Our Team

Project Invent is made up of educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, professors, students, parents, and more who are passionate about young people changing the world through design thinking, engineering, and entrepreneurship.


Connie Liu, Founder & Director

Connie Liu,
Founder & director

Connie is a mechanical engineer from MIT, passionate educator, and founder of Project Invent. She most recently taught design thinking & engineering at The Nueva School. Now, she runs Project Invent to inspire high school students nationwide to invent technologies that make a difference. She is also an inventor herself, creating assistive technologies to empower those with disabilities. 

Catherine Supnet, Chief Designer

Catherine SupneT,
Chief Designer

Catherine is a visual designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works at Replicon Software as a Graphic Designer, creating print and web visuals as well as marketing collateral. She was previously the Design & Media Manager of SkyDeck, UC Berkeley's startup accelerator. From the logo to the curriculum to the slide decks, she makes everything Project Invent does beautiful!


emma waldspurger,
summer intern (2019)

Emma is an educational psychology major at Scripps College. She is passionate about student-centered education, project-based learning, mental health and well-being, and utilizing empirical research to promote progressive education. When not advocating for educational reform, Emma can also be found pursuing her interest in collaging and the creative arts in general.


ritik patnaik,
summer intern (2019)

Rik is a freshman at MIT. After founding the Project Invent chapter at the Texas Academy of Math and Science, Rik is now building online curriculum to teach students the technical skills they need to prototype their ideas. Rik identifies as a maker and is excited about the intersection of technology and community service, which made him fall in love with Project Invent’s mission of engineering for social good.



Our ambassadors have feet on the ground and are the ones sharing about Project Invent far and wide!

New profile pic - Jason Hubbard.png

Jason Hubbard
Perrysburg, OH


Rob Shoaff
Harrisburg, PA


rachel hooper
Burlington, vt


Student Fellows

Students are the core of our work. That's why we incorporate their insights into everything we do. They co-design the curriculum, share input for decisions, spearhead community partnerships, and more.

Maya Chawla, Social Media Manager

Maya chawla,
social media manager

Maya is a high school sophomore. When not spending time solving real world problems with design engineering, Maya can be found running cross country or track, playing the piano, or with her nose in a really good book. This year, Maya is a Project Invent lead for a team building technologies to help ESL youth learn English.

Tyler Groshong, Video & Media

Tyler Groshong,
Video & Media 

Tyler is a high school junior. As a filmmaker, Tyler has produced dozens of promotional and commercial videos for companies, from small nonprofit theatre companies to Stanford Medical School. He also has a passion for biology and is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association.

Justin Zhang, Design & Outreach

Justin zhang,
summer intern (2018) 

Justin is an aspiring mechanical engineer at The Nueva School. Co-founding Nueva's Project Invent and working on team Stria allowed him to discover the power of developing human-centered products that address real-world problems. He hopes to help more people learn about design thinking and encourage them to become powerful changemakers. 

Maddie Park, Curriculum & Strategy

Maddie park,
Summer intern (2018)

Madeline is a high school junior. She enjoys being a varsity runner, a member of the Physics research team, and a member of her school’s science podcast club, Project 80. She is also the co-captain of Nueva’s design engineering for social impact club and member of the team working on blindness, Stria.


Advisory Board

Suranga Nanayakkara

bob baxley

Bob Baxley is a designer, advisor, mentor, and advocate that has led teams at some of Silicon Valley’s most notable companies. With a career spanning three decades, Bob's work at Apple, Pinterest, Yahoo!, and elsewhere is used by over a billion people around the world. Currently, Bob works with programs and organizations that are helping to attract and inspire the next generation of designers.

Maria Yang

Maria Yang

Maria Yang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT, and is founder and director of the Ideation Lab (ideation.mit.edu) and Faculty Academic Director for the MIT D-Lab. Her work in design, focuses on the key role of design representation in driving the early stages of the design process, from consumer products to complex, large scale systems.

Maureen Carroll

Maureen carroll

Maureen is the Founder of Lime Design and a lecturer at Stanford’s d.school where she co-teaches Hacking Your Innovation Mindset. She was also the director of Stanford University's REDlab, which conducts research on design thinking and learning. She has worked with schools, businesses and non-profit organizations around the globe building capacity for innovative cultures. 

Sergio Monsalve

Sergio Monsalve

Sergio J. Monsalve is an Entrepreneur-In-Residence and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. He is also an investor at Norwest Venture Partners and is on the board of various education companies, including Udemy, Adaptive Insights (Sold to Workday), Alma Campus, Motif, and Kahoot! Monsalve has also held various leadership roles in high-growth technology companies like eBay, Paypal, and Portal Software (IPO during tenure).


Governing Board

Michelle Fishburne


Aragon is Director of Partnerships at Envision Learning Partners and founder of We Teach Science Foundation, a national nonprofit that empowers engineers and scientists nationwide to assist and work with math and science teachers and students. He has a background in aerospace engineering.

Scott Swaaley

Scott Swaaley

Scott is former Assistant Director of the Nueva I-Lab, was an award-winning educator at High Tech High, and is now founder of Make Safe Tools. He also runs a project-based learning consultancy called GRITLab and was the feature of the documentary films Most Likely to Succeed and Beyond Measure.


Steve ketchpel

Steve is a computer scientist specializing in data analysis and artificial intelligence. He consults to the Global 2000, startups, and non-profits. He co-founded Mindscale.ai (2018) and Vividence (1998), and has written a book called Giving Back and worked on the Mifos microfinance project.