Our Team

Meet the members of our team

The Knowledge Unbounded team is dedicated to working towards building a future of accessibility and inclusion.

Team

Pranet Sharma

Founder/President

My name is Pranet Sharma, and I am a high school senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. I’ve always been passionate about astronomy, but noticed as I dived into the science that drives to make it accessible were limited, resulting in people having the perception that astronomy—and other sciences—were purely for people without sensory disabilities. Striving to change that, I created Knowledge Unbounded with a goal to increase the accessibility of all sciences (starting with astronomy) for people with sensory disabilities. In my free time, you can find me reading, swimming, cooking, eating, or making music!

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Dr. Hoby Wedler

Advisor

Dr. Hoby Wedler is an insightful, disarming, and passionate thinker who loves to bring people together to help them see new possibilities. With the heart of a teacher, Hoby helps turn your dreams into realities. Hoby has been completely blind since birth. He is a scientist, an entrepreneur, a sensory expert, and is driven by his passion for innovative, creative, and insightful thinking. Hoby is remarkably tuned into his surroundings and has frequently chosen to walk the unbeaten paths in life over known territories. In 2016, Hoby earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from UC Davis. His fearlessness is infectious, and he has actively paved the way for others to join him in his quest to follow passions regardless of the challenges that lie ahead. In 2011, Hoby founded a non-profit organization to lead annual chemistry camps for blind and visually impaired students throughout North America. In the same year, he began opening doors to the world of wine aromas by developing Tasting in the Dark, a truly blindfolded wine experience, in collaboration with the Francis Ford Coppola Winery. He has since expanded the program to a global market in a variety of industries and special projects. Over the years, Hoby has become a motivational speaker, a mentor, and an educator. He is also committed to making the world an inclusive, equitable, and accessible place for everyone. In his work, you will find a unique trilogy between sensory awareness, scientific knowledge, and a love for sharing his insights. Numerous people and organizations have recognized Hoby’s work over the years. To name a few, President Barack Obama recognized Hoby by naming him a Champion of Change for enhancing employment and education opportunities for people with disabilities. Also, Forbes Media named Hoby as a leader in food and drink in their 30 under 30 annual publication. Hoby’s dedicated to impacting everyone he works with by unlocking doors, overcoming challenges, increasing awareness, and expanding their horizons.

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Alex Wesdock

Vice President

Hi everyone! My name is Alex Wesdock, and I am currently in 10th grade. I have a huge passion for aviation and I want to make a career out of it in the future. I met Pranet through our Scout troop. In Scouts, we are taught 12 characteristics we should follow in our lives. The third point of this code is “Helpful”, and this organization can not represent this enough. When I was given the opportunity to help Pranet, I couldn’t turn it down. I can’t wait to share his passions as well as mine with others.