Our Mentors

Tayler Uva

Tayler Uva

Head Coach

Rookie Year:

Student 2013 - Mentor 2017

Tayler Uva earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science at Cal State University San Marcos. While attending college, he worked as an AVID tutor at Bear Valley Middle School teaching students math and science skills. He currently works as an IT Associate at SDG&E. He is a 2015 alumni of our team and was the former Vice President, Software, and Business/Media Lead. As a student he refined our teams brand, creating our website, and producing multiple videos and graphics. He later joined the software team, helping to push our programming to the next level. As a mentor he assists with all aspects of the team, teaching students in all departments, with an emphasis on programming and media. He has created a FRC Java Tutorial that is publicly available and helps other teams all around the world. After 1 year of mentoring, Tayler became an Assistant Coach, and 3 years later earned the position of Head Coach.

Jim Sykora

Jim Sykora

Assistant Coach, Fabrication Mentor

Rookie Year:

2017

Mr. Sykora earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He spent many years at MTS Systems, Hewlett-Packard and D&K Engineering where he recently retired. He has held project lead positions on servo-hydraulic testing systems, prototype assembly machines and manufacturing line analysis and operations. He started mentoring the SuperNURDs several years ago in 2016. He “...believes in exposing students to many types of possible careers so that they can make informed choices.” He and his wife, Sharon (a retired educator) believe strongly in helping our youth in whatever capacities they can. Mr. Sykora once ran in a marathon and always tries his best to do good for the environment.

Yun Lutgen

Yun Lutgen

Founder, School Advisor

Rookie Year:

2010

Mrs.Lutgen teaches Math II and Math III (S). She has been serving as Math Department Co-Chair at San Pasqual High School. She attended Rick’s College, now known as BYU-Idaho.   She received her Bachelor's in Mathematics and went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Cross-Cultural education from National University. She was named the 2016 EUHSD Teacher of the Year. Within the SuperNurds, Mrs.Lutgen is a mentor to the Business team. In addition to teaching full time and mentoring, she is a wife and mother to five children. She is also Co-founder of the North County Consortium.

Eli Uva

Eli Uva

Mechanical, Media Mentor

Rookie Year:

Student 2017 - Mentor 2021

Eli Uva is currently attending San Diego State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. At San Diego State University Eli is part of their Formula SAE racing team, "Aztec Racing", where he is the Drivetrain Lead. He is a 2020 Alumni of the team and as a student was the team's Vice-President, Mechanical Lead, Driver and video editor. He joined his freshman year in 2017 after his brother Tayler Uva joined the team in 2013. As a student he refined our team's CAD operations creating many of the systems and practices our team still uses today. At San Pasqual High School he was very involved in the Welding and Machining Classes, as well as the SOAR Welding Club. He currently mentors our team's Mechanical department, teaching students CAD, metalworking, woodworking and assembly skills. He also mentors our team's Media department, teaching student skills in the fields of, photography, videography, video editing, and photo editing.

Angela Kim

Angela Kim

Software Mentor

Rookie Year:

2020

Angela is an alumni of San Pasqual High School, and graduated in 2015. Angela attended Cal State San Marcos to receive a degree in Computer Science. Angela also mentored San Pasqual's all girl coding club called the Code Queens. In the summer of 2019 she was a software engineering intern at Hunter Industries where she learned about modern development practices and mob programming. She now works as a software developer at Motorola Solutions. Angela began to mentor in 2020 and is looking to lend a hand to the Software and Business teams.

Madison Robertson

Madison Robertson

Business Mentor

Rookie Year:

Student 2014 - Mentor 2018

At Cal State San Marcos, she is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development with an emphasis in Biology and Physics with the goal of becoming a teacher. She volunteers at her church every week as the Youth Leader of the Kindergarten/1st grade classroom. She tutors weekly at the local middle school Del Dios.  And just founded her first Jr. FLL team, The Grease Monkeys at the nearby elementary school. LR Green. 

Michael Peck

Michael Peck

Mechanical Mentor

Rookie Year:

2019

Mr. Peck attended Notre Dame High School in Riverside, California, before going to University of California Riverside for his Bachelor's in mechanical engineering. Previously having worked for Laminated Shim, Co. and Naval Air Command (NAVAIR) for the US Navy, Peck currently works as a Aerospace Engineer for NAVAIR. Peck joined the team in the 2019 season, hoping to learn his own craft a little more through practice while teaching the students what he knows. Aside from the SuperNURDs, Peck also mentors another robotics team, the Robosapiens, in San Diego.

Makenzie Zima

Makenzie Zima

Mechanical Mentor

Rookie Year:

Student 2013 - Mentor 2020

An alumni of San Pasqual High School, Makenzie went on to attend the University of California San Diego and get her degree in structural engineering. Currently still a student, Makenzie began to mentor the SuperNURDs in the 2019 offseason, hoping to be a different type of mentor, bringing her knowledge and experience to the team.

Jacob Brown

Jacob Brown

Electrical Mentor

Rookie Year:

Student 2017 - Mentor 2022