Our Team

Meet the team

Get to know our team


Pranav Avasarala

Pranav Avasarala is a sophomore at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and TJHSST alumni. Pranav is currently leading the new Yale chapter of Funbotics in association with Yale Pathways to Science. He is also co-president of the South Asian Society at Yale and is doing research as part of a Yale chemical engineering startup. Pranav is a firm believer that everyone must do their part to empower the youth to participate in and enjoy STEM.

Pallavi Avasarala

Pallavi Avasarala is a sophomore at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina pursuing a Major in Neuroscience and TJHSST alumni. She is an active member of DUKE Emergency Medical Services and is also working as clinical research scholar, conducting studies on Post Operative Cognitive Disease (POCD) under the guidance of Dr. Miles Berger, MD, PhD, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. Pallavi loves to work with kids and wants to pass on her passion for STEM to younger kids

Sahiti Rachakonda

Chief Executive Officer
Sahiti is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Sahiti’s passion for technology and working with youth inspired her to contribute to Funbotics. She has been involved in continuous research for the last 2 years and has also been invited to speak at the international Bett and LearnIT conference in London, UK. As a dancer and artist, she is keen on studying the unique intersection between technology and art. Sahiti looks forward to growing the reach and contributions of Funbotics through her leadership and passion to positively impact the community around.

Dinan Elsyad

Director Outreach
Dinan Elsyad is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Since a young age, she has found the world of STEM, from math problems to building bridges, to be fascinating. This early fascination has now manifested into a love for the sciences that she continues to pursue every day. While she loves to learn, she also loves to help others. Funbotics gives her a way to combine these two passions. She hopes to help less fortunate kids see the magic in STEM as she does.

Jay Rachakonda

Vice President, Curriculum
Jay is a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. His early engagement in STEM activities such as Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO), First Lego League Robotics Competition (FLL), American Computer Science League(ACSL) and eCyberMission have instilled in him a love for science and technology. His team was selected as National Finalists for eCyberMission and were also granted $5000 in 2017 to implement their solution for a watershed problem in their elementary school. Jay is proud to have contributed positively to his school through this grant and loves to volunteer his time to share his knowledge. He continues to pursue his technology passion through FTC and CyberPatriots programs.

Sohan Sunku

Former Board member
Sohan Sunku is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He has a passion for building and creating things, and from a very young age has been experimenting with robotics. In high school, Sohan is the President of the the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle club, where he teaches others how to build and safely operate drones and compete in AUVSI. In his free time, Sohan participates in drone racing, 3D printing and helping friends in their home renovation projects.

Akshath Chikkam

Former Board member
Senior at Oakton High School who loves to spend time with his robotics team competing in both FRC and FTC. Captain and Officer of a top 25 national school rocketry team, qualified for NASA Launch. I’m a passionate teacher and tutor at the Russian School of Mathematics. You can also find me mentoring younger robotics fanatics through Funbotics.org and Comets FLL team. I plan to apply my skills as a STEM leader and coach to a career in finance.