Riviera Robotics Lead Mentor
Andrew Duerner is leading the mentor effort, bringing FIRST Robotics Competition experience and providing a build location for Team 5818. Being a Dos Pueblos alumni and with a family of five in the Goleta area, Andrew is dedicated to expanding local technical achievement in the community, with robotics being central to that focus. Andrew graduated from UCSB with a degree in mechanical engineering and has been a professional engineer for the last 13 years. He is currently the senior mechanical engineer at Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions in Santa Barbara, developing sensors for the automotive industry with an end goal of autonomous driving. Robotics has always been an interest for Andrew with projects ranging from competing in Battlebots, assisting in classes and community instruction through UCSB robotics programs, assisting a team for the DARPA Grand Challenge, patents for mechanisms and transmissions, and mentoring for FIRST Robotics Team 1717 with two successful seasons of getting to the World Championship event in St. Louis. In his free time, Andrew builds LEGOs with his three boys, but he insists not all of the LEGO creations are robots.