Meet The Team
Bhavini Pandey is a senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. She is passionate about STEM fields, including but not limited to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer science. Throughout her journey so far in these fields of interest, Bhavini truly enjoys getting to work on complex projects as well as inspiring others in the field. She is a part of many organizations that strive to educate others about STEM fields and increase interest in the STEM fields among the younger generations. Bhavini also especially enjoys working with and creating apps to solve complicated problems. Outside of school, her hobbies include singing, reading, painting, and playing the piano.
Shagun Khare is a senior at the Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Technologies. A computer science enthusiast, she is passionate about machine learning, quantum computing, and bridging the gender gap in STEM. As an advocate for advancing girls in technology, she is the Director of Technology and Engineering for ATHENA by WiSTEM and Secretary for her school's Girls Who Code chapter. She also enjoys creating curriculum hosting workshops for Python, Cybersecurity, and Data Science through several hackathons and tech-organizations. Shagun is the the recipient of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing National Honorable Mention for her work in technology. In the future, Shagun would like to combine her interests in technology and entrepreneurship to make an impact in the world. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering to give back to her community, choreographing routines with her dance team, and traveling to new places.
Adwaith Hariharan is a high school senior attending Biotechnology High school in Freehold, NJ. He is a passionate STEM enthusiast and advocate, a science journalist and a researcher enthusiast. He is keen on exploring the world of science through the lens of mathematics and social action. He is an avid trekker who loves travel. He is a dedicated volunteer who works with individuals with special needs with a mission is to educate and empower and to bring out the best in them. He is no stranger to hard work and dedication to achieve a goal. As a go-getter, he likes to bring interest, commitment, and energy to everything he does.
Kavya Venkatesan is a high school junior passionate for writing, music, STEM, investing, and the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare. She constantly invests her time in learning about topics that fuel her curiosity and articulating them clearly(verbally or written). Kavya was the 2022-2023 NJ Governor STEM Scholar. Outside of her academic endeavors, she gives back to the community through her leadership skills and passion for service. Kavya recently organized a global STEM Summit for youth and served on Junior Achievement’s Women Future Leadership Forum Advisory Board. In her free time, Kavya enjoys singing, conducting research, and playing golf.
Meera Nair is a junior at Biotechnology High School, Monmouth County
Vocational School District. Apart from Science, her passions include music, dance, art and
sports. She plays soccer for her school team and has been playing travel soccer for the past
8 years, learning Bharatanatyam for the past 10 years, playing basketball with Marlboro
recreation, learning classical music and is a part of honors Choir and CJMEA. She
volunteered as the technical coordinator of the Agraj Youth Festival. In the Allied against
COVID-19 Research project she was a junior shadow in the area of medical and
pharmaceutical stream . She was detrimental in helping the team with two other research
associates to compile the research work of the ’Medical-Pharmaceutical’ stream of the
project and published/presented her research at an undergraduate symposium and at
JSHS Rutgers. Her passion for arts led her to create ‘JWALA” a team with similar
Sujoy Menon is a high school senior at the Middlesex Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences.
He is also a Rutgers Oncology Olympiad finalist who pursues his passion for science by working part-time as a Lab intern at the
JFK Neuroscience Center under Dr.Husain and Dr. Sensakovic. Last summer, under the mentorship of Dr. Latha Nair, he worked as a research analyst to compile a paper on the Potential Therapeutic Interventions for Covid-19 and presented it at the Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium. He is also the founder of In This Together, a nonprofit organization that helps raise awareness regarding problems concerning mental health in adolescence, with the goal of decreasing stress and anxiety in teenagers. He has 65k+ followers on social media and hopes to continue to play the role of a teen influencer. Apart from sciences, he plays basketball, soccer and chess.