Mentors and Members

Dr. Morais (Doc)

Lead Mentor

The role of a Lead Mentor varies by team. At Carrborobotics, my duties include but are not limited to acting as the primary point of contact for the team, registering the team for the season, keeping all contacts in our FIRST Dashboard up to date, organizing team meetings, managing team roster, monitoring FIRST competition calendar, reading and forwarding Team Blast emails, ensuring the team meets deadlines for events and awards submissions, working closely with the team's Safety Captain to ensure YTM safety, and maintaining a safe and inclusive team environment.  Also, I am the team's truck driver. 

Outside of robotics, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, the beach, and traveling.

"It ain't nothing to it but to do it!"

Unknown

Jason Martzloff

Programming/Mechanical Lead Mentor

Hey there, I'm Jason – proud dad to Aidan. As a mentor to the team, I bring my expertise in programming and troubleshooting to the forefront to help our students prepare for competitions, ensuring our robot performs at its best.

By day, I'm the Director of Design at an AI company, where I harness innovation to shape the future of technology. But when I'm not immersed in the world of robotics and AI, you'll find me indulging in my passions: exploring new destinations, cherishing quality time with my family, bonding over Formula 1 races with my son, and engaging in some friendly Nintendo competition with my wife.

"Safety first, then teamwork." 

- Saul, Pineapple Express

Patti Martzloff

Marketing Mentor

 Hey y’all! I’m Patti (Aidan’s mom) but consider all the kiddos on the team my own! As one of the team mentors, I wear many hats – from spearheading our marketing and fundraising efforts to ensuring smooth travel logistics, and most importantly, keeping our team fueled and ready for action!

When I'm not busy with Carrborobotics, you'll often find me lending a hand at the Carrboro High PTSA, showering affection on adorable dogs, breaking a sweat with the Peloton community, or whipping up culinary delights in the kitchen!

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." 

- Mahatma Gandhi

Aidan Martzloff

Co-Captain and Electrical Lead

Hey! I'm a Junior at Carrboro, and I lead our electrical sub-team, and the driver of our robot. During our meetings, you'll find me doing all sorts of things on the robot, such as servicing swerve modules, brainstorming ideas, running the CNC machine, and maybe helping with programming from time to time. At competitions, I am constantly running around, discussing with other teams, and making sure out pit is working in an organized and quick manner, assuring our robot is always in tip-top condition for the next match!

Aside from robotics, I love to work on cars, take photos, and pursue my passions in engineering fields!

"Kaaaachow" 

- Lightning McQueen

Micheal Penaskovic

Co-Captain and Design Lead

Hello! I'm a junior at CHS and my role on the team is to help lead the design of the robot. I also do media during competitions for our team. 

Outside of robotics, I enjoy photography, filmmaking, cars, and art. 

"People wondering if the glass is half empty or half full miss the point.  The glass is refillable."

- Unknown


Ana Giulia Mesabarba

Programming Lead

Hey! I'm a junior at Carrboro High School and the programming lead for Carrborobotics! I work on the autonomous functions of our robot and make sure it performs according to our goals.  I also press buttons on the driver team at comps! (Besides that one time I forgot 😝)

Outside of robotics I like thrifting, listening to music, trying out new restaurants, and soccer!

"How many letters in Carrboro? ATE"

-Esu Tamir (also contains ate letters😎)

Max Buzzard

 Mechanical Lead

Hello, I’m a junior at Carrboro High School. I am also the mechanical lead on Carrborobotics, so my main focus is assisting with design and helping to turn concepts into reality. On the leadership side, I make sure that team members feel involved in the creation of our robot, and gain necessary mechanical skills to make them more autonomous and independent.  

My interests outside of robotics are aviation, cars, and ultimate frisbee.

"The most effective way to do it, is to do it."

- Amelia Earhart

Eliza Drew

Marketing Lead

Hi! I'm a sophomore at CHS, and I run the fundraising and outreach for our team. This includes sponsors, our website, and our merch.

Outside of robotics, you will often find me outside, with my chickens or in the woods. I love music, birds, and reptiles.

"Time is like a leaf in the wind, either it's time well spent, or time I've wasted"

- Cage the Elephant

Elliana Erlien

 Social Media Manager

Hey! I’m a sophomore at CHS, and I run our Instagram and other social media accounts. Most of the time I’m just taking pictures and making fire insta stories.

Outside of robotics, I like cars, making good food, and playing volleyball.

"Third times the charm!"

- Me

Zan Jamieson

Safety Captain

Hiya! I’m a sophomore at CHS, and I’m the Safety Captain! I make sure everyone wears their safety glasses and all that jazz. I also help out with building the robot, soldering parts, and whatever else is needed by the team.

Outside of the team I love theatre, creative writing, art, birds, and trains!

“I am afraid of the day when people will post quotes with my name that I never said.”

- Sun Tzu, Art of War