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Meet the Team

Coordinators

Celina Bekins

Celina Bekins

Team Coordinator

Celina is a senior(ish) at Olin, studying Engineering with Human-Centered Software Design. Originally from Maui, Celina is happiest in the ocean, and second-happiest sitting outside in warm air with beach hair (like in this photo from a recent trip to Puerto Rico). Things they enjoy include: learning about people, writing cool software, boats, all kinds of art, meowing to communicate, and bringing a little sunshine to others’ lives. Celina is really excited to see how OARS moves forward over the next few years, even after they graduate, since this team has a super-solid foundation from this year to work off of.

Zack Davenport

Zack Davenport

Team Coordinator

Zack Davenport is a sophomore at Olin studying mechanical engineering and is the co-project manager of OARS. He grew up in landlocked Tulsa, OK where regular exposure to water was limited to swimming pools or the unsailable Arkansas River. He enjoys 3D-printing interesting knick-knacks, playing and writing music, cool architecture, and hypothetical questions. Zack is particularly interested in human-centered design and wants to make a career out of using engineering to improve people’s lives.
Joe Sutker

Joe Sutker

Happiness Coordinator

Joe is a Computer Engineer in the Olin Class of 2018. Originally from New Jersey, he came to Olin because he thought it was a pretty awesome place. He was right. Soon after arriving, he joined what was then the Olin Robotic Sailing team as part of the Software and Mechanical Subteams. He soon left Mechanical and instead joined the Happiness Subteam. He began sailing at camp as a kid, but his most notable sailing venture was during his gap year before Olin, when he lived on a 112 ft. long schooner for 3 months. Since that trip, he hasn’t done much sailing, but he does still tie lots of knots and sing a sea chanty or two.

Mechanical Subteam

Diego Alvarez

Diego Alvarez

Mechanical Lead

Diego is a sophomore at Olin studying mechanical engineering. He hails from Kirkland WA, land of Costco and eternal rain. Despite his core belief in everything being a hammer if wielded properly, Diego really enjoys building things, including, but not limited to, boats. 
Eric Elder Jacobsen

Eric Elder Jacobsen

Sail Design

Eric is a freshman at Olin, studying… something. He lives in Vermont next to a lake called Number 10 Pond, and grew up sailing (and fixing) small boats on it. He’s part of the OARS mechanical subteam, and is also making a documentary about the team’s transatlantic mission. His favorite animal is turtles if it’s in the water, or bears if it’s on land.
Regina Walker

Regina Walker

Study-Abroad Expert

Regina is part of Olin’s class of 2019, and is majoring in mechanical engineering. Each year, she travels to Olin from the far-away land of San Jose, CA. She enjoys building things, hiking places, hiking back from places, cats, tea, socks and adventures. In a recent interview, when asked why she was in OARS, she said “I love OARS because all the people at OARS are just so awesome…OARS is just like a little boat family, and it’s great.”
Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin

Sail Design

Anna is a first year at Olin and a member of the OARS mechanical team. She grew up in Cambridge, MA, and has spent a few summer and spring seasons sailing on the Charles River. She enjoys photography, knitting, hiking, traveling and reading, and she is learning how to play the guitar.
Rebecca Jordan

Rebecca Jordan

Fabrication Overlord

Rebecca is a senior studying mechanical engineering. Hailing from Southern California, she is gradually chasing the concept of “weather” northeastward. She has been with OARS since before the acronym had an “A” (when it was “Olin Robotic Sailing”).

After leading the mechanical team for two years, she is now serving as the resident expert in obscure nautical terms and sea chanties. She likes not-so-subtly inserting the fact that she sailed across the North Atlantic on a tallship into conversations. When she grows up she would like to help take over the world with robots.

Ever Gonzales

Ever Gonzales

Hull Design

Everardo “Ever” Gonzalez is a determined robotics engineering student in Olin’s Class of 2021, always up for a challenge. He was raised in Long Beach, CA, where he spent a lot of time doing homework, playing water polo, and as much as he possibly could on his FIRST Robotics Team. He enjoys building robots and trying really hard at things he is bad at, like playing guitar. He focuses on trying to learn all he can, but within OARS works on the mechanical engineering subteam to design and manufacture hulls that make the boat boat instead of sink.
Katie Thai-Tang

Katie Thai-Tang

Katie, Class of 2021, really likes making stuff including set pieces, costumes, bio-inspired hoppers, and boats. She is originally from Michigan and intends to major in either Mechanical Engineering or Engineering with a Concentration in Design. Katie enjoys art and design, theater, k-pop, and although she has never set foot on a sailboat, she enjoys the idea of sailing.

Software Subteam

Kyle Combes

Kyle Combes

Software Lead

Kyle is a member of the Olin College Class of 2020 studying Engineering with a concentration in computing (the Olin equivalent of a CS degree). Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, he enjoys writing software that helps people and/or the environment. Though he has the most experience with web dev, he is also interested in systems engineering and logistics and, driven by his passion for sustainability, is drawn to the field of efficient transportation. His most memorable sailing experience included crossing the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Cuba, sailing along the Cuban coast, and then hopping over to Mexico.

Jane Sieving

Path Planning and Navigation

Jane is a member of the Olin Class of 2021. Originally from Waltham, MA, she enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking, scheming, math, and puzzles. Most of her sailing experience is trying to get a tiny boat to go as fast as possible on a pond much tinier than the Atlantic Ocean. She is excited to help teach the boat to sail, even though she would rather shrink down to sail in it herself.
Noah D'Souza

Noah D'Souza

Onboarding Process Tester

Noah D’Souza is a member of the Olin Class of 2021. His experiences with real-life boats include (accidently) running his dad over with a catamaran twice and getting smacked in the face with a kayak paddle. He has accepted software as his life’s purpose because it’s much harder to get burned, stabbed, knocked across the head, or generally injured while coding. On the side, he likes to disassemble electronics and participate in egg-related activities.
Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin

Part-Time Contributor

Though primarily a member of the Mechanical Subteam, Anna also contributes to the codebase on occasion. These contributions often revolve around systems integration, such as connecting the path planner and heading controller.
Jeremy Ryan

Jeremy Ryan

Controls

Jeremy is from Medical Lake, WA, and is a member of the Olin Class of 2021. His hobbies include game design, hat-wearing, music composition, unicycling, boat enthusiasm, digital art, procrastination of bio submissions, and screeching.

Electrical Subteam

Kyle Combes

Kyle Combes

Stand-In Electrical Lead

While primarily the Software Subteam Lead, Kyle also oversees the occasional electrical jobs that need doing. He will be replaced by an actual electrical engineer when the amount of electrical work warrants taking on a dedicated person.
Anna Griffin

Anna Griffin

Part-Time Contributor

Not liking to be left out of any subteam, Anna is also a part-time member of Electrical.
Carl Moser

Carl Moser

Electrical Consultant

“Carl is a Robotics Engineering student at Olin and a member of the Class of 2019. To start this bio off, we’d like to pose the question: Does Carl even know who he is? Evidently, this answer is no; currently a couple of his previous teammates are typing this up, choosing to illuminate only the best parts of his technical prowess and teamworking competency, having been incredibly impressed by his performance on a variety of teams in the past. He is passionate about 3D printing, robotics, and music visualization. Carl isn’t limited to a single subteam on OARS — he’s (semi-)technically considered the ‘Carl in Reference,’ a member who can be called upon to work through any problem or swiftly deliver on any task.” – Lauren + Diego