Mentors and Supervisors

As a team, we deeply thank the people who teach us. EastBots wouldn't succeed as much as we have without those who devote their time to help our student members learn and develop, both as students and as people.

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Steve Tell

Steve is a founding mentor of the Eastbots, having been recruited by our original self-motivated students in the fall of 2012 before our rookie season. He has coached robot design, garage machining, power wiring, but especially enjoys teaching about sensors to help students make robots that respond to their environment. For the last several years he has also volunteered as a FIRST robot inspector at local competitions. When not doing FIRST, Steve is a Senior Research Scientist in the Circuits Resarch Group at NVIDIA corporation. He lives in the ECHHS district in Chapel Hill with his wife Rose and dog Marconi.

Bradley Nemitz

I am a math teacher and mentor to the Eastbots at East Chapel Hill High School. I student-taught at ECHHS while studying math and education at UNC Chapel Hill. After graduating, I moved to Richmond, Virginia where I taught for 5 years and met my wife. We moved back to Chapel Hill for her study Public Heath at UNC and I returned to East. We have two dogs, Ash and Maple, who love to sniff and run around our backyard. I am very into board games like Agricola and Power Grid and I try to be out on my mountain bike (and sometimes road bike) as much as possible. I enjoy playing music and play guitar for the East faculty band. I do photography and often take photos for the Eastbots. Though I've done some programming some and can understand what's going on with our programming team, I feel most at home with the mechanical team, as I'm used to working on cars, bikes, and house projects.

Jeff Alguire

Jack of all Trades, Master of Some. I grew up in a small island town in Southeast Alaska. I have been a stage set designer and set builder for many many years, as well as a residential carpenter. I have always been curious about how things work. That includes a desire to tinker and deconstruct things and rebuild them for my own purposes. I will be the first to admit that I am not good at it and still have a lot to learn.

Amalan Iyengar

Hi! I'm an Eastbots class of 2016 Alum and have been mentoring since the 2018-2019 season. I finished my Bachelor's in Computer Science and Master's in Electrical Engineering from NC State and currently work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

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Matthew Brewbaker

Hi there, my name is Matthew Brewbaker, and I'm an undergraduate student majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and Consulting, and minoring in Urban Studies and Planning at UNC.  I am originally from Greensboro, where I graduated from Northwest Guilford. During my time in high school, I was known for continually being in and around my community. Once I arrived at Carolina, I looked towards giving back to the FIRST community through mentoring. I have since been mentoring students here at East in marketing, outreach, and fundraising.

Leadership and Officers

One of our team’s core principles is that a student-run leadership model is highly successful in achieving student inspiration and professional development. With this principle in mind, we have continued to iterate on our leadership structure each year. Changes are made by the current leadership group and the team’s mentors just before the annual election in May. Other changes to our organization, such as membership requirements, are made by the leadership group and approved by the team each August when the team handbook is updated. Currently, our leadership is comprised of five student officers, who oversee administrative and non-engineering related programs, and five subteam leads who are responsible for robot construction and developing the team’s technical repertoire. Officers are elected by a ranked-choice vote; subteam leads are appointed by mentors.

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Ana Pekec

I am a senior here at East and I am currently the President and Build Captain of the EastBots. I have been on the team since I was a freshmen. In addition to my interest in STEM, I enjoy to play the piano and the harp. I also love to watch movies in my free-time!

Andrea Basuroski

I am a junior at East, and I am the mechanical lead and logistics director of the Eastbots. As mechanical lead, my primary role is to train new mechanical members in things like manufacturing and assembly. My role is also to keep my subteam organized and to make sure that everyone has a task. As logistics director, my responsibilities range from handling reimbursements, tracking attendance, communicating with schools and coordinating our team before and during competitions.

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Aoife Paul Healy

Hello, I'm the one who designed the website you're reading right now! I'm the Business Captain, meaning I head Fundraising, Outreach, and Marketing. I work with all sponsors and grant writing. I'm a black belt in TKD and an OSHA certified student. I've been with the EastBots for most of my high school career.  Thank you so much for scoping out our site!

Srinivas Iyengar

I am a junior at East Chapel Hill High School and I am currently the Project Manager of the EastBots, as well as a member of the mechanical team. I have been on the team since I was a freshmen. In addition to my interest in STEM, I enjoy cars and videogames. I also love to watch movies!

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Lucien Genova

I am a Junior here at East, and am currently the design lead for the Eastbots. I love teaching and learning aspects of mechanical engineering, especially in the student-led environment that the FRC provides. When I’m not designing robots, I can likely be found doing something equally awesome and nerdy.

Darya Loiko

Hi! My name is Darya and I am the Electrical Lead here on team 4795. Being a part of the Eastbots has also been an amazing experience in terms of meeting like-minded individuals and sharing our knowledge to grow as both students and humans. My main role on the team is to teach members about the electrical devices we utilize in our projects and to work in conjunction with the other subteams to make our robots come to life! I can't wait to see more of the amazing things we can accomplish together!

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Achyuta Kannan

Hi, my name is Achyuta Kannan and I am a senior at ECHHS. I am the software lead for the team, and my love for STEM extends beyond just robotics. I like to program and automate small tasks to make my life easier (and just for the fun of it). Programming allows me to solve many problems. I find the thrill of problem solving insatiable and once I get started, there's no stopping!