Meet Our Team


Brian Hoang

Brian Hoang

Executive Director

Brian is a junior exploring Software Engineering and Entrepreneurship. He has held software engineering internships at Raytheon and Credera, founded the Virtual Reality Society at UTD, and is currently leading Immosis LLC, an immersive reality startup. He also manages the nonprofit extension of the AIS. During his spare time, Brian can be found playing piano, writing blog posts, or watching horror movies with his eyes closed.

Michael Hollister

Michael Hollister

President

Michael is a junior majoring in Computer Science. He has interned at Texas Instruments in a software R&D group and has been nominated for the ACE awards with a patent pending. In his spare time, he also teaches K-12 students about digital circuits and programming in Java, Lua, and Python using the Minecraft game. As someone who is passionate about programming and is an aspiring polymath, Michael enjoys taking online university courses in his spare time and prefers to speak in Java rather than English.

Alyssa Garguilo

Alyssa Garguilo

Vice President

Alyssa is a junior majoring in Computer Science. She is a graduate of the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a member of both Collegium V and the Computer Science Computing Scholars program, and an all-around nerd. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys playing tabletop role playing games, cooking, and petting dogs.

Nymisha Jahagirdar

Nymisha Jahagirdar

Director of Operations

Nymisha is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and is a member of the Computer Science Honors Program. In addition to being a Cognitive Science minor, she is passionate about psychology, traveling, and activism. In her spare time, she can be found adoring puppies and dancing Salsa and Bachata with her Latin Dance group.

Brishty Som

Brishty Som

Secretary

Brishty is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering. She has headed community projects for the Student Council as the State Historian. Brishty actively volunteers with UNICEF at UTD and has contributed to local children's hospitals, schools, and events. She has also dedicated time to exploring the field of Computer Science and hopes to encourage students to do the same. In her free time, Brishty enjoys dancing, painting, and reading.

Debbie Pehr

Debbie Pehr

Treasurer

Debbie is a sophomore from Austin studying Neuroscience, preparing to go into medical research. In high school, she served as the President of her local Jewish youth group. During this time, she planned events for groups as large as 150 people. Debbie spends time writing letters, travelling, being a political activist, and telling people customer horror stories from her time working at Whataburger. She is eager to share her passion about the potential of AI!

Josh Baker

Josh Baker

Director of Public Relations

Joshua is a junior majoring in Computer Science and is currently interning at Enseo, Inc. in the quality assurance department. He has a natural interest in AI, as it relates to many of his most significant interests, including technology, philosophy, and politics. In his free time, he likes to write code, play videogames , debate strangers on the internet, and hang out with friends.

Kayla Valdez

Kayla Valdez

Director of Marketing

Kayla is a junior studying Computer Science and is an aspiring engineer. She loves learning about new things, especially if they relate to technology. Kayla is also very passionate about music and enjoys playing the viola and making music with others during her free time. She looks forward to what this year has in store for the AIS!

Tushar Rahi

Tushar Rahi

Director of Technology

Tushar is currently a junior double-majoring in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. He was part of the Clark Summer Undergraduate Research Program, and has done artificial intelligence projects in the past, working with images and regression. He is passionate about science, math, and engineering, and is always curious to learn more. In his free time, he likes to listen to music. He also plays the piano and the viola.

Jay Butera

Jay Butera

Co-Director of Technology

Jay is a junior studying Computer Science. He has worked in UT Austin’s research department building software for hyper-parameter optimization and high performance hardware. These days you can find him attending hackathons and training AIs for games. When he’s not coding he is out enjoying the day, and probably considering getting back to work.

Justin John

Justin John

Fundraising Coordinator

Justin is a junior majoring in Neuroscience. He also works in an Epigenetics laboratory on campus. Besides classes and research, he loves playing basketball and enjoys volunteering at local non-profits and hospices, as he hopes to become a physician. He is very excited to help UTD AIS have its best year yet!

Winston Carlile

Winston Carlile

Technical Lead

Winston is a senior working towards a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Cognitive Science. After getting hooked on robotics in high school, he now enjoys working on various AI projects in his spare time. His main goal in life is to get a Ph.D in AI and pursue research on creating the Artificial General Intelligence. When he's not programming or watching cat videos, he can be seen working out at the gym, playing raquetball, or eating food.

Courtney Erbes

Courtney Erbes

Tech Coord. & Outreach Instructor

Courtney is a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Neuroscience. She is a Research Assistant in the ALPS Lab under Dr. Gupta, a member of both Collegium V and the Computer Science Computing Scholars program, and a part of the ASME Shell Eco-Marathon team at UTD. When not programming, she can be found at her family’s ranch riding horses or playing piano.

Amol Mavuduru

Amol Mavuduru

Tech Coordinator

Amol is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics. In high school he was a member of the FIRST Robotics team, the Vice President of the chess team, and a participant in the M3 Challenge. He has experience in iOS development and aims to create intelligent iPhone apps using machine-learning techniques. In his free time, he likes to play guitar, play speed chess, and search for interesting math or programming problems to solve.

Mugdha Gupta

Mugdha Gupta

Tech Coordinator

Mugdha is a sophomore studying Computer Science, with a strong interest in cognitive science, social psychology, and rationality. She is researching in Dr. Cho’s lab to model the decay of Lithium Ion batteries. She served on the School Council for two years in high school, and served as Chief of Mechanical in her high school FIRST Robotics team. She loves robotics, reading, Harry Potter, and of course, artificial intelligence. She is also a black belt, and to be approached with caution.

Sharad Shekar

Sharad Shekar

Tech Coordinator

Sharad is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering at UNT. Although relatively new to the field of AI, he is eager to dive in and expand his knowledge. In his free time, he enjoys reading, exploring art and film, and making music on his laptop.

Gordon Arnold

Gordon Arnold

Faculty Sponsor

Professor Arnold is a shy, but really good-looking, half-Canadian computer geek who retired from 20+ years of software development to teach. After working for companies like IBM and Bombardier, he is now a Senior Lecturer at UTD. He has a Master's in Computer Science from UTD, an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and is now working on a PhD at UTD. He’s been happily married for 16+ years to a beautiful computer network engineer, during which time he’s collected 1 daughter, 2 cats, 3 dogs, and a live-in mother. His academic interests include Artificial Intelligence, Creative Automata, Theology, and Education.








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