Our Team

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 2017/2018 School Year.

Shriya Pingali, President, Founding Member

Shriya Pingali, President, Founding Member

Shriya is a junior 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 has competed at the national level for FIRST robotics for the past four years. Along with mentoring several FLL and FTC robotics teams, she presented at the OpenWest 2016 conference and is a math grader at the Kumon Center for Reading and Math. She also teaches at the Cottonwood Heights Math Club and is an assistant coach to the West High School Mathcounts team. Outside of math, Shriya enjoys programming, reading, and classical music. 

This is Shriya’s second year with Mission Math. shriya@missionmathutah.com

Daniel South, Founding Member

Daniel South, Founding Member

Daniel is a junior 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

Alex Cheng, Founding Member

Alex Cheng is a junior at Hillcrest High School. Alex has placed first in the Utah State Math Contest four years in a row, and was the team captain for the state of Utah’s MATHCOUNTS team in 2015. Alex has also placed top in the nation in the Math Kangaroo competition. He has been a teacher at the CWHMC (Cottonwood Heights Math Club) for almost three years now, and is actively involved with his school’s mathematics club and Utah ARML. In addition, Alex has gotten a perfect score on the AMC 8, and has qualified for the AIME multiple times. Besides math, Alex enjoys piano, soccer, and science. This is Alex’s second year on the Mission Math Utah team.
Shilp Shah, Founding Member

Shilp Shah, Founding Member

Shilp Shah is currently a sophomore 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.  

Tarun Martheswaran, Founding Member

Tarun Martheswaran, Founding Member

Tarun is a freshman 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, the state youth badminton champion, a ping-pong player, and is addicted to TV.

Dev Patel

Dev Patel

Hailing from St. George, Dev Patel is currently a freshman at the Waterford School in Sandy. Dev has competed in Mathcounts. He has participated in the AMC 8/10 and has competed in the Utah State Math Competition. Along with math, Dev’s passion is racquetball. He is also a passionate basketball player and won the Regional Championship. Dev joined Mission Math to share his appreciation for math with youth.

Board of Directors

Tanisha Martheswaran - Founder

Tanisha Martheswaran - Founder

Tanisha is a senior the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah. 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 has qualified for the AIME(American Invitational Mathematics Exam) three times and was in the Distinguished Honor Roll for the AMC 8/10. She has 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 participates 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 has 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 has been a regular coach for 4 years at the Cottonwood Heights Community Math Club(CWHMC), for which she currently serves as President. Along with Annie Yun (MIT 2021), 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. tanisha@missionmathutah.com

Marthes Solamuthu

Marthes Solamuthu is currently the board member on 3 companies and an active participant in give back programs mainly related to education. He has great passion in helping youth excel in math. Prior to this, Marthes was the CEO of Smart Staffing which he helped build from scratch and in just four years has five locations, one thousand employees and is now serving more than forty clients nationwide.  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

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.

Jordan Stephens

One of the founders of Pineapple property group and currently the President and the board member of the company. He oversees entire operations, sales, marketing, business development and people management. He is great mentor to his employees and has held various key management positions in previous companies. Jordan participates and judges in science fairs as a passion to help students grow and develop a love for math and science. He has an Advertising and Business Marketing degree from Brigham Young University. 

Past Team Members

 Juyoung Kim

Juyoung Kim

Juyoung is a senior at West High School. 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 the past four years. Currently, she coaches the ELP Math Club at West High and is part of the Utah ARML team. She enjoys writing, swimming, and playing the piano as well.

This is Juyoung’s second year with Mission Math Utah. 

Josh Speckman

Josh Speckman

Josh is a senior at West High School. Josh has 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. This is Josh’s second year as a team member for Mission Math Utah and he looks forward to sharing his passion for math with younger students, as well as giving back to his community through math.

Pooja Annigeri

Pooja Annigeri

Pooja is a senior at Hillcrest High School. She joined Mission Math because she truly believes in our goals and our cause. She is in the IB program at her high school. She is an avid debater and participates in several other business and service related clubs. She plays tennis for her school team as well. Pooja has participated in the AMC 8 and was part of her middle school math club. She is very excited to be advertising and marketing for Mission Math!

Wallace Peaslee

Wallace Peaslee

Wallace is a senior at West High School. 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 has continued to participate in competitive math through AMC 8/10, the Utah State Math Competition, and recently in ARML. Outside of math, he enjoys trying to learn the cello and playing water polo.

Winston Stucki

Winston Stucki

Winston Stucki is a senior at Skyline High School. He is captain of the Skyline Math Team and 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 has taken 6 math courses at the University of Utah and is currently taking Stochastic Processes during the fall semester at the U. 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. This is Winston’s first year with mission math.