logistics: Haakon P.
Haakon is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He got into robotics by doing FLL in middle school. After learning about the Daredevils, he decided to keep doing robotics and join the team. For fun, Haakon likes to participate in Knowledge Bowl, play games, read, and fence.
Fabrication: sunna m.
Sunna is a junior at Duluth East, and this is her third year on the team. She joined the team because she was excited for the opportunities that the team offered. In her spare time, she does karate and tutors kids.
Captain: Kale E.
Kale is a sophomore at East High school. He has been in FLL and FTC. In his free time he likes to bike and swim.
Kylene is a sophomore at Duluth East High, and this is her second year on the team. In her free time she plays soccer and competes in track and field.
Qasim is a freshman at East, and this is his first year on the team. He joined because of an interest in STEM from a young age. In his free time, he likes to talk with big gestures and take Annalise's pizza.
Spencer Olsen is a junior at East High School, and this is third year on the team. He likes to mountain bike and game in his free time.
Elsa is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is her first year on the team. She joined the team because she wanted to put her love of math and science to use. In her spare time she enjoys reading, listening to music, playing her clarinet, participating in Knowledge Bowl, and downhill skiing.
Captain: elliot j.
Elliot is a junior at Duluth East, and this is his third year on the team. He joined to gain experience in the field of robotics and to meet new people. In his free time, Elliot likes to read, play video games, and be outdoors.
Simon is a sophomore at East, and did FTC in 8th grade. In his free time he likes to play video games and bike.
Graham is a freshman at Duluth East High School, and this is his first year on the team. He joined the team because he wanted to gain more experiences that he could use in later points of his life. In his free time, he enjoys to "get that bread."
Toby is a freshman at Duluth East, and this is his first year on the team. He joined because he loves robotics and has been doing it for 6 years. In his spare time he enjoys eating, video games, breathing, programming, and hanging out with friends.
captain: kobi j.
Kobi is a sophomore on the team as well as at East. His hobbies include programming useless things to waste time and researching obscure areas of math and physics.
Ike is freshman at Duluth East high school. On his free time he likes programming and video games.
Sean is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his 1st year on the team. He joined the team because of his interest in STEM. In his free time he likes to make bowling balls and play saxophone.
Jacob Reed is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He was introduced to CAD in the 8th grade. Jacob joined the team because he was interested in robotics and wanted to further his CAD experience. During his free time he enjoys fishing, messing with Legos, and gaming when he can.
Anders is a junior that joined the team this year and is part of the CAD department. He joined the team because he thought his skills should be put to good use. He plans on going to LSC for his generals — from there, the sky's the limit.
Tong is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is his second year on the team. He joined this team because he was very interested in CAD and wanted to join a group where he could hone his skills and help others. He also really enjoys playing piano, and that's basically it.
Captain: colleen m.
Colleen is a freshman on Team Management. She is very exited to be on the team this year and in her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and drawing.
Madison is a freshman at East. She likes math, singing, and writing. She is a great team member and a kind soul.
Co-Captain: annalise b.
Annalise is a sophomore at Duluth East, and this is her first year on the Daredevils. She heard about the team through friends and was immediately interested. In her free time she enjoys doing more robotics.
Co-captain: Lucas f.
Lucas is a junior at Duluth East, and this will be his third year on the team. He got involved in robotics in 6th grade, did FLL in 6th and 7th grade, and then did FTC in 8th grade. He heard about the Daredevils by going to the regional tournament at the DECC. In his free time he likes to mountain bike, snow bike, and ski.
Kya is a junior at Duluth East. She found out about the team at the Rhubarb Festival when the team brought two of their robots to the event. In her free time she likes to doodle and listen to podcasts.
Adam is a junior at Duluth East and this is his first year on the team. He joined robotics because he wanted to gain experience in the fields he is interested in, and learn new skills. In his free time he likes to make videos and play video games.
Daniel is a freshman at east and this is his first year on the team. He loves the show "The Office." In his free time, he likes to read books and watch The Office. He likes to talk about books and The Office. He also enjoys eating breakfast while he watches The Office.
captain: alex r.
Teagan is a sophomore at East, and this is her second year on the team. In her free time she likes to be outside.
Tim Velner’s passion is biology. If he were a teen today, he’s certain he would be a genetic engineer. He has always wanted to coach and for years saw himself as a cross-country ski coach – until robotics entered his life 10 years ago. As a eighth year coach, he is constantly amazed at what our team accomplishes year after year. It is fun to watch the team grow even as it loses seasoned members to graduation and recruits new members every year. It is a reminder that we live on the shoulders of those that came before us.
He grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota, and found Duluth on a band trip during his sophomore year. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth where he received a degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Secondary Education. He fell in love with Duluth and decided to make this his home. He’s amazed that it is not always the big decisions that determines the path we take, but often times it is the added influence of our daily choices that guides our paths.
For our team members, deciding to become a part of this team will have impacts that will bear fruit many years and decades into the future. He loves the annual build but more than that, he loves to see the dreams of the Daredevils unfold.
Build Department mentors
Lance is a Build Department Mentor and joined the team in 2012. He works at the 148th Fighter Wing as a.n Aircraft Mechanic Supervisor directing maintenance on F-16 block 50 aircraft. He has had an Airframe and Powerplant license since 1998. He brings 32 years of aircraft maintenance and modification experience to the team. He became involved when his son joined in 2011. In his free time he likes flying model rockets, remote-controlled airplanes, camping, motorcycling, and snowmobiling.
This will be Wayne’s fifth year of serving as a mentor on the Duluth East Daredevils Build Team. Wayne is retired with 20 years of Federal Service for the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, where he was a Safety Inspector and a Conference and Litigation Officer. Wayne also spent several years working for the Archer Brothers Race Team. The love for turning wrenches and fabricating has been in Wayne’s blood forever. It’s great that he can share his skills and knowledge with a younger generation. When Wayne is not mentoring, he can be found in his garage working on his 85 Corvette or lending a helping hand wherever it is needed.
Electronics department mentor
Gary Harma currently works for CenturyLink as a Communications Specialist, and is a Mentor on the Build Department; working primarily on electronics. After watching the team during the two years his daughter participated, he got involved as a Mentor in 2014 when his son became a member of the team and there was a need for an electronics mentor. Outside of robotics, Gary enjoys being outdoors boating and snowmobiling, listening to music as well as playing music on drums. He also enjoys fixing anything mechanical or electronic that has broken.
Captain: Kobi j.
Programming Department mentor
Kris is a Software Engineer at Saturn Systems and this is his fourth year as a Mentor for the Daredevils. He was introduced to the team when they were presenting during Nerd Nite, and shortly after became the Programming Department Mentor. He also enjoys reading, hiking, fencing, and making books by hand. His favorite part of FIRST is helping students learn and seeing them reach new heights.
Team management mentor
The 2017-2018 school year will be Karol’s fifth year serving as a mentor on Team Management for the Duluth East Daredevils. Karol is retired from the U.S. Forest Service where she served as the Budget and Finance Officer for the Superior National Forest. Mentoring has filled her days and provided a great way to pay it forward. When she is not attending Daredevil events, she spends lots of time spoiling her grandchildren. Her hobbies include working in her flower gardens and taking long walks in the woods. She is thankful for the opportunity to serve as a mentor.