Executive Board


Pratheeksha Mallikarjun - President

Pratheeksha Mallikarjun is a senior in industrial engineering. She has been involved in FIRST robotics since freshman year of high school, when she joined FRC Team 159 Alpine Robotics in Colorado. In college she continues her involvement in FIRST through volunteering at competitions and mentoring FRC teams while somehow also balancing school and running the magnificent group that is GOFIRST. She can be contacted at malli065@umn.edu.


Elise Lohmann - Director of Operations

Elise Lohmann is a sophmore in Chemical Engineering. She is an Alumna of FRC 2175 - The Fighting Calculators. In her spare time she enjoys working a research lab under Tim Lodge doing work with polymers. In addition to research, she enjoys Cross Country Skiing, Rock Climbing, and running. She also enjoys volunteering and is looking forward to the upcoming FTC season. She can be contacted at lohma043@umn.edu


Ryan Zoeller - Director of Finance

Ryan Zoeller is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is an alumnus of FRC Team 2169, KING TeC, where he gained experience programming and with Chairman’s. In his spare time, Ryan Zoeller enjoys thinking of other majors he can acquire and pondering why the electrical team keeps blaming him for the robot fires. He can be contacted at zoell031@umn.edu.


Peter Irvine - Director of Engineering

Peter Irvine is a junior in the College of Science and Engineering with a Computer Engineering major. He is an alumnus of 2175 where he was the Driver. He likes to build robots and build websites. He also enjoys mentoring 2175 and volunteering as an FTA for FTC. When Peter isn't studying or building robots he likes to Cross Country Ski and Rock Climb. He can be reached at irvin124@umn.edu


Nick Aarestad - Director of Programs

Nick likes code, CAD, and robots. He does not like mecanum wheels. He is studying computer science. Nick is an alumnus of FRC Team 2220, Blue Twilight, and currently mentors FRC and FTC teams in Apple Valley. Nick is known for having strong opinions about inconsequential things, his love of Pantone React Blue, and recreational CAD use. He may be contacted on twitter at @cadandcookies and via email at aare0006@umn.edu.


Gregory Ledray - Recruitment Officer

Gregory Ledray is a junior in Computer Engineering. He is an Alumnus of FRC 2225 - R.U.S.T. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing, destroying lipos, reading books he barely understands and baking. He can be contacted at ledra004@umn.edu.


Katie Riedel - Outreach Officer

Katie Riedel is a freshman in the College of Science and Engineering with plans to major in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She has been involved in FIRST since freshman year of high school and graduated as an alumna of FTC 8686 Height Differential. She is very excited to utilize her passion for FIRST by giving back to the programs through her involvement in GOFIRST Robotics. She may be contacted at riede133@umn.edu.


Christina Le - Marketing & PR Officer

Christina is a junior in the Computer Science program at the College of Science and Engineering at the U. As Marketing and PR Officer she primarily works with Photoshop and Illustrator to make documents for GOFIRST. Alongside this heavy burden she also tries very hard not to post all of the poorly(?) timed photos of other GOFIRST officers that make them look silly. In the mean time Christina plays video games and sometimes watches other people play them. Her favorite quote is "Any stick is a selfie stick if you believe in yourself" -Nick Aarestad, She can be reached at lexxx568@umn.edu.