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

MATTHEW SUN

MATTHEW SUN

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer

Stanford University, California
Matthew is a rising junior at Stanford University studying computer science and public policy. He started volunteering for KAST as a freshman in high school, eventually serving as co-director of his high school's branch and President of KAST Virginia. Matthew was fortunate to have inspiring STEM teachers throughout his life, and views KAST as the best way to give the gift of fun, quality education to others in his community.

Allan Wu

Allan Wu

  • Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yale University, Connecticut
Allan is a junior at Yale University, where he is studying computer science and English. He started KAST California in 2015 at Cupertino High School, serving as the local high school director and President of KAST California. He sees KAST as important in fostering creativity within STEM and democratizing quality education. In his free time, he hopes to foster more consistent reading habits and democratize quality basketball analytics.

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.

JESSICA SUN

JESSICA SUN

  • Advisory Board

Virginia Tech, Virginia
Jessica is currently a senior at Virginia Tech and studies Computer Science. Formerly the CEO/Co-CEO for four years and KAST Virginia President for three years before that, she proudly serves on the KAST National Advisory Board today. When she first founded the second high school branch of KAST in 2011, Jessica felt that many young students, partly because of a lower socioeconomic status, were cut off from supplemental STEM opportunities. This inequity, combined with her perceived lack of funding for public schools, spurred her to join KAST. She strongly believes that the youth teaching youth model sets the organization apart, and applauds her KAST peers for making the volunteer-driven non-profit possible. In her spare time, she enjoys weightlifting, table tennis, and staying up to date on current events.

JULIA ZHANG

JULIA ZHANG

  • Chief Technology Officer

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Julia is a freshman at the University of Waterloo studying in the Computer Science Co-op program. As someone with a passion for science and working with children, Julia thoroughly enjoyed her high school experience of co-founding one of the first KAST branches in Canada. She is excited to continue her journey with KAST on the Executive team, and hopes to help further expand KAST's impact. In her free time, Julia enjoys looking at videos of dogs and drawing.

ETHAN QI

ETHAN QI

  • Chief Information Officer

University of California, California
Ethan first found out about KAST through Allan Wu while he was a student at Cupertino High School. After hearing about the initiative and the passion its California founder had for it, Ethan worked to grow the Bay Area branch to where it is today. For the past three years, he has found KAST to be the perfect opportunity for him to share his love of learning how the world works with those around him. His favorite moments are when children’s eyes light up in fascination, like during his second lesson at the local elementary school, where the kids were engaging in an elephant toothpaste experiment. Currently, Ethan serves as the Chief Information Officer of KAST, and is a freshman at UC Berkeley, with an intention to major in business administration and statistics. He is thankful to be a part of the KAST community, where he has had the privilege of working with some of the smartest and most caring students from all over North America.

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.

SHANNON DU

SHANNON DU

  • Chief Financial Officer

Northeastern University, California
Shannon is currently a freshman at Northeastern University. She has always had a passion working with kids from all ages and different backgrounds. However, nothing can beat the satisfaction of teaching elementary school students science. It's always so rewarding to watch how a student grows from an observer to someone who actively engages in every class discussion and experience. She believes that educating and supporting the youth is the key component to a better future and the reason that makes her work with KAST so enjoyable.

ALEC YIP

ALEC YIP

  • Chief Legal Officer

Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Virginia
Alec has loved KAST ever since he got involved with the organization in 2017. From planning events to interacting with the kids, he cherishes every moment of the experience. Above all, he loves seeing the smiles from the students, and is proud to be part of the Executive board. Currently, Alec is attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and majoring in electrical engineering.

MICHEAL MUNSON

MICHEAL MUNSON

  • Chief Media Officer

Baylor University, Texas
Micheal is currently a junior at Baylor University. His interests include scientific research, teaching, and philosophy. As a freshman at Baylor, Micheal began his career with KAST by establishing his own branch in Waco, Texas -- where he still gladly impacts the youth through scientific education. Micheal's fondest memory with KAST include an instance where a young boy intentionally poured vegetable oil all over his new shoes, and the student exclaimed, "I wanted to see what would happen if the vegetable oil mixed with my shoes!"

Eva Wang

Eva Wang

  • Vice President of Product

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
Eva is a freshman at University of Michigan - Ann Arbor majoring in Engineering. Eva had the interest in the science field since a young age and her interest grew stronger when she entered high school. She first got to know and eventually involved herself in KAST junior year of high school. Soon, she started the KAST - Katy branch in Texas in the same year. Eva is currently the Product VP on the executive team in order to continue her journey with KAST.

REGIONAL BRANCH PRESIDENTS

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.

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.