Members

Current Members and Mentors

There are many projects and tasks that a FIRST Robotics team must accomplish. To meet deadlines and goals, Edina Robotics FIRST Team 1816-The Green Machine, is divided into subteams: Business & Outreach; Robot Build (Drive-train, Chassis and Manipulator); Computer-Aided Design (CAD); Control Systems& Programming; and Facilities. These subteams are further organized into project teams to take on tasks ranging from presentations to corporate sponsors, fundraising, mentoring FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams, and advocating for government support of STEM funding. Click here to read more in-depth about each sub-team.

Team Captains

Allison S.

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Allison S.

2017 Co-Captain

Allison S. is looking forward to combining her enthusiasm for both dogs and Robotics in the 2017 season. One of our co-captains this season, Allison is a 2016 Dean’s List finalist. She is looking forward to studying engineering in college.





Owen S.

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Owen S.

2017 Co-Captain

Owen S. is one of the co-captains, our Outreach lead, and a Signup Genius wizard.






Jack H.

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Jack H.

2017 Assistant Captain

Jack H., an assistant captain, is on our robot build subteam as a junior. He has the best hair, ever.






Harini J.

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Harini J.

2017 Assistant Captain

Harini J. is an assistant captain. She likes yelling “NOISE” in the shop. Her favorite animals are elephants and dogs, so she’d accept a puppy-sized elephant as a gift.





Brandon S.

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Brandon S.

2017 Safety Captain

Brandon S. is our 2017 Season Safety Captain and lead of our facilities subteam, making sure our pit is spiffy and we’re safe at all times. A senior, Brandon is a 2016 Dean’s List finalist and varsity tennis player. He likes to eat. A lot.




Lead Mentors

Mark Lawrence

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Mark Lawrence

Operations Director

Mark Lawrence is The Green Machine’s Operations Director. After a career in the high-tech business, he retired from Cisco Systems just before 1816 formed in fall 2005 as a FIRST Robotics Team. Named a Woodie Flowers Finalist at the FIRST Championships in 2015, Mark says the challenge now is to encourage students to step up into leadership and realize, yes, they can make things happen.




Iain McIntyre

Iain McIntyre

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Iain McIntyre

Business and Outreach Mentor

Dr. Iain McIntyre lends his talents in both arts and science (he’s a laser physicist and a patent attorney), whether he’s offering suggestions on how to market the Team at competitions (the pit!) or working through the challenges of business and sponsorship presentations. He strongly believes it’s important for students to see adults behaving well, unlike those behaving badly that they see on TV or in movies.




Alyson Purdy

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Alyson Purdy

Faculty Advisor

Proving forevermore than one cannot get enough of FIRST, Alyson Purdy, 1816’s faculty advisor since the 2008 season, this year also took on the lead mentor role for FRC Team 2239-Technocrats, based at Hopkins High School. The Green Machine’s lead pit mentor, she’s has created her own workspace to both grade papers and keep an eye on workshop activities. Purdy is FIRST's most avid cheerleader for what Team membership does to promote STEM opportunities. Instead of a sabbatical, she attended a FIRST Mentors’ Leadership Academy, hosted by the US Air Force and NASA.



Laurie Shimizu

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Laurie Shimizu

Communications Mentor

Laurie Shimizu does her best to keep us connected, whether through the website, email, texts, and the occasional tweet. She's also a FIRST Senior Mentor, which means she is a contact and resource for all FIRST programs, including FRC, in Minnesota.




Members

Nate A.

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Nate A.

Nate A., new to our Team as a sophomore, does robotics because he wants to be a mechanical engineer someday. Some of his other hobbies include hiking, biking, and camping.







Anushka A.

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Anushka A.

Anushka A., a rookie sophomore, is involved with our business & outreach and facilities subteams. She looks forward to going to competitions.







Alex A.

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Alex A.

Alex A. a rookie junior, is interested in CAD and CSP. His passions include technology, nature, photography, and music.







Matt B.

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Matt B.

Matt B. is a junior and a rookie on Team 1816. He’s interested in business, especially fundraisers! He plays Ultimate Frisbee, and is a huge Vikings fan.







Nate C.

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Nate C.

Nate “22” C. is a senior on robot build this year. He can’t get enough of robotics, and is looking forward to another year.







Josh C.

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Josh C.

Josh C., is a junior rookie on our Team. He spends lots of time taking film photography photos and getting lost.







Jack D.

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Jack D.

Jack D., is the fourth Jack on 1816. However, this Jack hopes to distinguish himself by being the only Jack on the CAD subteam. He also can be found at bowling team practice or watching anime.







Rozy E.

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Rozy E.

Rozy E., a senior on our Team, works primarily with our Business & Outreach subteam.







Jack E.

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Jack E.

Jack E., a senior, enjoys long rides on his mountain bike. He is our electrical wiring expert and a member of the Build and CSP subteams.







Aarathi G.

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Aarathi G.

Aarathi G. is a junior on the CSP and business subteams. She enjoys debate, skiing, snowboarding, and tennis.







Manu G.

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Manu G.

Manu G, a junior on the CSP subteam, enjoys long walks in the park and contemplating the intricacies of the human condition.







Anna H.

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Anna H.

Anna H. is a sophomore and a rookie on Team 1816. She is most interested in business and build. Outside of robotics, Anna plays basketball, softball, and the flute.







Caroline H.

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Caroline H.

Caroline H., *Sings* When she's at FIRST Robotics, there’s no place she’d rather be (no no no no no, no place she’d rather be).







Kurt H.

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Kurt H.

Kurt H., a sophomore rookie, claims he is soon to be head of our Team’s Media projects.







Jack H.

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Jack H.

Jack H., a junior, is looking forward to working harder in his second year on Team 1816.







Andrew H.

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Andrew H.

Andrew H. is a sophomore who brings 3 years of FTC experience to 1816. He is on the CSP subteam, and enjoys volunteering at the library.







Will J.

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Will J.

Will J. is a senior on the CSP and business subteams. He enjoys reading and spends a lot of time listening to podcasts.







Isha K.

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Isha K.

Isha K. a rookie sophomore, interested in programming as well as business and outreach. Outside of robotics, Isha participates in Model UN, Indian classical dance, and orchestra.







Yuanxi K.

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Yuanxi K.

Yuanxi K., a senior on the CSP subteam, has many nicknames. But please just call him “boy with the crazy hair.”







Tyler L.

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Tyler L.

Tyler L. was on a FIRST LEGO League when he was younger. He enjoys building things, meeting new people, and trying new things – like our FIRST Team!







Luke L.

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Luke L.

Luke L. is a sophomore who comes to our Team with two years of FTC CAD experience. He has a passion for video games and technology.







Jake L.

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Jake L.

Jake L. is senior on the CAD subteam, where he gets to do one of his favorite quiet things: work with technology. However, when he is at competitions, Jake transforms into our cheer captain, and shouts himself hoarse as he gets us to cheer and dance Team 1816 to victory.







Scott L.

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Scott L.

Scott L. is a rookie to our Team who sought out our Team as part of his international exchange program. Come to the workshop and he’ll teach you to speak Chinese!







Amy M.

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Amy M.

Amy M. is our business lead this season. She has been cultivating a collection of lawn gnomes since ‘98.







David M.

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David M.

David M. is a junior on the CSP subteam and is involved in scouting and strategy. In his free time, he enjoys pondering mysteries big and small.







Nati M.

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Nati M.

Nati M., a junior, likes to mix business, robot build and facilities. She is also on EHS’ Model UN Team.







Mike M.

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Mike M.

Mike M., a sophomore and a rookie on Team 1816, loves engineering and science.







Anand M.

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Anand M.

Anand M. is a rookie junior. He joined our Business and Outreach subteam.







Elliot O.

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Elliot O.

Elliot O. is the CSP lead on Team 1816. He enjoys programming and is interested in studying aerospace engineering in college.







Jason P.

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Jason P.

Jason P. is a third year member and the CAD subteam lead. He wants to expand his engineering knowledge and leave behind a strong CAD team.







Robert R.

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Robert R.

Robert R., a senior on our Facilities subteam, likes waffles.







Lindsay R.

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Lindsay R.

Lindsay R., a senior, is on the facilities subteam. Outside of robotics, Lindsay plays soccer, flag football, and is a skiing instructor.







Aaron S.

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Aaron S.

Aaron S. is a junior on the business & outreach subteam. They are also the Team’s graphic designer. Outside and camping makes Aaron happiest of all.







Morgan S.

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Morgan S.

Morgan S. wants to do it all. This is her first year on Team 1816, and she is looking forward to a memorable and successful season.







Hechen S.

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Hechen S.

Hechen S. is a senior on the CSP subteam. He likes to code and reassures us he is not a robot.







Annie S.

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Annie S.

Annie S. is a sophomore, and a rookie on Team 1816. She looks up to her brother, Jacob S., who is also on the Team.







Jacob S.

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Jacob S.

Jacob S., senior on the CSP subteam is prone to the philosophical. Reflecting on his time with the Team, he states: “You only experience FRC once.”







Aiden S.

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Aiden S.

Aiden S. is a sophomore rookie. He has two years of FTC experience and hopes to contribute to the robot build subteam. In his free time, Aiden enjoys golfing and playing with his cats.







Natasha T.

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Natasha T.

Natasha T., is a senior on our build and facilities subteams. Along with technical documents, she likes to read comics.







Alex V.

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Alex V.

Alex V., a senior on the build and facilities subteams, says he enjoys eating (mashed potatoes), sleeping, and doing extra homework.







Simone V.

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Simone V.

Simone V., a sophomore rookie on Team 1816, is now lead writer for our Team website and is also helping take photos. Outside of robotics, Simone enjoys Nordic skiing, reading, and painting.







Vanessa W.

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Vanessa W.

Vanessa W., a senior and a programmer on the CSP subteam, claims she is the shortest member of our Team, at barely 5’0”.







Mac W.

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Mac W.

Mac W. is a member of the CAD subteam. He describes himself as lazy.







Jerry W.

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Jerry W.

Jerry W., a junior interested in engineering and science, has lived in Beijing, New York and Illinois. He participates in varsity band, and can speak Mandarin.








Mentors

David Cook

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David Cook

Webmaster

David Cook is a licensed project engineer with Standby Systems, Minneapolis. He was Captain of The Green Machine in the 2008 season, the first time we won the regional Chairman's Award. A mechanical engineering graduate of the Engineering Honors Program at the University of Minnesota, we are delighted to have David as our webmaster.



Pete Deutsch

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Pete Deutsch

CSP Mentor

Perhaps a warning to those who wander into a summer block party and find out that the friendly neighbor is deep into FIRST! Pete brings fresh perspective and a new level of expertise to our Control Systems & Programming subteam.





Rachel Earl

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Rachel Earl

Business & Outreach Mentor

Rachel, our 2013 Safety Captain, graduates in 2017 as an industrial and systems engineer from the College of Science & Engineering, University of Minnesota. She provides guidance with social media, team building, and outreach. In her spare time, she serves on the Minnesota Regional Planning Committee and coordinates its social media. Follow Minnesota FIRST @MNFIRSTRegional!


Rebecca Earl

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Rebecca Earl

Business & Outreach Mentor

Rebecca, our 2014 Captain, is studying actuarial science in the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She brings an eagle-eye to closely scrutinize all of our Team’s written materials.




Roy Earl

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Roy Earl

Facilities Mentor

A senior mechanical engineer and project manager with Hennepin County, Roy has become our facilities guru, making sure that our pit fits together and our robot batteries arrive safely.






Trent Fox

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Trent Fox

CAD Mentor

Trent is a first year alumni mentor available day or night for CAD/design and facilities advice. Though his new school colors are red and yellow, he still bleeds Green Machine oil. While in his first year at Iowa State, he's managed to be present at every Team event and has responded to every query within moments of it being sent. Word on the street is he may be Superman.




Peter Hartnett

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Peter Hartnett

Robot Build Mentor

Peter Hartnett, our 2015 co-Captain, assists the robot build subteam both in person and via his mobile device from the campus of Iowa State, where he is studying industrial technology engineering.






Dave McGoff

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Dave McGoff

Lead Robot Build Mentor

Dave McGoff, mechanical engineering mentor, reminds us that he's going to be with the Team until his granddaughter graduates from high school. Thankfully, that really is in our future! Dave is a manufacturing engineer at Graco, where he programs CNC machines, does plant layout and justifies new equipment. He likes being on our Team because it allows him to think about solving problems and then see how other teams solved the same problem.



Ruth McGoff

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Ruth McGoff

Media Mentor

Ruth McGoff is a senior accountant at Cargill, working on processes relating to Cargill's migration to SAP. Her secret talent is making robot bumpers, wrangling all of our stray pieces and parts, and keeping an eye on the budget. In her spare time, she takes great photos, too!





Ryan McGoff

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Ryan McGoff

Media Mentor

Officially a mentor since 2016, Ryan has been photographing events for FIRST since 2014. Wanting to be more involved with the Team, he became a mentor in earnest to the business and outreach subteam, helping to design deliverables and creating a unified brand for the Team. Maker of artisanal baked macaroni and cheese, supreme Catan overlord, cappuccino Jelly Belly addict, cephalopod enthusiast, and rabid Twins fan.



Riyan Mendonsa

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Riyan Mendonsa

CSP Mentor

Riyan Mendonsa likes that he gets to play with robots, help build and program them, and cultivate a spirit of problem-solving and skills among the programmers and builders. Riyan is an electrical and magnetics engineer at Seagate Technologies, and brings additional expertise in LabVIEW, Solidworks, and Sketch-up.




Matt Mittag

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Matt Mittag

Co-Lead Robot Build Mentor

Matt Mittag, a research engineer with Dow Water & Process Solutions, is also a very proud FIRST alum (FRC Team 93 – New Apple Corps) who found his way to our Team when he moved to Edina. He knows first-hand the impact FIRST has on high school students. He loves the unique challenges each season brings and enjoys watching students rise to solve even the most difficult of tasks.




Doug Purdy

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Doug Purdy

Robot Build Mentor

Doug is a VP-Engineering at Wanner Engineering, Minneapolis, and he's the one we turn to when there is a particularly difficult and special robot piece that we absolutely must have custom-machined overnight.





Jordan Schenck

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Jordan Schenck

FTC Mentor, Drive Train Specialist

Jordan is serving his first year as an alumni mentor, specializing in FTC mentoring and drive train. After 3+ years as a member of the build team and winning the Compass Award for FTC mentorship, we are lucky to have his expertise available when he's not swatting at his studies or a tennis ball!





John Skoglund

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John Skoglund

CAD/Build Mentor

John is a mechanical and design engineer at HID Global, Eden Prairie. He became interested in FIRST after hearing about this fun, team activity from a colleague. We're very impressed by his ability to help us connect what seem to be very disconnected pieces.





John Snyder

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John Snyder

Control Systems & Programming Mentor

John tells us that he joined our FIRST Team because he wants to spend more time with his family. Not a problem now that we have Tanya, Annie and Jacob. We look forward to meeting Adele, too!






Tanya Snyder

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Tanya Snyder

CAD Mentor

Tanya's roots in FIRST go way back to before it even existed. Tanya took Woodie Flowers' course 2.70, "Introduction to Design", which included a robotics design competition that was the origin/inspiration for FIRST. She then worked for Woodie as a teaching assistant for the class. Tanya's current job is at HID Global as a Principal Mechanical Engineer. She spends a good part of her day designing and playing with motors, gears, and mechanisms, as well as doing the programming needed to get machines working.



Jan Wu

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Jan Wu

Robot Build Mentor

Jan Wu, a chemical engineering grad from University of Michigan and an alumnae of FIRST Team 1076, is currently is a Process Engineer with Seagate. She’s working on her engineering master’s degree, somehow squeezing it in after full days in the Seagate “clean rooms.” We’d like to think that helping build a robot is a nice change of pace.