About Us

Iron Reign - About Us

Iron Reign has been a robotics team for about 12 years now, currently funded by SEM, a school in DISD, with members from both SEM and TAG. We have won awards in multiple competitions, spanning from FLL (First Lego League), FTC (First Tech Challenge), to The Google Lunar X Prize challenge. The team today comprises of mostly juniors, and we hope to reach our very high goals, not only in competition, but also in our real world lives.

Meet the members:

Vance Bonsell

Hello, my name is Vance and I am a current Senior at SEM. This is my second year on Iron Reign and my fourth year of robotics. It started with FLL in middle school and started doing FTC in highschool. On Iron Reign I am a coder and robot tester. During my time in FTC robotics I hope to learn how to CAD and advance my coding skills.

Anuhya Das

Hello, my name is Anuhya and I'm a junior at TAG. This is my third year in Iron Reign Robotics, and I was recruited from Iron Core onto Iron Reign. I mainly work on documentation and design, and I will focus on building and design in the coming years. I am also hoping to learn more about CAD as the years progress.

Aarav Kansupada

Hi, my name is Aarav Kansupada and I am a junior at TAG. Robotics has been a vital part of my life for 6 years, but this is my second year in the Iron Reign program. I was initially a part of Iron Reign'a sister team Iron Core, and was promoted this spring. In Iron Reign, I aim to improve my knowledge of engineering, programming, and effective social collaboration, while also contributng to the team and building upon its legacy.

Georgia Grace Dreher

Hey! I’m Georgia Grace Dreher, a junior at TAG. This is my 6th year doing robotics and my second year in the FTC program. I was recruited to Iron Reign from its sister team, Iron Core. I mainly work on build and documentation, as well as being on the driving team and being the Project Manager. I look forward to improving my engineering and coding skills during my time on Reign.

Krish Choudhary

Wsg my name’s Krish and I’m a junior at TAG. I’ve been dedicated to FIRST for almost 9 years now. I was by heart a coder but found a love for building when I came to FTC. I was recruited onto Iron Reign from Iron Core, and I hope to take my building to the next level this year.

Alexander Snyder

Hi! My name is Alexander and I'm a Senior at TAG. I joined up with the Iron Reign program in my sophomore year and have been active ever since. I am a coder on the team and have been all throughout the program since my days on Iron Core. I was recruited to Iron Reign from Iron Giant, and hope to become an even better coder over the next FIRST season.

Jai Sammpath

Hi, I'm Jai, a junior at TAG. I'm a coder for Iron Reign because I love watching the code I write affect something in the real world. Over the next couple years, I hope to gain a better understanding of how to properly write, debug, debug, debug, debug, and eventually deploy code.

Sol Sanoja

Hi my name is Sol (they/them) and i'm a Junior at SEM. I've been in FIRST robotics for 7 years and have always been interested in building and designing. I started FTC in 8th grade under mentor Lon Cherryholmes and joined Iron Reign my freshman year after I was introduced them them through an outreach event at Dealey. I started out in Iron Core and later joined Iron Giant my 10th grade year when I was recruited into Iron Reign end of season. I'm committed to advancing my builder skills in all realms including 3d design and CNC use.

Tanvi Sajja

Hey! My name is Tanvi, I am a junior at TAG. I am on the build and editorial team. I have been a part of the FIRST program since elementary FLL. I started on the build team on Iron Giant and was recruited to Iron Reign in my sophomore year. I would like to expand my knowledge in design/CAD and help with those aspects of our team. I hope to further my build skills and continue writing!


Lin Rogers

Hello, I am Lin Rogers, and I am a recent graduate of MIT. I have been a part of Iron Reign since 7th grade, about 6 years. Robotics has provided me with a focus for my education at SEM, so I know that what I'm learning matters.

Jayesh Sharma

Hello my name is Jayesh Sharma, and I am a recent graduate of the Univeristy of Southern California. I have been part of Iron Reign for about 7 years now. Robotics has been an integral part of my outside life and, with my aspirations in engineering fields, has taught me much of the fundamentals needed in the field. The social lessons taught, including gracious professionalism, will also be valuable in the social aspects of life as well. The importance of FTC has helped me with the intellectual and social points of my present.

Max Virani

Halloo! I'm Max. I've been doing robotics since before I can remember, and have been in Iron Reign since the year it was created as an FLL team, 7 years ago as of now.My robotics experience has helped me get ahead of many in coding, building, and general engineering, and I hope to someday work in biomedical engineering. In the meantime, randomness is a favorite hobby of mine. Banana.

Omar Ramirez

Hey, my name's Omar Ramirez. I've been on the Iron Reign team for 4 years, and it has been a great experience. I have enjoyed the coding part of it, since I want to enter a field of computer science. Being around people helps my sub-par social skills, and I have had many opportunities to speak in front of audiences, which I actually enjoy now.

Darshan Patel

Hi, I am Darshan Patel. I had been a part of Iron Reign Robotics for three years, and I have learned quite a bit. I believe robotics is important to my future because it has increased my teamwork skills, my ability to visualize ideas, and allowing me to have hands on experience with building and coding. I enjoy doodling and sketching buildings and cars in my free time and hope to become a professional architect after obtaining a college degree.

Tycho Virani

Hello, I am Tycho Virani, and I was on the team for 7 years. The ability for me to understand coding and engineering before possibly joining the field will give a huge advantage and I look forward to my knowledge advancing as I gain experience each consecutive year in competition.

Austin Davis

Hey I'm Austin, former builder for team 6832, and currently a senior at the Texas A & M University. I've been participating in both FTC and FRC robotics since the 7th grade and have taken all of my past experiences from various roles on teams to shape the way I build our robots. I joined robotics in order to expand my knowledge of materials, mechanical engineering, and their applications in modern life, all of which started from my love of chemistry and physics.

Ethan Helfman

Hi, I'm Ethan! I was on Iron Reign for nine, long, long years of my life. I'm eighteen, so I'll allow you to do the math.

Evan Daane

Hi, I’m Evan! I’m a junior at Occidental College, and when I’m not writing plays, I’m slaving over the robot. I was a member of the team for 9 years, working to my little heart's content, and somewhere along the way, I became the build lead. You could thank me for any mechanical malfunctions, and any that you find will be fixed as quickly as I can. In the 2018-2019 season, I pinched my finger upwards of 100 times while working on the robot, which is significantly more than in previous seasons due to the pinchy nature of our linear slides.

Janavi Chadha

Hi, I am Janavi Chadha. I was a part of Iron Reign Robotics for the past three years. I am a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. I have learned a lot about coding in the past years, and really enjoyed working on the robot.

Charlotte Leakey

Hey! I'm Charlotte. I participated in robotics since 6th grade, first in FLL, and now in FTC. I joined Iron Reign through our sister team, Imperial Robotics, two years ago. I am a junior at Yale University and my main focus on Iron Reign was project management, as well as helping out in building and design. As project manager, I helped guide the progression of the engineering journal by writing weekly meeting logs, and keep track of our goals in the short and long term, through verious methods like a Gantt Chart and planning meetings before we get started on Saturdays. When I'm not working, you'll find me juggling the minerals or chewing on zip-ties. :)

Abhijit Bhattaru

Hi! My name is Abhi Bhattaru. I am a recent graduate of the Rutgers University in New Jersey. While I was in SEM, I joined Iron Reign from its sister team Imperial Robotics. Being the lead developer for Imperial, I worked closely with managing its blog and its inner workings, something I hope to do extensively in Iron Reign. I joined robotics due my fascination with math and science and its incredible applications in current situations in the world. In the near future, I hope to code using the new coding interface and learn as much as I can. I hope to become a surgeon in the future and FIRST has taught me both logical and personal skills along my journey.

Kenna Tanaka


Hello, my name is Kenna Tanaka and I am a junior at the University of Texas at Austin. I was in both FRC and FTC. My main focus was building.

Arjun Vikram

Hello! I am Arjun Vikram, an incoming college freshman. I have been on a few different robotics teams since 5th grade, and then ended on Iron Reign. My main focus was programming and my favorite part of being on Iron Reign was seeing the engineering process firsthand, as we continue to innovate in many fields. I also enjoy working with students during our outreach programs. I hope to broaden my knowledge of programming, engineering, and robotics throughout the next 4 years.

Karina Lara

Hi, my name is Karina, and I'm a sophomore at MIT. I did robotics in SEM for 4 years and I was on Iron Reign for 3 of those years. I've mostly worked on building in the past, but I was the co-editor in chief for the journal in my senior year of high school.

Justin Bonsell

My name is Justin and I'm a freshman at A & M University. I started FTC on Imperial Robotics, then joined Iron Reign 3 years ago. In the past seasons, I worked on driving and building. This season, I plan to continue driving and building, as well as work on my 3D modeling skills.

Jose Lomeli

I'm Jose, an incoming college freshman at Rice University. I was previously on a sister team, 15373 Iron Core, and was, lets say, promoted here later my freshmen year. Before I was an SEM student I worked on VEX IQ and SeaPerch for all three of my middle school years. I plan to make myself deserving of being on this team through commitment. I consider myself slightly useful in most categories and plan to improve my skills throughout the next 2 years. My favorite font is comic sans because Lord Newton, my calculus teacher, uses it. I scream a lot when excited.

Bhanaviya Venkat

Hi, I'm Bhanaviya, an incoming freshman at the Cockrell School of Engineering in the University of Texas at Austin, and I am a recent graduate of TAG Magnet High School. I did robotics for the past five years, and I joined Iron Reign 4 years ago. My main role on the team was being the editor-in-chief for this website, and I relinquish the reigns (get it?) to the new generation. Robotics offered me a platform to test the potentials of mechanical engineering and the patience of my teammates when I tell them my puns. So far, FIRST has taught me how best to reach out and influence the community through STEM, something that I hope to keep at as an alumni of the program. And yes, the robot is taller.

Ben Bruick

Greetings. I am Ben Bruick, an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan and a recent graduate of SEM. Robotics has been a part of my life for close to 5 years, starting in middle school with VEX IQ and SeaPerch. I was adopted into Iron Reign from their sister team, Iron Core. My focus was 3D modelling, but I'm interested in public speaking and writing and hope to develop those skills.

Cooper Clem

My name is Cooper Clem. I was part of Iron Reign's team 15375 journal writer, and a general team leader. Whereafter, I joined Iron Reign to go to UIL and Worlds as a builder. However, I found new solace in programming after. I hope to match up to the programers from previous years, however hard that may be.

Paul Lea

I'm Paul Lea, and I was also a former 15375 member. I was the video/photo guy, and that was also my role on Iron Reign. I also help with build and provide general assistance when needed.

Shawn Halimman

Hi, my name is Shawn and I'm currently an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan and a recent graduate of SEM. I am a new member of Iron Reign after being drafted from Imperial Robotics after our season ended. I was primarily a graphic designer for Iron Star and a builder for Imperial. On Iron Reign, I would like to continue doing build and graphic design while also developing my programming and 3D modeling skills.

Anisha Bhattaru

Howdy! I’m Anisha, a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. I graduated from The School for the Talented and Gifted last year and was in robotics for 3 years. Prior to Iron Reign, I was on its sister team, Iron Core. I was involved with a little bit of everything there but was mainly the project manager and journal lead. I am grateful to have learned about building, coding and driving during my time on the team and continue to use those skills in my life.

Mahesh Natamai

Hello, I'm Mahesh, an incoming freshman at Georgia Tech and a graduate of SEM, and this concludes my third year as part of Iron Reign Robotics. I have been a part of Imperial and Iron Core, two of Iron Reign's sister teams, during previous time at robotics. During my previous experience with FTC, I primarily programmed the robot but was willing to help out with build, journal, and other aspects of FTC. As part of Iron Reign, I will continue to code for the robot though I have an interest in CAD and 3D modeling, and look forward to help out with designing CNC'd and 3D printed parts for the robot in the future.

Trey Davis

Hey I'm Trey and I'm an incoming freshmen at the University of Michigan and a recent graduate of SEM. This is my fourth year in FIRST because 3 years ago I was on our sister team - Imperial Robotics. I am interested in the mechanical and electrical engineering side of the team. However, FIRST has also taught me a wide variety of skills like core communication skills that I didn't have before. FTC is definitely a part of who I am now and I'm interested in seeing how that plays out over the next few years.

Gabriel Deem

Hey there I’m Gabriel, a incoming freshmen at Texas A&M and a recent graduate of SEM. This is my 6th year as a part of the FTC program, and I was recruited from Pandemonium to Iron Reign. I work on Documentation and Build mainly, and I'm both excited and saddened to experience my last year with this great program.

Leo Ramirez

Hello I’m Leo, a incoming freshmen at Rice and a recent graduate of SEM. I’ve been doing FTC since I was a wee little freshman. I was recruited from pandemonium, but I’m an Iron Core member at heart. My interests include physics, tangerines, long watches on the beach, and hammocks. I'm a builder and driver for the team, and am hoping to end my last year with a bang.