Harini is currently a junior in high school. This is her first year as a primary director of TYP USA, but she has been with the organization for 3 years. She is primarily on creating new and innovative projects with a “second generation” of TYP members, as well as spreading TYP’s name in the area. Outside of TYP, she competes on an FTC robotics team, does cancer research at Johns Hopkins, and is a vice president in her school’s student government. She also enjoys singing and playing her ukulele, spending time with her family, and traveling and learning about different cultures.
Sohum Thakkar is currently a freshman at UC Berkeley, and serves as a director of the United States branch of The Youth Project. Sohum is one of the technological members of the TYP family – he played a big part in the re-design of The New Word Magazine. He is currently studying Computer Science and Business at UC Berkeley. When not working on TYP, he enjoys playing soccer, running off into the woods, binge-listening to music, and talking to random people on the streets. He also loves making things, from Android apps to quadcopters to 3D animations.
Gokul is the President and Co-founder of The Youth Project USA. He is passionate about research, engineering, and social innovation. He would like to develop breakthrough technologies that are economical enough to impact the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. He enjoys being at the front of the attack for his soccer team as much as he enjoys dropping back to be the last line of defense. He’s passionate about bringing people together for a worthy cause, and centers his efforts around “social innovation”- the use of modern technology and ideas to enact social change. Gokul has been active in mentoring high school students in robotics in a village school in India. During the summer, he loves to travel, do research at Johns Hopkins Medical School, and play somewhat trashy video games (League of Legends). He played a key role on bringing together high school students for TYP projects both in Baltimore/DC and internationally, leading and guiding the administrative and organizational aspects and growing the organization through outreach activities.
Michael Qian currently attends River Hill High School with big plans for the future. He initially stumbled across TYP after being introduced by Sohum Thakkar, and since then has been improving the productivity among his team members and leading the fundraising initiative. Outside of school and TYP, Michael routinely volunteers for local hospice care, the county hospital, and the Red Cross. He is also an active leader within his school’s business organization and enjoys practicing his alto saxophone.