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Leadership

Jessie Ziegenbein - Co-Captain

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Jessie Ziegenbein is a senior and a co-captain of the South Eugene Robotics Team. This year will be her fourth year on the team, and since freshman year she has been part of the mechanical subteam. She is very involved in mechanical and mechanical-related discussions, and loves helping build robots. She also enjoys troubleshooting and problem solving, and fixing robots to help them perform at their best. She enjoys teaching new members about our team, and helping them all feel welcome. Outside of robotics, Jessie likes to read, cuddle with her cats, and draw. She also enjoys watching movies, her favorite being Big Hero 6.

Benjamin Phelps - Co-Captain

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Senior Benjamin Phelps is a co-captain and CAD lead at the South Eugene Robotics Team. This is his fourth year on the team, and he is also involved in the strategy and mechanical subteams. He has also helped to organize the Go-Baby-Go outreach project at SERT. When Benjamin is not at robotics or doing homework, he is usually reading or working on a CAD model.

Andrew Dassonville - Software

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Andrew Dassonville is a senior and the software subteam lead of the South Eugene Robotics Team. He is passionate about open source programming and creating new autonomous features and modes for SERT’s robots. He also enjoys being on the cutting-edge of FRC technology, leading efforts to use machine learning and LiDAR on competition robots. Last year he was one of the presenters of our Chairman’s Award, and continues to do sponsor presentations to get the team cash. In his free time, he enjoys beating his friends and family at ping pong (or just plain Pong sometimes), hiking, and programming in languages he knows, such as Kotlin, Go, C++, Python, and discovering new languages and projects!

Dale Ruzicka - Mechanical

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Dale is a junior and the mechanical lead for the South Eugene Robotics Team. She joined the team her sophomore year, and was drawn to mechanical by her love of working hands-on and her interest in how pieces fit together into a functioning whole. When not at robotics or doing schoolwork, she enjoys drawing, reading, hiking, rock climbing, and hanging out with friends.

Greta Keyes - Electrical

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Greta Keyes is the electrical lead at South Eugene Robotics team. She joined as soon as possible during her freshman year and initially was interested in mechanical before joining the electrical subteam. She loves teaching new SERT members about the electrical systems, cheering (really loudly) for the robot and drive team during competition, and organizing the shop. When not attempting to manage wire spaghetti or troubleshoot problems with the encoders, she enjoys learning about chemistry and biology, going on hikes, and reading and writing science fiction in her free time.

Tiffany Huang - Business

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Senior Tiffany Huang is the business subteam lead at South Eugene Robotics Team. Tiffany joined the team during her sophomore year, and is always willing to help out new members and keep everyone else in line. When she’s not helping the business team get everything done on time, Tiffany enjoys dancing ballet, debating, playing piano, working with student government, and leading South’s Asian Student Union.

Sander Moffit - Strategy

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Sander Moffitt is a junior and strategy co-lead for South Eugene Robotics Team. This is her third year on SERT. She fell in love with robotics at the age of eight after building a LEGO robot named “BALL-E” that shot foam balls at her cat whenever it went near her bedroom. She has since evolved to leading robot design discussions and running match strategy. Outside of robotics, Sander enjoys editing her novel, painting, and coming up with creative ways to torment her little sister.

William Hou - Strategy

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William is a junior and co-strategy lead along with Sander on the South Eugene Robotics Team. This is William’s third year on the team, and he is also a part of the software subteam. He loves watching robots at competitions and helping organize scouting so that the team has useful data before each match. Outside of school and robotics, William enjoys biking, talking with his friends, and playing online games.

Subteams

Mechanical

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.

Software

The software subteam writes code for the robot with goals to create as many autonomous functions as effectively as possible. It’s always trying to pioneer the next evolution in FRC robot programming. Currently, the software subteam is living on the bleeding edge by using the programming language Kotlin with IntelliJ and Gradle. In addition to its other responsibilities, the software subteam is also responsible for making the driver station as effectual and comprehendible as possible for the Drive Team.

Business

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.

Electrical

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.

Strategy

The strategy subteam works to ensure quality robot analysis, thorough testing, and successful matches. This includes creating and guiding the team through a process to design the best robot our team can build for this year’s game, testing the prototype and the robot in thorough and exciting ways, working on match-strategy, and organizing scouting.