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Ria Pradeep

Co-President, Class of 2017

  • Why did you join Robotics?
    I joined robotics after hearing many great things about the team and their accomplishments. After seeing the robots they built, I knew that I wanted to be a part of making that happen.
  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
    I work mainly on hardware, which involves designing and machining parts of our robot. Apart from the working on the technical side of the team, I help write grant applications and with outreach.
  • How has Robotics influenced you?
    Robotics has given me the opportunity to explore subjects I never thought I’d be interested in. I get to see everything we learn in school in action, as well as broaden my knowledge in STEM fields. Through robotics I’ve made new friends, had amazing experiences, and inherited a passion for technology.

Shikhar Jagadeesh

Co-President, Class of 2017

  • Why did you join Robotics?
    Although I became very involved in the electrical system of the robot, I had joined robotics because
    I had a great interest in design and was told that this was the place to learn about design.
  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
    I mostly work on the electrical and pneumatic sytstem of the robot. During the times when I ahve nothing to do involving the electrical system, I try my best to help as many people possible to make their jobs just a bit easier.
  • How has Robotics influenced you?
    Robotics has influenced me greatly. It has changed the way I look at electronics and the way I look at myself. I see nyself without restrictions and being able to do what I want.

Arsh Malhotra

Vice-President, Class of 2017

Arsh Malhotra

  • Why did you join Robotics?
    I have done FIRST Lego League in the past which piqued my interest. I joined the Lynbrook Robotics team because I love the mere concept of it and thought to my self might as well try my hand at the real thing.
  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
    I CAD a subsystem of the robot. I also help out with coding when asked for help. In addition to all that, I fulfill my roles as Event Manager and plan, organize, and manage team events.
  • How has Robotics influenced you?
    Robotics has made me a better person as a whole.

Shadaj Laddad

VP of Software, Class of 2018

  • Why did you join Robotics?
    I got my start with robotics (and coding) when my parents gave me a Lego robotics kit in the first grade. Ever since, I've loved building and coding robots. When Lynbrook Robotics came to my middle school to present Funk Cannon, I knew that robotics would be a club to join.
  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
    I'm usually found on my laptop, coding up new tricks for our robots or testing them out. I also teach the software workshops, where new members learn how to write software for robots and get the chance to test out their code with our robots from past years. Sometimes, I help out with improving the robotics website.
  • How has Robotics influenced you?
    In today's world, robots are all around us. By joining robotics, I gained an understanding of what really goes on inside a robot, something I can use all the time. And with such a large team, I got to experience and practice the types of leadership skills needed in a professional environment.

Andrew Ng

Co-Hardware Lead, Class of 2019

  • Why did you join Robotics?
    I have been extremely interested in robotics ever since I had a chance to build a remote-controlled Andrew Ngcar with my uncle when I was in third grade. After seeing online videos of the FIRST Robotics Competition in middle school, I knew that I definitely wanted to be part of Robotics.
  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
    When it comes to building the robot, I focus on hardware-related tasks, including design, machining, and assembly. On the non-technical side of things, I help write articles for the newsletter and do a bit of grant-writing.
  • How has Robotics influenced you?
    Robotics has not only helped me apply the things I learn, but has also taught me to explore ideas on my own, because even teachers can't teach you everything. It has also given me some insight on the design process and how an idea on the whiteboard turns into a finished robot.


Jing-Chen Peng

Co-Hardware Lead, Class of 2018

Jing-Chen Peng

  • Why did you join Robotics?
    When I moved to America in 2002, we rented houses in the bay area to live in. Our second landlord happened to be our current mentor, Mr. Xie. Back then, Lynbrook robotics was less "Lynbrook" and more "Garage", so I had a lot of exposure being in a house with people working on robots. I remember playing around with their spare parts, and even getting to keep some pulleys to play with after they left. (It fits well with Lego.) From that moment, I knew that I wanted to do robotics: I looked forward to the day when I could be a part of this robotics team, instead of just watching and cheering from the sidelines. Being a part of Lynbrook Robotics is truly a dream come true.
  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
    As a member of the team, I show up to work sessions, workshops, and team meetings. During build season, I have helped to design conceptually, model in CAD, and machine parts for our robot. I have also dabbled in software, and am currently participating in the software workshops to learn more about how our robot functions.
  • How has Robotics influenced you?
    Before Robotics, I did not have much of any experience working with a group of people. I tended to be the person who would find a project to pursue and just bash their head into it until it worked or I gave up. However, building a competitive, awesome robot is not a one-man job: In this club, I have learned to ask other more experienced members and mentors for help in solving problems I encounter. In addition to this psychological influence, I have also learned a great deal about robotics, ranging from the robot design process to how each and every part is made on machines. Last but not least, I have met many upperclassmen and freshmen through robotics that I otherwise would never have contacted, giving me an opportunity to talk with new people and make new friends.

Nathan Chen

Electrical Lead, Class of 2017

  • Why did you join Robotics?

    A couple of my teammates on Lynbrook's water polo team were involved with Robotics, and since I wanted to get some hands-on engineering experience, I decided to join them.

  • What are some of the things you do in robotics?

    I have focused on hardware, replacing our 2015 robot's gearboxes and making adjustments to its chains and springs. I also help out with the logistical side, having overseen campus signage this year when we hosted CalGames, an off-season competition.

  • How has robotics influenced you?

    Robotics has provided me hands-on engineering experience and STEM education, showing me how rewarding work in this field can be. Being part of the Funky Monkeys also connected me with a network of amazing friends and mentors who share similar goals and form a sort of quasi-family I am glad to be a part of.

Philip Axelrod

VP of Web Development, Class of 2018

Philip Axelrod

    • Why did you join Robotics?
      My brother was really involved in robotics, so I wanted to give it a try. I always loved legos and programming, so robotics seemed like a natural choice.
    • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?
      In robotics, I write software to communicate with sensors, interpret sensor data, and implement a negative feed back control system to improve our mecanum drivetrain. I also help plan robotics events.
      How has Robotics influenced you?
    • It's been a really cool experience to do projects that have an effect that I can see. It's also taught me about how to effectively coordinate and plan organized team events.


Sean Chen

Secretary, Class of 2018

Sean Chen

  • Why did you join Robotics?

    I decided to join robotics because of the fantastic Miller demos that are held each year, and also because of my fascination of robots, as they are very cool to a seventh and eighth grader who gets to drive them at Miller demo. As soon as I got to drive and inspect the Ultimate Funky Object and the Funk Cannon during my seventh and eighth grade respectively, I decided that I wanted to join robotics in my freshman year and be a part of the team whose job is to build such a cool robot.

  • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?

    During my freshman year, I attended most of the workshops such as the CAD workshops, software workshops, and the machining workshops. As build season came along, I found out that I could accomplish the most when I worked on hardware, so during build season I helped machine the carriage for the robot.

    How has Robotics influenced you?

    Robotics has given me valuable experience in the various aspects of building a robot, with the many workshops and also the many work sessions where you can help contribute to the robot. Also, I have made many cool friends with the other team members and have had fun as I relax and work with them.

    James Jiao

    Public Relations, Class of 2019

    • Why did you join Robotics?

      In fourth grade, I started participating in FLL, the sister competition to FRC, and I was immediatley hooked to robotics. Five years of FLL later, I've made a smooth transition onto Lynbrook's FRC team, and I've had a ton of fun since!

    • What are some of the things you do in Robotics?

      I work as a CAD designer for our team, designing and fabricating the parts that make the robot. In addition, I'm currently running three outreach programs: the Miller Robotics Club, Monkey Box (a video channel for our team), and a Robotics Circle (where FLL teams meet and get help from mentors). Of course, there's still all the management work from the PR role, such as organizing the newsletters and photojournal.

    • How has Robotics influenced you?

      Robotics has pretty changed my entire life. It's what I spend most of my time on right now, and the skills and knowledge I've gained are invaluable. Robotics really ignited my passion for engineering, and I really hope to go in this direction in the future.