TEK Robotics

at Virginia Tech

Board of Officers

President

Position Descriptions

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 Captain. 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

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.

Director of Administration

Philip Yates

Philip Yates is in his third year majoring in Controls, Robotics and Autonomy, and holds his A.S. in Engineering Science from Nassau Community College. This is his third year with the team and his second year as the Director of Administration. 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

Director of Administration: The Director of Administration assists the President in the executive functions of TEK Robotics. The Director of Administration 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 Director of Administration has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Director of Logistics

Irene Wang

Irene Wang is a Masters student studying mechanical engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and psychology from Virginia Tech in May 2018. This is her 5th year with TEK Robotics. Irene was part of the design team for 4 years. She has robotics as her hobby while having her primary research topic on micro/nano manufacturing and applications. In her spare time, Irene likes building 2D/3D puzzles.

Contact Irene at: yiyingw1@vt.edu

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

Director of Finance

Anthony

Anthony Mistichelli is a Freshman with an intended major of Aerospace Engineering. Some of Anthony’s academic interests are mathematics, planes, physics, and Latin. He has a strong background in logistics and acquisitions, assisting in purchasing for the National Institutes of Health. Outside of school, Anthony likes fishing, kayaking, and working on other construction projects.

Contact Tony at: anthonym18@vt.edu

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

Director of Public Relations

Madison Burke

Madison Burke is a Sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. She strongly values group dynamics and team leadership. Her personal strengths include strategic thinking, influencing, and relationship building. Her focus on TEK Robotics is searching for volunteer opportunities, working with neighboring schools and communities to foster an appreciation for engineering and robotics, and designing and constructing robots for outreach events. Her interest in robotics is not limited to VEX competitons but also aerial robotics. This year she has taken on a new role as an intern at Virginia Tech’s Drone Cage. Madison is inspired by nature and art, is interested in integrating robotics and the arts, and spends her free time snowboarding or studying contemporary dance.

Contact Madison at: madiseb@vt.edu

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

Programming Team Captain

David

David Haas is a Sophomore majoring in computer engineering. This is David’s second year as a member of TEK Robotics and his first year as a Team Captain. Some of David’s academic interests are computer vision, signal processing, and autonomy. Outside of school, David likes rock climbing, camping, and working on other hobby electronics and coding projects at home.

Contact David at: dhaas6@vt.edu

Team Captain: A Team Captain is responsible for the team’s building of a VEX competition robot. A Team Captain 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 Captain who has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Design Team Captain

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Daniel Milanes is a Sophomore in Computer Engineering and is expecting to graduate in May 2021. This will be his second year as a member of TEK Robotics, and it will be his first year as Design Team Captain. He has a strong background in competitive robotics as the president and co-founder of his high school robotics team. Besides robots, he is also interested in creating brain/computer interfaces to achieve true virtual reality. When he is not working on robots he enjoys playing League of Legends, other video games, and streaming TV shows.

Contact Daniel at: dlm2021@vt.edu

Team Captain: A Team Captain is responsible for the team’s building of a VEX competition robot. A Team Captain 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 Captain who has been a member of TEK Robotics for at least 1 year.

Director of Digital Assets

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Our Director of Digital Assets position is currently vacant.

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

Vice Club Chair

Ankit Malhotra

Ankit Malhotra is a Junior in Computer Engineering. He is very interested in the operation of robotics. Ankit is in the process of learning more about robotics and how to create an impact in the autonomous world. He currently is the Vice President of the T.R.E. (Teaching Robotics and Engineering) Club. Ankit loves to collaborate in making robots and programming projects.

Contact Ankit at: ankitm98@vt.edu

Vice Club Chair: The Vice Club Chair assists the Club Chair of TEK Robotics. The Vice Club Chair serves the role of the Vice President of the T.R.E. club. The Vice Club Chair helps the Club Chair in administrating and maintaining the organization’s lesson plans and opportunities to support or promote the club.