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Past Advisors

Exothermic Robotics

Past Advisors

When Exothermic Robotics was first started, there were many coaches who volunteered their time to help advance the club. If it were not for their selfless time and effort, the club would not be where it is today. So, while they are no longer actively participating in the club. we would still like to recognize and give them a huge shoutout below!

Co-Founder / Technical Coach

Rick Tyler

Rick Tyler founded Exothermics Robotics and was a coach for the club. Mr. Tyler is the Director of Robot Mesh, where he creates curricula and software for the VEX Robotics program and schools. Additionally, from 2010 to 2016, Mr. Tyler was the Director of Online Challenges and the Regional Support Manager for the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. Unfortunately, he left Exothermic Robotics in 2017, and as a result, our club has become student led, with no official coaches at all.

Fun Fact: Mr. Tyler loves birding, and will often go up into the mountains to observe as well as take pictures of them!

Co-Founder / Technical Coach

Bruce Reynolds

Bruce Reynolds was a co-founder, director, treasurer, and mentor starting from the second year of Exothermic Robotics, and is no longer a coach for Exothermic anymore. He worked with Team Salsa (VRC 417), which was an all-girls rookie team. With his help, the team built a sophisticated, reliable robot, eventually earning a position at Worlds. Outside of his work for Exothermic Robotics and Yellowstone Robotics, Reynolds is an instructor at the University of Washington. He is part of the UW Professional and Continuing Education program and teaches Computer Science courses. Check out his website here: http://www.brucereynolds.com.

Fun Fact: He shares the same name with an English criminal mastermind who pulled off the 1963 Great Train Robbery. When Reynolds (not the criminal Reynolds) was a kid, his parents showed him the article about the train robbery with his name printed on it. They even had it custom printed as a gag gift!

Non-Engineering Mentor

Melinda Tyler

Melinda Tyler is Rick Tyler's wife, and has been a mentor from the beginning of VEX as well, supporting all the teams. She is no longer a mentor either.

Non-engineering Mentor

Pete Saxby

Pete Saxby sponsored and helped advise the Exothermic Robotics Club in its first couple of years. He used to be a Physics teacher at Redmond High School, although since then, he has moved to Tesla STEM High School in the Lake Washington School District.

Technical Coach

Bruce Haley

Bruce Haley was a mentor from the first year that Exothermic Robotics was started. However, he is no longer a coach for Exothermic anymore.

Technical Coach

Rob Krasser

Rob Krasser was a mentor from the first year that Exothermic Robotics was started, though he is no longer a coach for Exothermic anymore. He was a technical coach, and taught the earlier teams how to build their robots, program, etc.

Technical Coach

Chris Culler

Chris Culler was a technical mentor starting from the second year of Exothermic Robotics, though he is no longer a coach for Exothermic anymore.

Technical Coach

Hagi Habibi

Hagi Habibi was a technical mentor starting from the second year of Exothermic Robotics, though he is no longer a coach for Exothermic anymore.

Non-engineering Mentor

Heidi Lovett

Heidi Lovett was a non-engineering mentor starting from the second year of Exothermic Robotics, though she is longer a mentor anymore.

Non-engineering Mentor

Carolyn Davids

Carolyn Davids was a non-engineering mentor starting from the second year of Exothermic Robotics, though she is no longer a mentor anymore.

Non-engineering Mentor

Shannon Nagamine

Shannon Nagamine was a non-engineering mentor starting from the second year of Exothermic Robotics, though she is no longer a mentor anymore.

Technical Mentor

Brandon Coll

Brandon Coll is a VEX alumnus. He showed up several times throughout the 2018 VEX season and the 2019 season to help the Exothermic teams. After leaving VEX, he has had a successful career with a stable job at Microsoft as a software engineer.