Intern Profiles



Rosie Aguero


Rosie Aguero assists the accounting department at the REC Foundation office in Greenville, Texas. Rosie is a graduate student at Texas A&M-Commerce, where she received her BBA in Finance and is currently working towards her MBA.


Karan Bansal


Karan Bansal is a regional support intern for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. He studies Computer Science at the Northern Virginia Community College at Manassas Campus. Karan competed in the VEX Robotics Competition for over three years. This summer Karan interned at NASA using robotics skills to design, build, and test an autonomous system.


Veronica Bitz


Veronica Bitz is a senior at University of New Haven (UNH) studying Communication, Video Production with minors in Photography and English. She has been involved in the University’s Communication Club and recently joined the UNH Robotics Team. Veronica will be assisting at Connecticut events during the season and with production at the VEX Robotics World Championship.


Jarred Cool


Jarred Cool is the Regional Support Intern for Indiana. He studies Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University Purdue University Indiana (IUPUI). Jarred competed in VRC for a total of five years and has moved on to found the IUPUI VEX U Robotics club.


Andrew Lawrence


Andrew Lawrence assists local events and teams and works as an intern in the San Jose office. Andrew has 15 years of competitive robotics experience and is currently studying at De Anza College in pursuit of degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics.


Dillon Lee

Territory: Idaho, Montana

Dillon Lee provides regional support for Idaho and Montana under the supervision of Mike Martus. He joined the REC Foundation after competing in VEX Robotics for five seasons. Dillon is currently attending Wisconsin Indian-head Technical College for IT.


Marcello Leone


Marcello Leone assists teams and events in the city of Miami. Marcello studies Electrical Engineering at the Honors College at Miami-Dade College. He has four years of experience in VEX EDR.


Ruben Lopez


Ruben Lopez joined the REC Foundation after being involved in robotics for six years. While in high school, he received his associate degree and currently studies Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.


Stevie Noble


Stevie Noble assists teams and coaches at local events throughout Washington and Oregon. She studies Education at Central Washington University. After graduation, Stevie plans to incorporate Robotics Education in her future classroom.


Steven Paqueo


Steven Paqueo recently began his fourth season as an intern supporting events in California. A Mechanical Engineering major at the same university that hosted the first VEX Robotics World Championship, Cal State Northridge, Steven has now competed in VEX Robotics at the middle school, high school, and university level.


Tyler Raine


Tyler Raine assists with day-to-day operations at the REC Foundation office in Greenville, Texas. He currently studies finance at Texas A&M University-Commerce.


Hariharan Vijayakumar


Hariharan “Hari” Vijayakumar assists teams and events in the state of New Jersey. Graduating in 2020, Hari currently studies Mechanical Engineering at Rutgers University where he is a member of the VEX U team. He has four years of competitive robotics experience.


Matthew Watson


Matthew Watson is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying Computer Engineering. A member of the MSU VEX Robotics team, Matthew has been involved in robotics for the past 11 years. He and his team, the Haslett VEX Raptors (Team 7581H), won the 2014 and 2015 High School State of Michigan Excellence Award and the 2014 World Championship Excellence Award.


Nikolas Zapata


Nikolas Zapata spent two years on a TSA VEX team and is our most senior intern. As a member of the operations team, he assists with the day-to-day operations of the REC Foundation. Nikolas also assists staff and Event Partners with training exercises and special projects to create successful events throughout the United States. He lives in Orlando, Florida, and studies mechanical engineering at UCF.


Zack Zofrea


Zack Zofrea has been an intern since 2013. His role is to support REC Foundation projects and events. Zack is a University of Florida student majoring in Physics and intends to get a Master of Science in Information Systems.