Mission Math is a Student-Run Nonprofit Organization. Our team consists of local High School students who love competition math and want to share their knowledge and their passion with younger students, while also giving back to their community. This is our team for the 2018/2019 School Year.
Shriya Pingali, President, Founding Member
Shriya is a Senior at West High School. She has always been passionate about mathematics and computer science. She has placed nationally for Math Kangaroo, made the AMC 8 honor roll multiple times, represented Utah ARML in Las Vegas, and successfully participated in other math competitions including Mathcounts, the Utah State Math Contest, and the AMC 10. She is the coach of the West High School Mathcounts team, and alongside completing the Kumon Math program, Shriya has been a math grader at the Kumon Center for Reading and Math for over two years. She is very passionate about youth STEM education and is excited to give back to her community through Mission Math. Outside of math, Shriya enjoys programming, reading, baking, and classical music.
Shilp Shah, CEO, Founding Member
Shilp Shah is currently a junior at the Waterford School in Sandy. Shilp has competed in Mathcounts and the Snow College Math Competition, where he took first place. He has participated in the AMC 8/10 and has been on the honor roll. He is currently a member of Waterford’s High School Math Club. Along with math, Shilp’s passion is tennis. He is an avid tennis player, competes in both regional and national tournaments year-round, and is ranked with the top in the state. Shilp joined Mission Math with the hope to share his interests with those younger than him.
Daniel South, Founding Member
Daniel is a Senior at the Waterford School. He has been interested in math as long as he can remember and calculated 32 squared at age 5. He developed his interest through BYU Math Circle and the AMC 8, on which he scored 24 in his 8th grade year. He represented Utah at National Mathcounts in 2013 and 2014, and twice at ARML. In both 2015 and 2016, Daniel placed in the top three in the Utah State Math Contest and won Math Kangaroo nationally. He has qualified for the AIME three times and the prestigious USAJMO(USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad) in 2016. He helps coach Waterford’s Middle School Math Club. In addition to math, Daniel enjoys mathemagics(mathematical magic), soccer, singing, frisbee, and anything equivalent to the empty set. This is Daniel’s second year on the Mission Math Utah Team.
Alex Cheng, Founding Member
Tarun Martheswaran, Founding Member
Tarun is a sophomore at the Waterford School. He is Utah’s first 3-time National Mathcounts competitor, winning first at state all three years and representing Utah in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He is an AMC 8 perfect scorer, a two-time AIME qualifier, and a two-time AMC 10 Distinguished Honor Roll qualifier. He has placed first in the Utah State Math Competition for the last two years, and has represented Utah at the National ARML Competition. He is the 2017 Math Kangaroo National Champion, and a three time Snow College Math Competition Winner. He is also a team member of Mission Math Utah. This is Tarun’s first year on CWHMC staff and he looks forward to helping others improve their math skills. Alongside math, Tarun is an avid competitive tennis player, badminton player, a ping-pong player, and is addicted to TV.
Sanjula is a freshman at West High School. She was first exposed to competition math in fifth grade, when she took the AMC 8. Since then, she has successfully participated in a variety of math competitions. She represented Utah at the 2017 and 2018 national MATHCOUNTS competitions and has consistently placed nationally in the Math Kangaroo competition for three years. She has participated in the AMC 8 and the AMC 10, qualifying for the AIME in 2018. The State Math Contest, ARML, and Mission Math are among the other math competitions in which she has participated. She is also an assistant coach of the West High School MATHCOUNTS team and a Kumon Math program completer. Outside of math, Sanjula enjoys writing, classic literature, and opera. She is excited for her first year with Mission Math.
Doruk is currently a 9th grader attending West High School. He has competed in various math competitions, including the AMC 8/10, Mathcounts, Mandelbrot, and Math Kangaroo. He has placed in the Math Kangaroo and Mission Math Competitions. He is dedicated to being involved in his schools math clubs. Outside of his mathematical activities, Doruk likes to read, bake, computer program, bike, and partakes in theatrical performances at his school. This is his first year as a member of Mission Math, and he is really excited to start because he loves helping others.
Bryce Crouse is a sophomore at Skyline High School. Bryce has always enjoyed strategic thinking and problem solving, becoming involved in Chess at an early age and winning the 2012 State Elementary Chess Championship. He has placed in the State Math Competition for the past three years, and has participated in the AMC 8/10 and Mathcounts competitions. Besides math, Bryce enjoys tennis and playing the violin. He is excited for his first year with Mission Math.
Alicia is currently a freshman at West High. She has competed in Mathcounts, Math Olympiad, Mandelbrot, the AMC 8, and the AMC 10. She actively participates in her school math club and local math clubs. Other than math, Alicia also enjoys debate, having placed in state tournaments. She also enjoys dance, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and Chinese dance. As a member of Mission Math, she aspires to help others discover the world of competition math.
Mala is a freshman at West High School. Her passion for problem solving and competitive math began in fourth grade. She placed 5th at Mathcounts State in 2017 and continues to participate in other math competitions. She placed third nationally for the math kangaroo competition in 2016 and continuously placed top three in state in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She represented Utah ARML in Las Vegas in 2017 and has placed in the distinguished honor roll for the AMC 8 multiple times. She avidly participates in other competitions such as the AMC 10 and USMC. Aside from math, Mala enjoys the sciences, dancing, and playing the piano. She is a part-time caretaker of three cats and three dogs who love to steal her shoes. She is excited for her first year on the Mission Math team.
Zach is a sophomore at Rowland Hall. He lived in New Hampshire for five years where he established an interest in math. He participated in Mathcounts for two years, getting fifth in Utah in eighth grade. He also participated in the AMC 8 and 10, and coached the middle school Mathcounts team at his school. Zach’s main goal for high school is to educate and interest kids in Utah about math. He is interested in track and field, playing chamber music, math (of course), drinking coffee, and any cosmopolitan or metropolitan activities. Zach has been a part of Mission Math for less than a year, but can’t wait to continue his career as a part of the team.
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Board of Directors
Tanisha Martheswaran - Founder
Tanisha is a recent graduate of the Waterford School and is a current freshman at Harvard University. She first became interested in competition math in the 6th grade. She represented Utah at the 2013 and 2014 National Mathcounts Competitions, and has placed at the Utah State Math Contest for the last five years. She qualified for the AIME(American Invitational Mathematics Exam) three times and was in the Distinguished Honor Roll for the AMC 8/10. She represented Utah at the National ARML competition for the last 4 years and won second place nationwide for the Math Kangaroo Competition in 2016. She participated in other math competitions such as Math Prize for Girls at MIT, HMMT, Snow College.
Tanisha is devoted to coaching and sharing her love for math with others. Tanisha founded the Waterford Middle School Math Club, which she coached to a Utah Mathcounts state championship. Tanisha represented Utah as the Head Coach for the 2017 National Mathcounts Competition in Orlando as well as the Assistant Coach for the 2015 National Mathcounts Competition in Boston. She was a regular coach for 4 years at the Cottonwood Heights Community Math Club(CWHMC), for which she served as President during the 2017/2018 school year. Tanisha founded Mission Math in 2016 as a way of introducing young children to the world of competition math, as well as to give back to her community. Aside from math, Tanisha loves playing tennis, doing science research, singing, baking, and watching Netflix. email@example.com
Marthes Solamuthu is currently the board member on 3 companies and an active participant in give back programs mainly related to education. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has great passion in helping youth excel in math. Prior to this, Marthes was the CEO of Smart Staffing. Preceding this, he was the COO of Integracore, the Vice President of Worldwide Operations of Clear One Communications (Public Listed Company), and the General Manager of Venture Corporations. He also held various Senior Positions in different corporations such as Ericsson, Motorola, and Western Digital. Marthes has a passion for running and is an active participant in marathons.
Hiram Golze is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He first became interested in competition math in middle school, qualifying for MathCounts Nationals in 2005. In high school, he attended ARML for four years, qualified for the USAMO once, and won the Utah State Math Contest twice. In college, he participated in the Putnam Exam, achieving an Honorable Mention twice, and he was a member of the 7th place team in 2012. Hiram has a passion for sharing his love of mathematics with younger students. This has included teaching at CWHMC, MathPath, the BYU Math Camp, and AwesomeMath. As an undergraduate, he led the BYU High School Math Circle, and he currently leads the Champaign-Urbana Math Circle. He is also a co-founder of the Utah Math Olympiad. Aside from math, Hiram enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and hiking.
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Past Team Members
Juyoung is a freshman at Vanderbilt University. Her interest in mathematics started in fourth grade, when she was introduced to a variety of math topics not taught in school and some small school competitions. She was in the Honor Roll for the 2013 and 2014 AMC 8 and scored in the top 10 in the 2014 MathCounts State Competition. In addition, she is a two-time AIME qualifier and has scored in the top 6 in the Utah State Math Contest for four consecutive years. She coached the ELP Math Club at West High and was part of the Utah ARML team. She enjoys writing, swimming, and playing the piano as well.
Josh is a freshman at USC. Josh placed in the state math competition for five consecutive years, qualified for the AIME three times, and represented Utah at the National ARML Competition in Las Vegas twice. Josh was also a USAMTS Gold Medalist in 2017. He has never qualified for the USAJMO, eaten an entire pizza in one sitting, or figured out how to play the piano. Aside from math, he enjoys playing soccer, reading, and playing guitar. Josh enjoy sharing his passion for math with younger students, as well as giving back to his community through math.
Pooja is a freshman at the University of Washington. She joined Mission Math because she truly believes in its goals and cause. She was in the IB program at her high school. She was an avid debater and participated in several other business and service related clubs. She played tennis for her school team as well. Pooja has participated in the AMC 8 and was part of her middle school math club.
Wallace was introduced to competitive math in 6th grade, when he achieved honor roll for the AMC 8 and placed at the SLCSD Mathcounts competition. In middle school and high school, Wallace continued to participate in competitive math through AMC 8/10, the Utah State Math Competition, and ARML. Outside of math, he enjoys trying to learn the cello and playing water polo.
Winston Stucki is a freshman at the University of Utah. He was captain of the Skyline Math Team and was involved in TSA and MESA at his school. Winston has been involved in math competitions, the University of Utah Math Circle and ARML since he was in junior high. In his junior year he qualified for AIME and scored 3rd place in the Utah State Math Test. He enjoys chocolate milk and bagels for breakfast. He has two dogs; one is old and deaf, the other is young and steals his socks whenever he wants attention.