Our Team

Our Departments


The engineering department is a combination of two subteams which work together to build and design the robot. Prior to build season both subteams hold curriculum meetings to teach members how to operate the shop tools, as well as how to use CAD programs. They also teach basic design processes to the entire team so that everyone is able to help with the final design. During build season the engineering department is responsible for designing and building the robot within the given timeframe. After building the robot, build members are some of the main people in the pit so that they can fix whatever issues may arise during the competition.


The software department is responsible for writing all the code for the robot. We start by teaching new members how to use Java and introduce them to the tools we use to code, such as VSCode. During build season, we write the code for the robot. This includes not only basic driving and manipulator control, but also image recognition, motion profiling, and more. We also test the robot, making sure that everything works well, before giving it to drive team. The software department also teams up with the engineering department to build the electronics board, which contains the components necessary to power the robot.


The business department has a wide range of responsibilities over the course of the year. To start the year off, the business department focuses on finding sponsors for the team, as well as applying for the many grants which are available to FRC teams. During this time the department also runs a competition within the team for that year’s logo. Before and during build season the department processes purchase requests for the different materials that the team needs. Throughout the entire year the business department works with the communications lead to keep communication aligned with the team branding, which the business department also creates and manages.

Leadership Team


Ember Hartell


Thea Mesling


Norine Bao

Department Leads


Drew Stuart


Burke Havrenek


Linus Skucas


Evan Dong


Sahar Abid

Our Mentors

We thank all our mentors for being amazing people, as well as all the support they have given us!

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Karl Ruff


This will be updated once Karl writes a bio for this website.

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John Luetke


I participated in FiRST Robotics during my high school years as a member of Team 1097, Site 3 Engineering and helped found the Iron Riders in 2011, after moving to Seattle. I primarily mentor the software aspect of the Iron Riders as well as leadership skills. I studied Computer Science at Marquette University and Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington.

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Daniel Zhu


I am a full-time sophomore in Pre-Engineering at the UW, with an intent to major in mechanical engineering. My skill set is mainly centered around hardware and design; I am proficient in using most basic hand tools (drills, saws, files, etc.) as well as some more complex machinery, including but not limited to: manual and CNC vertical mills, manual lathes, manual and CNC plasma arc cutters, drill presses, and horizontal and vertical bandsaws. On the design side, I know how to use Solidworks ca. 2013-2015 in conjunction with Mastercam for CNC use, and I am slowly and somewhat painfully learning Autodesk Inventor 2016. Additionally, I am versed in Microsoft Word and more importantly Microsoft Excel for use in game analysis and FMEA, which is risk analysis. I can also help with project management shenanigans, it’d depend on the situation.

I am originally from Corvallis, OR. This is my 7th year in FIRST; 2 years in FLL, and 4 years on FRC Team 997, Spartan Robotics. I’ve done some odd-end volunteering for FLL and FTC events, and have mentored 4 FLL teams in the past. Simultaneously. It was interesting. On the rare occasion where I am not loaded with homework, I enjoy taking strolls around the UW campus, exploring Seattle in general, playing the violin, and practicing archery at the UW IMA.

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Jacob Erickson


Graduated UW Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering 2013. I have spent my professional career in startups gaining a jack-of-all-trades master-of-none type experience. I’ve worked in the medical device industry the past few years. I am a Bear Metal 2046 alum and have been with the Iron Riders since the 2016 season.

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Jordan Macias


I’m a recent engineering graduate from the University of Washington with a variety of knowledge in electronics, prototyping, computer programming and shop work. I had the privilege of being a student for 4180’s inaugural year, and now am back to help the team in any way I can!

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James Gladden


This will be updated once James writes his bio for the website.

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Andy Davidson


The prior CS teacher in Room 317 at RHS (and co-founder of the Iron Riders), I am now a professor at the UW, teaching in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. My contribution to the team these days is just hosting the annual kickoff event in January on the UW campus.

Previous Leadership

Rapid React (2021 – 2022)

  • Captain: Jacob Berg
  • Communications: Linus Skucas
  • Project Manager: Anish Gangu
  • Build Specialist: Ari Snyder
  • Design Specialist: Reid Estberg
  • Software Lead: Alex Fischmann

Infinite Recharge (2020 – 2021)

  • Captain: Quinn Roberts
  • Communications: Eric Daniel
  • Project Manager: Athena Crower
  • Business Lead: Tim Warber
  • Strategist: Jenelle Ng
  • Build Specialist: Ari Snyder
  • Design Specialist: Reid Estberg
  • Software Lead: Alex Fischmann

Infinite Recharge (2019 – 2020)

  • Captain: Athena Crower
  • Communications: Ethan Philips
  • Project Manager: Quinn Roberts
  • Business Lead: Tim Warber
  • Strategist: Jenelle Ng
  • Build Specialist: Forest Reese
  • Design Specialist: Corbin Kay-Chapman
  • Software Lead: Elias Haynie-Gay

Deep Space (2018 – 2019)

  • Captain: Solomon Doxey
  • Communications: Margarita Burnett-Thomas
  • Project Manager: Abbie Ruddick
  • Business Lead: Nathan Bawaan
  • Strategist: Ishan Coutinho
  • Build Specialist: Benny Bruvold
  • Design Specialist: Bailey Heller
  • Software Lead: Corinne Herzog

Power Up (2017 – 2018)

  • Captain: Harper d’Andrea
  • Communications: Solomon Doxey
  • Project Manager: Emily Louden
  • Business Manager: Ethan Philips
  • Strategist: Julia Bailey
  • Build Specialist: Josh Stenchever
  • Design Specialist: Margarita Burnett-Thomas
  • Software Lead: Alex MacLean

Steamworks (2016 – 2017)

  • President: Fiona Schaffer
  • Vice-President: Clyde Westrom
  • Project Manager: Brendan Murphy
  • Business Lead: Hallee Olson
  • Strategy Lead: Matthew Robinaugh
  • Hardware Lead: Alarik Rask
  • Safety Captain: Rafael Domingo
  • Design Lead: Margarita Burnett-Thomas
  • Software Lead: Alex MacLean

Stronghold (2015 – 2016)

  • President: Marli Remash
  • Vice-President: Halle Remash
  • Project Manager:
  • Business Lead: Zoe Lawerence
  • Strategy Lead:
  • Hardware Lead: Jax Damir
  • Safety Captain:
  • Design Lead: Christina Doty
  • Software Lead:

Recycle Rush (2014 – 2015)

  • President: Halle Remash
  • Communications Lead: Nate Spencer
  • Business Lead: Christa Tebbs
  • Hardware Lead: Alarik Rask
  • Software Lead: Aaron Jacobson

Aerial Assist (2013 – 2014)

  • President: Ben Swanson
  • Project Manager: Micah Reid
  • Design Lead: Jacob Olsen
  • Strategy Lead: Eric Cooper
  • Software Lead: Aaron Jacobson
  • Hardware Lead: Jax Damir
  • Business Lead: Roxanne Trager
  • Safety Captain: Simon Rockhold

Ultimate Ascent (2012 – 2013)

  • Administration: Katie van Koevering
  • Project Management: Max Horowitz-Gelb
  • Engineering: Adrian Delahunt
  • Robot Hardware: Ben Swanson
  • Robot Software: Alex Heilgeist
  • Business: Roxanne Trager

Rebound Rumble (2011 – 2012)

  • President / Software: Alex Heilgeist
  • Secretary: Emma LaMarca
  • Business: Ben Swanson
  • Build: Adrian Delahunt