Team Organization & Members

ILITE has a team structure that emphasises student leadership and mentorship.

ILITE understands that a team structure is a well-defined organizational structure that promotes good communication and is the key to any successful FIRST Robotics team. A very important aspect of our team is building a organizational model which brings together like-minded individuals who share a common interest while pairing them with industry professionals to establish a comfortable environment of mentorship from professionals and peers alike. Our structural style is one that specifically emphasises student leadership and accountability.

Amr Metwally

Title: President
Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: I can speak Arabic.
Favorite Memory: Becoming a Deans List Finalist

Jamie Panilinigan

Title: Vice-President
Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I am on the Chairmans team this year
Favorite Memory: When we won Chairmans at Districts

Sam Spelsberg

Title: Vice-President
Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact:
Favorite Memory:

Nicholas Lechner

Title: Build Leader
Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: Robotics is Life.
Favorite Memory:During build season, when we pulled an all nighter on Presidents day.

Noah Lechner

Title: Build Leader
Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: I like John Deer
Favorite Memory:Teaching the scrubs.

Cameron Bell

Title: Electronics Leader
Year Joined: 2012
Fun Fact: I have no idea what I'm doing
Favorite Memory: Coming in one morning before any other subteam and making major progress on the electronics boards.

Alicia Pierson

Title: Graphics Leader
Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: I'm a Girl Scout
Favorite Memory: Worlds

Tony Lin

Title: Graphics Leader
Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: I shoot people...with my Canon
Favorite Memory: Worlds

Navya Annaparedy

Title: Sponsorship Leader and Web Leader
Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I met RDJ once on the red carpet
Favorite Memory: Staying up late at Worlds

Michael Kelly

Title: Programming Leader
Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact:
Favorite Memory: Letting Jeremy drive the robot

Peng Zhang

Title: Pogramming Leader
Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: Drawing cows everywhere
Favorite Memory: Hanging out in the hotel rooms, and watching movies with robotics friends

Mentors

Gail Drake

Year Joined: 2004
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Lakshmi Meyappan

Year Joined: 2014
Subteam: Business Subteams
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Chris O'Connell

Year Joined:
Subteam: Programming
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Dave Bascom

Year Joined: 2015
Subteam: Web Development
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Dennis Luban

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Gloria Desautels

Year Joined: 2014
Subteam: Business Subteams
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Greg Morton

Year Joined:
Subteam: Build
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Jamie Lechner

Year Joined: 2013
Subteam: Business Subteams
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Jesse Knight

Year Joined:
Subteam: Programming, Build, Strategy
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Kelly Giesler

Year Joined: 2014
Subteam: Sponsorship, Business Subteams
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Kimberly Strong

Year Joined: 2014
Subteam: Business Subteams
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Marc Sciarrino

Year Joined: 2010
Subteam: Programming
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Paul Lahann

Year Joined:
Subteam: Build
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Build

Subteam Specific Mission Statement

To be able to create an efficient and robust robot that represents the whole of our abilities and capabilities as a subteam and serves as a base for other subteams’ work. In the process, we would like to maintain a priority for safety, control, and an appreciation for quality design.

The Build Subteam is responsible for creating the ILITE robot yearly for competition. To do so efficiently and effectively, the subteam has split into several smaller branches: the Drive Train Team, Manipulator Team, and CAD and Integration Team. The Drive Train Team takes on the role of developing the foundation of the team’s robot each season. This includes responsibility for all major structural members as well as the design and construction of a drive train layout optimized for that season’s FRC challenge. Students and mentors work side by side discussing game strategies and best practices to ensure a successful robot which will last through an entire season. The Manipulator Team is responsible for the design of complex components such as arms, claws, and shooters that attach to the drivetrain to allow the robot to successfully tackle the team’s goals each year as either an offensive, defensive, or equally-balanced robot. This team undergoes a long process of prototyping and experimentation before settling on the final product which they execute with precise manufacturing techniques. The CAD and Integration Team models the entire robot and design process through its various stages in OpenSCAD and Inventor to ensure good team documentation and to create engineering drawings for manufacturing. This is important as it allows the team to construct a second “practice” robot that is identical to the competition robot. It also helps ensure that all parts come together in a seamless package which adheres to FIRST design regulations.

Goals

  1. To develop a seasonal foundational drivetrain of the team’s robot
  2. To develop a seasonal drivetrain as the foundation of the team’s robot
  3. To design of complex components such as arms, claws, and shooters that attach to the drivetrain to allow the robot to successfully to be either an offensive, defensive, or equally-balanced robot on the field
  4. To prototype and experiment before settling on a final product later executed with precise manufacturing techniques
  5. To model the robot and design process in OpenSCAD and Inventor to ensure team documentation and to create engineering drawings for manufacturing

Awards

  • 2016 FRC World Championship District Event: Industrial Design Award
  • 2016 Hampton Roads District Event: Industrial Design Award
  • 2015 Greater DC Regional: Industrial Design Award
  • 2015 Greater DC Regional: Safety Hard Hat Award

Kyle Jarett

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: Born in Texas.
Favorite Memory: When we got the laser printer.

Emily Shaw

Year Joined: 2011
Fun Fact: Obsessed with gummy bears
Favorite Memory: When we sing and play ukulele together.

Everett Michel

Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: I am in the Marching Band
Favorite Memory: When we won Chairmans for the 3rd time in a row at Greater DC Regional.

Harrison Kwak

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I play the ukelele
Favorite Memory: Winning Chairmans at DC

Jordan Shaw

Year Joined: 2008
Fun Fact: I want to join the Air Force
Favorite Memory: Winning the Chairmans at the first District Championship in VA

Logan Mortensen

Year Joined: 2015
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Nicholas Lechner

Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: Robotics is Life.
Favorite Memory: During build season, when we pulled an all nighter on Presidents day.

Noah Lechner

Year Joined:
Fun Fact: I like John Deer
Favorite Memory: Teaching the scrubs.

Calvin Min

Year Joined: 2016
Fun Fact: I am the airship's human player this season
Favorite Memory: Being able to get all 4 rotors at DCMPs

Sam Spelsberg

Year Joined: 2014
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Vallabi Vallaban

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact: I have a dog
Favorite Memory: District Championships this year

Business

Subteam Specific Mission Statement

To inspire people, young and old, to become leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by providing them with the proper environment, social encouragement to pursue STEM, and necessary resources and mentoring to continue learning and working in STEM in and out of school environments.

The ILITE Business Team is a complex network of subteams that work to exercise the skills needed for successful project management, advertising, and marketing. Made up of dedicated team members that meet multiple times a week, the Business Team is open to all students interested in outreach, sponsorship, and all things business-related. The team breaks off into multiple divisions that focus on certain aspects of Business and are categorized into specialized areas of interest such as Sponsorship, Engineering Inspiration & Outreach, Awards Submissions, and Finances -- all of which contribute towards supporting the mission and vision of the team. The Sponsorship subteam supports ILITE by acquiring resources and funds and focuses on marketing and campaigning for the team. These provided resources allow the team to work in a more professional environment as fundings are used for equipment, team clothing, travel fees, and other needs of our team. The Engineering Inspiration (EI) subteam takes part in the development of our outreach and pushes the boundaries of what defines a “robotics team”. The EI Team coordinates and organizes the participation in outreach events such as our Haymaker STEM Expo and a variety of annual summer camps. All of our work in these events are what set ILITE apart, and the Awards subteam works to demonstrate that to FIRST. The Awards team focuses on which awards can and will be sought after for the season and develop a strategy for each. These skills that are developed within the team promote and enhance the opportunities and abilities of each student to reach success, especially in a small business environment. The entire team focuses on the bigger picture for ILITE, while the members of the Business team work to expand the opportunities and mindset for the community and its members, promoting the development and growth of FIRST.

Goals

  1. To support ILITE by acquiring resources and funds by focusing on marketing and campaigning for the team
  2. To coordinate and organize outreach events
  3. To identify which awards must be sought after for the season and develop a strategy for each

Awards

  • 2005 Virginia Regional: Rookie All Star Award
  • 2005 Palmetto Regional: Rookie All Star Award
  • 2005 World Championship: Rookie All Star Award
  • 2008 NASA/VCU Regional : Engineering Inspiration Award
  • 2009 Washington DC Regional: Engineering Inspiration Award
  • 2009 Florida Regional: Imagery Award
  • 2011 Washington DC Regional: Engineering Inspiration Award
  • 2011 Washington DC Regional: Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (Professor Gail Drake)
  • 2011 Virginia Regional: Engineering Inspiration Award
  • 2012 Washington DC Regional: Engineering Inspiration Award
  • 2012 Virginia Regional: Regional Chairman’s Award
  • 2013 Washington DC Regional: Regional Chairman’s Award
  • 2013 Washington DC Regional: FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
  • 2014 Greater DC Regional: Regional Chairman’s Award
  • 2014 Greater DC Regional: FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
  • 2015 Greater DC Regional: Regional Chairman’s Award
  • 2016 Greater DC District: District Chairman’s Award
  • 2016 Hampton Roads District Event: Entrepreneurship Award

Business

Jamie Marie Pangilinan

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I am on the Chairmans team this year
Favorite Memory: When we won Chairmans at Districts

Hannah Credno

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact:
Favorite Memory: Hosting IROC

Anika Iyer

Year Joined: 2016
Fun Fact: I do Indian dance
Favorite Memory: District Championships

Diego Hernandez

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact: I volunteer with the Walk for Autism
Favorite Memory: Doing the youth for tomorrow event

Harshil Salni

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact: I'm obsessed with legos and soccer.
Favorite Memory: I was having an eh day, but when I came to robotics I knew I could relax but also do some work

Johannah Suegay

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I spend 47% of my life watching soccer.
Favorite Memory: Winning chairmans last year. It was it, I was yelling.

Jibran Jahangiri

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact: I know 6 languages.
Favorite Memory: Can't choose a favourite memory, because each day amongst these amazing people brings new memories.

Electronics

Subteam Specific Mission Statement

To be able to create an efficient electronics board that represents our electronic capabilities. In the process of doing this we want to make a board that is safe, neat, and working.

The Electronics subteam’s main task is to efficiently route and connect the necessary components needed for the robot to function. These include talons, roboRIO, power distribution panel (PDP), and the voltage regulator module (VRM). Other components called sensors each serve a unique function to the robot. Each year, our robot uses a multitude of sensors to help the robot record data to allow it to perform as expected on the field. We use multiple different types of wires that vary in gauge size to connect all of these components. While doing this, we learn many useful concepts such as space management and labeling. Throughout the years, we have used these major concepts by routing the wires together onto the electronics board in the most efficient way for us to track the flow of electricity. This year, we were able to use 3-D printing to assist us with customized casings for not only our ports but our components, which in turn made our electronics board much neater and safer. Along with ensuring that the robot has all the appropriate sensors, talons, and other components, the Electronics Team is responsible for creating a functional pneumatic setup. In this setup, our robot works with a compressor that generates air which flows through pneumatic tubing through multiple regulators that will eventually be used to activate the moving parts of the robot. Lastly, our Electronics subteam must be able to effectively explain the purpose and concepts of each component to other members of our robotics, such as programming to allow their code to work, as well as interested members of the community and potential future members..

Goals

  1. Efficiently route all the necessary components of the robot to allow it to run as expected. In doing this we must master the art of space management, color coding, and many other tasks to make our electronics board as neat and logical.
  2. Explain how each sensor collects data and runs to programmers to help them write the code required for each sensor.
  3. Make a neat and safe electronics board that is appropriately labeled and protected to ensure that no wires or components can burn and create a dangerous environment.
  4. To create a pneumatic system that is able to generate air and flow through tubing to activate the targeted piston.
  5. To spread as much knowledge about electronics to our team members and our youth in the community.

Cameron Bell

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: When I'm stressed I like to sit out on my room and draw.
Favorite Memory:

Will Chisholm

Year Joined: 2013
Fun Fact: I have 2 cats
Favorite Memory: Tutoring the elementary kids

Graphics

Subteam Specific Mission Statement

To communicate a specific message to a specific audience through visual stimulation, inspire creativity and a sense of self-expression in others, and to express professionalism through systematic, organized designs.

Team 1885, ILITE Robotics, is defined by an intellectual and creative legacy built upon the impressionable, diligent, and ambitious minds of our members. With as many as members as we have, the most effective and efficient team structure became a division into subteams with designated mentors and student leaders running each. Of these subteams, Graphic Design gives life to ILITE through detailed and creative imagery including thematically appropriate designs. Graphics continuously collaborates with other subteams, including but not limited to, Build, Chairman’s, its own branch of photography/videography, and Web Design. Along with the creation of many logos and posters, the Graphics team designs a yearly summary of our organization’s accomplishments, history, and the progress of our robot, called the annual report. Finding the inspiration and motivation behind a design is not always easy, but the members of our brilliant Graphics Design team seem to be constantly overflowing with these qualities. Each year, Graphics becomes a tightly knit group of friends, each member going out of their way to support and encourage each other in every endeavor, whether big or small, simple or complex. One word that the Graphics team unequivocally embodies above all else is “dedication”. The Graphics team strives to apply maximum effort in every task in order to effectively communicate a design’s message. It’s easy to see how much passion and zeal the Graphics team translates from imaginative ideas to a vast array of gorgeous projects, displayed with pride and a sense of accomplishment.

Goals

  1. To effectively communicate a message through imagery and design
  2. To inspire creativity and self-expression within our team and in others
  3. To express professionalism through design

Awards

  • 2009 Florida Regional: Imagery Award
  • 2015 Greater Pittsburgh Regional: Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Alicia Pierson

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact: I'm really into music, play piano, and I'm in marching band
Favorite Memory: I liked the FTC competition because I like contributing to the team

Sebastion Gallegos

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I doodle a lot
Favorite Memory: Revealing the standard

Seneca Ung

Year Joined: 2016
Fun Fact: My older sister was on ILITE
Favorite Memory: Winning Chairmans at districts

Elias Vanier

Year Joined: 2016
Fun Fact: I edit videos
Favorite Memory: Doing the Fed-Ex video challenges

Programming

Subteam Specific Mission Statement

To create practical and efficient code that allow us to utilize all of the physical components of the robot through the utilization of mathematics and advanced computer science principles.

The Programming Team is primarily put in charge of developing and writing code for the robot. Additionally, members of the Programming Team help with other coding projects, such as developing mobile applications and working on the team's website. Most of our time is spent focusing on developing necessary algorithms and testing these algorithms to allow smooth operation of the robot both autonomously and in driver operation mode. This includes, but is not limited to, writing code for object tracking through the use of a camera mounted on the robot, reading and interpreting data from both analog and digital inputs, and outputting the proper data to the robot for actions independent of human interaction and to provide clean and consistent movements that the drivers can always rely on. Over the years, ILITE’s robot code has garnered respect and acknowledgement for the successful code structure. All in all, the Programming Team has a long history of pushing the bounds of what a robot can achieve.

Goals

  1. Code that is able to utilize physical modules on the robot that take advantage of game pieces and is able to complete game objectives consistently.
  2. Reusable Code structure from year to year.
  3. Understandable Code that is easily accessible for newer members.
  4. Good documentation that outlines our code structure and is easily understood by non-programmers.

Awards

  • 2014 FIRST World Championship: Innovation In Control Award
  • 2012 Virginia Regional: Best Website Award
  • 2011 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2010 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2009 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2008 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2007 Las Vegas Regional: Best Website Award
  • 2006 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2005 - Excellence in Website Design

Michael Kelly

Title: Programming Leader
Year Joined: 2014 Fun Fact: I am on the chairman's team
Favorite Memory: DCMPs

Peng Zhang

Title: Pogramming Leader
Fun Fact: I like food
Favorite Memory: When teddy sniffed the potentiometer

Kristen Giesler

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Favorite Memory: Meeting Dean Kamen at 2015 Worlds

Athena Richard

Year Joined: 2016
Fun Fact: I have 2 cats
Favorite Memory: IT Night

Ethan Swinford

Year Joined: 2016
Fun Fact: I drive a jeep
Favorite Memory: Practicing our leadership presentation for Worlds

Stephen Welch

Year Joined: 2014
Fun Fact: I drive go carts
Favorite Memory: DCMPs

Atishay Kasera

Year Joined: 2015
Fun Fact: I am valedictorian of my class
Favorite Memory: Joining the team

Web

Subteam Specific Mission Statement

To inspire young and minds alike to pursue and maintain interest in FIRST and STEM through the presentation of our website and distribution of other web media.

The website development subteam develops the website for our team. Through time, dedication, and collaboration with the use of GitHub, we ensure that the website is of high quality. Our site has also been acknowledged by our many FIRST website awards over the years. Our main subteam goal is to better represent the team to the general public by providing a way for people all over the world to identify the various ways that ILITE stands out. We use our website as a way to teach people about the benefits of participating in Cyber Security, Sustainability, and FIRST Robotics. It is also our duty to attract attention to STEM and FIRST to prepare the next generation of young minds to take on the various challenges of the future to improve the community. We believe that by maintaining a high quality website and keeping the community updated, we can influence people of all ages to participate in FIRST and its various programs, such as FLL, FTC, and FRC. By attracting more attention to FIRST with our website, we can better prepare the young minds of the community to pursue STEM-related fields such as engineering, website development, computer science, electronics, graphical design, and business. We optimize internet communication to keep the community updated on the various affairs of the team, such as participating in competitions and displaying our various awards. As well as keeping the community updated, we provide better support for the community through the institutionalization of various STEM endeavors, through means of summer camps and the distribution of media.

Goals

  1. Inspire young minds to pursue STEM and its related fields.
  2. Central location for ILITE Team Information
  3. Keep the community updated on ILITE events
  4. Maintain a high public opinion of ILITE

Awards

  • 2012 Virginia Regional: Best Website Award
  • 2011 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2010 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2009 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2008 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2007 Las Vegas Regional: Best Website Award
  • 2006 - Excellence in Website Design
  • 2005 - Excellence in Website Design

Navya Annapareddy

Year Joined: 2014
Teams: FRC Team 1885
Subteam:
Fun Fact: Teddy Tim Jennifer Lawrence. Never forget.
Favorite Memory: Cartoons + marshmallow froyo @ 1AM at our hotel room at worlds

Dylan Fernandes

Year Joined: 2015
Teams: FRC Team 1885
Subteam:
Fun Fact: I am the epitome of bad jokes
Favorite Memory: Walking into the room and knowing im part of the team