Our Mentors

Our mentors act as the team's most valuable and trusted resources. Volunteering their time and energy to help our team, we would not be where we are today without their knowledge and advice.


David Dobervich
Co-Head Mentor & FRC Software Lead Mentor | 2010
Mr. D studied cognitive science, computer science and philosophy at Berkeley as an undergrad, and after working briefly as a backend developer went back to school to get a master's in math education from Stanford.  He has worked as a teacher a Fremont High School ever since and continues to work on personal programming, robotics, and other projects.

Sohini Stone
Co-Head Mentor & BaM Mentor | 2012
Sohini Stone is a physician and has been working in the Health Tech space as a Medical Director of Global Well-Being for the past 6.5 years at Google. She has been part of FIRST robotics since 1997 as a former member of FRC Team 151 and a former mentor of FRC Team 246.

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Sean Stone
FRC Design and Manufacturing Lead Mentor | 2012
Sean Stone has a BS in Electromechanical Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has worked in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Medical and Consumer Electronics industries for large global companies and small startups. He was a student member of FRC Team 151 from 1997 to 1999. Before mentoring the Firebots, he mentored FRC Team 246 for the 1999-2000 season and FRC Team 1922 from 2009 to 2011.

Jim Vaughn
FRC Electrical Lead Mentor | 2017
Jim Vaughn got a Bachelor's degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering in 1992 and a Master's in Machine Vision in 1998. He has recently specialized in robotics and autonomous vehicles. He is also a parent of our former Mechanical Design VP, Adam.


Madhuri Ramanathan
FRC Software Mentor | 2014
Madhuri got her Bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation Engineering and then her her Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Boston University. She was in video conferencing technology, but it lead her to a software CRM job before moving to California as a software architect and manager at a financial advisor software company. When her son joined FHS robotics, she became a mentor the same year and has enjoyed working with the students each year since.

David Stallman
FRC Manufacturing Mentor | 2021

David has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He's worked on Intuitive Surgical's Da Vinci Xi and Ion platforms, and is now part of Google's Everyday Robot Project.


Rajiv Sreedhar
FTC Team 16532 Mentor | 2017
Rajiv graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked at Intel, McAfee and multiple startup in the high tech industry for the past 25 years. He was a mentor for our FRC team and currently for FTC.

Igor Ziper
FTC Team 16532 Mentor | 2018
Igor was an Electrical mentor for FRC 3501 for two prior years. The 2020-2021 season was his first year mentoring FTC. He has a MSc in electrical engineering. He has been working as a chip designer for over 15 years. He is also a parent of our former organization President, Daniel.

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Arie Vayner
FTC Team 16533 Mentor | 2016
Arie first mentored the FRC 3501 team for two years and moved to FTC for the 2018-2019 season. He holds a BS in computer science and works at Google as an Engineering Manager.

Matt Smith
FTC Team 16533 Mentor | 2021
This is Matt’s first year as a mentor for FTC Team 16533. He has previously been a member of and mentored FRC Team 2172. He first participated in FIRST in 2008. Outside of robotics, Matt is a software engineer at Google and enjoys playing Japanese taiko drums.

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Lamia Loldj 
FTC Team 18223 Mentor | 2018
Lamia has a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering. She worked in many companies in Silicon Valley and is currently working at Keysight Technologies. She is also a parent of our current organization President, Zaki. As a mentor, she likes to help students discover their interests in Mechanical, Electrical and Software fields.

Deepak Patil
FTC Team 18223 Mentor | 2020
Deepak holds a Master's degree in computer science & works at Cadence Design Systems as a Sr. Software Engineer in the Printed Circuit Board division. He has been an FLL coach for several years before mentoring FTC Team 18223. Deepak is an avid hiker & fitness enthusiast, loves backpacking and outdoor adventures. At home he enjoys playing Indian musical drums called Tabla.


Aparna Bhargava 
BaM Mentor | 2013
Aparna is a parent of two Firebots alumni, one of which was our former VP of Business and Marketing. She is a member of the PTA and was a mentor for FLL teams.

Arunita Kar
Community Impact Mentor | 2021
Arunita Kar is an optical engineer with a passion for promoting STEAM education. She received her graduate degree in electrical engineering with a specialization in photonics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She briefly worked at Honeywell Aerospace before moving to California and taking up a senior optical engineering role at Zygo Extreme Precision Optics. Arunita is also an FRC alumna who co-founded and led the state of Kentucky’s 1st FIRST Robotics team, Team 2856, from 2009-2011.