Akshat Parthiban is a senior at Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School and an academy student at Raritan Valley Community College. He is the founder and president of his school’s Speech and Debate Club and created an interface to connect volunteers to their interests. He has won various awards at state and national competitions. Akshat believes that the intersection of science and public policy can help formulate ideas to benefit a wider population. He is excited to pursue interdisciplinary courses focused on STEM.