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Team Bios

Team Bios

FIRST and Team 228 are about more than just robots. Although our team has been a relatively small one (with less than twenty students and seven mentors) for the past several years, our team has been likened to one big family. Most of our team members are good friends, and everyone loves coming to robotics.

One of the great things about Team 228 are our adult mentors, who come from a diverse background of professions including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, high school teacher (physics), machining and more. Without the invaluable experience provide by our team mentors, our team would not be able to exist.

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Mentors

Bryan Ragaini

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Bryan Ragaini
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Platt High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Team Engineer
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Winning the Engineering Inspiration Award in 2010 at the WPI Regional
  5. When did you join the team?
    1999
  6. Why did you join our team?
    Thought it would be fun to build a robot. It was.
  7. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Robotics, cars, and photography
  8. Do you have any favorite websites?
    www.team228.org, of course.
  9. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Favorite movie: Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying amd Love the Bomb. Favorite TV show: Mythbusters or How It's Made
  10. What is your favorite book?
    The Driver, by Alex Roy.
  11. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Vegetables are what food eats.
  12. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Food: BBQ pulled pork Beverage: Diet Coke
  13. Do you have a favorite saying?
    There will come a time you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
  14. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who refuse to listen to the ideas of others
Mentors

Jesse C. Timm

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Jesse C. Timm
  2. What is your position on the team?
    Mentor
  3. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Going to a Kickoff and seeing Dean Kamen's house.
  4. When did you join the team?
    1999
  5. Why did you join our team?
    John O'Keefe asked me to be pn the team.
  6. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Corvair enthusiast, woodworking, and model building
  7. Do you have any favorite websites?
    E-Bay
  8. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    TV Show: original Star Trek
  9. What is your favorite book?
    Count of Monti Cristo
  10. What is your favorite vegetable?
    String Beans
  11. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Grilled Salmon, Keilbasa, Apple Pie, and Grape Fruit Juice
  12. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "I can't give you any more power captain."
  13. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who drive with their small dogs on their laps.
Mentors

Gordon Morrison

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Gordon Morrison
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Maloney
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Lead Faculty Advisor
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Nationals at Disney World
  5. When did you join the team?
    2000
  6. Why did you join our team?
    Curiosity
  7. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Canoe sailing, woodworking, exploring
  8. Do you have any favorite websites?
    www.junkscience.com
  9. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    CSI, Kill Bill vol. 1, don't play video games
  10. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Deit coke, peanut butter, peanut butter & jelly sandwich
  11. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "Joy is the essence of life."
  12. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    Students who can't use a calculator.
Mentors

Gary Morin

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Gary Morin
  2. What is your position on the team?
    Machinist and mechanical
  3. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    There's too many to pick one
  4. When did you join the team?
    2002
  5. Why did you join our team?
    I wish i could remember.
  6. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Therapy
  7. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Movie: Blazing Sattles; TV Show: My Favorite Martian; Video Game: Dig Dug
  8. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Okra and Brussel Sprouts
  9. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Chili with beans
  10. Do you have a favorite saying?
    Just bring it back, please.
  11. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who stay in the left lane even when your drinving behind them.
Mentors

Arthur Dutra IV

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Arthur Dutra IV; Art
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    currently at WPI, graduated from Platt
  3. What is your position on the team?
    College Mentor
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    The Championship Events in Atlanta, Georgia
  5. When did you join the team?
    2004
  6. Why did you join our team?
    It sounded like fun, and I was already involved in the FIRST LEGO League
  7. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    More about mechanical design and engineering
  8. Do you have any favorite websites?
    Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Chief Delphi Forums
  9. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Boondock Saints, Mythbusters and Top Gear, SimCity4 Rush Hour
  10. What is your favorite book?
    The Good Book (aka Machinery's Handbook)
  11. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Peppers
  12. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Mountain Dew
  13. Do you have a favorite saying?
    'Wicked Awesome"
  14. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    Mesh-shifting transmissions
Mentors

Arthur Dutra III

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Arthur Dutra III; "Black Cloud"
  2. What is your position on the team?
    Electrical, programming, mentor
  3. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Every minute is unforgettable
  4. When did you join the team?
    2004
  5. Why did you join our team?
    I thought it would be fun to be locked away from family, friends, and the real world for the six weeks of the build season.
  6. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Snowboarding, model railroading
  7. Do you have any favorite websites?
    www.nmra.org
  8. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Mythbusters, Kelly's Heroes, Lord of the Rings
  9. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Coffee - AM, Pepsi - PM, pizza - anytime
  10. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "Is it done yet?"
  11. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    Sloppy work.
Mentors

Joy Dutra

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Joy Dutra
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Platt High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Parent Support Group, Community Outreach, Operations/Business, Pep Club, Photography
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Going to Atlanta in '05 and '08; meeting the Dew Crew and showing them our Dewbot
  5. When did you join the team?
    2004
  6. Why did you join our team?
    I love robots!
  7. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    Marketing and technology
  8. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Skiing, mountain biking, scrapbooking, and reading
  9. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Spanish, biology, and public speaking in high school; social work classes in college
  10. Do you have any favorite websites?
    www.snocountry.com
  11. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    National Teasure, LOST, Wii Fitness
  12. What is your favorite book?
    I love all books
  13. What is your favorite vegetable?
    I love all vegetables except beets and lima beans
  14. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    BBQ food, mountain dew, coffee
  15. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "Knowledge is power" and "A winner never quits and a quiter never wins"
  16. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People not worrying about global warming
Mentors

Wendy Gibbs

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Wendy Gibbs
  2. What is your position on the team?
    Parent Support Group
  3. When did you join the team?
    2005
  4. Why did you join our team?
    My son joined
  5. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Watching sports
  6. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Math
  7. Do you have any favorite websites?
    www.team228.org
  8. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    The Shining, sports, Stronghold
  9. What is your favorite book?
    any Stephen King book
  10. What is your favorite vegetable?
    carrots
  11. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Chocolate
  12. Do you have a favorite saying?
    Get in the car!
Mentors

Matt Douglas

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Matt Douglas
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Platt High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    College Mentor, Programming
  4. When did you join the team?
    2006
  5. Why did you join our team?
    Curiosity
  6. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    Computer science
  7. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Video games, computer science, math, physics
  8. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Computer Programming
  9. Do you have any favorite websites?
    www.google.com
  10. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Prison Break
  11. What is your favorite book?
    After the First Death
  12. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Lettuce
  13. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Pepsi
Mentors

Herman Boeglin

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Herman Boeglin; Herm
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Platt High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Pep club, community outreach, parent support group, awards. and photography
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    The world tournament in Atlanta in 2008.
  5. When did you join the team?
    2006
  6. Why did you join our team?
    Jon, my son, joined and the potentail scholarship oppurtunities available for him.
  7. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    Robot design
  8. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Home handy work, computers, and photography/video
  9. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Phase Equilibria and microelectronic manufacturing
  10. Do you have any favorite websites?
    team228.org; google
  11. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Movie: Lord of the Rings; TV Show: Good Eats: Video Game: Pinball
  12. What is your favorite book?
    The Hobbit
  13. What is your favorite vegetable?
    corn
  14. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    BBQ and chocolate milkshakes
  15. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to" - Gandalf, JRR Tolkien
  16. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who say they can't do something, without even trying.
Mentors

Karen Boeglin

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Karen Boeglin ; Mrs. B
  2. What is your position on the team?
    Parent Support Group, Pep Club, Business, Community Outreach, and Photography
  3. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Everything! Especislly the excitement and teamwork as the students prepare for the competitions.
  4. When did you join the team?
    2006
  5. Why did you join our team?
    Robotics is fascinating! Also to encourage students to consider a career in science/technology, especially the ladies because when i was in high school, women were not encouraged to take those fields.
  6. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    Robots! :]
  7. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Tennis, theatre, painting, photography, swimming, bowling, Red Sox, selling Avon, crocheting, reading, and my dog, a Corgi
  8. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Theatre, English literature, ancient history, French, Latin, advertising, retailing, marketing, and business law
  9. Do you have any favorite websites?
    team228.org; usfirst.org; www.youravon.com/kboeglin
  10. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Movie: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Chocolat, Ratatouille; TV Show: Tennis matches, Mythbusters; Video Game: Donkey Kong Racing
  11. What is your favorite book?
    The Lord of the Ring Series
  12. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Salad
  13. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Tuna fish, shrimp, steak, scallops, and chocolate chip cookies
  14. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "It's a dangerous business going out of your door ... you step into the road and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." - Bilbo and Frodo Baggins; The Fellowship of the Ring
  15. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who say "that's good enough", rather than "I tried my hardest" or "that was my best work".
Mentors

Tina Dutra

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Tina Dutra
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Platt High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Team Captain, mechanical, pep club, website, motivator, driver, organizer
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    In 2008, getting to sit in the front row of seats in Atlanta during the finals on Einstein, and being shown on the big screen.
  5. When did you join the team?
    2007
  6. Why did you join our team?
    I love making new friends and challenging myself. Joining robotics allows me to do both.
  7. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    I hope to learn more about building and engineering.
  8. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    snowboarding, skiing, tennis, Youth and Government, photography
  9. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Chemistry and Pre-Calc
  10. Do you have any favorite websites?
    facebook.com
  11. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Movie: The Hangover - Shows: The Office and Lost -Video Game: Beatles Rockband
  12. What is your favorite book?
    Fahrenheit 451
  13. What is your favorite vegetable?
    snow peas
  14. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Fortune Cookies and Coffee
  15. Do you have a favorite saying?
    Awesomeness!
  16. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who walk slowly and block the hallways at school.
Mentors

Jordan Adams

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Jordan Adams ; Jordie
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Platt High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Progamming, Website, Photography, Pep Club, Operations/ Business, Team History
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    World Championships '08 and '09 in Atlanta, GA.
  5. When did you join the team?
    2007
  6. Why did you join our team?
    My best friend, Tina, told me how much fun robotics was, I came to a meeting, and ended up loving it.
  7. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    I hope to learn how to incorporate cooportition in everything.
  8. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Politics and robotics.
  9. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    History
  10. Do you have any favorite websites?
    chiefdelphi and facebook
  11. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    "W.", NUMB3RS, and Sims.
  12. What is your favorite book?
    1984
  13. What is your favorite vegetable?
    ALL OF THEM!
  14. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Mountain Dew.
  15. Do you have a favorite saying?
    "I wish the outcome had been different, my friends." - John McCain
  16. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    People who don't have their own opinions.
Mentors

Deb Lint

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Deb Lint; Deb
  2. What is your position on the team?
    Vice President
  3. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    WPI 2010 When Gus won Chairmans Award! The energy the excitement the enthusiasm. I was hooked from that day on.
  4. When did you join the team?
    2009
  5. Why did you join our team?
    I became a mentor after Gus won Chairmans award in 2010! My children joined the team earlier that year. I was thrilled they joined. My dad was an engineer, software, mechanical.. I was thrilled my children were interested in learing about technology
  6. What do you hope to learn more about on our team?
    I hope to learn more about how I can continue making a difference for students futures
  7. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Finance Manager, Realtors, I enjoy volunteering my time helping plan events, organize fundraiser, community events and Public Relations.
  8. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    Science
  9. Do you have any favorite websites?
    team228.org
  10. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Transformers
  11. What is your favorite book?
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  12. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Tomatoes
  13. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Pasta with homemade sause and meatball
  14. Do you have a favorite saying?
    If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” - Thomas A. Edison
  15. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    Negative Attitudes
Mentors

Chris Boyd

  1. What is your name and/or nickname?
    Chris Boyd
  2. What school do (or did) you attend?
    Wilcox Tech High School
  3. What is your position on the team?
    Co-Captain, 3D Animation, Awards
  4. What is your favorite memory with the team?
    Jumping off the only cliff in Dallas
  5. When did you join the team?
    2009
  6. Why did you join our team?
    Scholarships and hands on engineering experience.
  7. What are your intersts or hobbies?
    Animation, drawing, writing,
  8. While in school, which class is your favorite?
    English
  9. What is your favorite television show, movie, or video game?
    Jak and Daxter, LoZ A Link to the Past, LotR Trilogy, The Prestige
  10. What is your favorite book?
    Slaughterhouse Five
  11. What is your favorite vegetable?
    Asparagus
  12. What is your favorite food and/or beverage?
    Steamed Cheeseburger
  13. Do you have a favorite saying?
    Don't worry about it.
  14. What's one thing that really grinds your gears?
    When people say "Please and thank you" instead of please. When people cut VEX metal.

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