"If you help someone, that will make you happy, healthy."
The founder of IntelliChoice, Inc., Gil Sik Lee is currently a professor of the Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He was on sabbatical at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC in 1991 while he was on faculty at Louisiana State University. One day he took a wrong exit on highway 295. There were many school age children on the street during school hour. Seeing all these children on the street instead of at school reminded him of his own struggle to escape poverty through education. He grew up in a poor neighborhood but was fortunate to be told that school and education were the way out. He told himself that these children needed that same motivation. After he returned home to Louisiana from sabbatical, his wife, Jungsoon Lee, (professor at Southern University and now at UTD) and he started a math tutoring program for underprivileged children in Baton Rouge in 1993. They opened the Math School of Baton Rouge, a non-profit organization geared at targeting inner city youth. It started out as a program to tutor students who were having difficulties in math and other subjects.