MEET THE FOUNDERS
Pranav Avasarala Founder
Pranav founded Funbotics in Northern Virginia in 2016 with the goal of empowering today’s youth to pursue STEM careers. He is double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Economics at Yale University. Pranav has nurtured the program since inception, taking the journey from churches and libraries to competitions at Yale venues and programs in virtual settings. Outside of Funbotics, Pranav is passionate about product development and innovation with a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
Andonny Garcia Founder
Andonny was born in Guatemala, and raised in DC. He studies mechanical engineering at Yale university and enjoys teaching engineering, math, and physics. Having grown up in a minority, under-resourced household, Andonny seeks to dismantle the ethnic disparity in STEM fields. Andonny thoroughly knowledge and passionate about hands-on engineering, frequenting the Center for Center for Engineering Innovation and Design at Yale.
Pallavi Avasarala Founder
Pallavi is a junior at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina pursuing a major in Sociology with a Neuroscience minor. 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. Pallavi loves to work with kids and wants to pass on her passion for STEM to younger kids
Yale Funbotics Leadership
Eugene Thomas Yale Funbotics President
Eugene is a junior at Yale from New York City and is studying Mechanical Engineering and Statistics and Data Science. He joined Funbotics because he believes that enriching and constructive educational opportunities are integral to having students excel both in and out of the classroom.
Seth Dalmacio Yale Funbotics President
Seth is a junior at Yale from the New Haven area and is majoring in economics. As a former FIRST robotics student, he also spends his time working with several robotics teams in the New Haven Area.
Tyler Imprescia Student Outreach Head
Tyler is a junior Mechanical Engineering Major at Yale from Dover, Delaware. His two biggest passions are engineering and teaching, with Funbotics being the ideal mix of both. Outside of Yale and Funbotics, Tyler likes to cook, tutor, and play soccer.
Sahiti Rachakonda Yale Funbotics
Sahiti is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Her passion for technology and working with youth has inspired her to contribute to Funbotics. 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.
Tyler Imprescia Marketing and Media Head
Kelly is a junior at Yale studying Computer Science. She first started mentoring robotics organizations in high school after years of doing FIRST robotics. Other than Yale Funbotics, Kelly is involved with several other organizations aiming to empower women and gender minorities in STEM
Kaleb Gezahegn Technology Head
Kaleb is a sophomore at Yale University and is a prospective Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major. Kaleb is from Washington D.C., but he was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
DMV Funbotics Leadership
Pallavi Avasarala Founder
Pallavi is a senior at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina pursuing a major in Sociology with a Neuroscience minor. 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. Pallavi loves to work with kids and wants to pass on her passion for STEM to younger kids
Jay Rachakonda DMV-President
Jay is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Jay has served Funbotics in different capacities and introduced the first 3-D printing camps to the Funbotics community in 2018. Jay enjoys the many aspects of running DMV Funbotics Chapter including fundraising, volunteer recruitment, student outreach. The enthusiasm and energy of the diverse student body continues to inspire Jay to expand the impact of Funbotics.
Dinan Elsyad Director Outreach
Dinan Elsyad is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. From 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.
Akshath Chikkam Event Manager
Akshath is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University in the Tepper School of Business. In high school, he dedicated his time to his robotics team, competing in both FRC and FTC. He is a passionate teacher and tutor at the Russian School of Mathematics. You can also find him mentoring younger robotics fanatics through Funbotics and the Comets FLL team.
Sohan Sunku Event Manager
Sohan Sunku is a freshman studying Computer Science at the College of William and Mary. He has a passion for building and creating things, and from a very young age has been experimenting with robotics. In his free time, Sohan participates in drone racing, 3D printing and helping friends with their home renovation projects.
I go to Rachel Carson Middle School as a seventh grader and I have been doing 3D printing for about ten months. I enjoy 3D printing and the cool stuff you can make with it.
My name is Ansh and I currently attend Rachel Carson Middle School as an 8th grader. I am interested in computer science and 3D printing. My passion for 3D modeling came when I realized one could create anything one wanted to build. It opened my creative thinking and I am proud that I am a part of that community. Along with 3D printing, I play basketball and love to solve mysteries.
My name is Aarav and I am a sophomore at Thomas Jefferson High School. I have a passion for STEM and 3D printing because of the many problems it can solve. Outside of STEM, I enjoy playing basketball and watching sports.
I am Adarsh, a sophomore at Thoms Jefferson High school for Science and Technology, Virginia. My interests and association to robotics activities- design, modelling , 3D-printing and taking part in robotics leagues is only growing stronger with days ever since my first introduction to First Lego league as a 4th grader. As a STEM enthusiast, I offer my time to encouraging and mentoring younger students on EV3 programming , 3D modelling and printing. I am also very oriented to music - enjoy playing the viola and a trained and a performing classical vocal musician
Sanjana Adatrao Volunteer
I am Sanjana Adatrao, a sophomore at Palo Alto Senior High School here in California. I enjoy 3D printing because of the multitude of designs you can create, not only for fun but for beneficial use cases. I am also on my school’s robotics team, specifically the business team. Through business I have grown to love public speaking. My other hobbies include art and Kuchpudi, a cultural Indian style of dance.
Tanish Rayan Volunteer
My name is Tanish Rayan and I am a freshman at Oakton High School, Virginia. I have a passion for Robotics, CAD, and 3D printing because of the many problems it can solve. I love 3D printing because of its rapid prototyping capabilities, fast design and production, and its ease of access that helps me develop FTC robotics custom designed parts. Outside of STEM activities, I enjoy playing tennis and basketball.
My name is Manya and I am a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia. I have a huge passion for STEM, specifically chemistry, robotics, and 3D printing. 3D printing opens a large number of creative outlets and is a great way to prototype unique ideas. I’m excited to learn more about my interests and pass my knowledge down to others! Outside of STEM, I enjoy basketball, Indian classical dance, and debate.
Vincent Wilczynski Deputy Dean, Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science
Maria Parente Coordinator for Community Programs in Science at Yale
Claudia Merson Director of Public School Partnerships at Yale
Marynel Vázquez Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Yale, Robotics PhD., M.S., Carnegie Mellon University