Yash Banka

Yash Banka

India, He/Him

I'm a transdisciplinary innovator passionate about creating value at the intersection of technology, design, and business.

🎓 Bachelors in Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology.
🎓 Masters in Product Development, Carnegie Mellon University.

💻 Experiences include business, operations, research, engineering, design, and program management.



Competed against 130 participants, presented an elevator pitch and business deck for “cross-game digital assets” to panel of VCs.


Coded an interactive iOS experience in Swift that calculates the income tax liability based on the Indian tax code. Attended the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose as one of seven Indian scholars and interacted with senior Apple leadership.

Work Experience

2023 — 2024
Pittsburgh, PA

Building mixed-reality educational games on a patented platform that bridges physical and virtual worlds to improve STEM learning

2023 — 2024
Fellow at Integrated Innovation Institute
Pittsburgh, PA

Supporting the online certificate and Master's degree programs; instructional design – certificate and capstone courses

2022 — 2022
Design Intern at Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation
Pittsburgh, PA
2022 — 2022
Mountain View / Remote

Implemented scalable frameworks to boost visibility and monitor key milestones for a team of 45 designers across 4 countries. Achieved recognition with Customer Obsession Award and performance review of "exceeding expectations" as first DesignOps intern.

2021 — 2021
Operations Management Intern at Amazon
2021 — 2021
Management Intern at Mahabir Industries
2014 — 2021
Mumbai, India
2019 — 2019
Research Intern at Koç University
Istanbul, Turkey
2018 — 2018
Digital Investment Solutions Intern at SBI Funds Management
Mumbai, India


2020 — 2021

Led 35-member team to execute pro-bono projects, workshops, case solving activities, with attendance of 1500 students in 8 months. Pioneered the first-ever case competition of the institute, attracting participation from over 520 students from 135 colleges.

2019 — 2020

Oversaw finances for all local committees and led a 250-member team to develop strategies to increase IAESTE’s reach in India. Secured record-breaking number of internship opportunities at the Annual Conference in Slovakia.



Co-inventor of a US patent-pending power-actuated stair for flatbed trucks with a unique mechanism that deploys in 7s. Project management – work breakdown structure, critical path, stakeholder analysis, project budget, quality and risk management plan.

Kane Krunch at PLB Sports & Entertainment

Research-based recommendations and marketing strategy for the launch of singer Kane Brown’s branded cereal and merchandise.

Side Projects



2021 — 2022
Pittsburgh, PA

The MIIPS program synthesizes the primary disciplines in product and service innovation, including functional performance, human interface, and economic value, while focusing on innovation methods in practice.

2017 — 2021
Bachelor of Technology at Manipal Institute of Technolgy
Manipal, India


2022 — 2023
Registered Product Owner from Scrum Inc.