November 14, 2018

Meet Our Team!

Tej Bade
Programming + Outreach

Tej is a lower from Saratoga, California. 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. His other interests include entrepreneurship and physics. He hopes to use his programming skills to give the robot a mind of its own!

Joseph Chen

Coming from Los Angeles, California, Joseph is a junior. He's interested in a joint exploration of business, entrepreneurship, and engineering. With that interest, he has delved into the world of startups, by creating two of his own as well as working for a breakthrough fin-tech startup back home. Through FTC, he hopes to learn more about programming and engineering with the team, while playing his strengths in communication and organization to contribute through community outreach. On campus, he co-leads the Exeter Business Club and an entrepreneurship club, while promoting sustainable practices through the Environmental Action Club and his role as an E-proctor!

Neil Chowdhury
Head of Programming

Neil Chowdhury is a tenth 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.

Tanya Das

Tanya is a sophomore. In the past, she was the captain of her MATE and SeaPerch teams in the past and has placed at international competitions. She has built many  ROVs and designed CADs, but this is her first time doing FTC. Tanya loves STEM outreach! With her old team, she’d organize summer tech camps for elementary and middle school students and bring ROVs to every community event. She looks forward to working with the team this year!

Celine Tan
Head of Outreach

Celine is currently a tenth grader at Phillips Exeter, and this is her second year on the team. Last year, she worked mainly on CAD, and later, the Engineering Notebook. She began as a rookie with little to no robotics experience, but a passion for anything computer-related -- Celine once taught a computer to count worms (from pictures). This year, she’s looking forward to expanding the scope of VERTEX’s community outreach activities. She’s incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join an FTC team that being at Exeter has given her, and hopes to spread her love of everything FIRST stands for to the local community!

Isabella Vesely
Mechanical + Outreach

Isabella is a freshman at Phillips Exeter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and this is her first year with VERTEX robotics. She was first introduced to the world of robotics and engineering by virtue of a self-initiated Lego Mindstorms project with friends in fourth grade. She was then an active part of all the robotics teams her school offered; throughout middle school, she participated in MATE’s ROV competition and was an active part of the FLL, FTC, and FRC teams. Last year, she was primarily involved with mechanical design but also composed the Engineering notebook. This year, through FTC and VERTEX robotics, she looks forward to fuel her interest for both mechanical design and outreach! 

Vincent Xiao
Head of Mechanical

With over 6 years of mechanical experience, Vincent, a sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy, 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 numerous regional and state championships and has led his teams to qualify for the world championship six times. He also loves to spend time helping others; having coached multiple VEX IQ, FLL, and VEX EDR teams. He is also a counselor, manager, referee, and judge for multiple STEM related programs and competitions. Vincent is very excited to continue doing robotics here on VERTEX as the Mechanical Captain.

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. 

Sean Campbell

Mr. Campbell was originally from Katy Texas, and ever since the beginning of his education career, he has been dedicated to using technical knowledge to inspire students for creating meaningful projects. He teaches a range of topics in Computer science from introductory java to advanced app creation and data visualization. Additionally, he is the club advisor for ECC (Exeter Computing Club) and organizes the annual middle school hackathon HackExeter for people in the Exeter community. In his community, Mr. Campbell is very amiable and approachable to all students and always open to helping them to pursue new and innovative ideas.