Background

OUR VALUES


Impact 

Challenge the most ambitious engineers to solve pressing global problems.

Enable talented engineers to reach their full potential and create a meaningful impact within their company and beyond.

Exclusively work with high-impact opportunities.



Sincerity

Holistically understand our members to connect them to the right opportunities.

Build open and honest relationships with all parties involved through transparent communication of our expectations, motivational alignment, and business model.

Create the best matches by representing clients and members in the most accurate way to each other.



Long-Term

Prioritize the ultimate goals of our members, team, VCs, and clients above any short-term gains.

We want to build long-term relationships with everyone we work with and support them throughout their journey.

Unite a diverse network of motivated individuals to facilitate continued, long-term collaboration. 

SF Team

Baris Akis
  • Baris Akis
    Co-Founder & Managing Partner
    Stanford

    Baris Akis (Stanford ’16) founded his first company during his freshman year and sold it the following year to focus on his CS degree with an AI specialization. He used the proceeds to start investing into his peers’ startups. During his third year, Baris noticed a significant disconnect between high-growth startups and top engineering students. As a result, Baris left Stanford in 2015 to launch Nav Talent, with the goal of connecting top engineers to unique, high-impact opportunities.

Subarna Bhattacharjee
  • Subarna Bhattacharjee
    Research Analyst
    UIUC

    Subarna graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017 with a degree in Economics and Computer Science. In school, Subarna worked with several organizations and university members to help create an enthusiasm for entrepreneurship in the community. In the past, she has worked with startups, within the country and abroad, to design marketing strategies and services. Subarna enjoys meeting new people and learning about their experiences - she says that's what motivates her and keeps her going. During her free time, she loves to do yoga, go for brunches and explore new places.

Esha Jalota
  • Esha Jalota
    Project Manager - Talent Ecosystem
    UCLA

    Esha graduated UCLA in 2016 with a degree in Economics and minor in Global Studies. During her time at UCLA, she was very involved in student government and really enjoyed working with fellow students to make UCLA the best it can be. After graduation, she worked in strategy consulting until she decided to move to San Francisco and try out a new city. In her free time, Esha enjoys hanging out at the beach, going for concerts, and exploring new neighborhoods in the city!

Hemanth Yakkali
  • Hemanth Yakkali
    Innovation Intern
    Duke

    Hemanth Yakkali is a self-taught web developer who was raised in the Bay Area for the majority of his life. He is a rising junior at Duke University pursuing a degree in Computer Science and another in Electrical and Computer Engineering. On campus, Hemanth holds an exec position in the Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity and is the Director of Technology of the Duke Impact Investing Group. Aside from work and academics, Hemanth enjoys working out, playing basketball, and video games. Hemanth loves traveling and meeting new people and is hoping to do more of that this Summer!

Armaan Ali
Brandon Beckhardt
  • Brandon Beckhardt
    Partner
    Stanford



    Brandon (Stanford ’16) leads our Principal team, the team that connects our high-potential engineers to the diverse set of opportunities we represent. During his undergrad, Brandon was one of the initial Nav Talent team members at Stanford and was also on the gymnastics team while completing his CS degree. After graduation, Brandon joined Lending Club as a software engineer, where he worked on encryption and optical character recognition projects. While Brandon is an engineer at heart, he found himself looking to have a bigger impact and was coming to the Nav office after hours to help in any way possible. After a year in industry, he realized that helping build Nav Talent and shaping the industries of the future would require his complete attention and decided to join the team full time. Brandon is driven by innovations that make things easier and more efficient for society on earth and beyond.

Milad Razavi
  • Milad Razavi
    People & Culture Partner
    Berkeley


    Milad (Berkeley BS '16 MS '17) loves understanding people and the boundaries of his human experience. He’s traveled thousands of miles using cans of Red Bull as bartering currency, collapsed a few miles away from finishing an Ironman due to near organ failure, and tried biking 1000 miles across the world’s driest desert until he was robbed by gunmen. He’ll never say no to an adventure, dance party, or chance to discuss human behavior and psychology.

Moon Li
  • Moon Li
    Innovation Intern
    U Waterloo


    Moon Li is a freshman studying at the University of Waterloo. If you can’t find her heavily involved with Entrepreneurship Society, Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference, or eating, you can find her reading, telling puns or playing ultimate frisbee.

Jordie Hannel
  • Jordie Hannel
    Partner
    Stanford



    Jordie (Stanford '16) finished his BS in Computer Science (AI focus) a year early to begin a 2+ year stint at ThoughtSpot, one of the top startups in the valley, where he reported to the CEO and worked in Special Projects, and as a Technical Product Manager. During his tenure the company grew from 40 employees to well over 200. Jordie has known the Nav team from the beginning, and served as the ThoughtSpot point of contact from Nav's very first year in business. He is now extremely excited to join Nav as the founding partner and head of Nav Q - Nav's technology innovation lab.

Pasha Minkovsky
  • Pasha Minkovsky
    Junior Partner
    Berkeley


    Pasha is Berkeley Computer Science ‘18 and he is currently on a leave of absence to work as a partner at Nav Talent. Previous to joining Nav Talent he was working at Digital Genius’ ML research team in London.

Lucas Fox


Brown

Adi Melamed
  • Adi Melamed
    Campus Director
    Brown

    Adi is an associate for the Brown University Nav Talent team. He is a sophomore at Brown, majoring in Economics and has taken classes in over 10 departments. Born and raised in northern NJ, Adi attended a public magnet school for Science and Technology where he became interested in computational neuroscience. Now, Adi is interested in social entrepreneurship that focuses on building community, redefining education, and cultivating fun, play and "positive nonconformity". He currently runs the One Salon chapter at Brown, an intellectual and experiential community that features improv, games and weekly speakers from the around the community.

Zachary Horvitz
  • Zachary Horvitz
    Associate
    Brown

    Junior from Seattle, Washington studying Anthropology and Computer Science.

Samanee Mahbub
  • Samanee Mahbub
    Associate
    Brown

    Samanee is an adventurer, activator and do-er. When she’s not studying European history at Brown, she’s usually trying to test out one of her million business ideas, getting existential on her blog, or agonizing over the wait for the last season of Game of Thrones. She’s worked across non-profits, finance, and four start-ups during her gap year. She’ll be spending her summer at Slack doing product marketing. If you need a non-technical tech geek, she’s your woman.

Zack Shinkar
  • Zack Shinkar
    Associate
    Brown

    I'm a junior studying applied math and computer science! I love thinking about the future of tech and how data is going to take over the world. This summer, I'll be working at Haven Life, an insuretech startup in New York City, as a software engineer.Excited to be a part of the Nav family!

Charlene Wang
Ali Mir
  • Ali Mir
    Associate
    Brown

    Ali is a junior at Brown studying Computer Science. Having grown up in Bangladesh, Ali has a fascination for trying to solve prevalent social issues in today's world, and is constantly searching for the intersection of his passions and his technical skills. He spends his time programming, playing guitar, boxing, or trying new things.



CMU

Douglas Qian
  • Douglas Qian
    Campus Director
    CMU

    Class of 2019 Undergraduate Studying Computational Biology @ Carnegie Mellon University. Studying CycleGANs @ Google Research's Accelerated Machine Learning team. Free time spent managing YouTube channel, strumming the ukulele, experimenting in the kitchen and running.

Yuqing Ma
  • Yuqing Ma
    Associate
    CMU

    Yuqing (pronounced as Yoo-Ching) is a rising senior majoring in ECE at CMU, a freelance model, and an occasional Jazz singer. She will be working at Opendoor in San Francisco in Summer 2018 and would love to meet new people, work on interesting projects, and throw a Westworld watch party.

Umang Bhatt
  • Umang Bhatt
    Campus Director
    CMU

    Umang Bhatt is our CMU Campus Director. He grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ. Currently, he is a junior at CMU studying electrical and computer engineering while working on a joint bachelors/masters. He will be interning in Redmond, WA this summer at Microsoft on its Windows Core team. Previously, he has worked at Groupon and at a handful of startups. On campus, he is a teaching assistant for CS courses and is involved with research under Professor José Moura. His research interests include methods for achieving model interpretability and techniques for codifying ethics in AI. His obsession for social entrepreneurship gave birth to Percepsense, a vehicular telematics startup that crowdsources the repair of America's crumbling infrastructure. In his spare time, he loves to read until his eyes hurt, drive with no destination, and wanderlust into the alleys of new cities.

Phillip Wang
  • Phillip Wang
    Associate
    CMU

    Phillip is a Computer Science major at CMU who is interested in Reinforcement Learning and startups. In previous internships, he did ML at Cruise (self-driving car startup) and Microsoft. After graduation, Phillip plans to work at, or found, a small startup. In his free time, Phillip likes to climb, run, and play Ultimate Frisbee.

Stella Han
  • Stella Han
    Associate
    CMU

    Stella Han is a junior studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Swartz Innovation Scholar, the President of the Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Association, and the Director of the CMU Venture Challenge, an annual competition where student entrepreneurs from around the nation come to CMU to pitch their startups to a panel of VCs to compete for funding. Stella is a SWE intern on the Core Products team at Affirm and has previously interned as a SWE and PM on the Cortana team at Microsoft. She is also passionate about inventing the future, especially in the world of geriatrics. In her spare time, Stella enjoys playing the violin and building intelligent computer-based musical instruments.

Maximilian Sieb
  • Maximilian Sieb
    Associate
    CMU

    Multi-disciplinary robotics engineer with focus on computer vision and artificial intelligence.



Columbia

Spencer Yen
  • Spencer Yen
    Campus Director
    Columbia

    I'm currently a student at Columbia University studying computer science and sociology. I grew up in the Bay Area, and as a result was exposed to the tech scene early on. I'd always thought it was super cool to come up with an idea and just make it. Throughout high school I made a bunch of iOS apps, got lucky and worked at a couple cool companies, and also organized the world's largest high school hackathon. Now I'm just trying to learn more about the world, work on projects that solve real problems, and do fun things with fun people.

Alex Nicita
  • Alex Nicita
    Associate
    Columbia

    Columbia CS + Philosophy / SWE @ Qu Capital. Previously SWE @ JPL. Fascinated by the power of technology to effect positive social change. Constantly looking to build and scale the tech of tomorrow, with a focus on the ethical framework that will guide it.

Vivian Shen
  • Vivian Shen
    Associate
    Campus Director

    Robotics Engineer focusing on both hardware and software, with a hobbyist interest in both security and networks.



Duke

Michael Tan
  • Michael Tan
    Campus Director
    Duke

    Michael is an undergraduate at Duke studying Economics and Statistics. He's from sunny Northern California, and Michael spent last summer interning in Beijing for a growth equity firm and exploring the startup ecosystem in China. He is also heavily involved with Duke's entrepreneurship ecosystem, serving as the VP for Duke's only entrepreneurship-focused Selective Living Group. Michael is an avid sports fan, history nerd, and prolific Quora blogger.

Geng Sng
  • Geng Sng
    Associate
    Duke

    Geng is a current sophomore studying computer science and philosophy at Duke University. He calls the sunny island named Singapore home and before he became a web dev geek, co-founded a startup and played the erhu in a bunch of orchestras. He taught web development at General Assembly last summer and will be interning for Smartcar this summer. When he's not coding he enjoys meeting people for coffee, traveling and trying new things.

Gideon Pfeffer


Harvard

Zabie Elmgren
  • Zabie Elmgren
    Campus Director
    Harvard

    Zabie is an Associate at Nav Talent. She is a junior majoring in computer science at Harvard University with a secondary in economics originally for California. Zabie has interned at a number of large tech companies in the Bay Area and in Washington DC, and plans on moving to NYC or back to the Bay Area after graduation. Zabie is on the Harvard-Radcliffe Varsity Rowing Team and sat stroke seat of the First Varsity Eight at the Ivy League Championships in 2016. She has been skiing at Squaw Valley since she was 2 years-old and was a competitive extreme skier before college.

Abdulrahman Jamjoom
  • Abdulrahman Jamjoom
    Associate
    Harvard

    Abdulrahman Jamjoom is an associate at Nav Talent and was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is a Junior at Harvard University concentrating in Computer Science with a possible secondary in Government, International Relations. He will be interning at Adobe this summer as a Software Engineer in the Global Marketing and Operations teams. Throughout his time at Harvard, he has launched several startups of which Empanist, a startup that aims to connect musicians around the world, and Tamerny, an automated personal assistant, are the most notable. On campus, he was previously involved with the Harvard Computer Society and the Harvard Arab Society.

Melia Henderson
  • Melia Henderson
    Campus Director
    Harvard

    Melia Henderson is an associate at Nav Talent and was born and raised in Oakland, California. She is a sophmore at Harvard studying computer science with a possible secondary in african american studies. She will be working in Berkeley, CA this summer at Trilogy, a tech start up that makes software products for non profits and governmental agencies. On campus, she works for Harvard University Information Technology Services (HUIT) and is involved with Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE), Harvard Organization for Prison Education and Reform (HOPE), Developers for Development (D4D) and Women in Computer Science (WICS). She is super excited to be part of the Nav Talent team!

Jeffrey Wang
Josh Kuppersmith
  • Josh Kuppersmith
    Associate
    Harvard

    Josh is a Junior at Harvard studying Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and is originally from Glencoe, a suburb of Chicago. He is interested in business and technology, and works in data science at Zoba, a Harvard-based startup performing urban crime predictions for businesses. Outside of the classroom, Josh is a member of the Harvard Lightweight Rowing team, and enjoys backpacking and golf.

Russell Pekala
  • Russell Pekala
    Associate
    Harvard

    Russell studies Math and Computer Science at Harvard. Originally from Minneapolis, Russell loves to challenge himself in all capacities. Twice a Boston marathon runner, Russell loves to take demanding coursework and tackle serious problems. Russell's passionate about entrepreneurship and writes for the entrepreneurship publication Innovation Forward. At Harvard Russell is involved in the Harvard Computer Society and the student-run investment group Black Diamond Capital.

Caiseen Kelley
  • Caiseen Kelley
    Associate
    Harvard

    I am a sophomore at Harvard studying Computer Science and Statistics! In my free time I enjoy organizing sponsor events for Harvard's Women in Computer Science group and cooking with friends. is involved in the Harvard Computer Society and the student-run investment group Black Diamond Capital.



MIT

Mehmet Efe Akengin
  • Mehmet Efe Akengin
    Campus Director
    MIT

    Mehmet Efe Akengin is a founding partner of MIT Nav Talent. He is a junior at MIT majoring in EECS. Efe is from Istanbul, Turkey. His current interest in CS is applications of AI. On campus, he brings together his entrepreneurial friends on campus through his Tea Parties, organizes events to promote entrepreneurship on campus and works on side projects. Efe has observed that his classmates at MIT are not exposed to the startup scene enough and they end up choosing to work for big companies without having the startup options on the table. He believes that Nav Talent can establish the startup presence on campus. On his free times, he enjoys reading, having thought-provoking discussions and running.

Kamoya Ikhofua
  • Kamoya Ikhofua
    Associate
    MIT

    Kamoya is an Associate of MIT Nav Talent. He is a junior at MIT studying Computer Science. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria but lives in New Jersey. Kamoya likes to exercise, write code, eat dinner with friends and dance to music in his room or at parties.

Ihssan Tinawi
  • Ihssan Tinawi
    Associate
    MIT

    Ihssan was born in Damascus, Syria and lived in Beirut, Lebanon before coming to MIT. There, he is double-majoring in computer science and economics, and he is pursuing an MEng. He's interest in the power of machine learning and blockchain technologies in transforming the world's industries. Beyond academics, Ihssan's interests are entrepreneurship, playing sports (soccer & squash), multiplayer video games, and reading up on topics like politics and philosophy.

Michael Amoako
  • Michael Amoako
    Associate
    MIT

    MICHAEL AMOAKO, a junior double-majoring in mathematics with computer science and business management. Michael was one of the organizers of the BetterMIT Hackathon and is one of the founders of the Minority Business Association whose primary purpose is to provide mentorship and opportunities for students of underrepresented groups in business fields.

Rachel Groberman
  • Rachel Groberman
    Associate
    MIT

    Rachel Groberman is a sophomore at MIT studying Computer Science and Engineering. She believes the best way to learn coding (and other skills!) is through working on projects, which is why she loves being director of ProjX-- a student group that provides undergraduates with up to $500 in funding for their crazy ideas. When not working on how best to support hacker and maker communities, you can find Rachel coaching a Boston gymnastics team or running along the Harvard bridge listening to an NPR podcast.

Nithin Buduma


Princeton

Yannis Karakozis
  • Yannis Karakozis
    Campus Director
    Princeton

    Raised in Athens, Greece. Went into Princeton as a Math Major. Will come out as a Computer Science major. Loves Swimming, Poker and Meeting amazing People.

Perry Cate
  • Perry Cate
    Associate
    Princeton

    Perry has been programming since the age of 12, and has been interested in Entrepreneurship since his Junior year of College. He is the former president of Princeton ACM (Programming Club). Currently he's working on an API translation server for messaging services. He hopes this will become the foundation for a startup in the fall. In his free time he enjoys singing, improv comedy, and thinking about what he would do if he actually had free time.

Ayushi Sinha
  • Ayushi Sinha
    Associate
    Princeton

    Ayushi Sinha is a sophomore in the Princeton University Department of Computer Science pursuing certificates in Entrepreneurship, Statistics and Machine Learning, and Engineering and Management Systems. Professionally, she has worked with testing and at Kik in Tel Aviv, where she first developed an interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain. Having worked on her own health IT project, she is particularly interested in helping bridge the gap between CS and Medicine, as well as focusing on Human Computer Interaction. Ayushi spends her free time at Club Tennis practice or planning TigerLaunch, Princeton’s student-run entrepreneurship competition.

Roland Fong
  • Roland Fong
    Associate
    Princeton

    I'm a computer science major at Princeton University, interested in software engineering opportunities where I can make an impact.



Stanford

Rohun Saxena
  • Rohun Saxena
    Campus Director
    Stanford

    Junior at Stanford Studying AI and Biocomputation. Interested in how technologies can be used to create impact at scale in sectors that have long been stagnant. Most importantly a competitive golfer back in the day and a casual dancer to this day!

Derek Huang
  • Derek Huang
    Associate
    Stanford

    Derek (Stanford '20) is a CS major with a minor in Classics. He is fascinated with how computer science can add dimensions to more traditional fields. His summers have been spent gaining exposure to various computer science roles in academia, startups, and big corporations. Outside of school, Derek enjoys playing tennis, working on his car, and meeting new people.

Tara Shelby
  • Tara Shelby
    Associate
    Stanford

    I am a Stanford student competing and Electrical Engineering major with a Biology minor.

Julie Chavando
Claire Shu
  • Claire Shu
    Campus Director
    Stanford

    Claire is a sophomore studying computer science at Stanford. She is interested in the intersection of design and psychology, leading her to specialize in Human Computer Interaction. Previously, she was involved in organizing TreeHacks, working in various initiatives to create an inclusive and open culture. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, hand lettering, and cooking.

Emma Hanley
  • Emma Hanley
    Associate
    Stanford

    I am a junior at Stanford University pursuing a degree in Management Science & Engineering and a potential Masters in Computer Science. On campus, I enjoy focusing on communities that foster an engagement in technology and business, especially those that promote women in these fields. Additionally, for the last two years I was a coxswain on the D1 Stanford Women's Rowing team.

Sumit Minocha
  • Sumit Minocha
    Associate
    Stanford

    My name is Sumit Minocha. I just completed my undergraduate degree at Stanford in Electrical Engineering. I will be pursuing my masters in Computer Science starting Fall 2017. I'm originally from San Jose, California and am very interested in the blockchain and venture capital sectors.

Aneesh Pappu
  • Aneesh Pappu
    Campus Director
    Stanford

    "AI and Philosophy @ Stanford. Full-stack, Python, NLP, and AR. Currently: Data/Product @ Tinder. Previously: Engineer @ Slack, VC @ 8VC, and Biocomputation Researcher @ Stanford. Also good @ ping pong. Casually competitive Raas dancer."

Shivaal Roy
  • Shivaal Roy
    Associate
    Stanford

    I'm a senior at Stanford University majoring in Computer Science, focused on the intersection of health, tech and entrepreneurship. At Stanford, I'm a co-founder and co-director of Stanford's inaugural health hackathon, Health++ and am co-president of SHIFT, a student initiative focused on bringing together students from diverse backgrounds to explore the intersection of health and technology. In the past, I've interned at Google in Mountain View and Oscar Health in New York.

Brexton Pham
  • Brexton Pham
    Associate
    Stanford

    Brexton Pham is an Associate at NavTalent. He is a junior studying artificial intelligence and linguistics at Stanford University, with an emphasis on natural language processing and data. He has done NLP and data work at a variety of companies in the Bay Area, but hopes to pursue a data-focused role at a smaller company post-grad or a nonprofit. He joined NavTalent because he believes that there’s simultaneously so many great startups and companies that aren’t being recognized by great talent and also a huge pool of great talent that isn’t being acknowledged by the tech industry (i.e. the lack in actual diversity), and wants to somehow bridge the gap between the two. Brexton is an avid competitive eater, distance runner, and ping pong player.



UC Berkeley

Walt Leung
  • Walt Leung
    Campus Director
    UC Berkeley

    Walt is studying Computer Science + Business and is passionate about applying new technological advancements in computer science to solve social issues. He has a background in education/research and now works with organizations at the frontier of technologies such as machine learning and augmented reality. Walt is currently working in venture capital and will be helping Nav Talent grow at its biggest campus. Outside of work, Walt is a fan of Big Talk and loves to travel, wanting to one day visit all 196 countries and hike the Pacific Crest Trail.

Jared Rosner
  • Jared Rosner
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    Jared was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He now attends UC Berkeley and is earning his dual degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, along with a minor in Conservation & Resource Studies. Jared is involved with several student organizations on campus that provide consulting and software services to local startups. Jared is extremely passionate about creating positive and supportive communities around him and finds no greater joy than meeting and understanding interesting, passionate people.

Katharine Jiang
  • Katharine Jiang
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    Katharine is a junior studying computer science at UC Berkeley. She launched her first Android app on the Google Play Store sophomore year and has transitioned to full stack web development since then. She leads a web team for Berkeley's premier creative agency, Innovative Design, and is on the team behind BerkeleyTime.com. She hopes to create beautiful products others can use to better their lives. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, rock climbing, learning guitar, and reading a good book.

Kaiwen Zhou
Malhar Patel
  • Malhar Patel
    Campus Director
    UC Berkeley

    Malhar is currently pursuing his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He is a liaison for Canvas Ventures, where he focuses on AI investments. He also works on product for Memora Health (YC W18), a digital health company that automates patient follow-up and triage using an intelligent SMS agent. On campus, he works on Space Technologies at Cal (STAC), a student organization in collaboration with NASA Ames and Blue Origin to design and launch innovative space research projects, and is an undergraduate researcher focused on systems ml in the RISELab. He's also involved in the Accel Scholars program, and the Kairos Society. and In his free time, he enjoys training in various martial arts.

Bowen Wang
  • Bowen Wang
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    Bowen just joined the Berkeley team in spring 2018. He will graduate with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the end of that semester and will go on to pursue an M.S. unless he finds another compelling opportunity. His modus operandi is to work hard and play hard, and his favorite past times are skiing and grabbing good food. He's a bit lost on his future, but generally strives to be a lifelong learner while building cool stuff to make the greatest impact possible. He thinks that writing about himself in the third person is a bit silly.

Nikhil Reddy
  • Nikhil Reddy
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    Nikhil is a Junior EECS major from San Jose, California. He spent his last few summers as a software engineer at Tesla, and the only thing he loves more than engineering is journalism. He is a voracious reader and often shares his thoughts about technology, politics, and science on YouTube or various publications he writes for. Whenever he feels like unwinding, you can probably find him attending a comedy club or hanging out at a sports bar with friends! Feel free to ping him with any questions or concerns!

Katherine Liu
  • Katherine Liu
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    Katherine studies Computer Science at UC Berkeley with minors in Creative Writing and Ethnic Studies. Her attraction to good people and their unique stories has drawn her in many different directions, but she is ultimately committed to empowering others to do what they do best. She hopes to eventually practice in intellectual property law for inventions that are pushing the frontier of our knowledge, and/or possibly in policy for technologies and companies that are testing our ability to handle them ethically. But for now, she's involved with Society of Women Engineers, Computer Science Mentors, and a pre-law fraternity. You also occasionally might find her slamming poems (not dunks).

Olivia Koshy
  • Olivia Koshy
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    Olivia is a rising junior at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science. She's passionate about people and technology and the intersection of the two. This has lead to her involvement as an Exec of Machine Learning at Berkeley and her research in social and behavioral pyschology. In her free time she loves to adventure and experience new things, whether it be a new country, new place or new food.

Cynthia Tien
  • Cynthia Tien
    Associate
    UC Berkeley

    I'm a 3rd year at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Chemical Engineering. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, eating, and cute dogs.

Jacky Lu


U Mich & UIUC

Anant Akash
Vaibhav Bafna
  • Vaibhav Bafna
    Associate
    U Michigan

    Hello! My name is Vaibhav and I'm a coder, designer, & Apple-enthusiast. I make incredible tacos, love basketball, and am not afraid of the occasional rom-com.

Shivani Gupta
  • Shivani Gupta
    Associate
    UIUC

    Shivani is a rising junior in CS at UIUC. She is involved with Women in Computer Science, Founders, and HackIllinois and is currently co-directing a startup weekend by Founders called 54. She is passionate about the intersection of design, CS, and business and is an aspiring PM, with the goal of using her technical skills with her communication skills and love for talking, managing and building user-friendly products. She can be found reading nutrition articles or Harry Potter, while listening to electronic music.



U Penn

Robert Zajac
  • Robert Zajac
    Campus Director
    U Penn

    I'm a junior working towards a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science at Penn. On campus I'm mostly involved with being a TA for undergraduate classes and working on research in theoretical computer science. I got involved with Navtalent because I love hearing people's stories and making an impact on people's lives.

Santiago Buenahora
  • Santiago Buenahora
    Associate
    U Penn

    I am a student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I grew up in Rye, New York and am originally from Bogotá, Colombia. At Penn, I study Computer Science and am on the executive board of Hack4Impact, a student nonprofit. I'm fascinated by technology, love to cook, and my favorite author is Yuval Noah Harari.

Jake Friedman
  • Jake Friedman
    Campus Director
    U Penn

    Jake is an associate at Nav Talent and is the Co-Campus Director for the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, Jake is a rising senior at the in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, majoring in Computer Science and Operations and Finance in Wharton. He will be working this summer at Cobalt.io, a Bay Area startup focused on Pen Testing as a Service. On campus, Jake is the President of the Management & Technology Program Student Board, the Director of the Annual Penn Microfinance Conference and helps run the Nav Talent team on campus. He is really excited to be a part of the Nav Family and see it grow!

Adele Li
  • Adele Li
    Associate
    U Penn

    Adele is a sophomore at UPenn in the Jerome Fisher M&T Program studying Computer Science, Finance, and Real Estate, originally from the Bay Area. She’s passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and women engineers as the current Director of PennApps. She worked in analytics at Katerra, a tech construction firm, as well as at Paxion Capital and Mayfield Fund. Adele enjoys conducting research on behavioral science and is always looking for book suggestions. You can always find her seeking the best new restaurants on Yelp, skiing in Tahoe, or jamming to jazz music.

Alex Haynes
  • Alex Haynes
    Associate
    U Penn

    I'm a student at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Computer Science. I am interested in distributed systems, data science and UI/UX. I love hiking, golfing, woodworking and flying drones.

Micah Zirn
  • Micah Zirn
    Associate
    U Penn

    Micah is a junior in the M&T program at Penn studying Computer Science, Finance, and Entrepreneurial Management. From Connecticut, he is passionate about healthcare tech, for both physical and mental health. Outside of schoolwork, he staffs at a peer-to-peer helpline, does freelance web development for healthcare projects, and plays and watches soccer.

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