Founded in September, 2011, the ROC has been responsible for helping to form multiple FIRST FLL and FRC teams, and is in the process of working with local schools, organizations, parents and governmental leaders to take this much further.
The not-for-profit ROC is a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers with the shared goal of increasing and improving STEM opportunities for the students of Western North Carolina. Using FIRST Robotics teams and training sessions classes as a basis, the ROC is working to increase penetration of technical studies and practice in this region, with the aim of producing a generation of students with the requisite skills and confidence to compete effectively in the modern professional arena.
Members of the core ROC team include:
Neil Rosenberg, Chair
Educated at MIT and Stanford, Neil's career has included stints as engineer, entrepreneur (CEO of software company for 20 years), educator (taught PLTW and others), technology programs administrator (set up high school tech programs), FIRST FRC team founder and coach, engineering manager at FIRST and most recently, college instructor. Neil is presently teaching full time at UNC Asheville in the Mechatronics program. His passion is to use his experience and talents to benefit the community; specifically to work with students and others to increase awareness and competence in technical and business endeavors.
John Schnautz, Fundraising and Outreach
Educated at Iowa State, Oregon State, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt, and MIT. Background in chemistry, microbiology, food science and engineering. Career 30 years in a wide diversity of managerial and executive assignments in international energy. John is a 20 year plus volunteer with SCORE and with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. His passion is to bring 4-H sponsored STEM based programs to Buncombe County youth.
Bob Bell, Volunteer Coordination
Educated in Business Management at the University of Denver, Bob's entrepreneurial career began in the desktop publishing revolution upon graduation in 1985. Venture capital, stocks and real estate have been on his radar ever since. In 1997 Bob moved to Asheville to help start a construction company and in 1999 began his mission with the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County to build a world-class teen program. In 2011 Bob met Neil Rosenberg thru FIRST and the rest is history. Go Robotics!
Active as both a coach and ROC core member, Mike is instrumental in reaching out to many organizations to help “further the cause”. We are indeed fortunate to have him in our group.