Tom Karns is our head mentor and coach, founding the team in 2012. He is currently a PLTW Teacher at Worthington Kilbourne High School. He owns and operates his own lawn and landscaping service when he is not busy teaching or at robotics. He has Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Salem College in West Virginia and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Ashland University. In his free time he enjoys fishing, cooking, and sledding.
Bill Kautz is our lead fabrication mentor. He has been with the team since 2014, graciously devoting his time and knowledge to our students and program. He is known as our “Bumper Extraordinaire”. Bill received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from Valley City State University in North Dakota. He is now retired, but he used to be an industrial arts teacher in the Columbus City School District. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, long walks on the beach, and watching football.
Eric Francis is our lead programming mentor. He has been with the team since 2013 when his son joined the team. Without him, our autonomous programs would not be nearly as successful. He is currently employed at L3 Technologies and Aviation Products as a Senior Staff Engineer. Eric devotes much of his time after work to our program and we are extremely grateful for his dedication and expertise. In his free time he enjoys flying planes.
Bill Grawe is our design mentor and team photographer. He has been with our team since 2015. He works at Xigent Automation as a Mechanical Engineer. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Bill aids the students in designing and 3D modeling our robot. In his free time he likes to take photos.