Team Members and mentors

ZAHRA Izzi

Hi, I'm Zahra, and I’m a sophomore at Langley High School. This is my third year in FTC, prior to which I did FLL for 3 years. I joined FTC because I wanted to develop my knowledge in robotics, and my experiences in FLL increased my interest in joining. I work mostly on the engineering notebook, but I also assisted our linear slides build. Other than FTC, I have many hobbies, such as playing piano and violin.


Neel Rajesh

I am currently a Junior at McLean High School, and I currently have 3 years of prior FTC experience and 6 years of FLL experience. I decided to join the team to increase my knowledge of STEM and robotics while having the opportunity to share what I have learned with the community. On our team, I work as the lead designer, a role that involves extensive use of CAD and 3D-Printing, and as a builder. I'm also passionate about swimming, reading, and technology.

AAMANI Kotla

I am a 10th grade student at South Lakes High School. This is my third year of FTC. I was part of an FLL team for two years before this. So far it has been a great experience to be part of FTC team. I worked on designing and building our robot prototypes, as well as our team logo and team marker. I worked on our presentation for the competition and our outreach events. I look forward to learn and contribute in other areas such as programming, building, and CAD. I love to do art/craft projects and watch TV. I am also learning classical dance, piano, and tennis. I was part of a competitive jump rope team (for 5 years). I am looking forward to a successful year!


neil agrawal

Hi, my name is Neil. I am 16 years old and I am a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and technology. This will be my third year doing FTC, and I did 3 years of FLL before that. An interesting fact about me is I like to snowboard and bike. I also enjoy building things, I've built a 3D Printer, a couple of model rockets, and a CO2 car, and my latest creation is a miniature robot made from wood modeled after the Tesla Cybertruck. One reason I wanted to do FTC is so that I can learn how to build and code a robot to complete challenging tasks with tech.

ANTEO Jafari

Hi my name is Anteo Jafari. This is my second year involved with FTC. I was introduced to FTC through my friend and teammate Neel Rajesh, while he and Capital Bots were recruiting new members. I joined the team, offering CAD experience as well as 3D printing. Once I joined the team I picked up on many building roles. Outside of FTC I play tennis and football, as well as play the piano.

Kaushik Siruvuri

I am Kaushik, a rising junior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and live in Northern Virginia. I enjoy playing video games and learning about computer science and engineering. I enjoy biking outside, and like spending time with my friends. I participated in multiple science related activities like FLL, eCyberMission, TSA, and science olympiad. I also participated in the AMC 8, NSF, and Continental Math League. I am joining this FTC team because I want to improve my computer science and designing skills.


DheetHya Balaji

I am an 8th grader at Longfellow Middle School. This is my second year participating in FTC. I have prior experience in Jr FLL and FLL. My team qualified for the States competition in FLL, and we placed in the top 20%. Outside of school, I do piano, classical dance, and Science Olympiad. I joined this FTC team to continue my passion for robotics. I look forward to acquiring knowledge and new skills!

VIKAS Kotla

Hi, my name is Vikas, and I am an 8th grader at Rachel Carson Middle School. This is my second year doing FTC and I have also done 1 year of FLL in the past. In the team, I mostly work on designing and CAD, although I am learning building. I designed our team's Capstone during the Skystone season. I like to draw, read, play video games, and play the piano in my spare time. Along with this, I play on a soccer team. I am looking forward to this FTC season!

Anand Vinod

I am Anand, a freshman at Langley Highschool. I have competed in FLL Tournaments for 3 years, and have done FTC for 2 years. Outside of school, I do American Computer Science League, and piano. I enjoy programming in java, and having a challenge. I hope to use my programming knowledge to complete the tasks this year, in a timely and efficient manner.

What I love about FTC:

I like how FTC gives a real life application to what we learn in and out of school. Although it may be on a smaller scale, eventually we will use these concepts and ideas later on. It’s also very satisfying to see the robot work.

Fun Fact:

I play tennis in my spare time.

Ob Cooler-Stith

My name is Ob, and I'm a sophomore at The Howard Gardner School. This is my first year doing FTC but I have been in FLL for 5 years. I'm interested in programming and video production and I like to play video games in my spare time. This year I hope to get better at Java and CAD as well as expand on my knowledge of 3D printing. Very much looking forward to this coming season!

Mayuka Valluri

Hi! I’m Mayuka, and I am a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. This is my first year participating in FTC, and at the moment, I currently work on outreach and prototyping for the team. I am looking forward to getting more experience with other parts of FTC as well! I love engineering and computer science, and I like to read and be part of my school’s theatre productions during my free time. I am excited and looking forward to this upcoming season!



Mentors & Coaches

COACH RAJESH

I am Rajesh Virassamy, and I am the head coach for this team. I have over six years experience as a coach and design judge for various robotics programs including FLL, Jr FLL, and VEX Robotics. I have been guiding the team in core engineering, especially on robotics design, build and inventory management. This is the third year for me in FTC and I am thoroughly enjoying working with this team. I have a small company and a startup that focuses on blockchain. My goal is to motivate the kids to perform beyond their potential.


coach srini

I am Srinivas Kotla, a coach/mentor for FIRST Tech Challenge team, Capital Bots 14575. This is our third season. I had also coached a FIRST Lego League team for two years. I have over 20 years of Information Technology experience, including roles with IBM, Alcatel and Cisco. I enjoy working with kids and helping them develop interest and expertise in the STEM field. I strive to promote the engineering design process to build the robots, learning and researching solutions for real world problems.