Fitch Robotics Alumni

Class of 2012

  • Zack Nado - Brown University, Computer Science
  • Niral Patel - University of Massachusetts, Kinesiology/Pre-Dental
  • Tim Entwistle - Clarkson University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Daron Chandler - Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Zoë Yopp - University of Connecticut, Business
  • Tulsa Scott - Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, Nuclear Engineering
  • Matt Gentry - Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Amy Hernandez - University of Connecticut, Material Sciences & Engineering
  • Jayesh Bokhiria - Clarkson University, Mathematics
  • Michael Han - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Computer and Systems Engineering
  • Renée Harms - University of Connecticut, Kinesiology

Class of 2011

  • Dominick Twitty - Cornell University, Computer Engineering
  • Matt Myles - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Aerospace Engineering
  • Will Dixon - University of Rochester, Physics/Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tyler Qualley - University of Connecticut, Chemical Engineering
  • Mo Faraj - University of Connecticut


Class of 2010

  • Nanda Kommineni - University of Connecticut, Pharmaceuticals
  • Deep Kanagala - Stony Brook University
  • Tom Rowland - United States Naval Academy
  • William Wang - Boston University, Pre-Medicine/Biomedical Engineering
  • Rachael Kokomoor - Rollins College
  • Jenn Chan - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tushar Patel - University of Connecticut
  • Josh Hohlfelder - Salve Regina University


Class of 2009

  • Anthony Tadros - University of Connecticut, Computer Sciences/Engineering

 

Alumni / Testimonials

Class of 2015

  • Matt Nowak
  • Dominique Harris
  • Zach Lanczycki
  • Brandon Sok
  • Jacob Kowalski
  • Kush Kumar
  • Emma Stark
  • Jazmyn Scott
  • Cameron Wilhelm
  • Finian O'Connor

Class of 2014

  • Austin Russell
  • Jacob Lee
  • Nick Nado
  • Cooper Halvordson

Class of 2013

  • Shriji Amin
  • Alex Kelleher
  •  Sultan Jilani
  • Victoria Bean
  • Lauren Smith
  • Austin Kliphon

Class of 2012

  • Zack Nado - Brown University, Computer Science
  • Niral Patel - University of Massachusetts, Kinesiology/Pre-Dental
  • Tim Entwistle - Clarkson University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Daron Chandler - Mississippi State University, Civil Engineering
  • Zoë Yopp - University of Connecticut, Business
  • Matt Gentry - Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Amy Hernandez - University of Connecticut, Mechanical Engineering
  • Tulsa Scott - Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, Nuclear Engineering
  • Jayesh Bokhiria - Clarkson University, Mechanical Engineering
  • Michael Han - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Undecided Engineering
  • Renée Harms - University of Connecticut, Kinesiology

Class of 2011

  • Dominick Twitty - Cornell University, Computer Engineering
  • Matt Myles - Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Aerospace Engineering
  • Will Dixon - University of Rochester, Physics/Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tyler Qualley - University of Connecticut, Chemical Engineering
  • Mo Faraj - University of Connecticut

Class of 2010

  • Nanda Kommineni - University of Connecticut, Pharmaceuticals
  • Deep Kanagala - Stony Brook University
  • Tom Rowland - United States Naval Academy
  • William Wang - Boston University, Pre-Medicine/Biomedical Engineering
  • Rachael Kokomoor - Rollins College
  • Jenn Chan - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tushar Patel - University of Connecticut
  • Josh Hohlfelder - Salve Regina University

Class of 2009

  • Anthony Tadros - University of Connecticut, Computer Sciences/Engineering

RachaelK"It feels trite to say that FIRST Robotics changed my life, but it did. I joined the team thanks to the persistent heckling of my physics teacher, Mr. Chidley, but I never would have stuck with it if I didn’t fall in love with it. I came into the team with little to no knowledge of robotics and engineering, but ready to learn and help, and I was given every opportunity to do so. The mentors were more interested in sharing their expertise with us students than in building something phenomenal for personal glory. That being said, we built something phenomenal together. The two days we spent at the Hartford Regional was a an amazing experience; I took part in the collaboration of students and mentors alike, honed skills of on-the-spot problem solving, and learned a significant amount about robotics and technology as a whole. Although the competition was what the team worked towards the entire season, I gained more from the actual build season. I learned how to commit myself fully to a project and see it through to the end with our meetings five nights a week, January through April from 5 to 9 PM, often later if we got on a roll. I learned how to think critically and outside of the box, and my confidence in my ideas, my contributions and in myself grew exponentially through this experience. I have been able to apply these skills in many aspects of my life beyond high school as well. My experience with FIRST and the Fitch Robotics Team has introduced me to the way I want to spend my liberal arts education, trying and experiencing new things and learning through all of them. It has taught me that regardless of what my focus may be, there is a lot of value to be gained from learning about things outside of my course of study.

In my freshman year of college, my mother mailed me a newspaper clipping from the Mystic River Press with the headline “Robotics Team is More Than the Robot,” which still adorns the wall of my college apartment. I held onto this because of its absolute truth; I gained so much life experience and so many skills from my senior year on the team that a part of me was disappointed to graduate. I have since spoken about my experiences in job interviews and used my skills in every aspect of my life as it has forever changed the way I think. I will never forget the experiences I had with this team, and I hope to continue my involvement with FIRST in the future."

 

- Rachael Kokomoor, 2010 Mechanical Crew

Rollins College Class of 2014

altI joined the Fitch Robotics team back in late 2007 out of pure interest and hearing about it during the school's announcements. The 07-08 season was the team's second year participating in the FIRST Robotics competition. That year, the team comprised around 10 members that were mostly seniors, and most duties were largely handled by the student leader because there was not yet any teacher available that was able to fully dedicate their own time to the cause. At the end of the 2007 season, turbulent times struck for the team when the student leader and most of the active team members were graduating and had to leave. There was literally no one left with any first hand experience of FIRST to lead the team besides me, so that year I tried my best to preserve the team. I tried very hard to recruit members into the team and I printed out flyers to advertise team meetings. I filled out grants to try and get enough money to compete. I went around the school and asked teachers to help out. Luckily that year, we were awarded a NASA Grant that covered the registration cost of the Hartford Regional and our kit of parts. Also, luckily that year I was able to gain the support of a teacher who is still coaching the team today.

During my time as a student participating in the FIRST program, I have served as a programming team captain and a student leader. After I graduated from Fitch, I returned to mentor the team on a weekly schedule while I was attending college.

After I graduate from college, I fully intend to keep close to the Aluminum Falcons and continue to mentor the team. I've been through a lot with this team and I'm extremely happy and excited to see it growing every year, and I can only thank the fellow mentors on the team that helped the team advance and the teacher at Fitch who helped support, reconstruct, and lead the team. I've made a lot of life long friends due to my involvement with FIRST, and I learned a lot and gained a lot of experience. I am extremely grateful for all of this.

 

- Anthony Tadros, 2009 Team Captain

University of Connecticut Computer Science/Engineering Class of 2013

 
 
 
 

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