The Team

Ramon Mata-Toledo is a veteran professor having spent over 30 years teaching Computer Science and Math at James Madison University.  Dr. Toledo is also Venezuelan native, recipient of JMU’s 2015 Diversity Enhancement Award, and Minority Programmer’s Coalition JMU Faculty Advisor. He also serves as the Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Computer & Software Engineering (IJCSE).  His research interests include Natural Languages, Databases, Data Mining, Compiler, Design, and Discrete Mathematics.

Abele Aynekulu is a Computer Science Major and Minor in Mathematics at JMU. He was born in Ethiopia and moved to the US at the age of 10. One of the reasons Abele got in to the field is the aspirations he received from his surroundings. Abele’s dream is to expose and educate communities around the world with potential of STEM. As a founding member of MPA, Abele focus is on producing projects with an international scope.

Michelle Wong is a sophomore Computer Information Systems with a minor in Chinese at JMU. As a founding member of MPA, Michelle’s mission is to encourage young underprivileged programmers through free programming workshops and classes to provide them with equal opportunities of learning among their peers. Michelle’s mission also includes promoting STEM fields as a career options to young female programmers and to empower their confidence in their abilities to succeed as much as their male counterparts. Michelle is an active member in multiple organizations including Women in Technology and also is an At-Large Senator on the Academic Committee in the Student Government Association.


Kush Gupta is a Sophomore Computer Science student at JMU. As a Co-Founder of MPA, Kush aims to help develop projects that can make a real difference for communities in need. Currently, Kush works for a Defense contracting company called Northrop Grumman and is a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Planning to graduate a year early, he aims to leave a legacy at JMU with the hope that MPA can expand and create impactful projects that can affect the lives of people daily.


Shot is a Computer Science major, Computer Information Systems minor of Bangladeshi descent. As a Co-Founder of MPA, Shot’s dream is to give the tool of computer programming to underprivileged communities to make the world a better place. Shot is also the founder of the JMU Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and President of Virginia DanceSafe, a nonprofit organization providing harm reduction services like drug testing and trip sitting in the nightlife/festival scene. A background in criminology, grassroots organizing, and harm reduction, Shot’s focus is on developing solutions to mitigate the impacts of the war on drugs.

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