About the Founders
Often people ask us where the idea and motivation for BlueStamp came from. To understand the program requires first understanding us and our chosen careers. Dave Young operates an engineering consulting firm helping startups design and manufacture electronics. Robin Mansukhani is CEO of Alzeca Biosciences, a biotech company focused on developing an early stage diagnostic technology for Alzheimer’s disease. While we don’t have much free time, we have always prided ourselves on going above and beyond. We both have a strong desire to make an impact in our community, especially when we work together.
Throughout the years, Dave has spent significant time leading engineering labs at the college level, while Robin has traveled the country lecturing on technology entrepreneurship, most recently at the Rice Business school and NYU’s Stern School of Business. In addition to these efforts, they also make sure to allocate time in their communities working with young students. Dave works with a charity modifying toys for disabled children and was a camp counselor throughout high school and college. Robin has served a term in AmeriCorps, volunteered with MindsMatter (academic mentoring program for low income students), and currently serves as a mentor for the Thiel Fellowship. Through these experiences, Dave and Robin wanted to create a program where students could build projects that have relevance to the real world, but with a strong focus on making engineering fun. From this, BlueStamp Engineering was born.
We understand the necessity for lectures, exams, and other standardized tests. However, while we recognize that students must be evaluated in this manner, it is not always as enjoyable and does not always answer the question of “Why am I learning this”? The personal motivation in creating BlueStamp was to offer a real world experience in technology. Throughout our careers, we have found that customers want something very simple: high value products that work at a competitive cost. BlueStamp replicates this aspect of the global marketplace to give students the most relevant and useful education possible. The BlueStamp team looks forward to working with students every summer as they develop passions in a challenging and exciting atmosphere!
"... BlueStamp brings new excitement to the young STEM mind with legitimate real world projects!... "Gordon Daily
"... Students who excel academically and excel at programs like BlueStamp are the types of students we look for. We appreciate their willingness to go outside of the classroom to develop... "Admissions Director
"... The supervision and assistance in the classroom was hands on and first rate. I don’t think James could have had a better experience anywhere else.... "Kathleen K.