Suryaa traces his ancestral path to South India, and a huge part of his ancestry and his own past has been intertwined with sustainability. Suryaa exemplifies many personas as an Ace Action Fellow, design thinking practitioner, techie, and most importantly a moral decision maker. He hopes to add on to that list by gaining an invaluable experience and character defining trip to the Arctic. In ACE for the 2015-16 Bay Area cohort, he has worked to do a spectrum of work in the form of coalitions, legislation, service, and climate change rallying. He also worked with FIERCE a youth group that spread sustainability into the minds of youth. Before SOI, Suryaa went to Irvington High School in Fremont, CA. His work on QUEST, a project on nonrenewable energy dependence, opened his eyes to what really solves the issues we face: not any particular solution, but people making moral decisions.