We are the Pastabots

Meet the the Mentors and student leadership team!

Adult Mentors

Lauren Hamel

Head Coach & Mechanical Mentor

Ms. Hamel has been a physics teacher at The Woodlands High school since 2013 and has been mentoring FIRST Robotics teams since 2018. Ms. Hamel leads the robot builds for all of the Pastabots FTC teams, as well as serving as the head team administrator. Ms. Hamel is a graduate of The Woodlands High School and Texas A&M University. Aside from building awesome robots and teaching AP Physics, Ms. Hamel enjoys hanging out with her two dogs, traveling, and restoring antiques.

Jennifer Davies

Assistant Coach & Finance Mentor

Mrs. Davies has taught chemistry and physics since 2002 and has taught at The Woodlands High School since 2005. She has been the finance mentor for the Pastabots since 2020; she is primarily responsible for team finances and travel. Mrs. Davies is a native Houstonian and attended Westbury High School, followed by the University of Texas at Austin. When not at school, she enjoys swimming and traveling with her husband and two daughters. (She also taught Ms. Hamel in high school!)

Charity Hughes

Assistant Coach & Inspire Mentor

Mrs. Hughes is a new mentor with the Pastabots for the 2021 - 2022 season. She will focus on the engineering notebooks and portfolios, Inspire presentations and team outreach projects. We are so grateful for her willingness to lend her expertise to our organization!

New mentors wanted!

We are always looking for TWHS staff, parents, and community/industry volunteers willing to lend their time and expertise to our program. Volunteers would help to mentor students directly in their particular area of expertise - areas of interest include mechanical (design & build, CAD), programming (JAVA), and business (finance & marketing). For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Hamel at lhamel@conroeisd.net!

20223 - 2023 student LEADERSHIP

Eric Dunleavy

Co-President

Eric is a senior and will serve as TWHS Robotics Co-President for the 2022 - 2023 season. Eric became a Pastabot his sophomore-year, making him one of our most experienced team members. Eric specializes in robot mechanics and is a leader of our program's outreach projects, including our Pastabots Junior program. In his free time, Eric is an automotive enthusiast and spends a lot of time getting yelled at by his older brother Matthew. Eric plans to major in mechanical engineering in college.

NickLas Di Tirro

Co-President

Nick is a senior and will be the TWHS Robotics Co-President for the 2022 - 2023 season. Nick became a Pastabot his junior-year in 2021. Nick specializes in programming and team operations, and is a leader of our programs outreach projects, including Pastabots Junior. In his free time Nick enjoys playing frisbee golf, riding his bike, and playing video games. Nick plans to major in electrical & computer engineering in college.

Lawrence Granda

Vice President & CAD Lead

Lawrence is a senior and will be the TWHS Robotics Vice President and CAD Lead for the 2022 - 2023 season. Lawrence became a Pastabot his junior-year in 2021 after moving to TWHS from Spain. Lawrence specializes in CAD; his CAD responsibilities involve designing robots (including custom parts for 3D printing), and training new team members in CAD. Lawrence is also heavily involved in our outreach projects, especially our Pastabots Junior Program. In his free time, Lawrence enjoys long walks on the beach, collecting Beanie Babies, and polishing Robotics Trophies. Lawrence plans to major in some type of engineering in college.

Hrishi Sahu

Programming Lead

Hrishi is a senior and will be the TWHS Robotics Programming Lead for the 2022 - 2023 season. Hrishi became a Pastabot his junior-year in 2021. Hrishi specializes in programming robots and training others how to program robots. In his free time, Hrishi enjoys playing soccer, going to the gym, and playing Minecraft. Hrishi plans to major in computer engeering in college.


Brianna Dickson

Media & Marketing Lead

Bri is a senior and will be the TWHS Robotics Media & Marketing Lead for the 2022 - 2023 season. Bri became a Pastabot her junior-year in 2021. Bri specializes in mechanics and team media/marketing (this includes managing team social media and coordinating with sponsors). Bri is also a member of the TWHS basketball and softball teams. Bri plans to major in electrical & computer engineering in college.

Nicholas Tyner

Underclassmen Liaison

Nicholas will be our Underclassmen Liaison for the 2022 - 2023 season. His responsibilities include: attending all events, sitting in on officer meetings and observing how the program is run, and eventually assisting other officers with their various duties. Nicholas is a sophomore who joined TWHS Robotics at the start of the 2022 school year after transferring to TWHS from The Netherlands. Outside of robotics, Nicholas enjoys photo and video editing, and is an expert in the Dutch sport of Paalzitten (look it up...). Nicholas hopes to pursue a STEM degree in the future.