Karin is the acting president of Team 696. On her fourth year with the team, Karin works to ensure all aspects of the team run effectively. Her first year was spent with the Business Subteam, before she moved to the Prototyping Subteam in her second year, where she learned mechanical design, practiced wiring, and began operating the robot during competitions. Karin’s priority is to ensure that all members gain the best experience possible on the team. After graduation, Karin hopes to earn a degree in architecture to design things that people can positively experience.
Samuel holds the position of Vice President on Team 696. During his first year on the team, Samuel held an essential role on the Manufacturing Subteam, and played as the Pilot on the airship during the 2016-2017 season. This season, he is working with the CAD Subteam to assist and train new members in using design software to model custom parts and mechanisms for the robot. Following his departure from the team, Samuel aspires to study in the field of Mechanical Engineering with a focus on renewable energy infrastructure and components.
Hobbies: Hanging out with Friends, Playing Video Games
Favorite Movie: Cars
Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo
This is Emil’s second year on the CAD subteam, using CAD software like Autodesk Inventor to effectively design parts and mechanisms for the robot. Emil is the Additive Manufacturing Specialist, directing and overseeing all 3D prints. After he graduates high school, Emil would like to attend a four-year university to major in some type of engineering.
Richard Viloria is one of the three CAD members on Team 696, responsible for working with the Prototyping Subteam to accurately model mechanisms and machinable parts to send to the CAM Subteam, which prepares them for manufacturing. After high school, Richard hopes to attend a school in Texas and start a career.
Gabrielle is a member of the CAD Subteam, using Autodesk Inventor to digitally construct the robot and its mechanisms in a three-dimensional space based on prototypes. She is still unsure about what college to attend, but she's planning on hopefully working with artificial intelligence and robots.
Last year, Michael was new to the CAM subteam, where he learned to program machines to tell them what to do and how to do it in order to accurately manufacture parts for the robot. This year, Michael is the Head of the CAM Subteam, and assists new members in learning how to program toolpaths for the CNC mills, lathes, and routers. After high school, Michael plans on going to a university and majoring in mechanical or electrical engineering.
Jira is a member of the CAM Subteam, responsible for producing computable code for parts using a CAD model to be made by the Manufacturing Subteam on the CNC machines in the lab. She plans to major in engineering and manufacturing.
Aidan is a member of the CAM team where he practices the skills necessary to efficiently program parts designed by the CAD team to be manufactured on CNC machines in the lab. He plans to master Inventor HSM to efficiently program parts for the 2018 robot. After high school, Aidan hopes to attain a college degree in engineering.
Jasmine is the Head Manufacturer, responsible for teaching the new members how to properly operate every manual and CNC machine in the lab. She aspires to graduate from UCLA with a bachelors in mechanical or software engineering, and begin her own business.
Jake comes from humble roots, but he and his family grew with it. His love of all things science constantly fuels his curiosity; whenever he sees something new that he can’t explain, he tries to learn from it. In prior years, Jake has been a programmer, prototyper, and the Power Management System Engineer. Now, he is a machinist, working to create parts for the robot with high degrees of accuracy. In the future, he would love to go into marine biology, chemistry, and advanced robotics. His ultimate goal is either a field involving climate or space.
Edward is one of the Manufacturing Team students on Team 696 in charge of running the Mini Mill and the Super Mini Mill 2 in the lab and machining robot parts to high tolerances. After he graduates high school, Edward aspires to attend Harvard.
Lerna is new to the Manufacturing Subteam this year, and is responsible for running the CNC lathes to manufacture parts to high tolerances. After high school, Lerna intends to study mechanical and/or electrical engineering, physics, and mathematics to become an astronaut or an engineer.
Ismail is the Head Programmer, responsible for ensuring the robot is fully programmed and operational prior to each competition. Later in life, Ismail hopes to enter into the field of computer science, having had lots of prior experience with computers and technology.
Nora was born in Baghdad, Iraq and has lived in both Syria and Lebanon. Having lived now for four years in the United States, she feels that she has changed a lot because of Team 696. Her role on the team is to program the robot using the programming language, Java. Nora contributes to the prototyping, assembly, and wiring of the robot, and is the Robot Driver during competitions. Upon graduating from high school, she plans on pursuing a career in electrical or aerospace engineering.
Justin is one of the robot programmers on the team responsible for writing code that allows the electronic parts of the robot to function to their highest potential. After he graduates from high school, Justin plans on majoring in computer programming/sciences. He has always enjoyed working with computers, so working with them in a career would be something that he would enjoy.
Ruben is one of the new members on the Programming Subteam, where he is responsible for developing well-structured code to make the robot move. After high school, he aspires to attend a university and get a good job as a programmer.
As the Head Prototyper, David is responsible for designing, building, and testing mechanisms, while also teaching new members the skills they will use to prototype efficiently. After high school, David plans to attend college to study mechanical engineering and to prepare for a career within the field.
Alex is a returning member of the Prototyping Subteam, responsible for training and managing the projects of new members. Alex plays a critical role in ensuring the overall success of the Prototyping Subteam, and developing effective models of mechanisms to be used on the robot. Later in life, Alex hopes to attend a four-year university, preferably CSUN.
Favorite Food: BBQ bacon burger, medium-rare meat with french fries and strawberry lemonade
Tony is a member of the Prototyping Subteam, where he has learned prototyping techniques and applications in creating new mechanical designs. His goal is to get into the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, where he would major in Mechanical Engineering, graduate with a Master’s Degree, and work for Google.
Ryan is a member of the Prototyping Subteam, responsible for making wooden models of mechanisms to test before deciding to put them on the robot. After high school, he would like to study bioengineering and have a career in the area.
Bagrat is the head of the Simulation and Analysis Subteam, whose work mainly consists of creating mock simulations of robot parts including objects like shooters. Bagrat uses MatLab software to create these simulations, using various aspects of coding, math, and physics. He also plays an integral role in developing match strategies during competitions. After his high school experience, Bagrat hopes to enter in the field of software engineering, mechanical engineering, or applied mathematics.
Nicholas is a member of the Simulation and Analysis Subteam. On his first year with the team, Nicholas uses his time mastering the MatLab software in order to create simulations to assist with the prototyping process. After graduation, he sees a future for himself as an Aerospace Engineer.
Last season was Narek’s first year on the welding subteam, during which he was responsible for developing his skills to help weld the robot, cut material for manufacturing parts, and operate machinery to create parts used for prototyping. Now, Narek is the Head Welder, responsible for showing our new member how to weld effectively. After high school, he wants to get a degree in some form of engineering.
Lucas is new to the Welding Subteam this year, where he is responsible for acquiring the skills necessary to weld parts of the robot together to create a sturdy structure. In the future, he wants to be skilled at designing.
Michael is head of the Animation Sub-team. He uses the CAD files of the robot to create visual examples of the robot and its mechanisms to display in our pit area and during community events as well as ensuring that high quality projects are submitted to animation competitions. He aspires to become an engineer for Walt Disney Imagineering.
Sebastian’s former role on the CAD team allows him to bring a strong mechanical understanding to his new role on the Animation Subteam, where he takes CAD files and other types of models to render high-quality animations that are displayed in our pit area, used in videos, and submitted for awards. After high school, Sebastian aspires to attend a university and major in aerospace engineering.
Kioko is our team’s photographer, responsible for creating numerous albums of high-quality images to help document the team's activities. Her extensive experience with photography has also been a great asset to video development and production. After graduating from high school, she hopes to enter the art-therapy field.
Allyson is our team’s Graphic Designer, using her skills to maintain the team’s brand through updating the t-shirts, brochure, flyer, and numerous booklets to ensure every item we hand out is current. Additionally, she creates vinyl graphics to display our sponsors on our team Suburban, trailer, and robot. Allyson plans to attend USC, or an out-of-state, four-year university, majoring in Graphic Design or Business.
Taleen is our team’s Social Media Manager and Accountant. Her role encompasses managing community outreach events, maintaining all of Team 696’s social media accounts, recording the team’s finances, and writing grants, press releases, and award essays. Taleen aspires to eventually start her own business, while also considering a career in the medical field.
Chris is our team’s cinematographer, responsible for directing the efforts of footage acquisition during competitions and community events, sorting all footage, and creating high-quality videos to represent our team. After high school, he wants to either go into mechanical or electrical engineering.
Last season, Marcus was the only web developer, working on updating the website and creating a web-based scouting system. This year, he is the Lead Web Developer, teaching a new member how to use web-design software to develop a website effectively. After he graduates, he wants to study something in the field of computer science.
Edouard is a new programmer on the Web Subteam, where he has spent his time learning and understanding the basics of web development and programming logic. In the near future, he hopes to attend a four-year university and pursue a profession in the medical field.