meet our volunteers

STEMpower volunteers showcase a variety of skills through their many roles. Read their bios to learn more about their lives outside STEMpower. Our volunteers are diverse, as part of STEMpower's mission is to foster diversity. High school students of all grade levels and STEM interests come together as volunteers for our organization!

curriculum designers

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Kaavya Butaney

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Danielle Lee

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Sasha Karelina

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Rachel Rudyak

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Chengzhi Wang

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Sydney Tung

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Grace Cai

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Zoey Brenner

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Abigail Wang

Kaavya is a junior at Los Altos High School, where she writes for the school newspaper the Talon. She enjoys science, especially biology and genetics, and writing. She also loves Speech & Debate and has a specific passion for topics about international affairs.

Kaavya Butaney

Rachel is a junior at Los Altos High School with a passion for biology and English. In STEMpower, she helps design interactive STEAM lessons for young students. When she’s not planning curriculums, she writes for her school’s student newspaper, hikes, volunteers in her community, paints, and tutors young learners.

Rachel Rudyak

Sydney is a junior at Los Altos High School. She enjoys science and math and is excited to help make an impact on the community through STEMpower. In her free time, Sydney can be found dancing, reading, or spending time with family and friends. 

Sydney Tung

Zoey is a sophomore at Los Altos High School who enjoys playing soccer, reading novels, and painting. Some of her interests include learning languages and studying linguistics, biology, and psychology.

Also a Workshop Facilitator!

Zoey Brenner

Danielle is currently a junior at California High School, who is interested in studying psychology and human anatomy. She loves to travel and make different foods and desserts. One day she hopes to live in an innovative tiny home. 

Danielle Lee

Abigail is a current freshman at Los Altos High School. She has a vested interest in the development and distribution of medication and drugs. She loves playing the clarinet and listening to music, along with playing badminton and biking. She loves studying the STEM subjects and hopes to use the information she has learnt to spark a similar passion for STEM in younger kids!

Abigail Wang

Sasha is a current sophomore at California High School who loves solving interesting math problems and learning about science. Her hobbies include drawing, playing the guitar (and the kalimba), and reading. She is excited to join the team and share her passion for STEM with the next generation of scientists and mathematicians!

Sasha Karelina

Chengzhi Wang is a current freshman at Los Altos High School, who is passionate about math and physics. His hobbies include chess, coding, biking, and playing basketball. A fun fact about him is he can jump rope to 700 without stopping. He is excited to apply his knowledge of STEM to help teach younger students and help out the community in general.

Chengzhi Wang

Grace is a current sophomore at Los Altos High School who is passionate about computer science and math. She enjoys playing golf, baking, and photography as well as coding fun games. She is excited to further explore different STEM fields and introduce younger kids to the world of STEM.

Grace Cai

content creators

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Audrey Boenninghausen

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Shelli Lewis

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Sophia Shao

Audrey is a senior at Los Altos High School. She enjoys STEM and is excited to be able to share that enjoyment through her interest in filmmaking. When she’s not editing STEMpower videos, Audrey plays field hockey, reads, and makes short films. 

Audrey Boenninghausen

Shelli is a junior at Los Altos High School. She enjoys learning new things and is especially passionate about science. She loves working with kids and inspiring younger students in STEM fields as well. In her free time, Shelli does cross country and track and field, plays piano, and tutors younger students.

Shelli Lewis

Sophia is a rising sophomore at Los Altos High School. She loves all things science, especially biology and anatomy, and she is excited to share her love for science through video. In her free time, she plays tennis on the high school team during the school year and ballgirls over the summer. 

Sophia Shao

social media managers

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Emily Jeon

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Suhani Pothireddy

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Deepthi Hegde

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Saloni Pothireddy

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Leanna Gager

Emily is a sophomore at Los Altos High School. As a STEMpower volunteer, she aspires to design engaging and diverting pieces of art to further accentuate her passion for the perpetual world beyond biology and medicine . During her free time, she enjoys playing badminton and fencing in addition to mastering the art of music through the viola.

Emily Jeon

Deepthi is currently a sophomore at Milpitas High School. She enjoys painting, biking, volleyball, and studying Science as well as History. She hopes to create a positive impact in the community by advocating for various issues and sharing her love of creativity and expressiveness through STEMpower!

Deepthi Hegde

Saloni Pothireddy is a rising sophomore at California High School. Her hobbies include painting, reading and learning about different sciences. She is very excited to share her interest in STEM with students and be a part of the STEMpower team!

Saloni Pothireddy

Leanna Gager is a rising sophomore at Westmont High School who has a passion for math and engineering.  In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and travelling. She is very excited to become a part of the STEM power team so that she can benefit the community by sharing her knowledge and love for STEM!

Leanna Gager

Suhani Pothireddy is a sophomore at California High School. She enjoys playing the guitar, reading and doing photography. She is very interested in science, especially physics and astronomy, so she can't wait to be a part of STEMpower this year!

Suhani Pothireddy

outreach team 

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Aneesa Mustafa

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Shreya Pasupuleti

Aneesa is a junior at Dublin High School who loves anything to do with STEM. In her free time she loves to go hiking, travel, watch movies, and dance an Indian/Pakistani folk dance called Bhangra. She’s excited to work with fellow STEM lovers and build a strong team with volunteers!

Aneesa Mustafa

Shreya is a friendly sophomore at California High School. Her hobbies include hiking, learning python, reading fantasy books, drawing, and hanging out with her budgies. After growing up with a dedication for STEM, she now volunteers as an outreach member for STEMpower.

Shreya Pasupuleti

website designers

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Bridget Liu

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Yash Nasikkar

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Ikbal Surucu

Bridget is a freshman at Los Altos High School who likes all forms of art (whether digital or traditional media). Her favorite subject is art and she has two cats. She is excited to help design websites for STEM!

Bridget Liu

Ikbal is a sophomore at Carlmont High School. She enjoys studying Science and Math, and is particularly fascinated with medicine. In her free time, she likes to draw and play the piano. She is very excited to meet new people and explore different STEM fields through STEMpower!

Ikbal Surucu

Yash is a junior at Los Altos High, who enjoys drawing, designing graphics and painting in his free time. Besides painting on paper or canvas, he also likes to personalize his shoes, skate decks and even his computer, along with his twin brother.

Yash Nasikkar

Bridget is a freshman at Los Altos High School who likes all forms of art (whether digital or traditional media). Her favorite subject is art and she has two cats. She is excited to help design websites for STEM!

Bridget Liu

blog writers 

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Anand Mehta

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Nina Timofeyeva

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Kira Sidhu

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Nimisa Panda

Kira is a freshman at Cal High who is fascinated by science, psychology, and languages. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, dancing, reading, writing, and playing the violin. She can’t wait to write for STEMpower and help introduce students to the scientific wonders of STEM!

Kira Sidhu

Anand is a junior in Los Altos High school who has a passion for writing, communicating, and understanding complex topics. His favorite subject is English, but he equally enjoys history, statistics, and biology. As a Blog Writer, he is excited to market the ideas and values of STEMpower to more people.

Anand Mehta

Nina is a rising junior at Mountain View High School. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, backpacking, rock climbing, and photography. Her favorite subjects are history and biology, and she loves learning about how everything works  in the world.

Nina Timofeyeva

Nimisa is a sophomore at California High School who has a passion for the sciences. Her hobbies include swimming, playing water polo, reading, writing, and coming up with sarcastic comments. She is excited to write for the STEMpower blog, and can’t wait to see what comes next!

Nimisa Panda

Kira is a freshman at Cal High who is fascinated by science, psychology, and languages. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, dancing, reading, writing, and playing the violin. She can’t wait to write for STEMpower and help introduce students to the scientific wonders of STEM!

Kira Sidhu

workshop facilitators 

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Ethan Solomon

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Beste Karatas

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Andrew Boldi

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Jessica Rosenberry

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Malhar Raravikar

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Prerita Babarjung

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Nicole Andrews

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Harini Muthu

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Jessica Silver

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Esther Liu

Jessica is a junior at Mountain View High School. She loves working with kids and has a lot of experience with it, as a gymnastics teacher for young kids. She has always loved science and math, and particularly enjoys biology. She is an all star cheerleader, and in her free time she likes to sing and do embroidery

Jessica Rosenberry

Ethan is a junior at Mountain View High School. He is a black team member in his school’s Science Olympiad team, and loves chemistry, math, and computer science. In addition, he plays the piano and the viola, and likes to learn foreign languages, bake, and draw in his free time.

Ethan Solomon

Jessica is a Sophomore at Los Altos high school. She is very interested in the field of medicine and she has played sports her whole life. She enjoys dancing and baking and she has a pet dog, as well as cats and chickens.

Jessica Silver

Nicole is a junior at Los Altos High School. She enjoys learning about psychology, biology, and computer science and she loves working with children. When she is not in school you can find her baking, dancing, hiking, or traveling the world.

Nicole Andrews

Beste is a sophomore at Los Altos High School who likes to read, bake with her mother, dance, and learn! She really enjoys learning about mathematics, psychology, and biology. She is really excited to get to know and work with young students who also have a passion for or interest in STEM!

Beste Karatas

Malhar is a junior in California High School who loves medical science and biology. In his free time, he plays badminton and he likes to watch movies. He also plays the tabla, which is an indian musical instrument. He is excited to work with STEMpower to help teach students more about STEM courses.

Malhar Raravikar

Harini is a sophomore at Dougherty Valley High School who is interested in science and engineering. In her free time she loves reading and art. She has experience teaching younger kids about science and is really excited to work with STEMpower to teach many other children.

Harini Muthu

Esther is an incoming sophomore at Milpitas High school. She enjoys playing volleyball, piano and trumpet. She is passionate about  human anatomy and cell biology, and is extremely interested in protein modeling and genetic engineering. She hopes to assist young students on their path to success in the STEM fields through STEMpower!

Esther Liu

Andrew is an inquisitive rising junior at Carlmont High School. In his free time, he loves to play piano, learn topics in math, program for websites, solve Rubik’s cubes, and swim. He wishes to share his knowledge and help inspire young students through STEMpower!

Andrew Boldi

Prerita is a rising sophomore at Dougherty Valley High School. She loves to sculpt, paint, draw, and play video games in her free time, as well as spending time with her cat. She hopes to inspire young students to continue in STEM, as well as learn a few things along the way herself through STEMPower.

Prerita Babarjung