Meet Our Team


2017-2018 Team


The mission of the Rohming Robots is to encourage students to learn new skills and grow in their understanding of science and technology while inspiring others. We are committed to doing our best, refusing to give up, and learning from our mistakes, our mentors, and each other.


To use our accomplishments to inspire teens and the community to resist the fear of failing by trying new endeavors.

Aaron – Head Electrical guy

I’m 18 years old and this is my fourth time being on an FTC team. My favorite part of FTC is building the robot and wiring. In my free time I play video games and design electric circuits from scratch.




Andrew – Programming Division Leader

Hi, my name is Andrew, I am fifteen years old and in the 9th grade. I have been homeschooled my entire life. I enjoy reading, playing video games, and being outside. This is my second year on the team. Learning more about programming and building is what I hope to do this year.



Braden – Head Brander

Greetings. My name is Braden, I am 17 planetary orbits old, and I am in the 11th grade. I have been homeschooled my whole life. This is my third year involved in FIRST, and I am involved in design, strategy, and team branding. I want to expand my knowledge to programming, as well as being more involved in outreach to other teams. I enjoy playing video games, reading, and hanging out with friends.



Dakota – Assistant Programmer

Hello, my name is Dakota. I am 17 and I’ve been homeschooled for my entire life. I enjoy the outdoors, being with friends, singing, and creating art. This will be my first year on the team and I look forward most to designing and building the robot. My personal goals this year are to improve upon my public speaking and teamwork skills, as well as learn to program.



Daniel – Assistant Builder

Hi I’m Daniel, I’m 13 and I’m in 8th grade. I like to play airsoft and video games. I like to build, so I love robotics.





Gray – Project Manager

Hello, my name is Gray. I am seventeen years old and in eleventh grade. I have been homeschooled my whole life. (thankfully) This year will mark my 8th year of participation in FIRST, and 4th year in FTC. I have become a leader on the team over the years as I like team management. Besides team management, I enjoy designing and making custom parts for the robot. I’m eager to see what this upcoming season has to offer, but more specifically I’m excited to improve my skills in CAD design and improve our team’s Engineering Notebook layout.


Hannah – Assistant Programmer

I’m 15 years old and going into 10th grade. This will be my first year on the team. I’ve been homeschooled for 7 years. I’m interested in programming, design, and team branding. In my free time, I like to draw, cook, and play video games.




acob – Head Driver

Hi, my name is Jacob. I am seventeen years old and going into 11th grade. I have been homeschooled my whole life. This will be my 4th year doing FTC. I enjoy making prototypes and custom parts for our robot. In my spare time I play soccer, video games, and swim.




Jael – Outreach Division Leader

I’m fifteen years old, going into 10th grade. This is my first year on the team, I have also been homeschooled my whole life. I’m really looking forward to improving my public speaking and learning a little more about sponsors and funding. I decided to apply for the team when I discovered a new found love for fundraising and financial work, along with a love for website building and programming. In my free time I enjoy writing stories, songs and playing the ukulele and piano. I also enjoy reading, singing and doing things with my friends.


Nicholas – Strategy Division Leader

Hello, my name is Nick. Currently, I am sixteen years old and in eleventh grade. I have been homeschooled throughout my whole life. In high school, I enjoy participating in soccer and theatre as well as robotics. After two years of FLL and three years of FTC, this will be my sixth year of FIRST. In the past, I have been mostly involved in the design aspect of the team. This year, I am hoping to expanding my involvement in strategy as well as outreach. I am really looking forward to what this year has to offer.



Samantha – Rules Expert

Hi, my name is Samantha. I’m 14 years old and in the 9th grade. This is my first year in FTC. I’m excited to learn more about programming, robot design, and building. I enjoy reading and playing volleyball.




Will – Assistant Programmer

Hello my name is William. I am sixteen years old, and in tenth grade. I am new to the team. I am interested in the design process of the robot, and the building of it. The reason that I joined Rohming Robots is to increase my knowledge in science and technology.





Coach-LindaCoach Linda

Linda is a homeschooling parent and retired Mechanical Engineer. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University and worked in project management and design engineering capacities before retiring to homeschool her children in 2001. Since she loves math, science and engineering so much, she has always looked for opportunities to share that love with her son and other homeschool families. After moving to Charleston, SC, she ran an American Boys club for several years teaching about science and engineering in a hands-on way. She then served as an FLL project coach for 3 years. Last year, she decided to start an FTC team, the Rohming Robots. Excited by the possibilities for learning, teamwork, and the chance to compete in robotics at the high school level is the driving force behind her enthusiasm. She looks forward to watching her team grow and develop individually and corporately.

Coach-AndyCoach Andy

Dr. Andrew Blauch received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He worked in the motion control industry for several years before entering academia.  Dr. Blauch has been teaching engineering courses for over 15 years. He is currently an Associate Professor at Charleston Southern University. His areas of interest include embedded control systems, robotics, and undergraduate education. He has coached numerous robotics teams through the years. He most recently served as robot design and programming coach for an FLL team for 4 years and is supporting the Rohming Robots primarily as a programming mentor.





Mr. Keith Coles

I graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. I am an engineer at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) Atlantic where I specialize in Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, networking, and currently mentor 3 FTC teams. This is my 4th year as an FTC mentor and my 6th overall. I am a newlywed to my wife Danielle, and we have a black lab named Cubby. Fun facts: I enjoy tinkering and building things, and can solve a 3×3 and 4×4 Rubik’s cube.



Mr. Tom Epton

I graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Math in 2005, and a Masters of Science degree in Computer Engineering with emphases in Robotics and Embedded Computing in 2007. I have been with SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic since February 2008 and have worked on multiple projects in support of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Married in April 2013 and we now have a 2 year old little girl.



Mr. Dustin Speer

Dustin has more than 15 years of experience developing software products in a variety of industries. At Blackbaud, Dustin leads the product development teams of the Corporate and Foundation Solutions business unit. Dustin’s expertise is in web development, service-oriented architecture, accounting and back-office systems, and mobile applications.



Mr. Chris Duchaine

Chris Duchaine is an Elite Application Engineer and has 10 years engineering experience using CAD to design mechanical and electromechanical systems in the industrial equipment industry. He has worked for over six years for SOLIDWORKS Value-Added Resellers and at TriMech. TriMech delivers technology, services, and people to our engineering, manufacturing, and product design clients, which results in stronger, more profitable businesses. Also member of Society of manufacturing engineers, and Chair-Elec Chapter 430.




I graduated high school in the class of 2016. In my high school and middle school years I was always involved in some sort of FIRST team. I have six years of FIRST Lego League experience and two years of FIRST Tech Challenge experience. This is my first year as a mentor for the team. I love FIRST Tech Challenge because of the high level of gracious professionalism in the workplace. I see gracious professionalism in our team, our building, our sponsorships, and our involvement in the community. In college, I am pursuing a goal of becoming a paramedic which at first glance may seem completing isolated from FIRST principles, but in reality, a lot of what I learned in FIRST will carry on in my career as a first responder. Overall, I am grateful for FIRST and all that it has done and will do in our community and my life.