The Team

Executive Board

Evaluation Committee

Event Supervisors


Executive Board

  • Britney Weng

    Executive Director

    MCB & Business Administration, Berkeley 2023
  • My name is Britney and I'm a Milpitas High SciOly alum. Having competed at three GGSO tournaments, it holds a special place in my heart. I'm excited to bring this tournament to more competitors and give back to the SciOly community.

    Favorite events: Herpetology, Invasive Species

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

  • Iris Xia

    Executive Director

    Math & Computational Sciences, 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!

  • Vinay Gautam

    Tournament Director

    Computer Science & 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.

  • 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 :(

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Albert Wang

    Tournament Director

    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 competed in mostly physics events in the past and was an event supervisor for Wifi Lab last year. I'm excited to continue GGSO as a Tournament Director this year!

    Favorite events: Sounds of Music, Hovercraft, Optics

    Fun fact: I can't touch my shoulders.

  • Kunal Arora

    Tournament Director

    Stanford 2026
  • Hi folks! I’m Kunal, a Mason High School and Middle School Science Olympiad alum. Beyond helping to shape my passions and career goals, my SciOly team quickly became a second family after I moved to Ohio. I’m excited to keep giving back to this wonderful community through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Ornithology, Sounds of Music

    Fun fact: I think s'mores taste best when made over a Bunsen burner.

  • Tim Elnitiarta

    Tournament Director

    Geophysics, Berkeley 2026
  • Hello there! I'm Tim, a Troy HS/Kraemer MS alum. Over my five years of Scioly, I've competed, coached, and directed various tournaments. GGSO is special to me because it was the last in-person tournament I ever competed in. I'm excited to join the team and give others that classic GGSO experience!

    Favorite events: Codebusters, Meteorology, It's About Time

    Fun fact: I relied on my circuitry knowledge from my Nerf modding hobby to get through a whole year of Div B Circuit Lab

  • Lauren Lee

    Tournament Director

    Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Berkeley 2026
  • Hi! I'm Lauren, a Castro Valley High School alum! I've competed in SciOly for 7 years. From eating instant ramen at every competition to making 5-point font cheatsheets, I’ve made some of my fondest memories as a competitor. GGSO was one of the first invitationals I competed in and I'm excited to give back to the SciOly community!

    Favorite events: Write it Do it, Codebusters

    Fun fact: I named both of my hamsters after scientists!

  • William Lee

    Tournament Director

    Bioengineering, Berkeley 2026
  • Hi! I'm William, an alum and former captain of Mason High School in Ohio. I'm super excited to (hopefully) see the return of in-person Scioly in college!

    Favorite events: Codebusters, PPP

    Fun fact: My Venmo account was frozen the day I created it!

  • Gwennie Liu

    Tournament Director

    Bio & Business, Berkeley 2026
  • Heyo! I’m Gwennie, and I am an alum of Torrey Pines High School in San Diego, California. I have competed in Science Olympiad for 8 years, which has provided me with lifelong friends and many new scientific interests. I’m looking forward to contributing back to the wonderful SciOly community through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Fossils, Rocks and Minerals

    Fun fact: I have a stuffed carrot named Seefee.

Evaluation Committee (2023)

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!
  • Erich Bahm

    Test Committee

    Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2025
  • I am Erich and I am currently a Sophomore 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: One of the tournament directors once broke my arm (guess which one!)

  • Ting Guo

    Test Committee

    Molecular Environmental Biology, Berkeley 2024
  • Hi, I am Ting and I am very excited to be on the Test Committee! SciOly helped me meet some of my close friends while also learning more scientific reasoning! So, I look forward to helping out with GGSO to help others explore their passion for science.

    Favorite events: Forensics, Designer Genes

    Fun fact: Super inflexible (I can't touch my toes haha)

  • 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!

  • Anson Pham

    Test Committee

    Computer Science, San Jose State University 2023
  • Hi! 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. Looking forward to volunteering for my 4th year at GGSO!

    Favorite events: Experimental Design, Codebusters, Fermi Questions

    Fun fact: I made a round-trip around the Earth in 15 days!

  • Mihir Singhal

    Test Committee

    Mathematics, MIT 2022
  • Hi! I did Scioly with Palo Alto High School for 6 years mastering my skills with Scratch (the pinnacle of programming languages), and I'm excited for my third year on Test Committee.

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Astronomy

    Fun fact: My favorite bird is the common hoopoe.

  • Daniel Sun

    Test Committee

    Physics & Mathematics, Stanford 2025
  • Hi! I'm Daniel, and I led and competed for the Interlake High School SciOly team, doing mainly physics events. Some of my fondest memories in high school were created through SciOly, whether it was in competition or waving around a meterstick wildly during a build session. I'm glad to be able to contribute to GGSO!

    Favorite events: Circuit Lab, Sounds of Music, Fermi Questions

    Fun fact: My Sounds of Music "build" comprised of 10 Perrier bottles filled with water. It worked really well!

  • 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.

  • Celine Wang

    Test Committee

    Chemistry, Berkeley PhD
  • Hi! I’m Celine and I’m a proud Paly Science Olympiad alum. Scioly has been a big part of my life, from competing in high school to volunteering, supervising, and writing tests with the Caltech Scioly team. I’m excited to be back in the Bay working on GGSO, my favorite tournament competing back in the day!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Protein Modeling

    Fun fact: I have t-shirts from 5 GGSO tournaments.

  • William Zhang

    Test Committee

    Mathematics and Computer Science, Stanford 2024
  • Hi! I'm William, an alum of Enloe High School. I've met some amazing people through Science Olympiad and I'm excited to give back to the community!

    Favorite events: Thermodynamics, Optics, Fermi Questions

    Fun fact: At thermodynamics nationals, I correctly predicted the exact temperature of my device!

  • Eileen Zu

    Test Committee

    MIT 2026
  • Hey! i'm Eileen, a Diamond Bar High School SciOly alum :-) So excited to be able to volunteer and help out at GGSO!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Detectives

    Fun fact: I'm an ordained minister!

Event Supervisors (2023)

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!
  • Dora Layanto

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Biochemistry, University of Washington 2025
  • My name is Dora Layanto and I'm a second-year biochem major at the University of Washington. I plan on going to medical school after graduation. In my free time, I work on computational protein design, play the guitar, and crochet squishmallows.

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Anatomy & Physiology, Thermodynamics

    Fun fact: I collect engraved pennies from every state I visit.

  • Viraj Jansari

    Anatomy and Physiology

    Biology, Stanford 2026
  • Hello! My name is Viraj and I’m an alum of Troy SciOly and Kraemer SciOly. Science Olympiad has been one of the biggest parts of my life the past couple of years, and GGSO has been one of my favorite invitationals to compete at. Now a college freshman, I’m super excited to be back as an Event Supervisor!

    Favorite events: Anatomy & Physiology, Disease Detectives, Protein Modeling

    Fun fact: I once got interviewed on TV for my viral YouTube video about a bear opening my car door.

  • Jason Li


    Computer Science, UC Santa Barbara 2023
  • I’m a fourth year CS major at UCSB, planning to do my masters starting next fall. I’m interested in video game design, graphics, and ML, and I like to draw and play badminton in my spare time!

    Favorite events: Bridge, Experimental Design, Codebusters

    Fun fact: Kim Sumin from Single’s Inferno reposted a drawing I drew of her on her IG story 😊

  • Robert Lee


    Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics of Computation, 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.

  • 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!

  • Megan Luo

    Cell Biology

    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 Cell Biology this season!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Protein Modeling

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

  • Calton Kong

    Chemistry Lab

    Materials Science and Engineering, Berkeley 2024
  • Hi I'm a third year in materials science and engineering. Electrochemist and energy enthusiast. Glad to be at back at my favorite tournament.

    Favorite events: Helicopters, Optics

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

  • Andy Tang

    Chemistry Lab

    Computer Science, Stanford 2026
  • Hi! I'm Andy, a first-year at Stanford and IMSA SciOly alum. Super hyped about the broad science that SciOly always covers (orni got me into birdwatching) and glad to be a part of such an amazing tournament!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Chemistry Lab, Protein Modeling

    Fun fact: I love lockpicking, puzzles, strategy board games, and everything in between!

  • Alex Ozdemir


    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.

  • Caleb Chiang


    Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Hi! I'm Caleb; you can call me Klebb. I'm an alumnus of Mission San Jose High School, serving as the captain for the SciOly team for two years. This is my 10th year participating in Science Olympiad as competitor or volunteer. Good luck everyone!

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Codebusters, Pokemon Trivia

    Fun fact: In my free time I click on Google Maps a lot.

  • Oliver Ni

    Detector Building

    EECS, Berkeley 2026
  • Hi! I'm Oliver. I'm a Lynbrook HS Alum, and I'm super excited to work on Scioly again. GGSO was my first ever tournament, so I'm excited to bring that experience to many others!

    Favorite events: Detector Building, Wifi Lab, Codebusters

    Fun fact: I was born on February 29

  • Saahil Sundaresan

    Detector Building

    Computer Science, Stanford 2026
  • Hi! I'm Saahil, an alum of Mountain View SciOly. Science Olympiad gave me a great sense of community in high school, and I'm excited to stay involved through GGSO!

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Protein Modeling

    Fun fact: I may or may not have confirmed hydrometer readings at 2019 GGSO Water Quality with a taste test :)

  • 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.

  • Antonio Velasco

    Disease Detectives

    Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC Irvine 2026
  • Aloha! My name is Antonio Velasco and I'm an alum of Pearl City High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. I'm so excited to be involved with GGSO and to continue my love of SciOly here.

    Favorite events: Forensics, Potions & Poisons, Disease Detectives

    Fun fact: I'm an Eagles fan despite being from Hawaii. (2023 SUPER BOWL BOUND TRUST IN HURTS)

  • 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.

  • Kavi Gollamudi

    Environmental Chemistry

    Physics, UC Santa Barbara 2026
  • I am a Mountain View HS alum. Science Olympiad was my favorite part of high school, and I'm very happy to be writing for my favorite tournament :)

    Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, Fermi Questions, Geologic Mapping

    Fun fact: I joined SciOly for the free food, but stayed for the glaciers.

  • Sarika Pasumarthy

    Environmental Chemistry

    Computer Science and Cognitive Science, Berkeley 2026
  • Hi! I'm Sarika and I am a first-year at UC Berkeley. I've been involved in Science Olympiad since I was in 5th grade and I even coached (I'm a Del Norte High School alum)! You can usually find me reading mysteries and psychological thrillers. I'm really excited to keep being involved in SciOly at GGSO!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Sounds of Music, Environmental Chemistry

    Fun fact: I built an air horn for my Sounds of Music instrument.

  • Johnny Huang

    Experimental Design

    Planetary Science, Berkeley 2024
  • Hey all! My name is Johnny, and I am a Scioly alum from Milpitas High School. I have done a lot of volunteering for virtual Scioly competitions in the past few years. This will be my first time supervising an in-person competition and I am beyond excited to do so!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Experimental Design, Sounds of Music

    Fun fact: Never try scaling a landslide scarp, it does not end well :)

  • Kelly Lue

    Experimental Design

    Electrical Engineering, Stanford 2024
  • Hi! I'm Kelly, and I'm a Milpitas SciOly alum. GGSO was one of the most memorable invitationals I've competed at, so I'm super excited to be helping out!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Experimental Design, Optics

    Fun fact: I enjoy looking at and climbing rocks :)

  • Ashna Khetan

    Fermi Questions

    Computer Science, Stanford 2025
  • Ashna loves chocolate, baggy clothes, and films (oh yeah, and science). She wants to work in a cool field in tech, but being indecisive, she’s interested in a lot of areas! She also loves running and making funny jokes (as you will see on her tests).

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Dynamic Planet, Wright Stuff

    Fun fact: Ashna has seen Heartstopper on Netflix 8 times!

  • Ryan Lee

    Fermi Questions

    Electrical Engineering, UCLA 2025
  • Hey, I'm Ryan, an alum of Mira Loma HS SciOly. I started competing as a high school freshman and loved the chaos at tournaments ever since. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be your Fermi ES this year.

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Game On, Ornithology

    Fun fact: Sour gummy worms from the vending machine are the best.

  • 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

    Fun fact: Pandas are the best.

  • Matthew Song


    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.

  • 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.

  • Shrayen Patel


    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!

  • Jackie Chiang


    Architecture, Berkeley 2026
  • Hi all! My name is Jackie, and I'm a Milpitas High SciOly alum. Because Science Olympiad communities and competitions (especially GGSO!) shaped so much of my last few years, I can’t wait to help out with this year’s competition!

    Favorite events: Fossils, Ping Pong Parachute, Geologic Mapping

    Fun fact: My backup plan is to either become a lifeguard at the Olympics or move into the woods.

  • Franklin Hung

    Green Generation

    Materials Science and Engineering, Berkeley 2026
  • Hi everyone! My name is Franklin and I’m an alumni of Cypress Woods HS in Houston. I’m currently studying Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley and love learning about climate related topics! In my free time I love listening to podcasts, hiking, and reading.

    Favorite events: Green Generation, Wright Stuff, Gravity Vehicle

    Fun fact: I love all things nature!

  • Cynthia Wen

    Green Generation

    Cognitive Science and Data Science, Berkeley 2026
  • Hello! I'm Cynthia, a Glen A. Wilson HS alum, where I competed in bio events and got inspired to pursue a career in healthtech. When I’m not studying, you can find me going on boba runs, drawing, and playing Genshin Impact. Excited to be supervising this year :)

    Favorite events: Disease Detectives, Designer Genes, Ornithology

    Fun fact: My favorite types of music to listen to are kpop and classical!

  • Nir Shatsky

    It's About Time

    Mechanical Engineering, La Positas College 2024
  • I'm a master procrastinator, mobile gamer, Jeremy Clarkson follower, and close friends with your personal FBI agent. If you make me laugh (with a meme or another joke of some sort), I will most likely not tier you :)

    Favorite events: It's About Time, Gravity Vehicle, Mystery Architecture

    Fun fact: \"An ounce of luck is better than a pound of wisdom", unless you're taking one of my tests.

  • Andrew Chen

    It's About Time

    Stanford 2026
  • Hi! I'm an alum of Portola High School and Jeffrey Trail Middle School. SciOly was one of the best experiences I've had in middle and high school, so I'm super excited to supervise for GGSO this year.

    Favorite events: Fermi Questions, Sounds of Music, Thermodynamics

    Fun fact: I play the bass clarinet (no, it's not a saxophone).

  • Benji Yan

    Remote Sensing

    Computer Science and Mathematics, Stanford 2024
  • Hi! I'm Benji, an alum of Century High School in Minnesota. I'm currently a junior at Stanford majoring in math and CS, and minoring in English. In my free time, I like to watch Pixar movies that make cry (Toy Story, Inside Out), read sci-fi, and spend time with my cat. It feels amazing to be back in Scioly!

    Favorite events: Astronomy, Meteorology, Geologic Mapping

    Fun fact: My Chinese first name may or may not mean dumb.

  • Yuchen Li

    Remote Sensing

    Physics, Stanford 2026
  • Hi friends! I'm Yuchen, c/o 26, hoping to study some sort of earth science-flavored physics here at Stanford. I'm from Washington state, where once upon a time I was captain of Tesla STEM High School's scioly team (shoutout to TSSO!). I'll be supervising Remote Sensing with Ben, and I hope y'all enjoy the event and the tournament!

    Favorite events: Earth Science Prediction

    Fun fact: I'm currently building a micromineral collection.

  • 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.

  • 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. Apart from writing SciOly tests, I enjoy playing spikeball, listening to music, and hiking.

    Favorite events: Dynamic Planet, GeoLogic Mapping, Fossils

    Fun fact: Every member of my family's initials are VV.

  • Amy Jiang


    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.

  • Nicole Lee


    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

  • Jason Chang


    Mechanical Engineering, UC San Diego
  • Hi! I'm Jason, a first-year at UCSD studying Math-CS and and Mechanical Engineering. I competed in the build and inquiry events in MS/HS, and my favorite event was Battery Buggy and Trajectory. I occasionally supervise at other competitions nearby as well! Lately, I've been into folding origami, playing Geoguessr, and making boba.

    Favorite events: Battery Buggy, Trajectory, Gravity Vehicle

    Fun fact: My name isn't Allen 👍

  • Arnav Vora

    WiFi Lab

    Mathematics of Computation, UCLA 2026
  • Hi! I'm Arnav. I'm an alum of Canyon Crest Academy, and have been participating in Science Olympiad for 6 years. I'm so excited to finally be at an in-person div C competition after over 2 years (hopefully). Some of my interests are learning about computers and physics, looking at shiny rocks and minerals, and playing Geoguessr!

    Favorite events: WiFi Lab, Cybersecurity, Rocks and Minerals

    Fun fact: My computer experienced a blue screen of death while I was recording my competition video for GGSO WiFi Lab 2022.

  • Ryan Wong

    WiFi Lab

    Computational & Systems Biology, UCLA 2026
  • Hey! I'm a first-year at UCLA and an alum of Temple City High School where I competed for four years, and I’m currently the SoCal Event Supervisor Coordinator Lead. I made some of my best friends burning powders on my kitchen stove and making saltwater solutions, so it's always exciting to give back!

    Favorite events: Forensics, Remote Sensing, Water Quality

    Fun fact: Still don't have my driver's license!

  • Lily Xu

    Write It Do It

    Microbiology and Immunology PhD, Stanford 2026
  • 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!

  • Catherine Fung

    Write It Do It

    Molecular Cell Biology, Berkeley 2026
  • Hello everyone! I'm Catherine and I'm a Milpitas High School alum. I formed many core memories as a competitor for GGSO, so being an E.S. for WIDI this year is a wonderful full circle moment!

    Favorite events: Protein Modeling, Disease Detectives, Green Generation

    Fun fact: I campaigned for homecoming queen on the basis that I won a pie eating contest! (It worked)

  • Alaric Qin

    Mission Possible

    Systems/Transportation Engineering, University of Pennsylvania PhD Program
  • Hello! I'm Alaric, born and raised in Los Angeles, been involved with Science Olympiad for nearly 11 years now, Troy High c/o 2011, University of Pennsylvania c/o 2016 (M&T dual degree in Electrical Engineering & Management/Marketing; master's degree in systems/transportation engineering). Currently, I work in San Francisco at McKinsey&Company, a global management consulting firm. I was a former captain and 4-year member of Troy Science Olympiad, where I competed at Regionals, State and Nationals in mostly engineering events (of which Mission Possible was, and will always be, my favorite event of all time). In the years following high school, I directed three invitational tournaments in Southern California for Division B teams and have had extensive experience event supervising both Div B and C. Really excited to be a part of this Bay Area event!


  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • Matthew Tang

    Executive 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.

  • 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.

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