Maya Lassiter is a rising Junior Electrical and Computer Engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University. As well as her interest in technology-aided expression, Maya hopes to gain experience in studying technological literacy and hardware acquisition. When not pursuing the future of technology, Maya enjoys dancing, biking, eating, and traveling. The iSTEP program is one that Maya has followed since applying to CMU, she is excited to see this experience come to fruition especially due to the lasting impacts directly found from our close work with the Mathru Center for the Differently Abled and School for the Blind.
Amal Nanavati is a freshman Computer Science major at Carnegie Mellon University. He is interested in merging his passion for technology with his love of cultures to create practical, people-centric innovations that make technology more accessible to consumers. In his free time, he enjoys dancing Bhangra, watching Bollywood movies, and playing card games. He is excited about working with the students and teachers at the Mathru Center as well as the iSTEP and TechBridgeWorld teams to create technologies that will have a long-lasting impact on generations of visually impaired students in India.
Erik Pintar is a rising Fifth Year Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, double majoring in Human-Computer Interaction and Electrical and Computer Engineering. What most excites him is revolutionizing education through the power of new technologies. When not in the realm of code, he enjoys filmmaking, traveling, and teaching a sign language class at his university. As a hard-of-hearing individual, Erik is looking forward to helping students at the Mathru Center overcome their disabilities through the empowerment of knowledge.
Minnar Xie is a rising Fifth Year Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University where she is a BHA in Art and Psychology with an additional major in Human-Computer Interaction. She is passionate about humanizing depictions of marginalized and under-served communities, cross-cultural education, and the capacity of technology and design to improve lives. She is the adviser to and former President of Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment, and is very involved in PACE, PRYSE Academy, and Juntos. She is thrilled for all of the challenges and experiences that iSTEP will bring. Mostly, she is excited to learn from Ms. Muktha and the other teachers at the Mathru Center and to help build and improve tools for their work.