Mr. Scott Barton – San Marino High School
Mr. Scott Barton teaches AP Physics at San Marino High School and has been mentoring the Titanium Robotics Team for years. His main job is making sure that “the students leave with the same amount of fingers they came in with”. During building sessions, he can be found at his desk in the robo room, supervising the kids and giving them advice when necessary, about both engineering and life in general. He is the cornerstone of the team and our head adviser, so he has his own spirit animal: the Sloth.
Ms. Keiko Hiranaka – San Marino High
Ms. Hiranaka’s experience with FIRST Robotics began when she was in high school and was a member of Team 1983 (go Skunks!!) While she attended Harvey Mudd College, studying math and computer science, she helped organize and execute several FIRST Scrimmages on campus. Now she is excited to continue her participation with FIRST Robotics with Team 1160!!
Mr. Robert French – The Boeing Company
Mr. Robert French works with composites at Boeing. His generosity, skills, and humor make him an essential part of the team and his invaluable contributions have helped the team improve exponentially to what it is today. As a thank you to Mr. French, as well as The Boeing Company, every year, we bring our robot to Boeing’s Family Day, teaching the kids more about engineering and the ideals of FIRST Robotics.
Dr. Jeng Yen – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Dr. Jeng Yen is the founder of Titanium Robotics. He started the team in 2003 and he has been with us ever since, dropping in to give advice and support to our team. Dr. Yen’s works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory operating a Mars Rover. Because he has played such a huge role in our team’s history, he has been nominated for the Woodie Flowers award multiple times.
Zachary Hurst – Space Systems Loral (SSL)
Zachary Hurst works for Space Systems Loral in their robotics department. He has been heavily involved with FIRST in the past, mentoring Team 2823: the Automatons in Minnesota (he says hi, by the way). When he moved to California to work with SSL, he reached out to us, and since then, he has been helping us improve as engineers and as a team. Over the summer of 2017, Zach moved to Boulder, Colorado for a new job opportunity. The team misses his presence but is happy he has found his calling.
Ethan Rooke – University of Iowa
Ethan Rooke is an alumni mentor from the Class of 2013. He currently is studying mathematics at the University of Iowa. During his time at SMHS, he served as our Engineering VP and our head programmer. He drops by every now and then to impart the knowledge of programming and his words of wisdom to the members of Titanium Robotics. He proves his knowledge and wisdom by refusing to have an argument with Mr. Barton about which University of Iowa is the true pride of Iowa. Though he believes his university is superior.
Justin Chow – University of California, San Diego
Justin Chow is an alumni mentor from the Class of 2013. In his senior year, he served as the team’s President and head mechanic. He has now graduated from UC San Diego where he studied mechanical engineering. Since his graduation he has moved back home, to pasadena. He visits the team often to advise the resident mechanics in their work. By the way, did I mention that he is also a professional arm wrestler? If anyone is hiring, please send business inquiries to email@example.com
William Li – Pasadena City College
William Li was on the team for all four of his high school years and has spent two years mentoring. He is the former mechanical captain and shares his invaluable knowledge with the team whenever necessary. He is currently pursuing a major in mechanical engineering and always enjoys car racing in his free time. As a matter of fact, he was our team’s driver for all four of his student years. Who knew?
Amanda Chung – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Amanda Chung was on the team for three of her high school years, from 2004 to 2006. After she graduated, she began pursuing a major in Asian Humanities at UCLA. She is a Computer Science graduate at Georgia Tech. She currently works at JPL on Mars rover planning software. She comes to help the team during both season and off season work sessions. We love her snacks, but her advice outshines it all. Without her constant support, we may not be where we are today. She also has a twin sister. It’s hard to tell them apart.
Zach Kaufman – Cal Poly Pomona
Zach was on the team for all four years of his high school career. While he was on the team, he served as the Programming Captain as well as the Vice President of Engineering the following year. He currently attends college at Cal Poly Pomona and is pursuing a major in Computer Science. He is an avid mentor on the team, often coming to work sessions and helping out with all the team’s problems. He always seem to have the right answers to every question. He always enjoys going home to program for “fun.”
Jessica Cameron – Cal Poly Pomona
Jessica Cameron is not only the older sister of a current member on the team, Olivia Cameron, but she herself was on the team for all four of her high school years. She was the team’s Treasurer, Mechanical Captain, and finally, President of Engineering. She is currently pursuing a major in Aerospace Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. She loves dancing, skiing, and her dog. She frequently pops into the robo room to offer her invaluable input and help us along the robot building process.
Hester Liu – Cal Poly Pomona
Hester was only on the team for one year, but she really made her mark. Her extensive knowledge in mechanical engineering has truly helped the team thoroughly. Though she was on the team for a short time, she was on pit crew and even won rookie of the year. Currently she is at Cal Poly Pomona, augmenting her knowledge of mechanical engineering by pursuing a major in the field. She enjoys building robots (outside of our team) as well as cooking her favorite meals. Revealing her creative side, she has a passion for photography and graphic design.