Alfredo


  • Years on the team:

    17
  • Subteam:

    Drive Train
  • Woodie Flowers Award Winner for Central Valley Regional 2014

  • Alfredo helped found team 702 with original coach Swanson. Her boyfriend at the time, when asked if he wanted to help her with the robotics team, Alfredo said he didn't know anything about robots. Her response was "Neither do I, do you want to help or not?" Knowing there was only one correct answer to this question, Alfredo became team 702's first mentor. Having been a hobby motorcycle racer for most of his life, it turned out that Alfredo actually knew much more than he thought about building robots. His experience allowed him to understand the concepts of traction, gear ratios, chain and sprocket drive, torque, and structure which are all very necessary to making a robot that is both easy to drive and extremely manuverable. Each year, through breaking up with Swanson and her eventual departure from the team, Alfredo continues to teach drive train design to his subteam. To this day, he has designed every drive train entered by team 702 into competition. According to the current coach, Davis, "I cannot imagine running this team without Alfredo. His heart and dedication is a major driving force of the team. He is completely irreplaceable."

David


  • Years on the team:

    9
  • Subteam:

    Electronics/Programming (LabView)
  • David was a former member of Team 702, having joined his junior year of high school, and the team's second year. Although interested in science, he wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life. Being able to participate in building robots and working with the team's amazing mentors pushed him towards engineering as both a major and a career. That decision was set in stone the second year when he was the lead programmer and designed Team 702's first ever Autonomous mode from beginning to end, from programming to placing the sensors on the robot. His robotics experience has proven to be invaluable to his career as his responsibilities from the robotics team of leading both the programming and electronics teams left him with the ability to work with both hardware and software. The limited resources and time available during a Robotics build season taught him not only to look for the best solution, but also to have one or two back-up plans ready to go in case the best solution cannot be realized.

    He always planned to return to FIRST as a mentor. He was a "junior mentor", Team 702's designation for college students who return to the team, during his freshman year of college. After securing a position at Raytheon, he returned as a mentor in 2009. Since then, he has considered it an honor to be a small part of Team 702's rise from perennial underdog to consistent contender. He stated, "It never ceases to amaze me how our team exhibits a never say die attitude at all times, whether it's during a particularly difficult build season or after our robot catches fire during a match at a competition, this team continues to inspire me every year."

Scott


  • Years on the team:

    2
  • Subteam:

    Programming
  • Coming Soon

Sabri


  • Years on the team:

    2
  • Subteam:

    Programming
  • Coming Soon

Eileen


  • Years on the team:

    3
  • Subteam:

    Publicity/Fundraising
  • Eileen attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in Romance Languages. She speaks 6 languages including Russian. Eileen began her career as a publicist in the publishing industry and then worked in advertising. She has worked in the education and technology sector for the past 18 years. Her roles included running STEM programs and training teachers for the STAR Program (Science, Technology, Arts and Recreation). She also managed programs for the City of Beverly Hills Recreation and Parks Department. After acquiring her teaching credential, she was the Entrepreneurship and Robotics teacher at Beverly Hills High School. She has been involved with FIRST robotics for the past 14 years as a teacher and a mentor. Eileen has started many programs at various schools in Southern California and in Mexico, Chile and Columbia. She is an events specialist and plans major competitions and outreach events which revolve around STEM/STEAM education. Eileen has spoken to many groups about the issues surrounding our current state of education and is working diligently to impact the future of tech education. Eileen is also working with a startup company launching next year to build tech education centers in schools across the USA. Recently, She has been working in entertainment by featuring robotics and technology on multiple tv shows as a technical advisor. Eileen's primary focus and passion is on young women and minorities. Eileen believes that with proper instruction and a vision towards the future we can improve the state of our educational system.

Steve


  • Years on the team:

    4
  • Subteam:

    System Engineering
  • Coming Soon

Ray


  • Years on the team:

    7
  • Subteam:

    Mechanics
  • Ray was a member of Team 312, Heatwave, in St. Petersburg Florida. While he began on the Spirit team as a sophomore, he wanted to be part of the pit team so badly he hung around the pits until a mentor handed him a screwdriver. He became part of the design team, the pit crew, and was the human player in his senior year. He relayed, "Robotics prepared me for the reality that there are many right answers and you have to be able to come up with the one that meets your requirements and that you feel will work best." Originally intending to become a programmer like his father, FIRST introduced Ray to Engineering leading him to get his degree in Mechanical Engineering From Purdue University and a Masters in Control Theory From Georgia Tech.

    Ray now works for Boeing Satellite Systems as a Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer. He sees his work as building great lumbering robots in space carrying on what he did back on his FIRST robotics team. He draws great satisfaction from his work as a mentor, he said, "Now, I get to help build robots and help students understand what it is like to be an engineer and discover how much they can do when they apply themselves to real-world problems. Team 702 is fantastic, full of students who are interested, excited, and willing to work hard to create something to be proud of. I have seen students rise to the challenge, from fixing robots on fire to handling the grueling pressure of having a whole team rely on you to drive their creation on the field."

Craig


  • Years on the team:

    6
  • Coming Soon

Kate


  • Years on the team:

    6
  • Subteam:

    Fundraising/Publicity
  • Kate is the owner of KR Associates. Bringing a passion for helping charities realize their important charitable missions, her consulting practice assists charitable organizations develop their capacity and expand their reach through targeted and strategic support. Through individualized, hands-on assistance, primary services are: interim staffing, proposal development, and major gift campaign readiness.

    Kate was most recently the Director of Philanthropy at the March of Dimes. As one of the few staff members nation-wide dedicated to the issue of major gifts, Kate provided guidance and coaching in addition to managing her own portfolio of donors. She has nearly 30 years of fundraising experience with nonprofit organizations having worked with such diverse issues as the arts, women's health, homelessness, mental illness, eye disease and higher education.

    She has served her community as a board member of non-profit organizations, including Rotary International and the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.