The Team

Executive Board

Evaluation Committee

Event Supervisors


Executive Board

  • Sophia Wang

    Executive Director

    Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley 2022
  • Hi, I’m Sophia and I’m a Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School Science Olympiad alum. I can’t really pinpoint exactly what I love about Science Olympiad, but it’s been seven years and I’m still here so I guess there must be something there.

    Favorite events: Disease Detectives, Ecology, Simple Machines

    Fun fact: I've met a real life disease detective.

  • Emily Wen

    Executive Director

    CS and Math, Stanford 2022
  • Hi! I'm Emily, an alum of NCSSM and Enloe High School SciOly. Through my 6 years of competing, I've met the most amazing community, both on my teams and online. I'm so glad I can continue being involved through GGSO. Super excited to help make this invite happen! :)

    Favorite events: Codebusters, Experimental Design, Dynamic Planet

    Fun fact: I've never competed in a scioly invitational.

  • Matthew Tang

    Tournament Director

    EECS, Berkeley 2022
  • Hi, I'm Matthew, a SciOly alum from Northwood High School. Having competed for 6 years, SciOly has been a major part of my life. Many of my fondest memories have been from Science Olympiad and I've been able to meet many close friends, competing with them over the years. I'm excited to be on the other side now organizing tournaments for the community!

    Favorite events: Mission Possible, Disease Detectives, Robot Arm

    Fun fact: I love puzzles! Puzzle hunts are one of my favorite activities, and I also make puzzle sets of my own too.

  • Amy Jiang

    Tournament Director

    Berkeley 2022
  • Hi, I'm Amy! I'm a SciOly alum from Interlake High School, where I competed for three years--a few too little, in my opinion. Despite (or maybe thanks to...) almost losing three teammates on the plane and another two during the BART ride, GGSO has been one of the best tournaments I've attended in high school and I'm excited to make it even better!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Hovercraft, Wright Stuff, Materials Science

    Fun fact: I'm very passionate about the taste of water.

  • Vinay Gautam

    Tournament Director

    Computer Science and Statistics, Berkeley 2023
  • Hi! My name is Vinay and I am an alum of Seven Lakes High School in Houston, Texas. Science Olympiad completely changed my life and I am forever grateful for the skills and friendships I made in my years on the team. I’m so excited to be apart of GGSO and can’t wait to help host this tournament for everyone!

    Favorite events: Codebusters, Sounds of Music, Game On

    Fun fact: In the 2 years I was on the team, I competed in 17 events.

  • Britney Weng

    Tournament Director

    Berkeley 2023
  • Hey, I'm Britney and I'm a Milpitas High alum! I'm super excited to stay involved with SciOly and give back to the Bay Area and SciOly communities through GGSO.

    Favorite events: Herpetology, Invasive Species

    Fun fact: I have the same birthday as McDonald's!

  • Phillip Liu

    Tournament Director

    Biophysics, Stanford PhD
  • Hi, I’m Phillip, a Scarsdale High School and Caltech alum. I’ve been involved in Science Olympiad as a competitor since my middle school years, and I’ve also served as an Event Supervisor and on the Caltech SciOly Planning Team when I was in undergrad. The Science Olympiad community has really helped me explore my passions in STEM, and I’m excited to contribute back through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Cell Biology, It's About Time

    Fun fact: A friend and I have unfortunately eaten two AYCE KBBQ places out of business :(

  • Nikhil Gupta

    Tournament Director

    Mechanical Engineering, Berkeley 2022
  • Hi! I’m Nikhil, and I'm a Mira Loma Science O alum. I’ve been a part of Sci Oly for for nine years, and have loved every moment of it! I've made so many memories with the teams I've been a part of and can't wait to make more!

    Favorite events: Mission Possible, Robot Arm, Game On

    Fun fact: I won an event because of a pencil eraser, only in Science O

  • Arya Sharma

    Tournament Director

    Computer Science, Berkeley 2024
  • Hi! I'm Arya, an American High School SciOly alumni. I've competed in SciOly since 5th grade, and this organization has been truly instrumental in shaping my interests. I’m so excited to continue my journey by helping run this invitational and look forward to spreading my passion for science to others!

    Favorite events: Mousetrap Vehicle, Compound Machines

    Fun fact: My Mousetrap Vehicle is featured in one of Mark Rober's YouTube videos :)

  • Iris Xia

    Tournament Director

    Stanford 2024
  • Hi! I'm Iris and I'm a Monta Vista High School and Kennedy Middle School SciOly alumna! Competing in Science Olympiad for the past six years has made a profound impact on my intellectual goals and introduced me to an amazing STEM community. I'm excited to continue sharing my love for SciOly as part of the GGSO team!

    Favorite events: Remote Sensing, Write It Do It, Sounds of Music

    Fun fact: Getting subbed last-minute into Meteorology in seventh grade literally shaped my research interests!

  • Nicole Xin

    Tournament Director

    Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley 2024
  • Hi! I’m Nicole, a SciOly alum of Mountain View High School. Over the past 4 years, SciOly has allowed me to find and develop my passions and closest friendships leaving me with some of my fondest memories. I’m so excited to be able to stay involved with SciOly through GGSO and be able to bring this experience to others!

    Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Microbe Mission

    Fun fact: I moved to the Bay Area under the impression that I was only here to visit and attend a summer camp, except it was actually the first day of 4th grade.

  • Alvin Xu

    Tournament Director

    EECS, Berkeley 2024
  • Hey everyone, I'm Alvin Xu! In high school I competed for Seven Lakes, and Science Olympiad quickly became a very major part of my life. Those years have taught me so much, and I am excited to now be working to deliver that experience from the tournament organization side.

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Codebusters

    Fun fact: I like to create music in my free time.

  • Adrian Huang

    Tournament Director

    Chemistry, Berkeley PhD
  • Hello hello! I'm Adrian, a Leigh High School SciOly Alum. I've been involved with Science Olympiad for almost a decade now (wow!) from competing in high school to helping the Caltech SciOly Planning Team. Happy to keep this streak of giving back to Science Olympiad through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Chemistry Lab, Forensics, Potions and Poisons

    Fun fact: I'm allergic to avocado but like the taste so I power through the mild discomfort.

  • Shivansh Baveja

    Tournament Director

    CS and Math, Berkeley 2025
  • Hey! I'm Shivansh, an Irvington High School Science Olympiad alum who has been doing SciOly for 6 years now. Having run a small tournament of my own, I hope to contribute all that I can to making GGSO enjoyable and educational for everyone!

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Astronomy, Dynamic Planet

    Fun fact: I've taken more notes for Astronomy than for all of my classes combined.

  • Flora Huang

    Tournament Director

    Computer Science, Stanford 2025
  • Hi everyone! I'm Flora, a Lynbrook High School Science Olympiad alumna! Being a part of Science Olympiad through high school has encouraged me to pursue my STEM interests in college, and I look forward to sharing my love of science to students through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, Geologic Mapping

    Fun fact: I filled in a Water Quality science olympiad exam with Pokémon names once.

  • Caitlynn Tran

    Tournament Director

    Chemistry, Stanford 2025
  • Hi! I'm Caitlynn Tran and I am an Irvington High School and Horner Junior High School SciOly alum. I have created some of my fondest memories and developed many of my passions from SciOly. I am excited to still be involved in this amazing community through GGSO and share my love for science with others.

    Favorite events: Mousetrap Vehicle, Write It Do It, Forensics

    Fun fact: I know how to spin flag, rifle, and sabre (though not particularly well for rifle and sabre).

Evaluation Committee (2022)

Interested in becoming an Event Supervisor/Test Committee member for the 2023 GGSO Tournament? Keep an eye out for when applications open in fall 2022!
  • Akshay Patwardhan

    Test Committee

    Biochemistry, Georgia Tech 2024
  • Hi! I'm Akshay Patwardhan, a Chattahoochee High School alum. SciOly helped shape a lot of the passions that I'm pursuing now, and I'm excited to give back to the community through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Protein Modeling, Designer Genes

    Fun fact: I accidently stole my roommate's backpack during a hotel fire drill evacuation six hours before a SciOly Tournament.

  • Alice Wang

    Test Committee

    Biology (Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Bio), Stanford 2023
  • Hi, I'm Alice, and I'm a Diamond Bar HS Science Olympiad alum. SciOly was one of the best parts of my high school experience because I got to explore such interesting science topics and meet so many amazing people. I love being able to stay involved and am super excited to continue to be a part of this community!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Microbe Mission, Designer Genes

    Fun fact: I can pop a dislodged arm (not fractured!!) back into place.

  • Anna Perhach

    Test Committee

    UT Health San Antonio 2024
  • I graduated August 2020. Did some work in Biotech. Now I'm in my first year of medical school. Science Olympiad is the best.

    Favorite events: Road Scholar, Rocks and Minerals, Entomology

    Fun fact: I twist balloon animals.

  • Daniel Ye

    Test Committee

    Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University 2025
  • Hello! I’m Daniel, and I am an alum from Stuyvesant High School in NY. I mainly did chem events during competitions, and now I’m transitioning to supervising those same events. SciOly has given me a direction for my interests and created many fond memories, and I look forward to giving back by helping out at GGSO!

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Forensics, Chemistry Lab

    Fun fact: I never thought I'd be happy with a 40% on an exam until SciOly happened.

  • Dave Jiang

    Test Committee

    Chemistry, Binghamton University 2025
  • Hello all! My name is Dave, and I'm from New York City. Throughout high school, I enjoyed competing in Forensics and Experimental Design for Stuyvesant High School. I'm excited to be part of the GGSO Test Committee for the upcoming season!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Experimental Design

  • Jay Siri

    Test Committee

    Computer Science, Caltech 2024
  • Hello! I'm Jay, and I'm a Diamond Bar High School and South Pointe Middle School SciOly alum. This will be my eighth year being involved in SciOly (wow!), and I'm really excited to be working on this year's GGSO Tournament!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Experimental Design

    Fun fact: I came before the iPhone did :')

  • Lynn Yang

    Test Committee

    California Institute of Technology 2024
  • Hi! I'm Lynn, and I'm a Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School Science Olympiad alum. I fell deeply in love with Science Olympiad at my first competition in 6th grade, and that passion hasn't died since. Throughout my years as a competitor, I've made the most unforgettable memories and lasting friendships, and I'm so excited to help out at GGSO!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Rocks and Minerals, Boomilever

    Fun fact: I have a couple scuba diving licenses despite not really knowing how to swim.

  • Ryan Anselm

    Test Committee

    Computer Science, Columbia 2024
  • Hello! I'm Ryan and I'm excited to be on the Test Committee again! I competed for Clements High School for 3 years, doing a variety of earth & space science, chemistry, and inquiry events. Being a part of the SciOly community has been deeply impactful on me, and I've made many of my closest friends through doing SciOly. I'm looking forward to GGSO being amazing as always!

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Dynamic Planet, F0ssils

    Fun fact: I didn't play Pokemon Go at all when it first came out, but now I'm addicted.

  • Tiffany Hwang

    Test Committee

    Computer Science, UCLA 2025
  • Hi! I'm Tiffany, a Lynbrook High School Science Olympiad alumna. Scioly was where I learned a lot and gained a lot of friends and I look forward to contributing through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Write it Do it, Sounds of Music, Water Quality

    Fun fact: I've broken a tower right before a competition - luckily we had a backup!

Event Supervisors (2022)

Interested in becoming an Event Supervisor/Test Committee member for the 2023 GGSO Tournament? Keep an eye out for when applications open in fall 2022!
  • Sophia Velasco

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Biochemistry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Florida Honors Program 2023
  • Hi, everyone! I’m Sophia, a current junior at the University of Florida and a former competitor from Boca Raton High School (FL). I had a fantastic time competing in the 1st GGSO Invite, and it still feels surreal collaborating with GGSO after three years of supervising (as of this competition)! To view my Science Olympiad history, check out my page (User:Svph300). Happy testing!

    Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Protein Modeling, Microbe Mission

    Fun fact: I wrote my Common App personal statement on my undying love for ramen. It worked!

  • Claudia Phillips

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Bioengineering, Stanford 2024
  • Claudia has been involved with Science Olympiad for five years, including three years of competition with Northville High School. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, and training with the Stanford Taekwondo team.

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Materials Science, Anatomy and Physiology

    Fun fact: My favorite protein is botulinum neurotoxin type A, although I hope that neither me nor anyone else ever has to encounter it in the wild.

  • Tad Komacek


    Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago 2013
  • I'm a postdoc at the University of Chicago. My research is focused on the climate and atmospheric circulation of extrasolar planets.

    Favorite events: It's About Time, Astronomy, Solar System

    Fun fact: KELT-9 is the hottest planet known, with a dayside temperature similar to that of a K-dwarf star.

  • Connor Todd


    M.Eng - Space Engineering, University of Michigan 2021
  • Hello all! I am a Masters student at the University of Michigan, and I'm excited to be back at GGSO co-supervising Astronomy for the fourth year. I love all things space, and am pursuing an M.Eng degree in Space Engineering for this Spring. When I'm not doing Astro stuff, I love running, playing trumpet and reading/writing poetry.

    Favorite events: Astronomy, GeoLogic Mapping, Remote Sensing

    Fun fact: Once on a backpacking trip, my friends and I got stranded in a blizzard in the highest-elevation city in America (Leadville, CO - 10,151 ft).

  • Robert Lee


    Aerospace Engineering, UCLA 2024
  • Hi! My name is Robert and I'm an alum of Westview High School in San Diego, California. Having competed for 7 years, SciOly has created timeless memories and introduced me to many lifelong friends. I'm excited to give back to this community that has given me so much.

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Boomilever, Fermi Questions

    Fun fact: The 2019 Southern California State Tournament was the first and last time I competed in Fermi Questions.

  • Megan Luo


    Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley 2024
  • Hi, I'm Megan and I'm a Sunny Hills High School alum. I've made some of my closest friends and fondest memories through Science Olympiad. I'm excited to be an ES for Bridges this season!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Protein Modeling

    Fun fact: Cooking at 2AM before 8AM class creates adrenaline like no other.

  • Christopher Luo


    Mechanical Engineering, Berkeley 2025
  • Hi! I'm Christopher, a Mira Loma High School Science Olympiad alum. I've been a part of Science Olympiad ever since middle school and I've really enjoyed all the competitions over the years. I'm very excited to be a part of the GGSO team!

    Favorite events: Wright Stuff, Sounds of Music

    Fun fact: My favorite Pokémon is Shuckle.

  • Victor Lam

    Cell Biology

    Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UCSF PhD Program
  • Hi, I'm Victor! I'm originally from Texas, and graduated from UT Austin in 2017. I'm a Science Olympiad alum from Cypress Lakes High School, and I continued to volunteer at SciOly tournaments in undergrad. I'm currently in the Bay Area pursuing my PhD and researching viruses!

    Favorite events: Microbe Mission, Fossils, History of Science (former Tx Trial Event)

    Fun fact: As an overachiever, I often split my time between SciOly and band back in high school. I still continue to play clarinet today!

  • Haoli Yin

    Cell Biology

    Computer Science/Premed, Vanderbilt 2025
  • Hi! I'm Haoli and I'm a Seven Lakes HS SO alumnus. I've competed for the last 4 years and had the honor of leading as a captain for the past 2 years. My time in SO has led me to make some of my best friends and memories and has also inspired me to continue in biology through a mix of medicine and computation.

    Favorite events: Designer Genes, Protein Modeling

    Fun fact: Freshman year at Nats, my helicopters were completely destroyed by TSA so I had to rebuild and test it the night before competition.

  • Sameer Rajesh

    Chemistry Lab

    Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley 2023
  • Hi! I'm Sameer and I'm a Clements Science Olympiad alum. I competed in Science Olympiad for two years in high school, in events like Chem Lab and Astronomy. I'm super hyped to be supervising at GGSO again this year!

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Chem Lab, Astronomy

    Fun fact: Cheez-Its are still better than Goldfish.

  • Sonny Young

    Chemistry Lab

    Chemistry, Stanford 2025
  • Hi, I'm Sonny and a Paly SciOly alum. The six years competing in Science Olympiad provided some of my fondest memories in middle and high school, and I'm honored to pay it forward by helping with GGSO this year.

    Favorite events: Chemistry Lab, Forensics, Disease Detectives

    Fun fact: I love okras, onions, oysters, among other (non-alliterative) foods.

  • Felix Zhan

    Detector Building

    Computer Science, Stanford 2025
  • Hey, I'm Felix! I'm a Ed W Clark High School alum and am excited to help make GGSO happen.

    Favorite events: Fossils, Rocks

    Fun fact: I've got a stuffed dino named Big Bertha :)

  • Ashna Khetan

    Detector Building

    Symbolic Systems and Computer Science, Stanford 2025
  • I am a freshman at Stanford studying Artificial Intelligence and the intersection of computer science, cognitive science, and ethics. Originally from Northville, Michigan, I have done SciOly since 3rd grade. Like most of us, I always wanted to one day be on the other side of test-taking-- the test-maker. Good luck, everyone!

    Favorite events: Meteorology, Dynamic Planet, Wright Stuff

    Fun fact: Have you ever wondered how applicable the skills you gain through SciOly are in the real world? Well, the soldering and Arduino programming I learned through Detector Building have already helped me build part of a weather balloon to launch into space :)

  • Claire Wang

    Disease Detectives

    Data Science, Berkeley 2025
  • Hi I'm Claire, a Science Olympiad alum from Diamond Bar High School (Go Brahmas!). I've made so many lovely memories and friends from this organization, and I look forward to writing up some fun and diabolical tests for my fellow Disease Detectives!

    Favorite events: Disease Detectives, Ornithology

    Fun fact: I got 3rd in the MIT Invitational SO Lean Mean Meme Machine event.

  • Coral Chen

    Disease Detectives

    Physics and Geophysics, Berkeley 2023
  • Hi, I’m Coral, and I’m a Mountain View High School alum. My life goal is to run away to Ireland and raise a flock of ducks. I got super lost at both GGSOs I competed in, and so will you. I don't have a LinkedIn, but you are free to stalk my Facebook.

    Favorite events: Disease Detectives, Ecology, Experimental Design

    Fun fact: I've gotten to the 8192 tile in 2048, but no further.

  • Brian Amaro

    Dynamic Planet

    Stanford 2024
  • Heyo, I'm Brian Amaro. In high school, I led and competed with Chattahoochee High School's Science Olympiad team. From my interests in Earth Science to many great memories, I owe so much to SciOly, and I'm excited to be able to give back to the community by helping out with GGSO.

    Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, Codebusters, Geologic Mapping

    Fun fact: I've eaten waffles with peanut butter for breakfast for the past 10 years.

  • Chloe Cheng

    Dynamic Planet

    Geophysics, Stanford 2025
  • LA-born earth science enthusiast, recreational walker, stops-randomly birder, doodler, persimmon appreciator. I currently live with keepsake rocks and a moral support mouse plush on my desk. Catch me wandering around outside donning a scallop necklace and listening to friends’ fantastically-named playlists. Even if I appear to be deeply contemplating life, please say hi!

    Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, Geologic Mapping, Fossils

    Fun fact: I think that anything can be a hat.

  • Calton Kong

    Environmental Chemistry

    Materials Science and Engineering, Berkeley 2024
  • Hi, I'm Calton, currently a second year in materials science. Glad to be helping out at my favorite tournament :).

    Favorite events: Helicopters, Optics

    Fun fact: My helicopter got stuck in a projector screen at GGSO.

  • Shrayen Patel

    Environmental Chemistry

    Biology, University of Texas at Austin 2024
  • Hey! I'm Shrayen - an alumnus of William P. Clements HS (TX). I competed in SciOly for four years and continue to write for invitationals around the country! I'm also currently a tournament director for UT Austin SciOly. In my free time, you'll catch me out and about, adventuring in whatever city I may be in.

    Favorite events: Water Quality, Ping Pong Parachute, Experimental Design

    Fun fact: I fly around the world for fun in my free time - visiting different airports and conducting airline trip reviews!

  • Anson Pham

    Experimental Design

    San Jose State University 2023
  • Hi! I'm Anson and I'm a Milpitas High School alum! I've competed in Science Olympiad for four years and have been a Division A tournament director for two years. I can't wait to help out at GGSO!!

    Favorite events: Game On, Experimental Design, Codebusters

    Fun fact: Scratch Cat is my lord and savior.

  • Ben Clifner


    Chemical Engineering, Berkeley 2023
  • Hey! I’m Ben and I’m a graduate from Canyon Crest Academy. I started competing in Science Olympiad back in sixth grade, and I’m excited that I can still be a part of the organization that helped get me interested in and foster my passion for science.

    Favorite events: Forensics, Chem Lab, Materials Science

    Fun fact: I subsisted entirely on chunky peanut butter for 2 days.

  • Andrew Liu


    Math and Computer Science, Berkeley 2025
  • Hi y'all! I'm from SSA in Pittsburgh, and I competed in Div C for 3 years, and I'm really excited to come back to my favorite event!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Designer Genes, Water Quality

    Fun fact: I've been yo-yoing for ~6 years and competed once in high school.

  • Akhil Paulraj


    COS, Princeton 2025
  • Hi everyone! I am Akhil, a freshman at Princeton interested in COS and MAE. I have competed in Science Olympiad since 7th grade (Community MS, WW-P HS North). In my free time, you can catch me playing tennis or practicing Mridangam (Indian classical drum).

    Favorite events: Mousetrap Vehicle, Machines, Forensics

    Fun fact: I competed in WIDI colorblind :)

  • Nicole Lee

    Gravity Vehicle

    Computer Science, Berkeley 2025
  • Hello! I am Nicole and I competed in Science Olympiad throughout my 4 years at Mark Keppel High School. Every year, I always started my build events the night before competition, just so there would be a smaller chance of them being destroyed by the time I made it to my event. I've also never been to a Scioly invitational before, but I am excited to be a part of the team behind GGSO :D

    Favorite events: Mission Possible, Wright Stuff, Helicopters

    Fun fact: Somehow every year my Wright Stuff planes get stepped on :c

  • James Liu

    Green Generation

    Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin 2025
  • Howdy! My name is James Liu. I have competed for 6 years, bouncing around from chemistry to physics to build to inquiry events at Seven Lakes High School! During my free time, I enjoy diving deep into the depths of Reddit and raising quails in my backyard.

    Favorite events: Water Quality, Ping Pong Parachute, Hovercraft

    Fun fact: I'm unrated in Valorant.

  • Alex Ozdemir

    It's About Time

    Computer Science, Stanford
  • I'm a Phd. student at Stanford, investigating how cryptography and automated reasoning can be used to make trustworthy computer systems. I grew up Sacramento, California, where Science Olympiad got me excited about all things related to science.

    Favorite events: Optics, Circuit Lab, Mission Possible

    Fun fact: I love black licorice.

  • Jason Katz

    It's About Time

    Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech 2024
  • Jason is a second-year electrical engineering major at Georgia Tech. Along with Angel, he competed with Boca Raton Community High School, having placed as high as 1st in Circuit Lab at the MIT 2020 Invitational tournament.

    Favorite events: Circuit Lab, Thermodynamics, Fermi Question

    Fun fact: At my first ever Science Olympiad competition I ran across a river in freezing weather.

  • Rebecca Shi


    Neurosciences, Stanford PhD 2022
  • Hi! I participated in Science Olympiad with West-Windsor Plainsboro High School South (NJ) from 2008-2011, and now I am a graduate student in the Stanford Neurosciences PhD Program. After graduation, I hope to pursue my interest in course design and teaching. Science Olympiad helped foster my love for biology, and the community we have is fantastic -- I’m thrilled that I still have the chance to give back to Science Olympiad as an alum!

    Favorite events: Ornithology, Cell Biology, Ecology

    Fun fact: I enjoy teaching, birdwatching, and playing video games + board games!

  • Seohyun Park


    Bioengineering, Berkeley 2023
  • Hello, my name is Seohyun! I competed for Chattahoochee high school in Georgia, and I've been supervising ID events around the bay for the past few years. So excited to be part of GGSO and supervising Ornithology this year!!!

    Favorite events: Herpetology, Fossils, Dynamic Planet

    Fun fact: My favorite bird on the list this year are the magpies :)))

  • Angel Millard-Bruzos

    Ping Pong Parachute

    Electrical Engineering, Stanford 2024
  • Hi, I'm Angel! I'm a freshman at Stanford interested in EE, ME, and CS. In high school I loved spending time working on my SciOly builds (Mission Possible, Mousetrap Vehicle, Detector Building) and taking Circuit Lab tests. I hope to become an engineer one day and continue working on 'builds,' hopefully on a much larger scale.

    Favorite events: Mission Possible, Circuit Lab, Mousetrap Vehicle

    Fun fact: I can solve a Rubik's cube one-handed in under two minutes!

  • Peter Zhu

    Remote Sensing

    EECS and MechE, Berkeley 2021
  • I like peanut butter, squirrels, hiking, dogs, the beach, in-n-out, spikeball and Science Olympiad. I am from San Diego, went to Canyon Crest Academy, graduted from Berkeley (go bears) in 2021 in EECS/ME, and am now a software engineer. This is my 10th year being involved in Science Olympiad either as a competitor or event supervisor.

    Favorite events: Geologic Mapping, Experimental Design, Wright Stuff

    Fun fact: The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell

  • Vivek Vajipey

    Rocks and Minerals

    Stanford 2025
  • Hi, I'm Vivek! I competed in Science Olympiad at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and Community Middle School. In addition to writing scioly tests, I write questions for USESO so I encourage anyone with an interest in Earth Science to check out the program at

    Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, GeoLogic Mapping, Fossils

    Fun fact: I detest the sound of Velcro.

  • Rebecca Liebson

    Rocks and Minerals

    Stanford 2025
  • Hi, I'm Rebecca. I competed in a mix of Earth science events for Solon High School. I'm excited to experience an invitational not held in the midst of Ohio winter!

    Favorite events: Rocks and Minerals, Dynamic Planet

    Fun fact: I have a growing collection of plush fossils.

  • Brion Ye


    Electrical Engineering, Stanford 2024
  • Hello! I've proudly represented Jordan MS and Paly Science Olympiad for 6 years. Among many other things, this competition resulted in my first ever all-nighter, a trashcan’s worth of broken balsa sticks, and a mole of absolutely amazing partners and friends. I’m excited to come back for GGSO!

    Favorite events: Circuit Lab, Mission Possible, Detector Building

    Fun fact: Noodles are waaaay better than rice.

  • Albert Wang

    Wifi Lab

    Computer Science, Berkeley 2025
  • Hello! I'm Albert and I'm a Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School Scioly alum. I've done mostly physics events in the past, and I'm looking forward to writing the Wifi Lab test this year at GGSO!

    Favorite events: Sounds of Music, Hovercraft, Optics

    Fun fact: I can't touch my shoulders.

  • Erich Bahm

    Wifi Lab

    Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2025
  • I am Erich and I am currently a Freshman studying Mechanical Engineering at RPI. I started Sci Oly in 9th grade at Mira Loma HS, and I participated in it for all four years of high school. I have competed at GGSO for several years, and I am very excited to be writing a test for the first time.

    Favorite events: Detector Building, Chemistry Lab, Fermi Questions

    Fun fact: My co-event supervisor once broke my arm

  • Matthew Song

    Wright Stuff

    EECS, Berkeley 2025
  • Hey everyone! My name is Matthew, and I'm from Milpitas High School. From the 7 years I've done SciOly, I've learned many things. Here are a few: Whatever can go wrong will probably go wrong, especially during competition, but that's okay. Building things is very fun, and definitely worth getting 0 hours of sleep over. Wright Stuff planes and Helicopters are very fragile. Towers are scary when they explode. And finally, you're never too old for SciOly! Can't wait to be part of this awesome competition :)

    Favorite events: Mission Possible, Wright Stuff, Towers

    Fun fact: From personal experience, salt makes very good timers.

  • Lily Xu

    Write It Do It

    Microbiology and Immunology PhD, Stanford 2025
  • I'm a PhD student at Stanford studying Microbiology and Immunology. In the lab, I research viruses with molecular and structural tools. I first got involved in SciOly as a high school competitor, then stayed on to coach middle school students throughout undergrad. I love science outreach, volunteering, and playing music.

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Experimental Design, Entomology

    Fun fact: I used to play violin in a mariachi band!

  • Laura Sun

    Write It Do It

    Stanford 2025
  • Hey, I'm Laura! I'm a BASIS Independent Silicon Valley alumna. Over the past 7 years, Science Olympiad has allowed me to explore new topics and meet some of my best friends -- it's such an incredible community that I'm excited to give back to through GGSO :)

    Favorite events: Write it Do it, Codebusters, Sounds of Music

    Fun fact: I've met the President of the United States (Guess which one!)

  • Peter Hung

    Machine Learning

    Physics, Caltech 2008
  • Dr. Peter Hung is the Southern California State Director, the 2021 National Tournament Director, and serves on the National Science Olympiad Executive Board. He competed Science Olympiad in high school and founded the Caltech Science Olympiad, starting Science Olympiad Alumni Chapter movement.

    Favorite events: Gravity Vehicle, Digital Structures, Write It CAD it

    Fun fact: My nick name is bear because my Chinese last name is the character "bear"

  • Eric Ma

    Machine Learning

    Computer Science and Math, UCLA 2024
  • Hi! My name is Eric, and I'm a Mission San Jose HS alum. Science Olympiad introduced me to to fascinating topics and even more fascinating people, so I'm glad to have the opportunity to stay involved.

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Hovercraft, Mission Possible

    Fun fact: I've lived in five different places but they were all along the west coast of North America.


  • Rohan Chakraborty


    Chemical Engineering, Berkeley 2019
  • Hi! I'm Rohan, and I’m an alum of Seven Lakes High School and Beckendorff Junior High in Katy, Texas. Throughout my Science Olympiad experience, I’ve competed extensively in building events such as Gravity Vehicle and Scrambler as well in as lab events like Chemistry Lab and Forensics. I had a blast organizing our inaugural tournament for you all, and I'm looking forward to making our next tournament even greater!

    Favorite events: Forensics and Chem Lab

    Fun fact: I love anything and everything Drake.

  • Abraham Chen


    Engineering Product Manager at Apple, SF
    Economics and Computer Science, Berkeley 2019
  • Hi, my name is Abraham Chen, I’m a Mounds View Scioly Alumni, and I’ve been involved in Scioly all through high school. One time my team’s Scioly bus got stranded on a highway for 7 hours, making our trip to a tournament 21+ hours. That’s dedication.

    Favorite events: Forensics, Fossils and Experimental Design

    Fun fact: I like heights because it scares me.

  • Ryan Cohen


    Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co
    Mechanical Engineering, Stanford 2019
  • Hey, I’m Ryan! I’m an alum of Mira Loma High School from Sacramento, California. I co-founded and led communications/strategy for GGSO, and I also volunteer at NorCal state and regional tournaments on the arbitration committees. My incredible science olympiad experience inspired me to pursue a career in systems engineering and autonomous transportation, and I hope to promote and expand access to those opportunities for students today.

    Favorite events: Circuit Lab, Mission Possible, MagLev

    Fun fact: Once spent a summer working underground at an Andean archeological site.

  • Denis Li


    Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Berkeley 2019
  • I've been involved with Science Olympiad at Mounds View since 2012. Science Olympiad was by far my favorite thing that I did in high school and I hope our tournament will be a blast for everyone attending!

    Favorite events: It’s About Time, Technical Problem Solving, Compound Machines

    Fun fact: People who have more birthdays live longer.

  • Alex Lu


    Johns Hopkins MD-PhD Program
    Biomedical Computation, Stanford 2019
  • Hi! I'm Alex, from Palo Alto High School. SciOly was a huge part of my life in high school, and what first introduced me to the intersection of science, tech, and medicine. I hope that through GGSO, others will be able to have the same eye-opening experiences that I once did. Currently missing late night study sessions, forensics lab practice, and folding toobers with the rest of the team.

    Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Forensics, WIDI

    Fun fact: My team dyed our hair (everyone's, all of it) green for 2013 Nationals!

  • Dhruv Puri


    Molecular and Cellular Biology, Berkeley 2019
  • Hi, my name is Dhruv, I’m a LASA Scioly Alumni, and I’ve been involved in Scioly all through high school. Science Olympiad helped me find my passion for biology and had led me to a career in medicine.

    Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Protein Modeling, Material Science

    Fun fact: Most nights you can find me DJing in SF or LA at salsa and bachata clubs.

  • Jonathan Wang


    Medical Student @ UCSF, AI Research Associate @ Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Computational Biology, Stanford 2019
  • Hi! I'm Jon (, from Mounds View High School! In high school, Science Olympiad was one of my favorite activities-- it taught me how fun science could be and I made teammates turned co-GGSO founder turned lifelong friends. Im glad I can still keep in touch with the community as a test writer and event supervisor and hope others discover their own interests through it.

    Favorite events: Mission Possible, Chemistry Lab, Sounds of Music, Designer Genes

    Fun fact: i can eat two chipotle burritos in one sitting

  • Neil Patil


    Computer Science, UT Austin 2020
  • Hello! I'm a LASA alum and was captain of LASA's Science Olympiad team during 2015 and 2016. I did build events, which means that most of my SciO memories involve soldering in a hotel room bathtub, getting gliders stuck in chandeliers, or getting kicked out of Wal-Mart at 1 AM (sometimes you gotta test Scrambler the night before...) Science Olympiad has been a pretty big part of my life (in both the good and bad ways), so I'm glad to be helping run this tournament.

    Favorite events: Scrambler, Mission Possible

  • Colin Barber

    Tournament Director

    Microbiology, Berkeley PhD Program
  • Hi I’m Colin and I love microbes. I competed for Wellwood Middle School and Fayetteville-Manlius High School and I graduated with a BS in microbiology from Cornell University last May. For three years, I also helped lead Science Olympiad at Cornell where I served as co-president 2015-16. Did I mention I love microbes?

    Favorite events: Microbe Mission, Fermi Questions, Thermodynamics

    Fun fact: My Fermi partner and I agreed to shave each other’s heads if we got 1st in Fermi at States 2013. The rest is history.

  • Kevin Meng

    Executive Director

    Psychology and Economics, UC Berkeley 2020
  • Hi, my name is Kevin Meng, I’m an Ed W. Clark HS Scioly alumni and captain. In preparation for state and nationals, I’ve stayed at school so late that midnight snacks and basketball with the cleaning staff is a norm. I’ve been told before that my love for Science Olympiad is “infectious”. Spread the love and stay committed!

    Favorite events: Gravity Vehicle, Elastic Launched Glider, Wright Stuff, WIDI

    Fun fact: My team and I won a state championship in soccer! I have a fierce passion for music and sports. Play me.

  • Kelly Yu

    Tournament Director

    Economics, Berkeley 2021
  • Hello, I’m Kelly! I’m an alum of John P. Stevens Science Olympiad in Edison, New Jersey. (East coast represent!) I have made some of my best memories through SciOly, from the loud bus rides to the actual tournament days. Most importantly, SciOly has taught me to constantly stay curious and hungry.

    Favorite events: Forensics, Fossils, Microbe Mission

    Fun fact: I played the clarinet for 10 years!

  • Sarah Gurev

    Executive Director

    Computer Science, Stanford 2020
  • Hi, I’m Sarah Gurev, and I'm a Mira Loma High School and Winston Churchill Middle School Scioly alum. I've had the opportunity to attend Nationals five times, and the distinct pleasure of competing in every single water event each time. Science Olympiad was such a large part of my life, so I'm grateful it's not quite over yet. I'm really excited to help bring this tournament to life!

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Awesome Aquifers, Dynamic Planet

    Fun fact: I was very overprotective of my protein model, possibly because I was constantly worrying that my cat would eat it.

  • Valerie Hsieh

    Tournament Director

    Physics and German, Berkeley 2020
  • Hey, I’m Valerie! Although I’m not a Science Olympiad alum, I have always been passionate about science and science outreach. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of GGSO’s Executive Board, and am looking forward to help organize a tournament that gives so much to the Bay Area and SciOly communities.

    Favorite events: Herpetology, Mousetrap Vehicle, Materials Science

    Fun fact: One time, Tina Fey’s bodyguard pushed me away from her after a major fangirl moment at the Tony Awards. It was awesome.

  • Kathryn Li

    Executive Director

    Harvard Medical School (HST) MD Candidate
    Molecular and Cell Biology, Berkeley 2020
  • Hi, my name is Kathryn and I’m a Palo Alto Science Olympiad alum. SciOly sparked my interest in STEM many years ago, and I'm grateful that I've been able to stay involved and give back to the community even after I graduated high school. I'll always miss the feeling of the night before the tournament - whether that's cramming last minute for an event or powwowing with the GGSO team :)

    Favorite events: Forensics, Chem Lab, Protein Modeling, Bridge Building

    Fun fact: I like to figure skate in my free time!

  • Amy Lo

    Tournament Director

    Stanford 2023
  • Hi, I'm Amy, and I'm a Walnut High School and Suzanne Middle School alum! SciOly has been a formative part of my growth, which is why I’m even more excited to see how I can help this tournament grow!

    Favorite events: Forensics and Experimental Design

    Fun fact: I have 50+ (and growing) themed Spotify playlists, each curated to a different mood, atmosphere, and vibe.

  • Martin Altenburg

    Tournament Director

    Electrical Engineering, Stanford 2021
  • I am super excited to be a part of this year's GGSO team. Growing up in North Dakota, Science Olympiad was the first times I really got to share my interest in STEM with people around my school and state. I'm passionate about making STEM education and opportunities accessible for students of all backgrounds and can't wait to help make that a reality within GGSO!

    Favorite events: Meteorology and Towers

    Fun fact: I once competed in eight events during a regional tournament. Quite the time!

  • Faith Harron

    Executive Director

    Mechanical Engineering, Stanford 2021
  • Hello, I’m Faith--I’m a Bismarck Century High alum, and was a part of Science Olympiad since my middle school years. SciO was always one of my favorite extracurricular activities, and I’m delighted to continue my involvement at university.

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Dynamic Planet, Anatomy and Physiology

    Fun fact: Joan of Arc is my great-aunt--like 11 greats in there, but I am directly descended from her brother.

  • Allison Yao

    Tournament Director

    MEB and Psychology, Berkeley
  • Hi, I’m Allison! I love everything Science Olympiad -- my years of competing, the amazing community of people I’ve met, and this very tournament. I’m beyond excited to see what the upcoming season will bring to the table!

    Favorite events: Invasive Species, Herpetology, Forensics

    Fun fact: If you give me a clover patch, I'll be able to find you a four-leafed (or sometimes even five-leafed) one within minutes!

  • Evelyn Zhang

    Executive Director

    Human Biology, Stanford 2021
  • Hi!! I’m Evelyn, and I’m a Mira Loma Sci Oly alumni. I was only on the team since sophomore year, but those 3 years definitely shaped my passions and love for science. It was Science Olympiad that developed my interest in biology and led me to pursue a career in medicine.

    Favorite events: Anatomy and Physiology, Disease Detectives

    Fun fact: I actually didn’t want to do Disease Detectives until my sci oly coach put me on the event sophomore year, and by senior year I was 1st in the nation for the event. Lets just say that my coach made a good call :)

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