Location: Austin, TX
Riya Aggarwal is a junior at Westlake High School as well as the current CEO of Chap Research, a nonprofit student-led organization designed to give students the opportunity to acquire real-world skills not taught in school. She was admitted to the program her freshman year as part of its second class of students. From programming a magnetic “wall-robot” game to presenting at local events, she has learned a wide range of technical and soft skills through the numerous experiences Chap Research provided. At the end of her sophomore year, she was elected to take over as the next CEO and since has been managing day-to-day operations of the organization, in addition to participating on research and development teams. Outside of Chap Research, Riya is an active member of her competitive robotics team, enjoys exploring photography and graphic design.