Akhila is from Lewis Center, Ohio and is a senior at Metro Early College High School. Although she's a high schooler, she takes all her classes at The Ohio State University. Akhila's aspirations in technology began prior to the start of high school. Growing up with parents who are both software engineers, technology is part of her day-to-day life. In middle school, she participated in FIRST Lego League Robotics which gave her hands-on experience in programming and leadership skills. Additionally, Akhila actively takes part in Kathak (an Indian classical dance form), Girl Up, and is a dedicated pianist. Akhila is the president of Metro Girl Up club, a UN Foundation campaign club that advocates for female empowerment and girls’ education in third-world countries. When Akhila was young, she noticed gender disparities in India, most notably, her grandmothers who were married at fourteen. This observation sparked her interest in global gender equality and STEM education. In the past four years, her club has raised $10,000, which has helped re-enroll 100 girls in Guatemala, India, and Liberia. Additionally, as an Ohio Student Ambassador of ThinkSTEAM, Akhila organizes STEAM workshops for K-12 girls. Akhila wants to pursue medicine and computer science in the future and knows that with the help of everyone, global gender equality is not a dream. It is a vision.