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We are a team of undergraduate students passionate about the space sciences, including astronomy, astrophysics, and aerospace. From conducting research through the Summer Science Program, to building their own telescopes, to creating immersive designs that capture the beauty of the universe, team leaders seek to promote an understanding and appreciation for outer space while integrating their unique scientific and artistic pursuits. Above all, we are united by our drive for sharing our love of space with larger audiences and building a community for students to learn, grow, and thrive together.
Rutvik Marathe is a junior at the University of Michigan, majoring in aerospace engineering. An ardent space enthusiast, Rutvik has conducted asteroid orbit determination research at the Summer Science Program in 2019, pursues astrophotography, and has independently studied topics in orbital mechanics and chaos theory. In addition to space-related endeavors, he has earned recognition at the state level in varsity debate and competitive mathematics, as well as at the national level in programming. With expertise in team leadership and teaching STEM, he strives to promote curiosity and interest for the universe and space exploration as the president of SkyShot.
President and Executive Director
Andrew is a fourth-year student at the University of Georgia majoring in astrophysics and minoring in mathematics. He has been involved in many facets of the astrophysics community, as a former NASA intern, as an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at his school, and as the creator and founder of Astrophysics Feed, a science media page on Instagram (@astrophysicsfeed). In his spare time, Andrew likes astrophotography, reading books about space or physics, and learning anything about the world and universe.
Head of Astrophysics
Alex is a fourth-year student at the University of Chicago, where she is majoring in astrophysics and minoring in data science and creative writing. Her primary interests lie in stellar and extragalactic astrophysics, and she has been an astrophysics research intern at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the American Museum of Natural History, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. She is also an alum of the 2018 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth Science (SEES) Program, where she was a member of the Explore the Moon team. Alex is passionate about science communication and outreach, and hopes to spend her career broadening humanity’s knowledge of the vast and beautiful universe we live in. Her work can be found in SkyShot itself, as well as in The Spectrum, a UChicago-based e-publication about science and society.
Head of Peer Review
Devansh Dhabhai is a current high school senior pursuing Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at a Higher-Level in the IB Diploma. His primary research interest lies in exploring the fundamental constituents of dark matter. He also enjoys investigations into general relativity and archeoastronomy.
Priti Rangnekar, the founder of Science Connect and SkyShot, is a junior at Stanford University, majoring in computer science. She has researched asteroid orbit determination at the 2019 Summer Science Program, analyzed exoplanets with Stanford Online High School, and conducted undergraduate research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. As the founder of SkyShot, she seeks to connect fellow students around the world while fostering knowledge and hands-on exploration of the universe in an inclusive, engaging community.
Founder and Executive Director
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