mind spark

meet the team.

Welcome to our amazing team at Mind Spark! Each person on the team is passionate about what they do and continue to enrich the Mind Spark community. Find out more about each member here, and feel free to contact us individually via our emails (click on the email icons).

My name is Ian, and I'm a rising senior at Ateneo de Davao University Senior High School. I'm' a 3-year News Editor of multiple school publications, National Science Quest Finalist, National Schools Press Conference Finalist, and Regional Science and Technology Fair Finalist. I intend to pursue a career in Marine Biology.

Ian Santillan

co-founder, editor-in-chief

Hey, my name is Zareeb, and I'm a 17-year old pursuing the field of Computer Science with emphasis on Machine Learning. I am the captain of my world championship qualifying Vex Robotics team, and I love being a part of a team. My goal is to push Mind Spark beyond boundaries and to connect STEM students around the world.

Zareeb Chowdhury

co-founder, chief of mobile app development

Hi, I’m Rachel, a senior @ BTHS in NYC. I started dabbling in web dev towards the end of middle school, but I aspire to work in data science. I plan to major in computer science & minor in cognitive science because AI helps unravel the intricacies of the human mind and better comprehension of cognition will drive the advancement of AI.

Rachel Lin

chief of web development

Hi, my name is Aaron. I am currently a student at the Milpitas High School and hope to major in Aerospace Engineering. I founded an organization called Helping Hands regarding the recovery of convalescence patients. I am also an exhibit manager at the San Jose Tech Museum, where I teach STEM topics through educational activities.

Aaron Nguyen

outreach manager

Hey! I am and Drew, Graphics Designer of Mind Spark. I've been starting this interest in digital arts since elementary and until now, I'm still discovering and learning more things related to illustration. This school year, I'll be a college student focusing on Health Sciences, it would be cool to open some related discussions here.

Andrew Torreon

graphic designer

My name is Eden, and I am an aspiring Mars astronaut. I founded a community outreach organization called “We are M.A.R.S” that hosts space camps for elementary school students. I'm the 3rd Place Winner for my regional JSHS science fair, 2019 summer intern for NASA, and two-time FBLA Public Speaking State Champion and national finalist.

Eden Winga

physics & astronomy editor

Hi, my name is Isabella and I am in charge of social media for Mind Spark. I have prior experience making digital flyers and reaching out to people on multiple platforms through the Student Government and by being in charge of social media through my anti-bullying club. Overall, I can’t wait to witness the growth of this project.

Isabella Kellas

social media coordinator

I'm Emmanuel Oluwatobi, and I'm a third-year Food Technology student at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. I love coding with Python and I'm a web developer (Django and a bit of some FE technologies). I'm also an AI enthusiast; I love Time Series Prediction using Deep Learning Models.

Emmanuel Oluwatobi

web developer

My name is Marian, a rising junior from NYC. I am in a three year biology research program, where I work on a number of STEM-based projects. As an Explainer at a science museum and a writer for various journalistic publications, I am passionate about educating others and exploring science through different mediums.

Marian Caballo

life science editor

My name is Sritaran and I am a senior in the US. My favorite pastimes are walking my dog, gaming, making/ looking at memes, reading, playing the guitar, and aimlessly browsing Reddit. My interests are physics, astronomy, business, and politics and one of my biggest inspirations/role models is Elon Musk.

Sritaran Bondada

physics editor

I’m an upcoming senior from South Brunswick, NJ with an interest in biology. Previously, I served as a writer for my church’s newsletter and have prior editing experience. In my free time, you can catch me watching anime or wrestling.

Adrian Gaspar

life science editor

Hi, I'm MJ. I'm a Marine Biologist and a Dragon Boat athlete on the side. Ever since I was a child, I've loved watching National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel. These two platforms led me to where I am right now. My interests are Biodiversity as well as Conservation Biology and Management; I aspire to be a Penguinologist.

MJ Cabiguin

life science editor

My name is Xiaocong, A.K.A. Bill. I specialize in PS with 7 years of experience as an annual school featured artist. I am familiar in C, C#, Python, MATLAB, certificated from Harvard CS50x and Stanford ML. I founded a game development club working as a full stack game dev. In the future, I aspire to pioneer and help accelerate VR/AI industries.

Xiaocong Yan

graphic designer

Hey there! I'm Alveera, a sophomore at South Brunswick High School. I develop curriculum at The Amal Foundation and Code 4 Tomorrow and do graphic design for Allgirlithm, Health. Right. Now., and Mind Spark. I'm the board secretary of my school's startup club, XSTEM. In the future, I want to go into data science.

Alveera Munshi

graphic designer

I'm Kiran, I did my post-grad in CS and Masters in Business Administration. In the last couple of years I worked as quality analyist, project manager and developer in a startup company in Bangalore, India. In my free time, I like to travel and explore new places, play badminton and listen indian classical music.

Kiran Yadav

mobile app developer

My name is Ethan, and I am a senior at Ateneo de Davao University Senior High School. I have three years of experience in video editing and two years of experience in animation. I intend to pursue a career in accountancy while freelancing as a videographer.

Ethan Calio

video editor

our partners.

Mind Spark values inclusivity with both our user base as well as student organizations that take pride in what they do for the STEM community. We work closely with our trusted partners to help push our initiatives to enrich the STEM world and connect students around the globe.
We are an international student-led umbrella organization, with currently four subsidiaries: NovaCrypt Project Team, The Interstellar Initiative, AuraEdge, and NYFightingCovid. Our goal is to use our knowledge and expertise to create projects that will stretch our understanding of things today, and to help out other students, in creating an academic intensive, innovative environment to incubate the next generation of scientists, doctors, business owners, engineers, and leaders. learn more
CAMP Philippines (College Admissions Mentors for Peers in the Philippines) is a student-run group whose mission is to provide and expand international education opportunities for young Filipinos, regardless of their socioeconomic background or status, to equip them with the skills and experiences they need to help the Philippines succeed in a global context.
In March 2018, we made history with Hack the Fog 1.0, San Francisco’s first high school hackathon. We now want to bring the experience to everyone during this time of quarantine.
Hack the Fog 1.0 made history in San Francisco providing a first time experience for many high schoolers in San Francisco. Due to the pandemic Hack the Fog 2.0 was put on hold but we are happy to bring Hack the Cloud, our online hackathon in response to the pandemic. learn more

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