Meet Our Team



Andrew

Hello, my name is Andrew. I am 18 years old and in the 12th grade. This will be my 5th 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 games.


Hannah  

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

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

Hi, my name is Keller, I am 16 years old. This is my second year on an FTC team and with FIRST. This year I am design lead, and am looking forward to directing the design of the robot. In my spare time I like to read and play video games.


Madeline 

Hi, my name is Madeline. I am fourteen and in tenth grade, and this is my second year on Rohming Robots. Last year I was mostly involved in outreach and programming, and I hope to also help with design and build this year. I have been homeschooled my entire life. Outside of robotics, I like to read fantasy and theology, paint with watercolors, do math, and write.


Rachel 

Hello, my name is Rachel. I am 17 years old and it is my senior year. This is my third year on the Rohming Robots and my fifth year in FIRST. I look forward to helping with strategy and programming this year. When not doing robotics, I enjoy participating in theatre and chorus, reading books, and hanging out with friends.


Rookies


                                                              Zachary

Hi, I’m Zachary. I am 14 years old. This will be my fourth year of FIRST, and my first year of FTC. I enjoy playing soccer, reading books, theatre, and eating cake. I’ve lived in South Carolina for my entire life. As a rookie, I’m not sure exactly what I’ll enjoy most, but hope to learn a lot this coming year.


                                                               John

Greetings. My name is John M. Gardner. This is my first year on an FTC team. One of my most defining characteristics is my astounding height–I am exactly 1.86675×10-19 lightyears tall. I hope to be involved in the design, build, and programming divisions of our team. I enjoy football, reading fantasy novels, engaging in politics-related conversations, math, and chocolate.


Coaches


Coach 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 this year is his first season as Rohming Robots’ head coach.


Mentors


Mr. Keith Coles

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


Mr. Tom Epton

Mr. Epton 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. He has been with SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic since February 2008 and has worked on multiple projects in support of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Married in April 2013 and he now has 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.


Mrs. Linda Stewart

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. Five years ago, she decided to start Rohming Robots. Excitement for the possibilities for learning, teamwork, and the chance to compete in robotics at the high school level is the driving force behind her enthusiasm.

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