One Stop Portal was created in the aftermath of a terrible disaster that brought together friends and acquaintances from various walks of our lives – mutually bonding over our grief and with a strong desire to contribute to Nepal by rapidly disseminating reliable information. Most of us are Nepali students living and working in various parts of the globe. We have a varying spectrum of skill among us, and as such, we all contribute in our own unique way – collecting information, creating relevant infographics, creating content, coding support to the ever-evolving website, sharing relevant information on various forums, brainstorming ideas, and connecting with other organizations to consolidate our efforts to make a bigger impact.
Bikalpa Neupane - Founder
Information Technology has allowed me to see how I can use technology to change my community. It is a great feeling to be able to do something I love and serve others at the same time.
Bikalpa is passionate about intersection of technology with the society. He is currently a software release manager at Overstock.com. Prior to that he was a service engineer at Microsoft corporation, Redmond where he served in operating systems group. Bikalpa holds a magna cum laude for BSc. in Information Technology and dual minors in computer science and mathematics from Brigham Young University, Utah. Beginning August 2015, Bikalpa will start his PhD in IST (interdisciplinary CS, IT and Human factors) at Penn State University with HCI aficionado, Distinguished Professor Dr. John M. Carroll. When he’s not working, Bikalpa enjoys playing and watching soccer, and listening to music.
Nishan Subedi, Co-Founder
I believe that the Nepali youth have stepped up to take on difficult challenges that the recent earthquake has brought about, and hope to highlight it through our platform.
Nishan is a technology enthusiast that loves building tools to help people. He is currently a Software Engineer on the DevTools team at Etsy and mostly builds tools for other engineers. He has experience building software that ranges from user interface to performant system tools. He mostly studied Physics and Engineering at Vassar College and Dartmouth University.
Purushottam Shah, Co-Founder
Even though I was 14,000 kilometres away, the earthquake in Nepal completely shook my world, psychologically and emotionally. In its wake and an absence of adequate government response, I joined One Stop Portal to provide a grassroots response.
Purushottam Shah is currently working as a building design professional at CTA Architects Engineers in Austin, TX. He designs electrical systems inside buildings for a range of CTA clients. At his previous job he worked on a microgrid design, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin that consolidated renewable energy sources: 500kW of photovoltaics, 3.3 MW of co-gen power plants and 1MWh of battery storage for the US Military. His long-term goal is to work on renewable energy developments and microgrid design for developing world, including Nepal. He is a candidate for MS in Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Science (Electrical) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Mathematics and a certificate in Sustainability from Trinity University of San Antonio, Texas. Puru is a valedictorian of BNKS 2007 graduating batch.
Anu Joshi, Co-Founder
I believed in the vision of One Stop Portal and that inspired me to be a part of it. Being able to contribute to my home country together with my high school friends makes it a very easy decision.
Anu Joshi is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the field of Health Services Research at Baystate Medical Center. Her previous work in a Biochemistry lab involved working with gold and iron nanoparticle synthesis for malignant tumor treatment. She graduated summa cum laude from Saint Peter’s University with a BSc in Biotechnology. She has a keen interest in all things science, and new technology.
Saugat Kandel, Co-Founder
I joined One Stop Portal to help build a platform that provided information, analyses, and web solutions to try to alleviate the pressing needs on the ground, both in the immediate aftermath of the Nepal earthquake, and also in the longer term rebuilding effort.
Saugat Kandel is currently working in computational biology research at City of Hope National Medical Center. His previous work includes research in astrophysics and ultracold atom physics. He likes reading and sometimes writing about math, science, technology, public policy, and all their various intersections. He holds a BA in Physics from Amherst College, MA.
Prasit Dhakal, Co-Founder
This is my attempt to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake through use of technology.
Prasit Dhakal works in product management at Morningstar, Inc. He is interested in the intersection of finance and technology and loves to make products that help people make better financial decisions. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Carleton College, MN.
Pramod Bhandari, Co-Founder
After the earthquake I wanted to help the guys at the grassroots leveldesperately. I was looking for some platform to volunteer online. Then I discovered good things about OneStopPortal, liked their idea and became a part of it.
Pramod is a graduate student pursuing Masters of Science in Analytics at Dakota State University. In the past he worked in the positions of Solutions Architect and Java trainer at Deerwalk Inc, Nepal prior to joining graduate school. Pramod describes himself as a kind-hearted man and as such he likes to help people for any philanthropic cause.
Prashanta Shrestha, Co-Founder
After the first earthquake my friends in Nepal were working to provide relief in Gorkha. Being so far from home I could not be part of their effort. To contribute to their effort I joined OneStopPortal for fundraising.
Prashanta trained as a Chemical Engineer. He received his MS from BYU, Provo under the tutelage of Dr. Brad Bundy with research on the field of Protein Engineering. Upon graduation, he has been working as a Business Analyst at UPS. His passion includes technology, science, and education. He enjoys hiking and outdoors in his free time.