Our Team

Marzuk Rashid

President and Co-founder

Marzuk is a senior at New Trier High School. In his free time, he can be found playing the piano or reading a good book. Ever since he started coding in second grade, Marzuk has been fascinated by the tremendous power of the opportunities presented by modern technology. Since then, he has built up his technical proficiency by creating several websites, building his own computer, and developing multiple apps. Marzuk co-founded BinaryHeart because he sees it as a rewarding way to utilize his unique skill set, spend time with his friends, and help others less fortunate than himself.

Jack Altman

Board Member and Co-founder

Jack Altman is a senior at New Trier High School. He built his first computer when he was 11 and has been a computer fanatic ever since. In 2016, he started BinaryHeart along with Marzuk, Brandon, and Asher. Now, he oversees computer repair at BinaryHeart. He also leads BinaryHeart Academy, our internal training program, and gives weekly lectures on advanced computer hardware topics to interested members. In his free time, he can be found doing work for policy debate or surfing the web.

Brandon Lee

Board Member and Co-founder

Brandon is a senior at New Trier and helped found BinaryHeart because he wanted to give back to his community in a unique way. He loves helping others, but felt that the usual service activities didn’t let him serve the way he could best. So, being an avid programmer, proficient in Java and C, as well a computer aficionado since elementary school, he joined up with his like-minded friends to create BinaryHeart, which allows him to harness the best of his abilities to help.

Asher Noel

Board Member and Co-founder

Asher’s computer science experience started when he was in 7th grade. He created a fast and streamlined website service for his school that simplified the process of surfing the web. Since that point, he has become versed in multiple object-oriented programming languages and has constructed a custom built, high value, and cost effective personal computer (PC). The PC changed his schooling experience. He sees it as his burden to connect highly ambitious students with the tools they need for achievement. As a co-founder of BinaryHeart, he aspires to help other students reach their dreams.

Bennett Chou

Partner

Bennett is currently a senior at New Trier. In his free time, Bennett enjoys playing video games, browsing the internet and playing lacrosse. His appreciation for computer started in junior high school when he was introduced to Scratch. Since then he has taken various computer science courses at New Trier, and his passion for computers has only grown. Bennett joined BinaryHeart to gain hands on working experience in repairing broken devices. He also hopes to Spread Digital Access to less privileged kids and families.

Jack Eggemeyer

Partner

Jack Eggemeyer, also known as Eggy, is a senior New Trier High School. He plays varsity hockey and enjoys playing video games. He got interested in computers in 5th grade when he started using programs like Scratch. During freshman year he built his first gaming computer, sparking an obsession with computer hardware. After helping people with computers he realized he could help people that are less fortunate than himself, his friends, and his family, so he decided to join BinaryHeart.

Simon Hooper

Partner

Simon is a Senior at New Trier High School. He likes history, linguistics, and model building. He became interested in computer science in 8th grade when he was first introduced to it. He is familiar with many different coding languages including HTML, JavaScript, Python, and C++, though he prefers computer engineering. Binary Heart has given him a platform to simultaneously use and improve his skills, and help those less fortunate than him. Simon likes this so much that he brought on his younger sister in her freshman year.

Richard Jo

Partner

Richard is a senior at New Trier High School. As a policy debater, laptops are necessary for speeches, research, and communication. As such, he learned that education is polarized by access to computers. He joined BinaryHeart to empower the less fortunate, allowing them to access rewarding activities like debate. His passion in computers started through LinusTechTips. Through such videos, he learned that novices can develop a passion for modifying computers—opening up STEM, scholarships and voices on social issues. In a world evolving at an incredible pace, computers allow anyone to have political activism. Therefore, he hopes his knowledge about hardware can be as valuable to others as they are to him.

Edward Lee

Partner

Edward is a New Trier senior with a rich experience with computers. Since elementary school he has created programs on Scratch, and went on to code his own webpages and programs in JavaScript and Python. Inspired by his experience teaching Minecraft server and game development to children in Chicago with limited access to computers, he swiftly caught interest in BinaryHeart's mission to Spread Digital Access. At BinaryHeart, Edward assists in developing the repair skillsets of our newest volunteers, and chiefly responds to your correspondences via email and phone. When he isn't busy with running track and field, playing music, or binging Korean TV, he gets to your requests as soon as possible!