DMS5 Alumni 

Arjun Ganga, Co-founder and Director

Arjun Ganga is a senior at Valley High school. He is interested in neuroscience. He is a member of the Valley Science bowl team, the Valley Tennis team, and is currently the Vice President of Valley High School's National Honor Society. Arjun is also an avid public radio listener and frequent patron of his local Dairy Queen. 

In his free time, he enjoys studying Chinese, biking, playing piano and eating ice cream. If you ever want to chat, grab a cone, and/or suggest any ideas for the speaker series, contact him at


Gabriel Mintzer, Co-founder and Director

Gabriel Mintzer is a senior at Valley High School.  He is interested in math and science; he is a member of the Central Academy mathematics team and the captain of the Valley High School Science Bowl team.  He recently finished studying Complex Analysis, AP Physics 2, and AP Chemistry.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, solving math problems, and playing the piano and the cello.

"I hope that high school students who are interested in STEM join us for a Des Moines S5 event.  The speakers are engaging and provide an important perspective to entering a STEM field."

Evan Eastin, Field Reporter 

Evan is currently a senior at Valley High School. He is interested in physics and math. He is involved in Valley baseball, the science bowl team and the Valley cyber defense team. Evan is also an avid golfer, snowboarder and surfer. When he is not shredding snow/waves or sinking putts, he likes to study German and watch University of Oregon related sporting events. 


Nathan Rider, AV Director Emeritus

Nathan Rider is a freshman at Iowa State University and a distinguished graduate of Hoover High School and Central Academy. He is interested in mathematics, physics, and baseball. Nathan can always be found wearing shorts, regardless of the weather.