Dana Aucoin, Board Member
Dana Aucoin was an elementary school teacher for 22 years in both California and Maryland. She started a STEM camp for the school that included Girl’s Engineering Camp, Beginners and Advanced Robotics Camps and STEM Jr. Camps. In 2010, Dana was a founding member of the non-profit organization LET’S Go Boys & Girls (LGBG) whose mission was to provide STEM education support to schools and other organizations and is now the Education Implementation Specialist for FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology).
Vipul Bhatnagar, Treasurer
Vipul is a Senior Advisor, Photonic Systems Development at Ciena Corporation, where he is a team leader for new product development. He has worked in the telecommunications industry in various engineering roles for more than 25 years and owns 12 patents in optical communications. Vipul mentors middle and high-school children enrolled in FIRST Robotics programs and junior-level employees at his company.
Vipul holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Jyoti Mehta, Secretary
Jyoti Mehta is a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, specializing in Microprocessor Design. Jyoti is an enthusiastic volunteer for FIRST Robotics programs and events, and has been involved in coaching and mentoring First Lego League and First Tech Challenge teams for the past six years.
Jyoti holds a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Villanova University and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai, India.
Pankaj Oberoi, Program Development Manager
Pankaj Oberoi, Ph.D. is a Vice President at a local biotech company where he has worked in various roles including heading the R&D organization, Scientific Support, and Field Applications Support for over 19 years. His interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial background allows him to interface between various parts of the organization including business development, engineering, sales, marketing, and R&D. Pankaj received his Ph.D. in Health Science and Technology as well as a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Pankaj, known as "PK" in college, was one of the original organizers of the 6.270 LEGO Robotics Competition at MIT. The LEGO Robotics Competition was based on Woodie Flower's 2.70 "Introduction to Design" course, but added autonomous control to robots based on a 6811 microprocessor. In 1989, Pankaj converted this student run activity into a structured class with handouts, exercises, labs, and lectures so it could be sustained for future years. Interest in a hands-on robotics course spread beyond MIT and in 1992, Pankaj founded 6.270 Technologies LLC, to provide robot kits and micro-controllers to universities, high schools, and hobbyists. Since its inception, thousands of MIT students have participated in the competition and 6.270 has inspired classes and programs at universities and high schools world wide.
Pankaj's vision for Rockville Robotics is to continue what he started at MIT and translate it to communities and kids from K-12.
Pankaj is a proud father of two boys and has a passion for teaching about systems and integration across scientific disciplines. He has been a FIRST coach for over 6 years and has coached 6 different FLL teams and is currently the coach of FTC team 9794, Wizards.exe. Pankaj volunteers as a mentor and trainer for other FLL Jr., FLL, and FTC coaches while also volunteering as a judge at FIRST events.
Parvathy Shivaramakrishnan, President
Parvathy is a Pricing and Portfolio Analytics manager at Freddie Mac. Previously, she has worked as a Stock Analyst covering metals and mining companies, a financial adviser and as a programmer. A mother of one, Parvathy initially became involved with FIRST in 2014 when she started a FIRST Lego League team for her son and his friends. Since then she has been mentoring FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams.
Parvathy is a CFA charterholder and holds the Professional Risk Manager designation. She earned her MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and B.S. in Statistics from Mumbai University, India.
Jennifer Stein, Board Member
Jennifer Stein (formerly Finder) is the Community Investment Manager for BAE Systems Intelligence & Security (I&S). Jennifer is focused on developing and executing a comprehensive community investment strategy to support BAE Systems I&S corporate social responsibility (CSR), employee engagement, business development and workforce development goals. In this capacity she is responsible for the oversight of the sector’s charitable donations and sponsorships, and the management of the sector’s employee fundraising and volunteering initiatives.
Prior to joining BAE Systems, Jennifer held Director-level positions at a number of non-profit organizations focused on helping nonprofit organizations leverage technology to best achieve their mission and programmatic objectives.
Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University.