We are grateful to our mentors who have given us invaluable advice to guide us through countless challenges. Our team is fortunate to have such a knowledgable and devoted team of mentors!

Current Mentors

Robert Martinez

Robert Martinez is our team's shop supervisor and primary mentor, along with being a Physics and PET teacher at Crystal. He has been working with the team since 2018 and has provided indispensable technical expertise, tool training, and faculty leadership.

Past Mentors

(These are in the form they were when they were put on here, and are in incorrect tense/have out-of-date information about people's occupations, education, and overall status.)

Eric Diehr

Eric Diehr is the lead mechanical engineer at Fetch Robotics, a warehouse, and logistics robotics company. He was with the team from 2016 to 2020 and assisted with all mechanical design of the robot.


Victoria Salova is a sophomore in college, studying mechanical engineering. She was formerly a member of the Gunn Robotics Team (FRC Team 192), where she worked on controls, as well as manufacturing. She will be serving as a core mentor, supporting the team both technically and logistically. Victoria will be helping the team with Computer Aided Design (CAD), designing and machining the mechanisms, and learning how to wire the robot.  


Nikhil Lele is a controls mentor for Gryphon Robotics and currently a Computer Science student at Stanford University. In high school he was part of the Gunn Robotics Team (FRC Team 192). He has subsequently worked in research labs at Stanford, NASA/JPL, and Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley. 


Alex Yoshikawa graduated from Crystal Springs Uplands School in 2008 and went on to obtain degrees in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in 2012.  At CMU he conducted research on antibody purification and was President of the Chemical Engineering Car Club.  Since graduating college, Alex has been developing scientific software and building automated systems for scientific experimentation at Emerald Therapeutics, a biotechnology startup. In 2015, Alex will begin his PhD training at Stanford University, developing new protein engineering technologies.


Marshall Haltom is a recent graduate from Stanford University’s mechanical engineering program. He is currently working at Apple in Mac product design, and will be returning to Stanford in 2016 for a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Prior to mentoring Crystal Robotics, he had no experience with FRC, but is very excited to help mentor the team.


Susan Nitta started mentoring Gryphon Robotics in 2012, and helped its expansion from a FIRST Tech Challenge team to a FIRST Robotics Competition team. Using her experiences from her three years on the Gunn Robotics Team (FRC Team 192), she advised the team through an FTC season, two FRC seasons, and numerous other challenges. Having graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015, Susan is moving on to various out-of-state endeavors, but will always have a special place in her heart for Gryphon Robotics. 


Ray Chen is a student at the University of California, Berkeley, studying Mechanical Engineering. He was formerly on Team 192, the Gunn Robotics Team, where he led chassis design. Ray’s fields of expertise include Computer Aided Design (CAD), manufacturing, welding, and FRC-related politics and trivia. Ray hopes to assist the team by acting as a resource for technical knowledge, as well providing the team guidance and support.


Nallakkan (Arvind) Arvindan is the Director of Systems Engineering and Information Technology at Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. and leads the company’s Robotic Laboratory Automation Group, which builds robotic platforms to perform biological and biochemical experiments in a fully automated manner to discover new biological drugs to cure diseases such as cancer.  He also leads the data integration group that builds software to enable scientists to accelerate the process of discovering new biological drugs.  Arvind received a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing an MBA at University of California, Berkeley.

Arvind has taught engineering courses at the University of Washington and has mentored middle school and high school robotics teams.  Arvind will be assisting the Crystal robotics team on integrating sensors and actuators as well as software development.