Executive Leadership

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Pranav Avasarala President
Pranav founded Funbotics in 2016 with the goal of empowering today’s youth to pursue STEM careers. He graduated from Yale double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Economics. Pranav has nurtured Funbotics since its inception, taking the journey from programs at small churches and libraries to competitions at Yale, donating hundreds of 3D printers to students, and expanding Funbotics to host chapters across the country. Outside of Funbotics, Pranav is passionate about product development and innovation with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. He currently works as a product manager in payments at StubHub.
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Andonny Garcia Chief Operating Officer
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.
Melissa
Melissa LU, (Birong) President Of Asia-Pacific Funbotics / Board Member
Melissa graduates from Yale University School of Management in 2022 and owns an MBA degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is a highly recognized global leader in branding & marketing and used to be a Global Brand Director for a multinational technology conglomerate. She joins Funbotics because she has enthusiasm for technology development and innovative education with a strong entrepreneurial spirit. She is based in Big Bay Area China and is responsible for conducting outreach to potential cooperative companies and students in the Asia Pacific region for Funbotics.
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Kaleb Gezahegn Vice-President, Operations
Kaleb has been with Funbotics since his freshman year at Yale University, where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He began as a volunteer for the Sunday workshops, then took on the role of technology head and board member, ultimately assuming the position of co-president during his senior year. After graduating, he missed the privilege and incredible feeling he felt when introducing kids to the wonders of engineering, so he decided to join the National Funbotics team as the VP of Operations, where he manages the day-to-day performance of the organization. Outside of Funbotics, he loves to play soccer, cope with being a Manchester United fan, and work on fun engineering and entrepreneurial projects.
Katrina
Katrina Mosquera Vice-President, Research and Development
Katrina began volunteering with Funbotics in 2021, where she has mentored and moderated various 3D-printing bootcamps. She is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Cognitive Science and Information Technology, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As the Vice President of Research & Development for Funbotics, Katrina is dedicated to creating engaging and comprehensive curricula that inspire students to explore STEM. In addition to her work with Funbotics, Katrina operates a small digital art business, specializing in custom 2D and 3D artwork.
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Mahati Kuram Vice-President, Outreach and Sponsorship
Mahati is Funbotics’ newest addition to the team, beginning in 2024. She has a degree in Mechatronics Engineering, which she pursued keeping in mind her passion for Robotics. As the Vice-President of Outreach and Sponsorship, Mahati is responsible for forming and maintaining partnerships with companies and organizations to help fund the national organization and chapters, along with providing the necessary resources to efficiently run all activities associated with Funbotics. Mahati will start graduate school at Virginia Tech in the fall.

Advisory Board

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Vincent Wilczynski Deputy Dean, Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science
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Maria Parente Coordinator for Community Programs in Science at Yale
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Claudia Merson Director of Public School Partnerships at Yale
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Parvathi Rachakonda President & Owner, Tech2i, A Woman Owned Small Business That Offers Information Technology Services
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Pallavi Avasarala Founder and Advisor
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Marynel Vázquez Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Yale, Robotics PhD., M.S., Carnegie Mellon University