November 14, 2018

Meet Our Team!

Team VERTEX has members from all around the world! Keep scrolling to meet our team, listed in alphabetical order!

Penny Brant
Programming Captain

Penny is an 11th grader at Phillips Exeter Academy, her passion for computer science is shown through her various projects on campus to convenient student life - some working with FTC robots! She has had plenty of experience with robotics through FLL, FTC, ROV MATE, VEX and SeaPerch and is very excited to work on VERTEX as the chief programmer. Penny loves to spread her passion for robotics and STEM - she is a coach of the FLL team at the University of New Hampshire and has taught over 1000 girls around China the basics of JAVA and EV3 programming through her non-profit initiative WeHack2.

Neil Chowdhury

Neil Chowdhury is a ninth grade student at Phillips Exeter Academy. Neil has started robotics in fifth grade with FIRST Lego League, where he led a team of 5 students. His FLL team received a Global Innovation semifinalist award for his invention of a robotic stylus that interacts with an app, to help sufferers of agraphia learn to write again. In addition, his team received several Programming and Innovative solutions awards. Neil's team then progressed to FIRST Tech Challenge where his team received Interleague Championship Finalist Alliance award and participated in the Washington state level competition. Neil is thrilled to continue doing Robotics with Team VERTEX and is happy to bring the robot to life with his programming skills.

Vincent Xiao
Mechanical Captain/Manager

With over 6 years of mechanical experience, Vincent, 14, is our Lead Mechanical Designer. In addition to having participated in all levels of FIRST and VEX robotics, Vincent has also built robots for the SeaPerch and ROV MATE underwater competitions. His robot designs have won multiple regional and state championships and have qualified his team for the world championship 6 times. Not only does he enjoy doing robotics, but he also spends time helping others; having coached multiple VEX IQ and FLL teams. He is also a counselor for many STEM related programs at numerous locations. Vincent is very excited to continue doing robotics here on VERTEX as the Mechanical Lead.