Meet The Nerds

Tommy Donahoe – Team Captaintommy

Tommy is 17 years old and a senior at Carmel Catholic High School. He enjoys playing tennis and swimming in his free time. He intends to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.  Tommy is the captain of team N.Y.A.N.

Why N.Y.A.N.?  Tommy has always enjoyed tinkering and loves to put his skills to good practical use on the team.  As the captain, he helps the team strategize contributing to the design and implementation.  

Won the coveted “Garbage Puns” award.


Brendan CollinsBrendan Team Co-Captain

Brendan is 16 years old and is a Junior at Carmel Catholic High School. He runs cross country, enjoys biking, photography, and tinkering with arduino and other electronics. In the future, he intends to study electrical and computer engineering.  Brendan is the N.Y.A.N. team co-captain.

Why N.Y.A.N.?  Brendan had participated in FIRST robotics in the past through FLL. He had a great time and was able to gain a lot of knowledge about engineering. With the same thought he was looking for an opportunity to extend his knowledge in engineering in pursuit of his dream of becoming an electrical engineer.

Most likely to say, “It will be done tomorrow” when it really won’t.


Ricky Blaha – Head of Buildrick

Ricky is 17 and is a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. He plays the alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. His future plans are to pursue a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering. Ricky is on lead for the Build team.

Why N.Y.A.N.?  Ricky wanted to get some practical experience in the engineering field.  He is head of the build team and loves seeing the robot take shape.

Most likely to stare at you uncomfortably


Allen Mons – Head of ProgrammingAllen

Allen is 16 years old and a sophomore at Carmel Catholic High School. He likes video games and messing with electronics and participates on the math team.  He intends to pursue a degree in engineering. Allen is a programmer for N.Y.A.N.

Why N.Y.A.N.?   Allen loves to program so this was a fun way to apply his interests. He is primarily responsible for creating the autonomous  and teleopt programs though he also contributes strategies to the robot and the autonomous program.

Always wears his school uniform. Always.


Joey Elert – Head of App DesignIMG_7473

Joey is 17 and a senior at Carmel Catholic High School. He plays varsity lacrosse. He wants to study computer science at UW Madison.  He hopes to someday become a game designer. Joey is on the CAD team.

Why N.Y.A.N.?  Joey joined the team to have an opportunity to gain experience in programming  Joey is a key designer working with unity programming to design the N.Y.A.N. app game.  

Most likely to claim the app is working

 


Andrew Frels – Head of MarketingIMG_7481

Andrew is 16 and a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. He is active in the theater department. He would like to study chemical engineering in college.   Andrew is on the Marketing team.

Why N.Y.A.N.?  Andrew was eager to join the team and experience robotics first hand.  He actively updates our engineering notebook and keeping the digiposter and website up to date.  Furthermore, he also reaches out to companies for N.Y.A.N. sponsorships.

Plays just the worst music at every meeting


Owen Kompare – CAD/BuildIMG_7470

Owen is 17 and a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. He plays soccer year round and wants to study engineering in college. Owen is on the CAD team.

Why N.Y.A.N.?  Owen saw how successful the team was and wanted to be a part of it.   He is taking engineering classes and was looking for away to apply what he was learning.

Most likely to burst into song at the wrong moment

 


Meghan Novak – ProgrammingIMG_7484

Meghan is 16 and a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. She enjoys playing lacrosse and tennis. This is her first year on the NYAN team. She hopes to pursue a career in Computer Science.

Why N.Y.A.N? Meghan wanted to get more experience in programming and learn more about engineering.

 

 

 


Terri Brinkman – MarketingIMG_7487

Terri is 16 and a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. She plays soccer and is a member of student council. This is her first year on the NYAN team as a member of the marketing team. She intends to pursue a degree in chemical engineering.

Why N.Y.A.N? Terri wanted to gain experience in the engineering field as well as be a part of the team community.

 

 


Szymon Slowinski – BuildIMG_7466

Szymon is 16, a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. He participates in the school’s math team and enjoys biking and watching movies with friends. Szymon also runs cross country and golfs.

Why N.Y.A.N? Szymon wanted to learn more about the engineering field and wanted more experience in this field. He also enjoys having fun, which is number one priority on the team.

Most likely to say “What!?”


Ben Geoffrey – BuildIMG_7516

Ben is 16 and a junior at Carmel Catholic High School. He plays soccer and participates in the school’s jazz band and math team. Ben intends on pursuing a career in the engineering field.  

Why N.Y.A.N? Ben hopes to gain exposure to different engineering fields to help him determine which field he wishes to pursue.