THOMAS FERNANDEZ
Thomas Fernandez, Final Round Judge 2018
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, Director of the Minority Business Accelerator
Tom is 1 of 5 Final Round Judges for the 2018 SASEtank competition. He is the Director of the Cincinnati Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator. He is also the Co-Founder of SASE, currently serving as the Secretary on the Board of Directors. When he’s not working, he enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, drinking French wine, and spending time with his family.
JINJA BIRKENBEUEL
JinJa Birkenbeuel, Final Round Judge 2018
Birk Creative, President & Chief Executive Officer
JinJa is 1 of 5 Final Round Judges for the 2018 SASEtank competition. She founded Birk Creative when she realized the global brand corporation was not providing her the support and room for growth she needed. When she’s not working, she’s a songwriter, a publisher, and a mom of three.
GEORGE CHEN
George Chen, Final Round Judge 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Partner
George is 1 of 5 Final Round Judges for the 2018 SASEtank competition. Initially beginning his career as an engineer, he is currently a partner lawyer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, practicing intellectual property law. When he’s not working, he enjoys football, spending time with his family, and traveling overseas.
GAYATRI MATHUR
Gayatri Mathur, Final Round Judge 2018
The Soondra Foundation, CEO & Founder
Gayatri is 1 of 5 Final Round Judges for the 2018 SASEtank competition. Her startup, The Soondra Foundation, provides immediate healthcare access to the underprivileged in India. When she’s not working, she’s spending time with her dog at the Lake Michigan Bluffs.
DAVID PAN
David Pan, Final Round Judge 2018
MyIntent Project, COO
David is 1 of 5 Final Round Judges for the 2018 SASEtank competition. The MyIntent Project is a family-run business, helping customers make a positive impact in their communities. The 2018 SASE National Conference & Career Fair has partnered with MyIntent to provide all attendees with their own MyIntent bracelet. When he’s not working, David is an Airbnb Superhost, Yelp Elite, and travel hacker.
UPTICK
Naven Gazi, Obed Badillo, Yahouza Sabo, Sidhant Ahluwalia, Azmayeen Rhythm, Ryan Maciel, Abdelrahman Abdelkader, Finalist 2018
The University of Rochester; Accenture
Uptick is comprised of 7 team members, competing as the only Finalist team in the Final Round of the 2018 SASEtank competition that includes both students and professionals.
SAYFT SYSTEM
Aziza Almanakly, Nithilam Subbaian, Finalist 2018
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 2020
Aziza and Nithiliam form the SAYFT System team, 1 of 2 teams representing Cooper Union in the Final Round of the 2018 SASEtank competition.
CHARGEME
Saaket Poray and Andrew Tong, Finalist 2018
Clements High School 2019, St. John's School 2020
Saaket and Andrew form the duo, ChargeMe, making waves as they compete as the first high school participants in the Final Round of the 2018 SASEtank competition.
HID-IN
Keti Vaso and Sara Huang, Finalist 2018
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 2019
Keti and Sara form the duo, Hid-In, 1 of 2 teams representing The Cooper Union in the Final Round of the 2018 SASEtank competition.
BRADEN LI
AFFiB, Finalist 2018
North Carolina State University, Ph.D. 2021
Braden is the man behind project AFFiB (Advanced Functional Fiber Batteries), competing as the only individual Finalist during the 2018 SASEtank competition.
EMILY BANDITRAT
The Banditrats, Semifinalist 2017
Sam Houston State University, BFA Computer Animation 2019
Emily was a part of the twin-sister duo, The Banditrats, during the 2017 SASEtank competition. She’s also a former Executive Board member of both the Texas A&M and University of Houston SASE chapters. When she’s not hanging out with her twin sister, she’s an engineer, a radio host, and an artist.