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 them. Current Firebot mentors are:

Sohini Stone

Co-Lead Mentor

Sohini Stone is a Neonatologist (Pediatrician specializing in the care of premature and term newborns), a former member of FRC Team 151, and a former mentor of FRC Team 246. She earned her MD/MBA at Boston University, completed Pediatric Residency training at Dartmouth and Neonatology fellowship training at Stanford. She is now Associate Medical Director at Grand Rounds, along with serving as Clinical Instructor in Neonatology at Stanford / El Camino Hospital. As co-lead mentor of the Fremont High Firebots, she manages many of the non-technical aspects of our team.

David Dobervich

Co-Lead Mentor

David Dobervich was a member of FRC Team 192 in 1998. He studied Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy at UC Berkeley, and holds a Masters in Math Education from Stanford. He teaches math and computer science at Fremont High School and assists the software sub team.

Sean Stone

Sean Stone is a former member of FRC Team 151 in 1998 and 1999 and has previously mentored FRC Team 246 in 2000 and FRC Team 1922 from 2010 to 2011. He got his BS is Electromechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston (2004) and has previously worked for Amphenol PCD, GE, Glenair and Neonode. Currently he is working at GoEngineer as a Senior Application Engineer and is the Co-Lead Mechanical Mentor for the Firebots.”

Lenore M. Edman

Lenore M. Edman is co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a hobby electronics and robotics business. Lenore's educational background is in the liberal arts and she has worked at universities, a library and a biotech company. Lenore's interests are at the intersections of papercraft, electronics, cooking and science.

Windell H. Oskay

Windell H. Oskay is a co-founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, a hobby electronics and robotics business. Windell holds a Ph.D. in physics. A published playwright, and award winning cartoonist, he has been variously employed as a quantum mechanic, photographer, and (atomic) clock maker.

Max Lanfranconi

Max Lanfranconi holds a degree in Economy and Business from the University of Bergamo, Italy. His past working experience includes R&D for the IT Department of a major Italian bank and community management with Sun Microsystems. He is currently a Partner and Program Manager with Yahoo Smart TV. He is a ham radio operator and sings a cappella. Max is helping the Firebots with program management and electric mentor activities.

Riley Howard

Riley Howard graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Computer Engineering. He has worked at Apple for about 15 years. He supports the Firebots here and there, mostly by transporting humans and robots in his truck.

Susan Howard

Susan Howard holds a master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and worked in human resources for Kaiser Permanente before taking extended time off to raise her sons. During that time she served in many leadership roles in the community with an emphasis on children and youth. Mrs. Howard is a substitute teacher for the Cupertino Union School District and also coordinates volunteers for the Fremont High School student store. She mentors in fundraising and logistics.

Sitar Harel

Sitar Harel is an alumnus of team 3501 and now studies CS at Cornell University. After serving as mechanical lead and CEO of the team, he has returned to help out as a junior mentor. He works with the mechanical and strategy teams, sharing his experience with FIRST and engineering.

Pushpak Bapat

Pushpak Bapat holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked as a chip designer for over two decades with video game makers and makers of networking equipment. He has been with the team since its inception and mentored electrical and software teams. He now mentors the Strategy team. He has been a Assistant Scout Master, a soccer coach, and presently helps out the school bands’ pit crew. Pushpak is interested in most sports, particularly cricket, football and basketball, as well as backpacking and camping.