Tabia Schmidt - Captain


Senior Tabia Schmidt is a co-captain of South Eugene Robotics Team. She cares about outreach, girls in STEM, Chairmans, outreach, and outreach. Among her proudest accomplishments on the team include spearheading the Ophelia’s Place Classes, the Community Computers program, and working to win the Chairman’s and Entrepreneurship awards in 2016 and 2017. She was also the Dean’s List Finalist at the PNW Championships 2016. Tabia loves robots, naps, pad thai, and she will be a part of the Reed College class of 2021.

Emerald Ayers - Captain


Emerald Ayers is one of the co-captains at South Eugene Robotics Team, and a senior at North Eugene High School. As a younger sibling of a former team captain, Emerald got her robotics start before she began high school. As a freshman she shadowed the legendary Ben Davidson, and became attached to the mechanical side of the build. During her sophomore year she dabbled in electrical and business, and was one of three girls who competed in the St. Louis Championships. Her junior year, she created an all new drivetrain, basically reinventing the wheel. At the same time she also captained North Eugene’s FTC team, N.E.R.D. during their second season. As a senior and co-captain Emerald oversees the design, fabrication, and strategy surrounding the robot. When not building robots and conquering the world, Emerald enjoys baking, choir, and dying her hair weird colors.

Phela Chuey - Mechanical


Senior Phela Chuey is the mechanical subteam lead and safety captain at South Eugene Robotics Team. She has been fully involved with the team for 4 years. Phela also was on an FLL team for 2 years in Middle School. She originally thought she wanted to be a programer, but quickly became attached to mechanical. Phela has been the Mechanical Lead for 2 years now and absolutely loves it. She trains new students and knows her way around all the shop’s power tools. This is also her second year as Safety Captain. Phela is responsible for the safety of every team member, in shop and at competition. She has gotten two Star of the Day safety awards at competition. When it comes to lunging for the burn cream or building a robot, Phela has you covered. In her other, though limited, free time she enjoys dancing, riding motorcycles, singing, and drawing.

Alex Chamberlin - Strategy


Junior Alex Chamberlin is the Strategy/scouting subteam lead at South Eugene Robotics Team. He’s been fully involved with the team for 3 years. Alex’s freshman year was spent learning a limited amount about a broad array of subjects until he shadowed Anthony (the resident expert in all things mechanical). Notably he was the human player for the drive team that when to world’s. Sophomore year largely consisted of work in the mechanical subteam as well as contributions to the scouting and drive team. At the end of Sophomore year Alex had taken on the job of 3d printing guru and been elected Strategy subteam lead. As Strategy lead he built the Strategy subteam from scratch and oversaw the creation of a top notch scouting app. In addition he coordinated the updating of the team handbook, contributed to the mechanical team and coached drive team. When Alex isn’t doing robotics (which is like never) he enjoys sailing, soccer and cooking.

Alyssa Gao - Business


Junior Alyssa Gao is the business subteam co-lead at South Eugene Robotics Team. She has been on the team for three years, and has contributed to many projects. She has been the project lead for the Chairman’s Award submission every year, which is the most prestigious award for any FIRST team. In addition, she was the scouting subteam lead, a sponsor presenter, and a main contributor to the drive train and bumper projects in her sophomore year, as well as a writer and presenter for the Entrepreneurship Award, which SERT won for the first time that year. This year, Alyssa has continued her work at SERT as a business team lead, teaching a CAD class at Ophelia’s Place, presenting Chairman’s, and organizing outreach activities. Outside of robotics, she also enjoys playing violin, writing for the school newspaper, and planning events in South’s Student Government.

Sophia Dossin - Business


Senior Sophia Dossin is the business subteam co-lead at South Eugene Robotics Team. Business is her one, true love. During her freshman year on the team, she started the business team and has been heading the business team ever since! Every year, Sophia has been in charge of making the video for the Chairman’s Award and has loved setting up outreach events. Her favorite robotics team memory is from travelling to World Championships in St. Louis with the team during her sophomore year. Outside of robotics, she is involved on the 4J school board and IHS student government, and teaches all-girls chess classes with SouthSide Chess. Next year, she will be in St. Louis, studying business at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dani White - Software


Senior Dani White is the software subteam lead at South Eugene Robotics Team. Dani joined the team during her sophomore year and now leads the development of the team’s robot software, which is written in Java (with some elements in Python). She is also involved in many of SERT’s outreach programs, teaching part of the team’s CAD class at Ophelia’s place and a robotics class at Roosevelt Middle School. When she’s not at robotics, Dani enjoys painting and taekwondo.

Nolan Hart - Electrical


Senior Nolan Hart is the electrical subteam lead at South Eugene Robotics Team. He has been on the team since his freshman year, and has enjoyed working on both the electrical and mechanical subteams. This past year, he was appointed electrical team lead, and has come to love teaching and assisting younger members of his subteam. In his free time, Nolan appreciates 80s pop, playing video games, and hanging out with his friends.



The mechanical subteam is responsible for the design and fabrication of the robot. During the first few days of build season, mechanical designs and creates CAD models and prototypes of proposed mechanisms of the robot. After different mechanisms have been tested and eliminated, mechanical designs a CAD model and builds a test model of the robot. After the test robot has been tested and altered, a final robot is built.


The software subteam writes code for the robot and the driver station. Specifically using Java as their programming language, the software subteam writes code to make the robot autonomously function as effectively as possible. In addition to autonomously programming the robot, software is also responsible for making the driver station effectual and comprehendible.


The business subteam is responsible for updating the website, writing grants and award submissions, acquiring sponsors, planning outreach events, creating marketing material to recruit new team members and mentors, and maintaining an active social media presence.


The electrical subteam creates a control system for the robot. By wiring electronics and creating a control system, software is able to operate the robot.


The strategy subteam formulates a game plan on what functions to prioritize on the robot. In addition, during competition season, the strategy subteam is responsible for scouting other robots.