University of Notre Dame
Josh graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure Mathematics and Philosophy. His senior project in mathematics focused on winding numbers, fundamental objects of study in algebraic topology. In philosophy, his senior project focused on the ontological status of numbers -- roughly speaking: do numbers have an objective existence independent of human consciousness?
University of Wisconsin
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, Josh proceeded to the University of Wisconsin - Madison, graduating in 1989 with a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. His thesis project focused on the automatic indexing of databases based on actual query patterns. Since that time, similar features have appeared in commercial database products including Google's BigTable and Amazon's SimpleDB.
Richard and Phil both graduated from Virginia Tech: Richard in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Phil in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
For his senior project, Phil was a member of the Virginia Tech Baja SAE Team that designed and built a single-seat, off-road race car.