TEK Robotics

at Virginia Tech

Board of Officers

President

Position Descriptions

Ryan Freeburger

Ryan Freeburger is a Senior studying Computer Science. This is his fifth year with the team; he was a founding member of TEK Robotics. He has been involved with VEX Robotics for almost a decade now and has a great deal of experience in all facets of robotics. Ryan served as the Treasurer for the past four years and for a while, was the head of programming for the team. Ryan has extensive experience in ROBOTC as well as Java, C, C++, and Python. In addition to working with TEK Robotics, Ryan has had internships with the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the federal government in the field of cybersecurity. In his free time, Ryan enjoys reading and Magic: The Gathering.

Contact Ryan at: rfreeb20@vt.edu

President: The President supervises all affairs regarding TEK Robotics. The President is responsible for calling board meetings and team meetings, and has the power to sign off for decisions made by the Board of Officers. In addition, the President is responsible for the path of the organization as a whole. Also, the President should have extensive knowledge of the VEX competition, and the ability to relay their experience to team members. The President has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 2 years and previously served as a board member.

Vice President

Philip Yates

Philip Yates is in his third year majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. He is also pursuing a minor in Music Technology. This is his second year with the team, and first as Vice President. Previously, Philip has done research with the Autonomous Systems and Controls Lab, and hopes to continue with robotics research throughout his career. When not building robots, Philip enjoys cooking and studying music.

Contact Philip at: pjyates@vt.edu

Vice President: The Vice President assists the President in the executive functions of TEK Robotics. The Vice President will work with the President to register with the university as a student organization for all events and privileges pertaining to the functions of TEK Robotics. The Vice President has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Secretary

Abby Haden

Abby Haden is a Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Mathematics at Virginia Tech. This is her third year on the team and her second as Secretary. In addition to TEK Robotics, Abby has interned at Northrop Grumman in Charlottesville, VA for the last two summers. She is also the leader and co-founder of a Destination Imagination team at Virginia Tech. In her free time, Abby enjoys writing, biking, and playing board games.

Contact Abby at: abbyh3@vt.edu

Secretary: The Secretary will be responsible for recording attendance and minutes at all Board meetings, and maintaining a calendar of all events for TEK Robotics. The Secretary will also distribute a meeting agenda before the Board meeting. The Secretary has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Treasurer

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Our Treasurer position is currently vacant.

Treasurer: The Treasurer handles all finances of TEK Robotics. The Treasurer will hold the best interest for the organization’s business transactions and investments. All ordered parts go through the Treasurer. The Treasurer has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Outreach Chair

Madison Burke

Madison Burke is a Freshman planning to study Electrical Engineering and has been involved in robotics for a total of 5 years. Madison strongly values team leadership and group dynamics, and her personal strengths are strategic thinking, influencing, and relationship building. In addition to designing land robots, she is also interested in drones and passionate about using technologies to solve greater world issues such as the water crisis in third world countries. Madison is inspired by nature and art and spends lots of time snowboarding and studying contemporary dance.

Contact Madison at: madiseb@vt.edu

Outreach Chair: The Outreach Chair shall correspond with outside benefactors and potential corporate donors. Duties include organizing all events that raise funds for TEK Robotics. Furthermore, the Outreach Chair will coordinate all public outreach, community outreach, and outreach to potential sponsors. The Outreach Chair will work in conjunction with the Historian to develop press releases. The Outreach Chair has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Team Lead

Zakar White

Zakar White is a Junior double majoring in Physics and Engineering Science and Mechanics. He really enjoys dynamical systems (Lagrangian) and solid-state physics (semiconductors). He works in a research lab with Biological Engineering and plays soccer in his spare time.

Contact Zakar at: zakarw96@vt.edu

Team Lead: A Team Lead is responsible for the team’s building of a VEX competition robot. A Team Lead will ensure the completion for all necessary deadlines, and demonstrate competence of passing on knowledge of VEX robotics to new members. The Board of Officers will appoint a Team Lead who has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Team Lead

Keith Tiemann

Keith Tiemann is a super senior studying Electrical and Computer Engineering, focusing on robotics. This is now his 4th year at TEK Robotics and his second year as a team lead. He currently works for the Energy Conversion Systems Laboratory and the Newman Library but has previously worked at Space@VT and the Hume Center for National Security and Technology. Keith loves working on robotics and different side projects at home as well as playing PC video games.

Contact Keith at: kat284@vt.edu

Team Lead: A Team Lead is responsible for the team’s building of a VEX competition robot. A Team Lead will ensure the completion for all necessary deadlines, and demonstrate competence of passing on knowledge of VEX robotics to new members. The Board of Officers will appoint a Team Lead who has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Historian

Josh Detwiler

Josh Detwiler is a Junior studying Computer Science and Math, expecting to graduate in 2019. He has deep interests in artificial intelligence and hopes to someday better connect technology to the humanities through smarter AI. He has been with TEK Robotics for three years, and this is his second year as Historian. Over the 2017 summer, Josh worked on converting our old website into a new one. In his free time, Josh enjoys everything ranging from Project Euler coding problems, to drawing, to studying AI/ML.

Contact Josh at: joshde@vt.edu

Historian: The Historian is responsible for positively representing TEK Robotics through collecting photos at weekly meetings, and all events including service, social, and outreach. The Historian also has a hand in compiling the Engineering Notebook. The Historian will also update the website with current information relevant to the organization and maintain a positive public image. The Historian must have been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Club Chair

Ryan Muller

Ryan Muller is a Junior in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He enjoys robotics and automation through software. His main contribution to TEK Robotics has been the creation of T.R.E. (Teaching Robotics and Engineering), a club that instructs freshmen and sophomores on the basics of robotics and smart systems. He currently serves as the club chair to TEK Robotics and as the President of T.R.E.

Contact Ryan at: mullerr@vt.edu

Club Chair: The Club Chair schedules lessons and activities for members of the T.R.E. Club and oversees all of the club’s operations. The Club Chair can and will appoint others within the club to help maintain smooth internal affairs. The Club Chair will also promote the organization’s opportunities such as events, fundraisers, and community service. The Club Chair has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.