Leadership

 

Trygve Eggen

President

My name is Trygve Eggen, and I am a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program. I was previously the Director of Finance for UMN Robotics, and am also Treasurer for the UMN ASME Student Section. I was an Electrification Co-op at Thermo King Corporation, and worked to rapidly develop and test battery-electric refrigeration systems. Outside of school, I enjoy working as a sound and lighting technician, playing the bass, and listening to music.

 

Brad Eisenschenk

Vice President

My name is Brad Eisenchenk and I am a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. I have previously served as the Director of Engineering and the Recruiting Officer for UMN Robotics and have served as the Treasurer for the IoT collaborative as well. I got my start with robotics and this group walking in one day during open shop with no previous experience (or any relevant experience in electrical engineering) and I have now been involved in the Autonomous Snowplow project for 4 years now, spending most of that time as the only EE on the team. I have previously interned at Northrup Grumman Innovation systems in the sensors and power group, and the electrical design group, and was a undergrad researcher in a Soft Robotics research group at Harvard before that. As for my free time, it is notional.

 

Claire Schleusner

Director of Finance

My name is Claire Schleusner and I’m a sophomore in Chemical Engineering. I have previously been the outreach officer for UMN Robotics and a member of SWE. My interest in robotics started when I joined an FLL team with several friends in elementary school. In highschool I was a member of FTC team 7152, Robot Squad where I acted as the nontechnical lead and a member of the programming team. Outside of school I enjoy reading, hiking, and skiing.

 

Jimmy Donadio

Director of Engineering

My name is Jimmy Donadio and I am a senior in Mechanical Engineering. I have been a member of University of Minnesota Robotics for the past 4 years where I have also been project lead of NASA RMC. I have been a part of pretty much every project including Snowplow, VEX, Mini 6 and trebuchet (Rest in Pieces), Ri3d, and Ri1w. I work at Heraeus Medical as a Process Engineer, and have also previously been an intern at Tesla. Outside of robotics I enjoy photography, biking, volunteering with High Tech Kids, playing video games, and spending time with my cats and dog.

 

Laura Irvine

Director of Programs

Hi! My name is Laura Irvine and I’m a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have been the director of programs for the past year and a half, and project lead for Ri3d, bot shot, and BB8. I was on FRC team 2175 for 5 years and FTC 8438 for 2 years, where I was also a national Dean’s list winner in 2015. I have also been an intern at Boston Scientific for the past 3 years in process development. My other interests include driving Zambonis at Ridder and Mariucci Arena, training llamas to do agility, volunteering for High Tech Kids, and watching Netflix.

 

Zach Godec

Business Officer

My name is Zach Godec; I’m a sophomore majoring in Management Information Systems, and am excited to continue working with robotics this year!  In high school, I was the captain of FRC Team 5148 - New Berlin Blitz, managing team leadership, finances, and video production too! I am the Business Officer for UMN Robotics, and am looking forward to applying knowledge I’ve learned in classes to a real-world organization.  In my limited free time outside of school and work, I enjoy photography, playing piano, and going to movies/musicals!

 

Isabella Kemling

Officer

I’m Isabella Kemling and I’m a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In high school, I was a member of FTC Team 9890, RUBIES, which is where my interest in robotics got started. In college, I’m looking forward to continuing to volunteer at robotics events and mentor other teams, as well as taking advantage of opportunities to gain hands-on technical experience through student groups. For fun I like baking, crafting spotify playlists to suit any mood, and going for walks.

 

Ava Kian

Officer

My name is Ava Kian, and I'm a freshman majoring in journalism. My interest in robotics stems from doing first Lego league in elementary school followed by first tech challenge in highschool! In college, I'm excited to volunteer for different robotics programs and continue to mentor robotics teams in urban areas. Outside of school I enjoy playing the ukulele, listening to Latin music, watching Harry Potter and Saturday Night Live, and baking.

 

Rose Lam

Marketing Officer

Hello! My name is Rose Lam and I'm a sophomore in the graphic design program with a minor in digital media studies. My interest in robotics began in fourth grade when my friends and I started a FIRST LEGO League team called the Ponytail Posse. We eventually transitioned to FIRST Tech Challenge in high school, where I became interested in design and public relations. Outside of school, I love to volunteer at robotics events, play video games, find weird t-shirts at thrift stores, and collect Animorphs books.

 

Isidora Mack

Officer

My name is Isidora Mack and I’m a freshman in mechanical engineering. I started participating in the FIRST LEGO League robotics when I was in fourth grade and I’ve been doing robotics ever since! I competed on an FTC team in high school where I found a love for designing robots and for mentoring other robotics teams. Outside of school I enjoy reading, watching Hulu, eating toast, and collecting cool posters.

 

Amalia Schwartzwald

Recruitment Officer

My name is Amalia Schwartzwald, and I'm a senior in Aerospace Engineering, minoring in Computer Science.  My interest in robotics started when I joined UMN Robotics and had the opportunity to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition.  I was an intern at Digi Labs where I worked on agricultural robots. I'm a research assistant at the Center for Distributed Robotics and work on the Solar UAV team.  In addition to programming, I enjoy art: painting, photography, and making comics.