Advanced Instructional Systems, Inc. (WebAssign)
Advanced Instructional Systems, Inc., dba WebAssign, is a privately held education technology company located on NC State University’s Centennial Campus. In 1997, the company’s product, WebAssign®, was developed and piloted in several classes at NCSU. In 1998, WebAssign became commercially available as a hosted subscription service, under the direction of founder and CEO, John Risley, Ph.D, a physics education specialist and professor in the Department of Physics at NCSU. Within a year, WebAssign became the standard in online homework and grading throughout the United States. Dr. Risley passed away in April 2013, but his passion for using technology to connect students and teachers lives on. As part of his vision, WebAssign became an employee-owned benefit company in 2012, dedicated to enhancing education. With almost 200 employees to date, the company has maintained consistently steady growth over the last five years.