Meet the Team

Left to right: Sravya, Samira, Sarbari, Karen, Emily, Seeta, Ethan and Vaishnavi

 

Vaishnavi Rao
Vaishnavi Rao is a senior at MIT majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. As a freshman, she conceived and launched MIT INSPIRE with a team of fellow students. Over the past four years, she has led INSPIRE’s growth into a premier research competition that has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities and embraced by high schools nationwide.
 
Samira Okudo
Based in Gaithersburg, MD, Samira Okudo is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a Minor in Design and a Concentration in Spanish. In her efforts to maintain a “work-life balance,” she loves to spend most of her free time engaged in various clubs, programs, and internships to develop skills that allow her to cultivate her various passions. In the words of Samira: “While art is my bread and butter and programming is my cup of tea, it is my experience in a broader range of interests that has provided me with the skills necessary to think critically, work collaboratively with others, and be a leader.” Moving forward, she says that she wants to create an impact on the world through the integration of computer science and design—looks like she is well on her way to making that a reality.
 
Ethan Vo
Ethan is a sophomore at MIT majoring in physics. He hails from Hawaii. He currently serves as INSPIRE’s Treasurer and is actively involved in facilitating INSPIRE’s judging process. 
 
Kathy Wu
Kathy is a senior at MIT majoring in computer science. Her passion lies in applying her skills to help others, which is one of the reasons she joined MIT INSPIRE. Outside of MIT INSPIRE, she is also part of the Engineers Without Borders team, where she researches and develops technology for developing communities. Her hobbies are playing games, and making simple applications (often times to related to productivity or the games she plays).
 
Sravya Vishnubhatla
Sravya Vishnubhatla is a senior studying Computer Science and Management. She has been pursuing software development and product management throughout MIT with internships at Google, Goldman Sachs, and Intel. Alongside her academic interests, Sravya is very passionate about the performing arts. She has trained in both Indian Classical and Western dance forms, along with piano, from a very young age. When not at dance practice or science research, you'll probably find Sravya working on organizing a community event or service project.
 
Sarbari Sarkar
Sarbari is a freshman from Jersey City, New Jersey. She is studying Computer Science, but just like her hometown, her interests are diverse. Sarbari enjoys learning new languages, reading fiction across different genres, and writing short stories. She is most INSPIREd by scientists and engineers who persevere against all odds to contribute to the technological advancements that benefit society today.
 
Karen Gu
Karen is a freshman planning to study computer science and molecular biology. In high school, she participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate and mock trial, and her interest in thoughtful debate continues today in the form of an interest in philosophy. She also enjoys learning about foreign languages and linguistics. She is most INSPIREd by the people around her.
 
Seeta Patel
Seeta is a freshman at MIT.
 
Emily Weng
Emily is a sophomore at MIT majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.