Meet Hadron Knights

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We are FTC team 12600 - Hadron Knights. Our team is made up of high school students that live in Tampa, Florida. Meet our team below.

 

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Arko Ghosh
(President and Engineering Lead)
I am a senior at King High School in Tampa, FL. I am the team captain and lead for the engineering team for the Hadron Knights.  The FREIGHT FRENZY season is my 9th season as a part of FIRST and my 6th season in FTC. Outside my robotics, I play the trumpet in our school band. I love playing soccer and my favorite soccer team is FC Barcelona. I will pursue electrical engineering and computer science in my undergraduate studies. In this season, my team designed and built a robot that is agile, efficient, and capable of handling highly dynamic maneuvers. We work collaboratively with other FTC teams in Florida to share best practices and advanced technological skills. I was honored and humbled to win one of the ten Global FTC Dean List Winners last year.

Rahul Vijay
(Vice President and Software Lead)

I am 18 years old and a senior at King High School in Tampa, FL. I am the vice president and the software lead for the Hadron Knights. This year, I am participating in my 5th season in FTC. Robotics is an activity that is very important to me, and I plan on pursuing this interest in the future by studying aerospace engineering or computer science in college. Outside of robotics, my passions include the piano and volunteering to help spread STEM in our communities. This year, my personal goal is to help take the Hadron Knights to the World Championships, which we were unfortunately unable to attend in 2020 because of its cancellation due to COVID-19.

Nikhil Mishra
(Engineering Team)
I’m 17 years old and a senior in the IB Program at King High School in Tampa. This is my fourth year with the Hadron Knights, and my third year as part of the engineering team. Being part of the engineering team has allowed me to expand my skill set and boost my prowess with power tools and metalworking. Going into college, I hope to pursue a career in a STEM-related field and take my robotics experience and knowledge with me into my future job. My hobbies include playing basketball and football with my friends during the daytime, and reading new novels and playing video games with my friends at night. My goal for this season is to be able to pass my skills on to our new recruits this year, to help make sure that others are able to get an even better experience than I did with FIRST Robotics.

Ishita Mishra
(Business and Engineering Team)
I am 17 years old and a senior at King High School in Tampa. FIRST has been part of my life ever since I was in 4th grade. I have done 3 years of FLL and I am excited to be starting my fourth season of FTC. I have done FLL for three years on the LEGO Masterz team.  Outside school, I play the clarinet and piano, and I also love to dance. I also love playing volleyball and I have been an avid dancer for over 9 years. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in law. With the Hadron Knights, I hope to learn more about business and design throughout the season. I can’t wait to see what this season has in store!

Tushar Gona
(Strategy and Engineering Team)
I am a senior at King IB school in Tampa, and the team strategist for the Hadron Knights. I’ve been on the team for 5 years, and in my previous experience I have participated in FLL Robotics. During my time on the team, I learned how to design using cad software, operate power tools, and apply my programming skills to robots. I am one of the founding members of the Hadron Knights and hope to see our team continue to grow after I graduate. Outside of robotics, I enjoy playing football and basketball.

Megha Manoj
(Engineering Team)
I am 17 years old and a junior at King IB. This is my second year with FTC and FIRST. Throughout my time with the team, I have familiarized myself with the build and design process, improved my communication skills, and learned valuable leadership skills. Robotics has given me many opportunities to refine the abilities needed to succeed in a STEM career. Outside of robotics, I have been taking dance and piano lessons since I was five. I also enjoy baking, reading, and watching movies. Being a member of the team has been fun and I hope to continue our success this season.

Kunaal Parashar
(Software Team)
I am a sophomore at King IB, and I entered the robotics world through Hadron Knights. I have been interested in robotics since middle school, but the Hadron Knights team is my first opportunity to pursue robotics. I joined the team knowing nothing, but my teammates taught me a lot. I have helped build and enhance the team robot. I enjoy the engineering process and brainstorming about how our robot could be improved. Outside of robotics, I enjoy playing video games and learning about physics and space. Being a part of the team has been and will continue to be a joy and I look forward to what's to come.

Daniel Takshi
(Design Lead and Engineering Team)
I am a sophomore at King IB, and I’ve been interested in robotics and STEM since I was in elementary school. I have had some experience with Vex IQ robotics and the Bullseye Robotics Camp in middle school, but Hadron Knights is the first high-level robotics program I’ve been a part of. My experience with this club this year has been excellent, and I’ve learned a lot about design and using CAD software. I hope to keep learning about the engineering process, establish a strong connection with my peers, and encourage others to become a part of the team. Outside of robotics, I love playing the piano and going to math competitions, and soon I hope to make it to Caltech and get a degree in electrical engineering. I look forward to all the great experiences we’ll have this year.

David Sebastian
(Engineering Team)
I am a junior at King IB, and I have been interested in robotics since elementary school. I also play tennis and guitar. It all started with LEGO Robotics in 5th grade, and then evolved into taking numerous STEM classes throughout my middle and high school life. Now, I am in FTC robotics, which is a huge step forward from my previous STEM education. I joined the team knowing very little about how to build a complex robot, and now I understand the process of engineering a robot with iteration and splitting up individual mechanisms to manage complexity. I have grown a lot over these past years, and they have taught me about the limitless range of issues robotics can solve for people to have an overall higher quality of life. In the future, I hope to get into a STEM career, and FTC robotics played a huge part in achieving the STEM career.

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Srividya Grandhi
(Outreach and Engineering Team)
I am a freshman at King IB, and I've always been interested in robotics, and I finally had the opportunity to join one when I started high school. I came to the team with little experience in robotics, but I gained a lot this year, and the team assisted me in learning new knowledge. FIRST has benefited me in numerous ways. It has helped me improve my public speaking skills and continuously interact with new individuals. Aside from robotics, I have been dancing for 7 years and have played the violin for 4 years. I am looking forward to learning more from my coaches, mentors, and teammates, as well as continuing to have a fantastic season.

Hadron Knights Alumni

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Aarush Prasad
Studying Pre-Med at John Hopkins University
 

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Anshul Raghuvanshi
Studying Computer Science at University of South Florida