Robofest Advisory Board (This page is under construction)

Main roles of the advisory board are steering the future direction of Robofest, evaluation of the current programs, assessment of students' learning, and approving annual reports.

Phil Bigos As a middle school student I took a mandatory Robotics class and that is where it all started. In 2007 I started to compete in Robofest and participated in the Game and also VCC during my middle school and high school years competing. After Graduating High school I studied Robotic Engineering at Lawerence Tech and received my Bachelors. I then went on to complete an Masters of Business Administration at Kettering University. During the final year of my undergrad I had the privilege of representing the United States in the World Robot Olympiad in Sochi Russia, placing 5th. Though I was not competing in Robofest, as a student, my connection would not end. I started to coach teams for Robofest. And have been coaching since. Currently I work for Ford Motor Company as a Controls Engineering programming Robots and PLCs on the production line to produce axles for the F150, F250, Transit, and Mustang. (March 2021)

CJ Chung*

CJ (Chan-Jin) Chung is a Professor of Computer Science (CS) at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) . He was a Senior Research Scientist at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), 1982-1992, before coming to the USA for his PhD study at Wayne State University. He founded Robofest in 1999 and launched numerous STEM+CS programs such RoboParade in 2006, Fashion & Dance Show that became RoboArts in 2007, and Vision Centric Challenge in 2007. He has been a faculty advisor of LTU’s IGVC (Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition) teams since 2003. His team won 1st place award in 2007 and Grand LESCOE Cup in 2016. His another robotics team was selected to represent the USA to compete at RoboCup Four-legged robot soccer division in 2007. He served as the founding USA National Organizer for the World Robot Olympiad in 2014 and 2015. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator of ACTor (Autonomous Campus Transport) project funded by the US Army using two by-wire vehicles. The ACTor team won the IGVC Self-Drive competition in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  In 2011, IEEE honored Dr. Chung with its citation of honor award for his leadership in STEM education. (March 2021)

Gavin Coleman

Gavin Coleman is currently the ESE Specialist and Robotics Club Sponsor for a charter school in central Florida.  Dr. Coleman has been involved in Robofest as a coach for 5 years. He specializes in ensuring that all students have access to STEM education and learning how to develop creative solutions to various problems. Gavin is a positive force in the school , helping other teachers create hands-on activities and projects to motivate and encourage students to become learners for life. Dr. Coleman received his Doctorate degree in STEM Education and Specialist’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, his Master’s degree in Special Education from West Virginia University, and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology from Florida Atlantic University. Dr.Coleman has helped create several new engineering and robotics programs within charter schools in Hillsborough County and surrounding areas. (March 2021)

Scott Eisele

Earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, both in the field of Industrial Arts Education. Taught in several school districts in Michigan, retiring in 2020 from the East China School District after 40 years of teaching. Subjects included areas of industrial arts especially drafting, metal working, wood working, and power mechanics transitioning to technology education in the late 1980’s and most recently certified as a PLTW Engineering teacher and Middle School STEM teacher. Started the first and only robotics team in St. Clair County in 2002 and participated in the FIRST Lego League and Robofest at the middle and high school levels. The initial Robofest competition was one team with two students and has grown to over twelve teams with over 30 students. Not being able to participate in 2020 due to the Covid related school shutdown, we hope to continue the St. Clair robotics team tradition in the coming years. (March 2021)

Josh Siegel

Josh Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University, the Principal Investigator of the DeepTech Lab, and the lead instructor for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Internet of Things, DeepTech and ToughTech Bootcamps. He received Ph.D., S.M. and S.B. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Josh and his automotive companies have been recognized with accolades including the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize and the MassIT Government Innovation Prize. He has multiple issued patents, published in top scholarly venues, and been featured in popular media. Dr. Siegel’s ongoing research develops architectures for secure and efficient connectivity, applications for pervasive sensing, and new approaches to autonomous driving. He became interested in software development and robotics systems through his participation in Robofest, starting in 2001 and continuing through 2007. (March 2021) Gordon Stein  

(*) Board Chairperson