Abhiram Patil - Programmer

Flower Mound High School ‘23

FLL 2014-2017, FTC 2017-Present, FRC 2019-2020

Hi, my name is Abhi, and I'm a Junior at Flower Mound High School. This is my 7th year of FIRST, 5th season of FTC, and 2nd season with 7172. I've been interested in STEM and programming since I started Hour of Code in 3rd grade. Outside of FTC, I'm the Captain of the Jaguar Robotics DeepRacer and Machine Learning team and Commander of AFJROTC Unit TX-20011's CyberPatriot Team. When I’m not contributing to the robot uprising, I enjoy cooking, kayaking, hiking, and watching Formula 1. I'm extremely excited to see what we can accomplish this season!

Alyssa Fuscardo - Builder, Driver, Outreach, Notebook 

Clark High School

FLL 2018, FTC 2018-Present

Hi, I'm Alyssa Fuscardo. I'm currently a 11th grader at Plano Senior High School in Plano, TX. This is my fourth year participating in FTC. I have been interested in robotics and STEM ever since 3rd grade. I've been into STEM since I was in 3rd grade, and I have loved building with LEGOs ever since I was young. Outside of FTC, I do an assortment of activities and clubs such as cello, piano, Girl Scouts, choir, volunteering through my church for Special Needs, BPA, orchestra council and Environmental Club. In my free time, I love reading mystery and Sci-fi and listening to music.

Sophie Guerin - Designer, Builder, Driver

The Einstein School Plano

FLL 2016- 2018, FTC 2018-Present

Hi, my name is Sophie Guerin. I currently am a 10th grader at The Einstein School of Plano in Texas. This is my 4th year on 7172. In 5th grade, I was a programmer for my FLL team, 24811 The Techno Girls. Now I am a builder, designer, and driver for our team. When I'm not busy with robotics I'm Assistant Directing for the theatre at my school. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, watching Grey's Anatomy, and drinking Starbucks.

Shreema Vijayakumar - Designer, Builder
TAMS ‘23
FLL 2014-2016, FTC 2019-Present

Hi, I’m Shreema and I’m currently a 11th grader at TAMS. Robotics is something that was introduced to me from a young age. It was a source of entertainment and was considered a hobby. It is now that I’m learning to use my skills to compete with a team. My general interest has been in STEM-based concepts and there’s been a continuous trend in the activities that I participate in that portrays that. Outside of FTC, I compete as a National Level Archer. I’ve been shooting for five years now and it’s something that gives me a unique title and I’m currently a member of the USA Archery RED Team. During my free time, I’m usually entertaining myself with Machine Learning, Netflix, and hanging out with friends and family.

Rhea Senan - Builder

Lawler Middle School 

FLL 2017-2019, FTC 2019-Present

Hi, my name is Rhea Senan and I’m a freshman at Centennial High School. I’ve always enjoyed designing and building. This is my third year participating in FTC and before that I was competing for two years in FLL. I enjoy the STEM subjects at school and am always open to new opportunities where I can learn something new. When I’m not working on the robot, I’m either swimming down at Texas Ford Aquatics, playing my violin, or dancing. I’m really excited to be working with this team and am looking forward to many great seasons ahead!

Akshay Patil - Builder, Designer, Programmer
Forestwood Middle School ‘26

FLL 2016-2020, FTC 2020-Present

 Hi, my name is Akshay, and I'm in 8th grade at Forestwood Middle School. This is my 5th year of FIRST, 2nd season of FTC, and 1st season with 7172. I've been interested in STEM and programming since I started Tinker in kindergarten. I’m an avid reader and I love to participate in math competitions. My goal this season is to learn programming and explore CAD in Fusion 360. I'm extremely excited to see what we can accomplish this season! 

Benjamin Fuscardo - Programmer
Schimelpfenig Middle School
FLL 2018 - 2019, FTC 2021 - Present

Hi, my name is Benjamin Fuscardo, and I’m in 9th grade at Clark High School. This is my second year on Technical Difficulties, but I’ve been interested in engineering and programming for almost my whole life. On the team, I work on programming the robot, and some extracurriculars I do are, play the double bass for orchestra, participating in Boy Scouts, competing in extemporaneous speaking on my school speech and debate team, and playing tennis.

Shashank Gangaram - Designer, Builder

Plano East Senior High School ‘24
FLL 2018-2019 FTC 2020- Present

Hi, My name is Shashank Gangaram and I am currently in 10th grade at Plano East Senior High School and this is my third year in FTC. I was first introduced to Robotics by an FTC alumni who had 4 years of FIRST experience. Ever since I’ve had an interest in the STEM field and love learning more about it. Outside of robotics, I played soccer since I was 8 and I have been playing the viola since I was 10.

Shreya Gajakosh - Builder, Outreach
IB World School at Plano East Senior High School
FLL 2017-2020, FTC 2020-Present

Hi, my name is Shreya Gajakosh. I am currently a 9th grader at IB World at Plano East. This is my second year doing FTC and before that, I did 3 years of FLL. My love of STEM started when I was younger and I loved playing with Legos. I was introduced to robotics through my school’s gifted and talented program in 4th grade and I have been interested in STEM and robotics since then. I love exploring the different aspects of robotics and learning more each year.  Outside of robotics, I enjoy reading, singing, drawing, and photography. I’m involved in volunteering at my school as well. My favorite school subject is math and I enjoy science as well. I am looking forward to having fun and learning more this season!

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Srila Gangalakunta - Builder, Outreach

Rice Middle School ‘26

FLL 2018-2019 FTC 2021-Present

Hi, my name is Srila Gangalakunta and I'm in 8th grade at Rice Middle School. Although this is my first year with Technical Difficulties, I have tinkered with building and programming since 4th grade. Outside of robotics, I participate in a multitude of activities such as choir, congressional debate, art, and volunteering. I've already leaned so much on this team and I'm excited to continue watching us grow throughout this season!

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Vedanth Venkatesh - Programmer

Jasper High School

FLL 2016-2018 FTC 2019-Present

Hi, my name is Vedanth Venkatesh and I’m a sophomore at Jasper High School. This is my first year on Technical Difficulties and I am very grateful for being on this team. I am learning so much information from just a few months! If I am not near the robot, you can either find me investing in stocks(or even crypto), biking, watching sports, or just chilling at home!

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