About LHS Robotics

Londonderry High School Robotics competes as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Started in 2003, the team was originally named Londonderry Dragoons. The name was soon changed to PVC Pirates because of the first year's robot shape, which resembled a pirate ship, and was built primarily of PVC.

Team students build our robot almost entirely in-house, from welding to electrical and machining to programming. We are a motivated team who work hard and love to have fun. Our team is like a second family to its members.

Team mentors

Lead mentor

Kenny Kutney
FIRST since: 2004
Software architect/design

Lead mentor

Brendan McLeod
FIRST since: 2008
Robotics systems engineer
1058 alumnus

Lead mentor

Pat Pettengill
FIRST since: 2003
Live audio/video production engineer
1058 alumnus

Mentor emeritus

Mike Pettengill, Sr.
FIRST since: 2003
Owner, Fleet Ready
2013 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winner

Mentor

Mike Pettengill, Jr.
FIRST since: 2003
Manager, Fleet Ready
1058 alumnus

Machining, engineering, programming, general logistics

Jim Browne
FIRST since: 2003
Civil engineering consultant
1058 alumnus

Design for manufacturability and mechanical

Brandon Zalinsky
FIRST since: 2007
Manufacturing engineer
1058 alumnus

Welding/fabrication

Bobby Bisson
FIRST since: 2007
Mechanic
1058 alumnus

Awards, outreach

Heather McLeod
FIRST since: 2008
Plastics engineering student
1058 alumnus

Design/build

Dana Pierce
FIRST since: 2010
Engineering technician
1058 alumnus

Control systems

Max Del Rio
FIRST since: 2009
Mechanical engineering student

Software

Matt Mayer
FIRST since: 2008
Software engineer
1058 alumnus

Build/Machining

Joel Dufour
FIRST since: 2008
Analytical Chemist - Plastics
1058 alumnus

Software

Brian Eccles
FIRST since: ?
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1058 alumnus

CAD, electro-mechanical engineering & manufacturing
Paul Ambler FIRST since: 2018 Senior Mechanical Engineer
Software

Sree Lakshmi Kurra
FIRST since: 2019
Software engineer in Test

2019 Chairman's Award - winning video