About us

Tupu is a non-profit initiative run by a few volunteers in their free time. If you are registering as either a mentor or a mentee, you will hear from one of the people below.

Madalina Tepelmann

Madalina Tepelmann

Madalina decided to enter the computer world after seeing a movie about hackers. Since then, she hacked multiple software engineering departments starting with quality assurance and continuing with development. Searching for a bigger playground she discovered customer’s support.

Currently she is a member of the Spirent team teaching and assisting customers and colleagues to hack the TTCN-3 language and products developed with it across different domains like Telecommunications, Automotive and Industrial Automation.

Madalina enjoys hiking (partially because at the end of any tour there is a tasty treat waiting), biking with the speed of light on the way to her child’s school and any race she is challenged to by her child.

Maria Situmbeko

Maria Situmbeko

Maria had always wanted to become a doctor but decided to venture into software development because it merged all her interests more and was something she grew up watching her father doing. She started teaching herself to code until she joined a boot camp in 2018 and has been coding ever since.

Maria originally joined Tupu as a mentee after finding out about the program online. She was interested in helping other people find mentors as well, so she signed up to be a volunteer.

She is currently a software engineering consultant for The Zig, but when she isn’t working, she spends her time reading and coding for fun.

Monica Sarbu

Monica Sarbu

Monica started Tupu after leaving Elastic when she realized that she will miss the internal mentoring program at Elastic and that no other free mentorship platform exists. In her day job, Monica is currently VP Engineering at Giant Swarm. Before Giant Swarm, she served as Director of Engineering at Elastic, founded Packetbeat, and had several engineering roles in other startups. Outside work, she enjoys traveling and is usually busy raising her daughter.

Tudor Golubenco

Tudor Golubenco

Tudor is a Principal Engineer at Elastic and tech lead for Elastic Security. He is also the co-creator of Elastic Beats. Prior to joining Elastic, he was CTO of IPTEGO, a company that built monitoring software for the telecom industry. He also worked as a software architect at Acme Packet and then Oracle. In his spare time, Tudor enjoys playing sports and spending time with his daughter.

You?

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We are always looking for more volunteers to join our team. With your help, we would be able to help more people find the perfect mentors and accomplish their If you are interested and you are able to spend 1-2 hours a week managing the communication between mentors and mentees, please contact us at [email protected]!