Meet Our Team



Andrew – Build Leader

Hello, my name is Andrew. I am 17 years old and in the 11th grade. This will be my 4th year on the team. This year I hope to learn more about design, modeling, and programming. In my free time I like to build stuff, learn electronics, and play video game.


Hannah – Outreach Leader 

Hello, my name is Hannah Garren. I am 16 years old and this will be my second year on an FTC team. I was on an FLL team for about a year before moving to South Carolina and joining the Rohming Robots. This year I plan on being more involved with building and modeling. Some of my favorite activities outside of robotics are reading, sewing, and building unique things out of odd materials.


Justus – Branding Leader

Greetings, I’m in 11th grade and 16 years of age, this is also my fourth year on a robotics team. I think this year will be an interesting one but it looks super fun and I can’t wait to get into it. 


Keller

Hello! My name is Keller, I am 15 years old and a rising Freshman, this is my first time on an FTC team and with FIRST. This year I am looking forward to helping build, design and prototype the robot as well as help in any other way that I can. In my spare time I like to read, play video games, and collect everyday carry items.


Madeline

My name is Madeline Gardner and I am 14 years old, in 9th grade. This is my first year with Rohming Robots and my 2nd year in a FIRST program. This year I’m hoping to be closely involved with the Branding and Program divisions and also Outreach. I enjoy reading (lots!), writing, playing guitar and piano, swimming, theatre, and trying to understand nuclear physics.


Rachel – Program Leader

Hello, my name is Rachel. I am 16 years old and going into my junior year. This is my second year on the Rohming Robots and my fourth year in FIRST. I look forward to helping with programming and strategy this year. When not doing robotics, I enjoy participating in theatre, reading books, and hanging out with friends.


Coaches


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.


Mentors

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.


Gray Stewart

Gray Stewart is a graduated 5 year Rohming Robots veteran. He is pursuing an associates degree in Computer Design Graphics at Trident Technical College and is also a Mechanical CAD Apprentice  working at Cullum Constructors, Inc. In the past, Gray worked in the design and mechanical fields on the team and looks forward to mentor in those areas while learning more about how to become a good mentor to his previous teammates.

Coach-Linda 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. Five years ago, she decided to start 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 as they experience a year as the three time reigning South Carolina State FTC Inspire Award Winner.

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