November 14, 2018

Meet Our Team!

Team 15534 consists of a diverse group of passionate students from all across the world.

Vincent Xiao
Chief Executive Officer + Chief Technical Officer

Vincent Xiao is a senior at Phillips Exeter Academy. 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 a dozen regional and state championships, qualified for the world championship seven times, won six championship titles, and set five world records. Besides having coached multiple FLL, VEX IQ, and VEX EDR teams, Vincent also serves as a manager/counselor for multiple STEM programs and a judge/referee for numerous robotics competitions. Vincent is very excited to continue his robotics journey here at VERTEX!

Celine Tan
Chief Operating Officer + Chief Human Resources Officer

Celine is a twelfth grader at Phillips Exeter. Though she began as a rookie with little robotics experience, she had a passion for anything computer-related! During her first year, she worked primarily on Computer Aided Design and the Engineering Notebook, transitioning to leading the community outreach committee the following year.  This year, Celine's looking forward to expanding the scope of VERTEX’s outreach activities. She’s grateful for the opportunity to join a FIRST Tech Challenge team that being at Exeter has given her, and hopes to spread her love of everything FIRST stands for to the larger community.

Deborah Ang
Head of Mechanical

Deborah is currently a sophomore at Phillips Exeter, originally from San Jose, California. She first participated in FLL from 4th-6th grade, then transferred to FTC at the local high school from 7th to 8th grade. On the mechanical subgroup of the team, she hopes to improve her CADing and design skills and looks forward to continuing her robotics career at Exeter!

Tanish Tyagi
Head of Programming

Tanish is a junior at Phillips Exeter. This is his second year with VERTEX robotics, and at his previous school, he was part of the VEX team where they qualified for the world championships. He is passionate about using deep learning to innovate in the field of neuroscience. Tanish is excited to delve deeper into the field of robotics at VERTEX!

Riya Tyagi
Head of Outreach

Riya is a sophomore at Phillips Exeter. She has extensive experience with outreach work through programs and camps she has run over the summer, and is incredibly passionate about educating the community and spreading STEM! Riya is thankful to be part of the FTC team, and is excited and ready to take full advantage of the opportunity she has been given!

Neil Chowdhury
Software Advisor

Neil Chowdhury is an eleventh grade student, and started robotics in fifth grade with FIRST Lego League where he led a team of 5 students. In addition, his FTC team from Washington received the Interleague Championship Finalist Alliance award and participated in the 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.

Tej Bade

Tej is an senior at Phillips Exeter from Saratoga, California, and this is his third year on the team. He started robotics with FIRST Lego League in sixth grade and later competed in FIRST Tech Challenge in eighth and ninth grade, where he mostly contributed to software and the notebook. He hopes to use his programming skills to give the robot a mind of its own!

Joey Dong

Joey is a junior attending Phillips Exeter. Prior to joining the team, she was mainly involved with programming by competing in algorithmic competitions. Joey also was involved with some data analyzing using machine learning algorithms, and is looking to expand her skillset on programming for hardware. She looks forward to coding the robot on Team 15534!

Isabella Vesely

Isabella is a junior at Phillips Exeter. She first developed an interest for robotics from a self-started LEGO Mindstorms program, and throughout middle school, she participated in MATE’s ROV competition and was an active part of the FLL, FTC, and FRC teams. She looks forward to fueling her interest for both mechanical design and outreach! 

Nico Gallo

Mr. Gallo earned a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, where he worked on interdisciplinary projects that crossed boundaries among math, sculpture, programming, music and visual arts. He maintains a studio in the Port City Makerspace, where he and a partner create products for industrial, commercial and artistic communities under the name Portsmouth Industrial Design. He plays the vibraphone and other mallet percussion instruments, and in the Design Lab, he often works on his own projects, which include making and modifying musical instruments.