Meet the Team

Hey, I’m Abhi!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a rising Junior at MIT, and for the past two years I’ve been part of one of the most awesome clubs on campus, TechX!

What is TechX? We’re an MIT student group that puts on fantastic, fun, and far reaching events — from hackathons to career fairs to project funding to high school programs. Our goal is to empower students through technology. If you want to learn more, check us out here.

Needless to say, putting on these events takes a lot of manpower. Along with our 5 major event committees (HackMIT, xFair, MakeMIT, ProjX, THINK), we also have teams for Marketing, DevOps, Finance, IR, and more. Behind each of these amazing teams is an amazing director — so let’s meet this year’s TechX Exec team!


Anna Sappington

Managing Director

My favorite way to get to know someone is meeting for coffee. This summer, I’m in the process of eating my weight in sushi in Kyoto, Japan (and doing a bit of research, too). I’m looking forward to my junior year at MIT and the upcoming season of TechX events!

Abhinav Venigalla

Associate Director

Junior, studying 6–2. When I’m not babbling on about signal processing, I love watching old Westerns, playing frisbee, or running alongside the river. Currently spending the summer at Cruise working on self-driving cars, but looking forward to the fall and another full year of TechX :)

Claire Nord

HackMIT Director

Hi, I’m Claire, and I’m co-directing HackMIT 2017 with Michael! I’m a rising 6-3 junior, and this summer I’m interning at the Microsoft Garage. It’s been super fun living with three roommates in TechX and exploring Boston now that I have more free time. I’m looking forward to road-tripping to Hackcon with five other Hack and Make members later this summer.

Michael Silver

HackMIT Director

Hi I’m Michael, and I’m Co-Directing HackMIT 2017 with Claire! I’m a rising 6-3 Sophomore, and this summer I’ve been interning at Apple, working on Siri. It’s been a blast walking and eating in the amazing city that is San Francisco. I can’t wait to see what the team’s hard work this summer leads to at HackMIT this September!

Rahul Ramakrishnan

MakeMIT Director

Hello everyone! My name is Rahul, and I am the Director of MakeMIT 2018. I am a member of the rare species on campus known as Course 3, and outside the classroom I enjoy traveling, hiking, and bassing a cappella. There are few things I like more than TechX and Kanye, and you’re always welcome to come say hi to me in Baker this upcoming year!

Madee Haworth

ProjX Director

Hi! I’m Madee, and I’m the ProjX director this year. I’m a rising junior in course 2A-6 (meche and robotics) and I’m spending the summer in San Diego as a systems engineering intern at Northrop Grumman! I’m crazy about cheese and I love swimming, free food, and pseudo-artsy pictures.

Allen Lee

xFair Director

Hi guys! I’m Allen, one of the co-directors for xFair, and a rising sophomore at MIT. I like to play tennis, travel (going to Bali today actually), and watch videos of food! The Tasty/BuzzFeed ‘Worth It’ videos are my favorite right now. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Jessica Zhu

xFair Director

Hey, nice to meet you! Some basic things about me — I’m course 6–3, I live in BC (C5!), I’m from California, I consume much watermelon. I also love pjs, yellow, and yellow pjs. When I was younger, I once wanted to be like Violet from Willy Wonka and stuck a piece of chewed gum behind my ear. Thankfully my hair has since grown back.

Sooraj Boominathan

THINK Director

I’m Sooraj Boominathan, a junior studying Computer Science/Engineering (Course 6–3) at MIT! I’m originally from Oklahoma, which is undoubtedly the most exciting state in the US. In my spare time, I enjoy playing pool, browsing Quora, and watching NBA (go Thunder!).

Ramya Nagarajan

THINK Director

I’m Ramya, a rising sophomore studying EECS (6–2) and Sooraj’s co-director for THINK! I love running and hiking, bombarding people with snapchats of dogs, and just hanging out/talking to people! I’m super excited for TechX this year! Say hi if you see me in BC (or around campus/SF!)

Stef Ren

Internal Relations Director

Hi! I’m Stef, and I’m a junior at MIT. I’m currently enjoying the summer living in San Francisco and eating good food at Dropbox! I love meeting new people and I’m looking forward to this year at MIT :)

Rebca van de Ven

Marketing Director

I’m a rising junior double majoring in mathematics and philosophy. I love art, baking and giving back to communities. I am from the Netherlands, but grew up across the world and have visited over 40 different countries. My favourite thing about travelling is getting to experience new places and cultures, and my least favourite is missing people I love.

Vahid Fazel-Rezai

SpecialX Director

Hi! I’m a Canadian senior from North Dakota on the SpecialX committee. I likes playing pool, biking, sailing, and TechX!

Moin Nadeem

DevOps Director

Hey guys, my name is Moin! I direct DevOps, an amazing team of hackers whom we are all incredibly proud of. I’m studying Computer Science and spending this summer working at QuickBase, a no-code DB. In my free time, I love to work on side projects and hang out with friends. I’m incredibly excited to meet all the 2021s and enjoy the adventures that sophomore year has to offer :D

Sarah Powazek

Finance Director

Hi, I’m Sarah Powazek, and I’m the TechX Financial Director. I’m studying Political Science and Computer Science at MIT, and this summer, I’m working on civic tech in Boston City Hall. In my free time I like to play guitar, read manga, and travel as much as I can. I’m excited to welcome all the 2021’s soon!


And that’s the Exec team! For those of you at MIT (or joining us this fall), come meet us during Activities Midway — we’d love to say hi, share some swag and snacks, and introduce you to our awesome committees.