Jonathan Weiland is the currently the director (or Program delivery partner PDP) of the FIRST Tech Challenge in Illinois . He has been involved in FIRST Tech Challenge for 12 years. He has served as a mentor for many FTC teams over the years and has been the director of the FIRST Tech Challenge in Illinois for the last 10 years. His teams have won the 8 Illinois State FTC championships. In 2018 his team Vertigo won the Illinois Inspire award and the Motivate award at the World Championships.
Mihir ChauhanSenior Developer
Leonidas VarveropoulosSenior Developer
Leonidas is a high school senior involved in many activities, including the Virtual Robot Simulator project, where he created the robot Unity simulation using C#. He has also been part of an FRC team for 3 years and is currently VP of Scouting of Cryptonite Team 624. During this time he introduced ROS, a robot programming operating system, which he then used with Unity to build a simulator. After much modification this project turned into the Virtual Robot Simulator. He also loves to program robots using ROS, participating in the NASA scholars program, and engaging in a wide variety of other hobbies, such as playing guitar.
Eli FinkelFront End Developer
Eli is a Highland Park High School sophomore who has been programming since 2013. Eli is a programmer on the FTC team Vertigo. In addition, Eli is the founder of Algrow, a non-profit organization that teaches programming to students lacking access to computer science education. Eli was recently an instructor at theCoderSchool where he led numerous youth camps in topics such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and game development. Eli is currently a private coding instructor. In middle school, Eli was a member of a Technology Student Association (TSA) team that competed at the TSA 2018 National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Eli studied data science in a summer program at Georgetown University, and has worked with Java, C#, Python, Node.js, React, Unity, and more. When Eli is not in front of a computer, he enjoys drumming and playing guitar in his band.
Sundeep ChauhanTechnical Advisor
Sundeep has been involved with FIRST for the past 6 years and is the head coach of Innov8rz, a NorCal FTC team. He has an Electrical Engineering background with experience ranging from nano-scale transducers to high-speed electronics. Having architected large scale systems, he has authored over 12 patents and numerous trade secrets. FTC has given him a platform for mentoring and bringing the best of out the next generation and is here to bring in all the help needed to make this project successful.
Brad KramerProject Advisor
Brad has been involved with FIRST for the past 5 years, volunteering and providing support for FTC programs in Illinois. He has over 20 years of consulting experience leading programs and projects for FORTUNE 1000 companies and recently was managing a project management practice area in Chicago. FTC has helped to provide a way for him to contribute to the next generation of students working to excel in engineering and robotics, including providing insight for students on how to successfully work with others as part of a project team.