HHS Robotics Coaches
Mrs. Dickison is the Media Specialist at Hagerty High School. She was part of the Inaugural opening staff in 2005 and has over 18 years of experience in education. She has presented at the state and national level conferences on topics of educational technology, online learning, media literacy, and teacher professional development. She is the original founder of Hagerty Robotics in 2010 and has been instrumental in our progress and success. Mrs. Dickison finds sponsors, fundraising opportunities, and outreach events for the club to participate in. She dedicates hours to looking at forums and finding the answers to the questions the teams may have. In addition to her role as a coach, she is the school’s Robotics program administrator where she prepares reports for the district. She also helps with the Robotics Initiative for Seminole County Public Schools. She loves all things robotics, the students, and encourages the club to reach for world championships. She is the glue that keeps us all together!
Mr. Ibarguen teaches Robotics and Advanced Placement Computer Science classes at Hagerty. He left his job as a software engineer at the Symantec Corporation to make a difference by teaching programming to high school students. After three years of teaching, he retired from Hagerty. Currently he is a coach for the Robotics Club. He helps students when they hit a wall with programming and guides students to find solutions on their own. His calm demeanor helps us all focus and stay on task. He makes sure we have check lists for each event so that we don’t forget anything for an event! In addition to coaching, he helps with driving team members to events. We are so happy to have Mr. Ibarguen as a coach as we can rely on his field of expertise from the business side!
HHS Robotics Mentors
Mr. Harper has assisted the Hagerty Robotics Program as a mentor since 2011. He didn’t even have any children attending our school then! He works at UCF’s College of Engineering. Mr. Harper loves challenges, especially with robotics. He made a driverless car out of his wife’s car, which made it to the finals of the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007, and was on the BattleBots TV Show. He introduced the team to the Mini Urban Challenge in 2011 where our school placed 2nd at the National Competition. He helps us design using PTC Creo, build, and program the robot using RobotC and Java. He also helps drive the students to competitions and outreach events. He spends many hours each day, even on the weekends, assisting us with our robots. He won Tesla Robotics League’s Mentor of the Year in 2013. Mr. Harper has a wealth of knowledge and is always ready and willing to teach us. We are lucky to have him as our mentor as he provides us access to UCF’s Innovation Lab where we can use laser cutters, 3-D printers, and other tools to make parts for our robot.
Ms. Miller is our Communications/Engineering Notebook Mentor. This is her sixth year mentoring an FTC team, her second mentoring Hagerty Robotics. Ms. Miller works for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. With STEM playing an ever increasing role in our everyday lives, Ms. Miller felt it was important to encourage her kids and other youth to participate in FIRST programs. She loves mentoring and learning right alongside the youth. In her free time, Ms. Miller enjoys running, gardening, sewing, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Ian Nelson is the head of Technical Integration for the Generator Service Engineering within Siemens. Ian is an electrical engineer with 22 years experience at Siemens, with a primary focus on Generator Service Engineering and Flexible AC Transmission Systems. Ian has 4 years of experience supporting First Lego League teams and 2 years mentoring First Tech Challenge teams at Hagerty High School. He has helped with brainstorming, idea development, designing, testing, and has also built a battery case for organizing phones and batteries at competitions.
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Brad is a supervisory engineer with the Navy. He has many years of experience with conducting research and development of simulation for training. He’s managed labs, conducted studies, and has authored several technical papers. Brad has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from Temple University, a Masters degree in Engineering Science from Penn State University, and is pursuing a graduate certificate from Georgia Tech in modeling and simulation. Brad is a mentor for both of the Hagerty Robotics teams. He is interested with inspiring students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. He is particularly focused in streamlining processes for this year’s teams and for future teams.
Jake Miller is one of the Mechanical/ Peer Mentors. He graduated from high school in the spring of 2017, and started attending the University of Central Florida in the summer of the same year. Jake has four years of prior FTC experience, two years on the team, Some Guys and a Robot (7848), and two years on the team, Mechanical Paradox (7182). He uses the knowledge he gained over the course of his FTC career to better mentor the students in the HHS Robotics program. This is Jake’s second year mentoring the program. When he isn’t studying, Jake enjoys playing video games, fencing (with swords), hanging out with his friends, and making bad puns wherever he can.
Edgar Madruga graduated from Hagerty High School in 2018 and is currently a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Central Florida. He enjoys FTC and VEX robotics and wishes to help students learn more about STEM. He works at Cole Engineering Services Inc., and brings to the students at Hagerty a balance of hardware and software knowledge. Outside of school, work, and robotics, Edgar enjoys Sci-Fi movies, and making bad references to popular culture.
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