Our Team 2019-06-15T09:05:31-08:00

Our 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 student 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. With 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 last, but not the least, play video games!
Mathew Joseph
Mathew JosephMentor, Software Division
Mathew is a 16 year old student at Irvington High School that who is proud to be part of Innov8rz. He was part of a FLL team for 4 years and was mainly part of the programing team. The FLL team went to regionals 3 times in a row. He is the main leader for his Boy Scout Troop 199. He participates in Parliamentary Debate and Track and Field. He has gone to numerous debate tournaments and has found continued success in each tournament. While only being a freshman, he was already in Varsity Distance Track and Field team. He loves to play with his family – two little sisters and one baby brother.
Arshad Mohammad
Arshad MohammadMentor, CAD Division
Arshad is a junior 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.
Saaketh Gunukula
Saaketh GunukulaMentor, Build Division
Saaketh, a fun and energetic kid, is a junior who lives in Fremont, California. He has 2 years of experience in the mechanical division of robotics, as well as CAD and Javascript experience. He first started robotics 2 years ago when he joined his 7th grade school’s robotics team, where he lead the mechanical division of his team. His team entered the qualifier tournament for their division, and had won first place. Joining the Innov8rz has opened a door of opportunities for Saaketh, and he hopes that he can pursue a career robotics in the future.
Xuyang Chen
Xuyang ChenHead of Software Division
Xuyang is currently in 10th grade at Irvington High. He has an interest in robotics and programming since elementary school, but Innov8rz is his first competitive robotics experience. He has experience with Vex, Robot C, and Java (not to mention years with Lego Mindstorms), some are self-learned, but Vex and Robot C are from his Junior High School’s robotics club. In his free time, he mainly codes, but most of it is spent on Windows computer games.
Vikram Murugan
Vikram MuruganHead of Build Division
Vikram is a freshman 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 to 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 a soon to be 7th 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 for 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.
Mihir Chauhan
Mihir ChauhanMember, Software Division
Mihir is a very enthusiastic programmer with about 3 years of experience in programming in a few different languages including Python, JavaScript, and he has been learning Java as well. He has also been part of an FLL team for 2 years and was doing some advanced programs with proportional control for the robots and his team went to the championship both of the 2 years. Mihir is very proud to be a part of Innov8rz. 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!
Kelly Jia
Kelly JiaMember, Software Division
Kelly is going to be in 7th grade 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.
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.
Rosemary Joseph
Rosemary JosephMember, CAD Division
Rosemary Joseph is an incoming 7th grader that is excited to be part of the Innov8rz team. She likes listening to music, playing basketball, and dancing. She was previously on an FLL team, and was mainly part of the mechanical division. She was very involved in the ASB at Warm Springs, and won the principal’s award for her time there. Rosemary is new at CAD, but she can’t wait to learn more about it. She loves to spend time with her family-an older brother who is also a member 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.
Sanya Varshney
Sanya VarshneyMember, CAD 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.

2018-2019 Team

This was our third year, and the challenge was Rover Ruckus.

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2017-2018 Team

This was our second year, and the challenge was Relic Recovery.

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2016-2017 Team

This was our rookie year, and the challenge was Velocity Vortex.

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