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Meet our Robotics Coaches!

Tadas Orentas

Is currently a student at Florida Atlantic University studying electrical engineering. He graduated from Park Vista community high school in Lake Worth, Florida where he was a member of the auto and medical academies, earning him his emergency response and CPR certificates. Tadas currently serves as Treasurer of the Drone Robotics club at FAU and is a member of the Owl Racing club. After school, Tadas would like to work in the robotics industry using his engineering skills to optimize everyday task. Tadas enjoys playing basketball, scuba diving, and fixing his car.

Dexter Dixon Jr

Is from Riviera Beach, Florida and attended Royal Palm Beach High School. At Royal Palm Beach High School Dexter was a member of Student Government, serving as Student Body Vice President and was apart of the school’s engineering academy where he was President and started the school FIRST Robotics program. Currently Dexter is a Sophomore at Florida Atlantic University studying electrical engineering. At the university, Dexter has created the Drone Robotics club and is a Learning Community Liaison for engineering students. Dexter volunteers his time in his hometown by serving as a board member of the nonprofit Savon’s Academy Star’s. Dexter is apart of Tech Runway’s Venture Class 6 with his company Shift Board and was a finalist in the FAU Wave competition. He is the youngest of four siblings and in his free time he enjoys rollerblading and teaching himself new skills. After he graduates, Dexter wants to be able to use his skills as an engineer to make positive impacts on people’s lives.

Gunnar Bjorkman

Graduated from Allen D. Nease High School in St Augustine, Florida where he was a member of the engineering and hospitality academies and also was creator and captain of his high school’s FIRST Robotics team also earning his AutoDesk CAD certification. Gunnar Is currently a student at Florida Atlantic University studying mechanical engineering. At FAU Gunnar is the Vice President of the Drone Robotics club and has created and maintains the Machine Perception and Cognitive Robotics organization’s website. Gunnar is the oldest of three younger brothers and has also earned his lifeguarding certification. In his free time, Gunnar enjoys making video games and riding his electric skateboard. Gunnar is apart of Tech Runway’s Venture Class 6 with his company Shift Board and was a finalist in the FAU Wave competition with his weight-sensing electric skateboard project. After he graduates, Gunnar would like to work with startup tech companies that have the potential to release life-changing technology.

Robert Smith

is currently a student at Florida Atlantic University studying electrical engineering.  At FAU Robert is an active member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and The National Society of Black Engineers. Robert is currently working on a room monitoring system for assisted living facilities as part of his Senior design project. In addition to being a robotics coach, Robert is an academic tutor at Palm Beach State College for students in Mathematics and Physics courses. In the psst, Robert has participated in the IBM Bluemix Hackathon and has worked as an admission assistant at Broward College in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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