Our Team


Rohan Tuli

Rohan is a third year Technology & Information Management major. In addition to being founder and President, he also co-leads the electronics sub-team and is responsible for the website and graphic design. This is his sixth year in the MATE competition.

Theo Kell

Theo is a third year Technology & Information Management student. He participated in MATE in high school, as well as in Slugbotics year zero. Theo co-leads the electronics team and is in charge of the control box and other topside electronics. He also supervises lab safety, web administration, and a variety of other incongruous things.

Ryan Meckel

Ryan is a third year Technology & Information Management student and the business lead. In addition to being a founding member of Slugbotics, he is the Treasurer for UCSC's Sustainability Lab, and was a co-captain of his high school's FRC team (#5171 Deus Ex Machina). This is his third year in the MATE competition and this year he is focusing on building lasting partnerships with businesses and schools in the Santa Cruz community.

Kanoa Nakama

Kanoa is a third year Electrical Engineering major who joined Slugbotics in year zero as a founding member as well as participated on his FRC team #2102 Paradox in high school. During his third year in MATE Kanoa mainly serves as one of the mechanical co-leads, primarily responsible for the design and CAD of the ROV as well as integrating all of the components into the main chassis.

Wren Sakai

Wren is a third year Robotics Engineering major who currently serves as mechanical co-lead. Wren is responsible for facilitating robot brainstorming, fabrication, and maintenance. In addition to being a founding member of his high school FRC team 4904, Wren was also a founding member of Slugbotics.

Isaac Trimble-Pederson

Isaac is a second year Computer Science student, and the lead of the Systems subteam. He was inspired to join Slugbotics after his time in his high school's FRC team. Isaac's main focus is motor control and teaching various software skills to others.

Daniel Walton

Daniel is a third year Robotics Engineering major. He was a part of his high school's FRC team for two years before joining Slugbotics in year zero. He is a member of the electrical subteam and a co-leader of the mechanical subteam.



Anthony Arias

Anthony is a second year Physics major and is a part of the Mechanical and Electronics subteams. Although his focus is on particle physics, he enjoys 3D modeling, coding, and robot building that he learned through his high school engineering class.

Surya Auroprem

Surya is a second year Computer Engineering student. He has done FTC and FRC, concentrating on software. He has also done work with Arduino. Surya also enjoys biking, listening to music, coding in Python, and sleeping. Surya is interested in contributing to the Software team.

Matthew Bennett

Matthew is a third year Computer Engineering major focusing in robotics. He participated in his hIgh school's Solar Boat Team. This is his first year participating in the MATE competition. He is looking forward to gaining experience working with a team on a long term engineering project. He enjoys woodworking, reading, and trivia in his free time back home.

Philip Datte

Phil is a fourth year Electrical Engineering major. A member of FRC in high school, he is seeking technical experience, development of skill sets in team building, and expertise in a lab environment that can foster growth and interest in STEM related fields. He works under the electrical subteam in Slugbotics.

Jeremy Diamzon

Jeremy is a fourth year Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics double major, and a member of the mechanical subteam aiding design and mathematical modelling. Although having no prior experience with a robotics club, he has worked with a team on constructing an ROV during a mechatronics class at Monterey Peninsula College aided by the local MATE organization. Currently studying and interested in pursuing research in high energy particle physics, he enjoys delving into mathematics, binging "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure", as well as perpetually relearning how to play the violin during his free time.

Sophia Faulder

Sophia is a second year Robotics Engineering major. She has some robotics experience from high school, especially with 3D printers, laser cutters, and design software, but is excited to take part in the MATE project to gain valuable experience and knowledge. In her free time, she can be found hiking and exploring new places, doing yoga, reading, or spending quality time with friends.

Andrew Gavgavian

Andrew is a second year Computer Science student. While he has not participated in robotic clubs before, he has worked on many engineering projects such as a Solar Boat competition and medieval weaponry design. He is a member of the Electronics subteam. In his free time, Andrew enjoys long walks on the beach, and watching the sunset. Besides that, he loves to hang out with friends, and work on any project that meets his fancy.

Ben Grenier

Ben is a third year Astrophysics major and works on both fabrication and design. He participated in the founding year of Slugbotics, working on projects such as the Inflator. A third year member, Ben has experience with Solidworks, and is currently working on the design and fabrication of the cannon lift.

Dylan Harootunian

Dylan is a third year Robotics Engineering major and works on both design and fabrication for Slugbotics, He took part in the founding year of Slugbotics creating parts such as The Inflator. Dylan has experience with Solidworks and other 3D modeling software, and is familiar with the fabrication process. This is his third year competing in MATE and is looking forward to applying what he has learned to design and fabricate superior parts.

Brandon Imstepf

Brandon is a fourth year transfer Computational Mathematics & Computer Science student. He enjoys doing math, hiking and anything else he gets inspired to do. He is a member of the Electronics and Software subteam.

Sean Layno

Sean is a third year Computer Engineering Major and a member of the mechanical subteam. He was a member during the founding year of Slugbotics and was part of the design team. Sean has past experience with tools and construction due to being part of his high school Mission Valley ROP construction team. During his free time, he enjoys 3D designs and video games.

Jack Lin

Jack is a second year Electrical Engineering major and is affiliated with Merrill College. He is new to coding, but is eager to learn the skills and knowledge required to write effective code. He has two years of experience being in his high school VEX Robotics team. In his free time, Jack likes to read books (fantasy, sci-fi), play video games, and collect cute plushies.

Nathen Ly

Nathen is a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student. He is part of the electronics subteam and this is his second year in the MATE competition. He is also part of the ham radio club and enjoys drinking boba and looking at memes to get through school.

Robert Meier

Robert is a third year Robotics Engineering student. He is a part of the mechanical and software teams. Robert is excited to get more hands on experience with robotics and larger scale engineering projects.

Natalie Rutz

Natalie is a second year proposed Biomolecular Engineering major. She is a member of the mechanical and electronics subteams. She was not a part of any robotics teams during high school.

Ash Whipple

Ash is a second year student with prior experience on FRC teams 4048 and 6718. They co-lead team 6718 for two years and focused on building with recycled materials such as old road signs, bunk beds, and bike parts. Ash enjoys backpacking, drawing, and D&D.

Kyle Worcester-Moore

Kyle is a second-year Computer Game Design Major. He has robotics experience from his High School FIRST team and from helping to teach a simple ROV and oceanographic themed Summer Camp. He is excited to learn and help design and program this year's ROV.

Jake Hwang

Jake is a third year Computer Science major. He was in FRC (#2473) as Mechanical Lead and Project Manager in years 2016 and 2017, respectively. He strives to always discover new passions and past-times. Currently, he participates in the mechanical and software teams in Slugbotics. His responsibilities include designing portions of the ROV.

Shimon Islam

Shimon is a third year Computer Science Major and a member of the Mechanical and Business team for Slugbotics. He enjoys the teamwork necessary in order to build a robot, and is looking forward to brainstorming ideas with his peers. He enjoys listening to music, lifting, and sleep. He also enjoys playing Smash Bros.

Leslie Lorenzo

Leslie is a third year Technology & Information Management major. She was a scouting captain for two years for FRC Team #971 Spartan Robotics. She has experience with ROVs Hercules and Argus, from her internship with the Ocean Exploration Trust. Leslie is a part of the mechanical subteam in Slugbotics and this is her first year in the MATE competition.

Jevin Olano

Jevin is a second year Computer Science student. He participated in his high school's robotics club, and was the vice president of the club during his senior year. Along with his peers, he won the 2017 annual C-STEM robotics competition at UC Davis. He is currently part of the Business subteam. Jevin enjoys coding, meeting new people, and making terrible jokes.