Our 2019-2020 Team

We are a group of high school and junior high school students in Fremont. We formed this team in Spring 2016, while we were in our last year of junior high. We decided to form this team because we saw the value of FTC for each and every one of us. We started with not much experience, but we have learned so much in just our rookie year! By joining FTC, we learned so many new skills such as programming, and CAD design, and there’s so much more to learn!

Avikam Chauhan
Avikam ChauhanTeam Captain
Avikam founded Innov8rz in Spring of 2016. He is a high-school senior with over 6 years of experience in software development in many languages, such as Python, Java, and Swift. He has developed many applications, from multi-platform desktop applications to native applications for the iOS platform. Many of his apps are already in the Apple App Store and have been downloaded and used by thousands. Avikam enjoys taking rigorous courses in the math and science fields, especially Calculus and Physics. With extensive hands-on experience in software development, CAD design, web design, sensors and electronics, he is ready to take on any challenge! Avikam knows how to have fun outdoors and indoors and loves to swim, ski, play the clarinet, and play video games!
Mathew Joseph
Mathew JosephMentor, Software Division
Mathew is a senior at Irvington High School who is proud to be part of Innov8rz. He was a FIRST Tech Challenge Dean’s List Finalist for 2018-2019. He is passionate about coding and learning. He loves to share his robotics knowledge with underrepresented students and inspires them to pursue robotics. Mathew has participated in Parliamentary Debate, Track and Field, and Cross Country. He is an Eagle Scout and has learned valuable leadership qualities from his Scouts experience. He loves to all sorts of outdoor adventures – backpacking, hiking, canoeing, skiing, scuba diving, sailing, swimming, and much more. He enjoys cooking, especially making desserts. He loves to play with two little sisters and baby brother.
Arshad Mohammad
Arshad MohammadMentor, CAD Division
Arshad is a senior who loves photography, reading, music, and, of course, coding. She’s had a growing passion for not only coding but also all types of digital creations. She has more than two years of experience in Java, Python, and HTML and CSS. Other than robotics she is involved in teaching STEM to underrepresented elementary schools, gymnastics, and is currently learning her fourth language! She hopes to learn and face new challenges through FTC and eventually use her skills to help her community one day.
Mihir Chauhan
Mihir ChauhanHead of Software Division
Mihir is an incoming high school student and is very proud to be a part of Innov8rz. With over 5 years of experience in programming languages including Python, JavaScript, Java, Dart, and Swift, he has created and published many applications for mobile phones on both Android and iOS platforms. Many of his mobile apps are being used by thousands worldwide! He has been playing chess for 6 years with his school team and loves to play sports like basketball, swimming, skiing, and also playing the clarinet. He is very caring, social, hardworking, and loves to tinker with everything!
Vikram Murugan
Vikram MuruganHead of Build Division
Vikram is a sophomore with long experience in robotics and coding. He can code in HTML and CSS, for web design along with Javascript and Java for creating applications. He has 5 years of experience in FIRST Lego League, a robotics competition using Lego robotics parts, and hopes to expand his knowledge in FIRST Tech Challenge. Vikram is passionate in science wanting to passionately follow a career path in STEM. Vikram is an approachable friend loving to socialize.
Anushka Varde
Anushka VardeHead of CAD Division
Anushka is an 8th grader who lives in Fremont. She has enjoyed learning about robotics through FIRST Lego League (FLL) for two years now. In this year’s 2017-2018 Hydrodynamics FLL challenge, her team had a successful season, qualifying for the regionals and Global Innovation Summit. Anushka’s interest in designing things comes from her love for art. She is a newbie to CAD and enjoys learning about it. She likes reading, gymnastics, and playing with her younger sister.
Kelly Ziqi Jia
Kelly Ziqi JiaMember, Software Division
Kelly is a 7th grader in Horner Junior High, who loves to read, practice gymnastics, code, and is also a huge fan of the Avengers. She competed in FLL for one year, and now is proud to become part of the Innov8rz! She’s part of the Xcel gymnastics team and has competed in the State Championship. She was part of the Warm Springs Elementary Student Council and helped in organizing many activities. During the 6th grade promotion, she won the classroom’s Highest Academic Achievement Award and the school’s Principal’s Award for service and leadership. Kelly is also passionate about learning Java. In her free time, she likes to ride her bike and watch movies with family and friends.
Rohit Mamidipaka
Rohit MamidipakaMember, Software Division
Rohit is a 9th grader in Washington High. He learns Carnatic music and badminton. He participates in math competitions such as AMC, Math Olympiad, and Math Kangaroo. In the recent 2018 – 2019 MOEMS competition he placed within the top 2% and in Math Kangaroo placed 14th nationwide at level 8. For fun, Rohit likes to sing, draw, and play with his brother. He has about 2 years of experience with code such as Python and JavaScript. Over the next couple of months, he hopes to learn more to be a contributing member of Innov8rz.
Shanyu Chauhan
Shanyu ChauhanMember, Build Division
Shanyu is a student who is currently attending Horner Junior High. He is one of the newer additions to Innov8rz. Shanyu is a part of the building team. Shanyu studied up until fifth grade in London and then he moved to the United States almost three years ago. Shanyu is eager to learn new things and gain new experiences as part of Innov8rz. FTC, and Innov8rz, are Shanyu’s first interaction with robotics and he is excited to be here. Shanyu hopes that Innov8rz will help him open up and explore new paths.
Lohith Maddali
Lohith MaddaliMember, Build Division
Lohith is becoming an 8th grader next year. Last year, he was part of an FLL team during the “Into Orbit Challenge”(2018-2019 season). He worked on building attachments and programming the robot for his FLL team “Robotic Rockets”. The team was able to qualify for regional’s. He has shown interest in building at a young age. He loves to play sports such as basketball and baseball and finally loves to play video games.
Rosemary Joseph
Rosemary JosephMember, CAD Division
Rosemary is an 8th grader attending Horner Junior High. As well as being an active member of her scout troop T2199, she likes listening to music, reading, playing basketball, camping, and binge-watching Netflix. This her second year on the team, and was previously on an FLL team before joining the Innov8rz, the Buzzer Beaters. She was very involved in the ASB at Warm Springs and won the principal’s award for her time there. She loves to spend time with her family – an older brother who is now a mentor of the team, a younger sister, and a baby brother.
Sanya Varshney
Sanya VarshneyMember, CAD Division
Sanya is a very enthusiastic girl. Sanya has just finished seventh grade. She has an interest in robotic programming and has pursued First Lego League competition. In the 2018-2019 FLL Into Orbit Challenge, she led her team and her team received the Judges award among 16 competing teams. Along with this, she has experience with VEX Robotics. Apart from robotics, Sanya is a member of the Boy Scouts program in Warms Springs. She is also a part of the Xcel gymnastics team (gold) in Bay Aerials. She is artistic in many ways, she does calligraphy, photography, and dance. Through FTC she hopes to pursue her interest in robotics and help people in her community by sharing her knowledge.