Meet the Team
Meet the dynamic team of students determined to revolutionize STEM education.
Founder & President
Vidhi Srivastava is a junior at Redlands High School in Redlands Unified School District. She started school as an English-Language Learner but was soon reclassified as proficient in English. She has won multiple PTA Reflection awards for visual arts, won the silver medal for San Bernardino County Science Fair, received the National Champion of Computer Science Award from CODE.ORG, the Principal’s Excellence Award at Moore Middle School, Presidential Gold Award for Academic Excellence, and has scored perfect scores on California standardized tests several years. She enjoys Bollywood dancing, playing the flute, sketching, reading, traveling around the world with her family and trying new cuisines. She is very passionate about STEM education and wants to expose other students to a multitude of STEM opportunities that awaits them while challenging the barriers that exist in STEM fields for girls and under-represented students. She plans to continue her role as a STEM education champion to improve educational outcome for all students.
Co-Founder & Vice President
Varun Srivastava is a freshman at Redlands High School in Redlands Unified School District. He has a multifaceted personality with talents and interests ranging from Science & Engineering, Sports, Politics, but the issues that concern him the most are related to children, their health, and education. He won the Best Academic Boy trophy at Mariposa Elementary School, silver medal for San Bernardino County Science Fair and has scored perfect scores on California standardized tests for both Math and English in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He also has gotten bronze and silver at the county level Science Fair. His elementary school principal is hopeful that he would be “The future President of the United States”. He enjoys playing soccer, cricket, and tennis, watching Bollywood movies, dancing, playing the saxophone, traveling around the world with his family, and being a tech guru.
Elizabeth Wang currently is a junior at Redlands High School. Outside of school, she is a competitive piano player, and has passed Certificate of Merit Level 10, won several years’ Inland Empire Piano Festivals, and received first place in the Southern California Junior Bach Festival. Elizabeth is also very passionate about writing; she has had numerous poems featured in anthologies, and her work was also recognized as an honorable mention by the New York Times. Elizabeth also enjoys figure skating and is a full-time stationery addict and foodie.
Samar Hyder is a junior at Redlands High School in Redlands Unified School District. She has exceeded her standardized tests, won a silver medal at the San Bernardino County Science Fair, and was awarded the Director’s Award for Orchestra at Moore Middle School. Samar dreams of equality and educational opportunities for every child and is thrilled to be able to take part in exposing students to STEM opportunities. She wants to have a career in medicine because she wants to be able to help others. She loves reading, playing her piano and violin, swimming, traveling to new countries, and fashion.
Board of Directors
Vikas Srivastava is a Business and IT Consultant with over 20 years of consulting experience. He is an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has worked in the Utilities, Oil & Gas, Local Government, and Transportation industries in India, Singapore and US. He also has experience in the implementation of Enterprise Asset Management, Work Management, Emergency Response, Disaster Recovery systems and their integration with GIS. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, a Master's degree in Remote Sensing and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Vikas believes that a nation’s ability to stay competitive depends greatly on innovation and staying at the forefront of technological advances. He wants to use his expertise to inspire and support the next generation of engineers, scientists, and innovators. He cares a lot of about the environment and likes to spend his time on learning about advances in recycling, environmental protection and reversing the effects of global warming.
Dr. Shazia Hyder
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