Over the years the SMAbotics team has grown tremendously, this year we have a total of fourteen girls on the build team and eight girls on the business team. Because our team is so small, we are able to work closely with one another to learn and bond as a team. The team is run by the Co-Captains who work closely with both the team and the mentors.
Anna Jonsen – Senior Co-Captain
Anna has been a member of the SMAbotics team for three years. Her love for mathematics was among her reasons for joinings the team, along with the encouragement to joining from the head coach. SMAbotics has changed the career she would like to pursue. Anna plans to go into aerospace engineering and developing forms of AI as opposed to being a teacher.
Caitlin Feldewerth – Senior Co-Captain
Caitlin has been a member of SMAbotics team for two years. She has taken Applied Computer Science and Engineering class and she really enjoyed it. The class had a lot of resemblance to actual robotics.SMAbotics gave Caitlin the opportunity to talk to real engineers and see what job she wants to pursue in the future.
Audrey State – Senior Shop Team Leader
This is Audrey’s first year as a member of SMAbotics. Audrey found getting to build a robot very attractive, and it enticed her to join the SMAbotics team.
Siena Rosma – Senior
This is Siena’s first year as a member of SMAbotics. Sienna joined the team because she wanted a fun activity for her senior year. During her first year, she realized she has an interest in pursuing coding and engineering.
Amairani Rodriguez Pena – Junior
Mengyuan Zhang – Junior Shop Team and Java Team Leader
Mengyuan has been a member of SMAbotics for two years. She joined Smabotics because of her love for math, science, and technology. Mengyuan believes it will help her with her future career.
Abby Sullivan – Sophomore
Arden Henley – Sophomore
Skylar Cole – Sophomore
Michel Arias Gomez – Sophomore
Jenna Ceraso – Sophomore
Chloe Knitt – Sophomore
Coaches and Mentors
Dave Gesler has been SMAbotics’ head coach since its inception in 2013. As well as coaching the high school robotics team, he teaches Physics, AP Physics, and Applications of Engineering & Computer Science. Prior to teaching, Dave was a lead mechanical engineer for both the Denver Research Institute and the Aerosol Research Group, and a founding partner of C&G Woodworks Inc.
Robin is a Director of Engineering for Charter Communications and joined SMAbotics as a mentor for their Rookie FRC year in 2015. Robin became a mentor to help support young women interested in pursuing careers in engineering and other technical fields. She went with the team to the National Championships in St. Louis in 2015 where they competed as a Rookie All-Stars team and she was able to bring her 8-year-old daughter with her to give her an opportunity to learn from the SMAbotics All Girls team. Robin has focused on teaching the team Agile methodology to help them track and manage all the tasks they need to complete to get to competition. This skill is a critical skill used by most technology companies today.
Jeremiah Newsome is an Electronics Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems and has been involved in mentoring SMAbotics_AG since the 2016 FRC season. Before his professional career, Jeremiah got his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and served in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter avionics technician. Jeremiah got into engineering because he always wanted to know how and why things work, and he feels FIRST gives him a medium to help students gain the curiosity and satisfaction involved in solving engineering problems.
Denice Loud is a Project Manager at Comcast, and this 2017 season marks her first year with SMAbotics_AG. While she has only been with SMAbotics a short time, she has been an FRC mentor before and has quickly become a valuable member of the team. She loves seeing the passion the young women on SMAbotics have for STEM and enjoys learning alongside the girls as the season progresses. Outside of her professional career, Denice is a mother of identical twin adult daughters and has been married for 27 years.