Meet the Team

  • Mechanical
Abby F. 2024
  • Mechanical
Andrew C. 2025

“I joined the Beak Squad because I wanted to learn more about the design process and engineering. I have learned from my mistakes along the way and seen just what we can accomplish as a team. It has been an interesting and rewarding experience.” 

  • Mechanical
Austin T. 2025

“I was on the FTC team in middle school, and I joined the Beak Squad to expand upon my critical thinking and engineering abilities. This year, I have already learned the intricacies of CAD and the opportunities it offers. I hope to succeed and excel in all projects I’m assigned, so I can help the team create a functional and successful robot.”

  • Business & Branding
Bailey B. 2025
  • Mechanical
  • Subteam Captains
  • Team Management
Bianca O. 2022

“The Beak Squad has shown me that if you put in the time to do something, there’s a very encouraging environment that helps you with anything you want to accomplish. I have always been so impressed by the various S.T.E.M. opportunities the Mechanical Sub-Team offers.”

  • Business & Branding
Burgess D. 2022

"My experience in the Beak Squad has been phenomenal. I learned the fundamentals of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in the offseason and worked on our website during the build season."

  • Controls
Carson R. 2024

“I originally joined robotics because I was interested in the programming, but I soon realized that it involves so much more. I’ve spent my time on the Beak Squad learning how to code because if the code works, the robot will too.” 

  • Mentors
  • Team Management
Christine S.
  • Mentors
  • Team Management
Christy H.
  • Mechanical
  • Subteam Captains
Colin S. 2022

“My friends are the ones who got me interested in robotics and it has been such a great experience to see my training come to life in through my designs. I’m really excited for this season to build something I am proud of.” 

  • Mentors
  • Team Management
Dave W.
  • Controls
  • Mentors
Ernie D.
  • Controls
  • Mentors
Gabe S. 2013

"After being on the team its first two years, I am very happy to be able to come back and help as a mentor."

  • Mentors
  • Team Management
Iris J.
  • Business & Branding
  • Mentors
Jane H.

“The Business and Branding subteam lets students tell our story through robot cards, webpages, video and team spirit items.  At robotics it is my pleasure to help the students discover the joy of creation and how to problem solve sharing 4028’s accomplishments with a broader audience.”

  • Controls
Jason I. 2024

“I had been familiar with the Beak Squad for many years before joining and now that I’m a member of the team, it’s even better than I expected. We’ve been doing really well preparing for competition season and I know the skills I’ve learned here will be useful for a S.T.EM. Career.”

  • Mechanical
  • Mentors
Jeff S.
  • Mechanical
Josh E. 2024

“I joined the Beak Squad because I like building things. Even though we didn’t get to attend competitions last year, I still took advantage of every opportunity to learn how to be a valuable member of the team. This year, I look forward to competition season, where I can see my hard work pay off.” 

  • Business & Branding
  • Subteam Captains
Joshua H. 2022

"Seeing the team’s hard work pay off and getting to know my teammates better through spending time with them during the competitions.I have learned a lot about teamwork and STEM since joining the Beak Squad."

  • Mechanical
  • Mentors
Justin Z.

"I am passionate about the mission of FIRST and proud to be a part of it. There is nothing that prepares kids with such a diverse set of skills for the real world. Rapidly developing, complex, world-class machines alongside talented future engineers is a rich experience that changes the lives of those involved. I am so excited to see what these kids will accomplish next.”

  • Controls
Kaveri E. 2024

“I’ve always wanted to go into engineering and on the Beak Squad, I have learned how to program and wire robots so I can’t wait to apply those skills during build season. I’ve learned so much about programming and I hope to leading the Controls Sub-Team in the coming years.”

  • Mechanical
  • Subteam Captains
Luke S. 2022

“I was on an FTC team in middle school, so I have always been interested in building and creating mechanisms. In my final year on the Beak Squad, I hope to grow as an individual, team member, and engineer and to better understand methods of design and manufacturing.” 

  • Mechanical
  • Subteam Captains
Matthew H. 2022

"The Beak Squad experience is unlike any other. We learn real-world skills and experience the rush of competitions and success. The work is hard and the hours are long, but the product reflects our effort and the outcome is always rewarding.”

  • Controls
Nick W. 2025

“Before joining the Beak Squad, I knew little about coding and programming, but after just a few months on the team, my knowledge has been expanded more than I ever thought possible. I can’t wait until competition season, where I hope to demonstrate what I have learned and help the team succeed!”

  • Controls
  • Subteam Captains
Parker J. 2022

“I joined the Beak Squad because I saw a demo at open house and felt drawn into robotics. Since then, my love of all things electrical has increased. I feel grateful that I get to spend another year doing what I truly love.”

  • Mechanical
Preston M. 2025

“I really enjoyed my FTC robotics team last year and I have enjoyed being on the Beak Squad even more! I have learned so much about coding and 3D model designing. I can’t wait to help create a successful robot design and to win our competitions.”

  • Business & Branding
  • Mentors
Rebecca D.

"At my first competition in 2017, despite not knowing what's going on, I became hooked on the atmosphere. The passion and determination that our students have is incredible to witness. I'm so proud to be a part of the Beak Squad and to learn and grow alongside the students."

  • Mechanical
  • Mentors
Ryan K. 2020

"Robotics has taught me about life, engineering, teamwork and sharing experiences. No one person can build a robot in 6 weeks, so we need to work together."

  • Controls
Samantha B. 2025

“I joined robotics to benefit my future self by learning coding and wiring and to experience what engineering is like. Getting to work with such experienced people has helped me to learn fast and have fun. I can’t wait to win the competitions we participate in and learn even more.”

  • Controls
Samantha P. 2025

“When I first heard about the Beak Squad, I thought it sounded really fun. It’s definitely been a lot of hard work, but I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait for the competition season because I really think we’ll have a chance to win.”

  • Mentors
  • Team Management
Scott R.
  • Mechanical
Sophia I. 2022

"I have a passion for building LEGO, and I thought I would enjoy building robots too."

  • Controls
  • Subteam Captains
Will R. 2022

"I love the Beak Squad because the unique learning atmosphere leads to an educational and fun experience for everyone, no matter how experienced you are, and everyone fits in."

  • Business & Branding
  • Mentors
Zach G. 2017