WHO WE ARE

Our senior leadership is by students, for students. High school students from Washington D.C. to Washington State and college students from Virginia Tech, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Yale, and more collaborate to design content, raise funds, and teach programs. Learn more about the national executive team below. If you like what you’re reading, why not apply to join us?

Senior Executive Team

JESSICA SUN

JESSICA SUN

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Recognizing the need for quality, interactive science education in underprivileged areas in the US, Jessica searched for ways to help remedy this social issue. From her years of experience as a tutor and teacher, she felt that she could make a difference. Once she discovered that KAST shared her vision, she founded a branch for Virginia. The branch grew to 8 high schools and 11 elementary schools. Today, Jessica serves as CEO of KAST, managing operations within the organization, mentoring branches, leading meetings, and more. Jessica is a Computer Science Major at Virginia Tech's College of Engineering as a Pamplin Leader. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading, volleyball, and table tennis.

Suzanne Xu

Suzanne Xu

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Suzanne Xu joined KAST in 2010 when she was just a freshman in high school. She has always had a passion for teaching and was excited to find an organization that combined her interest with a great cause. As part of the KAST Executive Team, Suzanne works with Jessica Sun and Kevin Fan on KAST College, an initiative to engage graduated high school volunteers in KAST's development. Currently, Suzanne attends Yale University in New Haven, CT. She is primarily interested in the biological sciences and plans to attend medical school after completing her undergraduate degree. In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys blogging and working in Haven Free Clinic, which provides free healthcare to the residents of Fair Haven, CT.

VICTOR YING

VICTOR YING

  • Chief Operating Officer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
After serving as one of KAST's first branch managers in 2010, Victor led KAST programs in Maryland in 2011-2012. Since graduating from high school, he has worked to provide technical and operational support to branches across the country. He greatly enjoys mentoring younger student leaders as they work to further the KAST mission in their own ways, driven by their own ideas. Victor received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 2016, with a focus in computer systems, but having pursued interests ranging from abstract algebra to linguistics. He is now pursuing a PhD, and works in computer architecture, parallel programming models, and compilers.

JESSICA YANG

JESSICA YANG

  • Founder, Chairperson of Board, Co-leader KAST Edu

Jess advises the ideas and operation of KAST, and works with the KAST Edu team in creating the interactive, online education platform. Since founding the organization as a high schooler in 2010, she has designed hands-on science lessons, taught young students, and mentored the members of KAST. What better way is there to learn than through hands-on fun? Jess graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from MIT (‘15), where she served as President of her class and was a member of the Pi Beta Kappa society. She currently lives and works in New York.

MATTHEW SUN

MATTHEW SUN

  • Chief Technology Officer

Stanford University
Matthew is currently a freshman at Stanford University. He has a passion for computer science, biology, and chemistry, but he's even more passionate about being able to teach kids about STEM subjects through KAST. Matthew will never forget when he started his second year volunteering at KAST, and a student from the previous year remembered his name, ran up to hug him, and asked what fun science activity they'd be doing that day. In the past, he served as the Virginia President of KAST, so he managed Virginia operations and helped all of their high school branch presidents. Matthew is thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of students from all over the country.

EMMA MOULTON

EMMA MOULTON

  • Executive VP, President of KAST Edu

BYU, Provo, UT
Emma started working with KAST in High School and became passionate about teaching kids to love science. She brought KAST after-school programs to Utah with her move to school. Since then, she has become passionate about online education, recognizing its capacity to help more people on a national and international level. She established KAST Edu with the hope of improving online science education, making it a more fun, interactive, and challenging experience. She plans to graduate from BYU in April 2016 and pursue an MD/PhD.

ALLAN WU

ALLAN WU

  • Chief Information Officer

University of California, Berkeley, CA
After meeting a fellow KAST member, Matthew Sun, in a research internship program and hearing about KAST through him, Allan found KAST a perfect fit for him, combining his passion and participation in STEM-related activities with his love for tutoring. Thus, California KAST was born in 2015 in the Bay Area at Cupertino High School. Allan currently serves as the Chief Information Officer and is attending UC Berkeley, where he will be majoring in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS). Outside of school, Allan enjoys the outdoors, reading good books, playing sports, and explaining science concepts.

NINAD NIRGUDKAR

NINAD NIRGUDKAR

  • Chief Legal Officer

Columbia University, New York, NY
Ninad first experience with KAST came at his high school’s annual club fair. After one lesson teaching at his local elementary school, he was hooked. Ninad has always been interested in science, as loves making some of the biggest questions in science, like black holes and the Big Bang, accessible to elementary school students as they teach him just as much as he teaches them. Ninad has enjoyed directing KAST at both RM and MD and looks forward to continue to assist KAST grow as Chief Legal Officer. Ninad is currently a student a Columbia University in the City of New York, studying Physics and Applied Math. He hopes to go on to graduate school with the final intention of joining academia, in the discipline of astrophysics.

GRACE CHEUNG

GRACE CHEUNG

  • Chief Product Officer

Yale University, New Haven, CT
Grace first got her start with KAST as a freshman at Richard Montgomery High School. She has always loved science, and sharing that passion for science with the kids of KAST. Now, she serves as KAST's Chief Financial Officer while attending Yale University. She plans to major in the biological sciences and hopefully become a doctor.

ASHISH PATEL

ASHISH PATEL

  • Chief Financial Officer

Georgetown University, Washington DC
Ashish’s journey started in 9th grade when he learned kids were conducting a fun science program at his own elementary school. He began teaching with KAST almost accidentally and has since never looked back. In three years he would go on to become president of the founding chapter of KAST at Richard Montgomery High School. Although not pursuing a career in science himself, he has enjoyed spreading a love and appreciation for science to kids all around his community. He is currently seeking to major in finance and international political economy at Georgetown University. In his free time he loves to play soccer and go hiking with friends.

REGIONAL BRANCH PRESIDENTS

VARUN KUMAR

VARUN KUMAR

  • Virginia Tech Branch President

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Varun is currently a Sophomore at Virginia Tech majoring in Chemical Engineering. He spent most of high school volunteering at the United States Botanical Gardens, mentoring children and inspiring a love for science and the environment within them. These experiences caused a love for working with children to be fostered within Varun. Varun looks forward to continuing his love for teaching and science through KAST, and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

VIVIAN JIN

VIVIAN JIN

  • Illinois KAST President

University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
Vivian is a sophomore at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the GPPA Medicine program. As a Biology major who discovered her interest in science as an elementary school student, she believes KAST can truly make a difference in her local Chicago community. Vivian loves mentoring younger kids and strives to promote the KAST missions of inspiring future generations in STEM and advocating for education equality. Outside of KAST, Vivian is active as the Communications Director of TEDx at UIC and a senior health educator in Peer Health Exchange, a non-profit that empowers ninth graders in Chicago Public high schools to make healthy decisions. In her free time, Vivian can be found exploring coffee shops, eating spicy food, or reading anything science fiction.

MUKTI PATEL

MUKTI PATEL

  • President of KAST Virginia

Midlothian High School, Midlothian, VA
Mukti has been interested in science from a young age, ever since the mysterious state-shifting oobleck sparked her interest in 2nd grade. She hopes to bring the same passion for science to elementary school kids by demonstrating fascinating experiments like she once encountered. Through teaching lessons at a local elementary school, Mukti realised how much the kids looked forward to KAST, and their enthusiasm to learn inspired her as she realized that they would be the bright leaders of the future. Outside of KAST, Mukti’s hobbies include art, teaching at mandir, playing Indian hand drums, piano, and tutoring underprivileged kids. She is also involved in the Latin Club, Rho Kappa, Interact, and Lead Up.

ROGER LUO

ROGER LUO

  • KAST Ontario President

Richmond Hill High School, Ontario, Canada
Roger’s unbound curiosity is what led him to grow an admiration and love for the subject science. Roger thinks that science is a subject unlike history or math, because it revolves around answering questions that are continuously being formed each day. Upon hearing about KAST through Jessica Yang, Roger thought it was an amazing idea to inspire children of younger ages to grow a love for science. Roger then proceeded to start a KAST club at Richmond Hill High School in the year of 2016. Outside of school, Roger is apart of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and loves to play volleyball and table tennis whenever possible.

MICHEAL MUNSON

MICHEAL MUNSON

  • KAST Baylor President

Baylor University, Waco, Texas
During Christmas break his freshman year at Baylor University, Micheal had came across Allan Wu carrying out work for KAST at a Starbucks in Cupertino, California. Curious, Micheal had asked Allan about KAST and the organization’s motives. Very soon after, Micheal felt that his interests aligned well with those of KAST, and, thus, was borne a KAST branch in Waco, Texas. Aside from KAST and schoolwork, Micheal enjoys spending his time playing sports, jumping random, but clean, bodies of water, and exploring the nature around him.

GAURAV SETHI

GAURAV SETHI

  • KAST New Jersey Co-President

High School North, Plainsboro, NJ
Gaurav is a senior at High School North who has been passionate about science from a young age. He participates in several tutoring organizations in and out of school and fell in love with the concept of KAST when he first heard about it in his junior year. He believes that science is becoming an increasingly integral part of our lives and realizes the value of teaching the younger generation about this ever expanding subject through interactive labs and intriguing lessons. After all, today's children will be tomorrow's leaders. Gaurav and Anshu are working together to integrate KAST into their local school district of WWP and hope to eventually expand further into the rest of New Jersey.

EVA WANG

EVA WANG

  • Texas KAST President

Katy, Texas
Yanran had a huge passion in science since elementary school, and the enthusiasm got deeper when she learned about science in junior high. Yanran started KAST Texas branch in 2016, and looked forward to get more local schools involve in it. KAST is a great opportunity for her to use her passion to impact others in the community. Beside KAST, Yanran actively does art and dance. She currently studies AP Studio Art ,and considers to create an session plan that links art and science together.

SHRUTI GUMATE

SHRUTI GUMATE

  • Michigan KAST State President and Branch Leader

Novi High School, Novi, MI
Her first year of participating in KAST as a volunteer she instantly fell in love with KAST’s work, and expanded startup in a neighboring city. Shruti believes it’s crucial to implement science education is such a way that youth will find it useful not only in the classroom, but in real life situations as well. As branch leader, she currently teaches at 2 elementary schools with over 20 volunteers and is working to expand to 2 additional schools in the coming year. In her freetime, Shruti volunteers at non-profits and is working toward helping the homeless in Detroit.

DANIELA MOREIRA

DANIELA MOREIRA

  • Co-President of KAST Richard Montgomery

Richard Montgomery, Rockville, Maryland
Daniela is a high school junior but a lifelong lover of science. She participated in KAST as a 5th grader when it was at its roots in 2012. Today she has returned with a certain kind of hunger to teach and give back. She avidly refers to herself as a child and strongly believes that to teach kids one must be a kid. Her mission as an educator is complete when science education is accessible to children of all ethnic groups, income levels, and backgrounds. In hopes of tackling the achievement gap in Maryland, she initiated a spanish-bilingual science program alongside KAST. When she’s not teaching, she’s your typical thespian acting in her school drama program or mastering her French.