-prep firms in Central Texas. He credits his education for his success.


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 Owen Chamerlain, a renowned Nobel Laureate, and won Berkeley's prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award.  


Ajay Amar, PhD, MBA

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


David Lyon, MS

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A long-time Austinite, Dave Lyon holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from MIT.


Dave teaches Austin Elite Prep's GRE test prep program, working with our GRE students as they prepare for graduate school. As a teacher, Dave has an amazing degree of patience with students. (Just ask the small children whom he has taught to play piano – his hobby.)


In addition to the care that he gives his students, Dave has strong philanthropic interests; his volunteer activities includes his current work as the principal of Big Picture Social Impact Consulting, and past work as an advisory board member for Tomberg Family Philanthropies and managing director of fundraising for a non-profit organization for at-risk youth.


During the day, Dave runs a successful residential real estate business, but his heart has always belonged to education as a way to better lives, one student at a time.

"Dave's and Dr. Amar's gifted teaching dramatically improved my GRE scores, taking my numbers more than 20 points above the average needed for acceptance at my schools. I count the Austin Elite Prep learning experience as one of the most transformative of my life, giving me a relationship with math I never thought possible. ... Thank you, Dave and Dr. Amar, for believing in me and awakening my potential."

- Jacy

"Dr. Amar is not just a good tutor but also a good counselor, always positive and never discouraging."

- Dexter

"Throughout the tutoring Dr. Amar was extremely supportive and encouraging, which I know contributed to my increasing each of my scores."

- Kathryn