Meet the team


Andrew Duerner

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.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Department


Jason Farnam: CAD Mentor

Jason is a UCSB student studying Mechanical Engineering. In high school, Jason participated in a small FRC team in San Diego and has brought our team invaluable experience and knowledge about FIRST and the robotics competition.

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System Design Department

Doug Bowlus: Electronics/Pneumatics Mentor

Michael Ramsey: Operations Mentor 

Michael Cameron: Electronics/Mechanical Mentor


Software Department

Kai Mills: Software Mentor

Kenzie Togami: Software Mentor

Lennie Araki: Software Mentor

Lennie graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Computer Science. He has been working for the past ten years at FLIR Systems Inc. as a senior software engineer. Lennie became involved in with FRC when his daughter entered freshman year at Dos Pueblos in 2007. As a Dos Pueblos alumni, Lennie wished he had the opportunity then to participate in a program like FRC. He wants to support Riviera Robotics program and give the students a chance to learn and participate in the FIRST Robotics competition. Outside of robotics, he enjoys playing beach volleyball, tennis, and woodworking. 


Student Leadership 2019

Gwen Rychlik - Team Captain

Abigail Gritt - Pit Leader / Team Co-Captain

Magnus Ramsey - Mechanical Team Leader

Annette Bennett - Scouting Team Leader

Andrew Xie - Head of Public Relations


2019 teams

Scouting Team: 

Andrew Ji

Guthre Leonard

Emmi Wyttenbach

Rocelia Rodriguez

Patrick Marasciullo

Drive Team:

Robby Williams - Driver

Gwen Rychlik - Co-Driver

Asher Thompson - Human Player

Abigail Gritt - Human Player

Nikhil Ograin - Technician

Pit Crew:

Nikhil Ograin - Technician / Programming

Robby Williams - Pneumatics / Battery / Electrical

Asher Thompson - Basic Repairs / Gearboxes

Magnus Ramsey - Hatch Panel Mechanism

Vinesh Manian - Safety Captain / Judge Communications