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Adam Krpan

Technical Director

Head of operations. In charge of leading team meetings, managing the team schedule, and major administrative tasks. Works with sub-team leads to make sure all work is done on time and helps resolve any issues or concerns. 

Adam is a Computer Science and Software Engineering student with a wide range of interests ranging from hobby mechanical design and marching band to game development and robotics.


Contact: adam.krpan@trickfirerobotics.com

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Brian Gonzalez-Montoya

Founder and Technical Adviser

Assists Technical Director in planning, leading team meetings, and with team logistics. Fills in for Technical Director when necessary. 

Brian is a mechanical engineering student who loves building crazy contraptions, working on his car, and playing guitar in his space time. His include building a prop record launcher, repainting an electric guitar, and restoring a 1978 Datsun 280Z.

Contact: brian.gm@trickfirerobotics.com

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Pongpak Techa

Mechanical design lead

Works with technical director to plan and organize, as well as keep the team on track for following deadlines. 

Works closely with the manufacturing lead. Responsible for the design of the robot and working with other mechanical, electrical, and software team members in order to ensure the proper construction of the robot. Responsible for building the robot parts and accessories based on the designs created. In charge of ensuring build work is done on time. 

Contact: pongpak.tech@trickfirerobotics.com


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Dawson Brown

Manufacturing Lead

Founding member of TrickFire Robotics and responsible for the design of the robot. Works with other mechanical, electrical, and software team members in order to ensure the proper construction of the robot. Responsible building the robot parts and accessories based on the designs created. In charge of ensuring build work is done on time. 

Dawson is a mechanical engineering student with 10 years of experience building and competing with BattleBots in his spare time. He has a passion for designing and fabricating, and has worked in robotics teams for most of his school career.

Contact: dawson.brown@trickfirerobotics.com

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Riley Carney

Marketing Lead

Responsible for talking to sponsors, helping outreach lead with events, and maintaining social media. Promotes the team's efforts at home and at competitions. 

Riley is a crew member at Trader Joes and enjoys learning new mathematical ideas and concepts that are applicable to the real world. In his free time, he enjoys working out, karaoke with friends, and spending time with family.

Contact: riley.carney@trickfirerobotics.com

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Allison Clark

Outreach Lead

In charge of finding, creating, and running team outreach events that may include sponsorship related events.  Works with other leads to ensure related work is done on time. Assists the team with budgeting and procurement; ensures the team has necessary supplies and materials; works with sub-team leads and the team's purchasing agent to collect, approve, and track team orders; and maintains an updated Bill of Materials.

Allison is a Barista at Honey Bear Bakery and was a part of her rocket team in high school for two years. She loves rain.

Contact: allison.clark@trickfirerobotics.com


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Anand Sekar

Electrical lead

Anand works extensively on the wiring and electronics of the robotic, communicating with other team leads to make sure proper design is implemented to allow the robot to function ideally in a chaotic environment.

Contact: anand.sekar@trickfirerobotics.com