Team info

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

Kenny Kutney

Lead mentor
FIRST since: 2004
Software architect/design

Brendan McLeod

Lead mentor
FIRST since: 2008
Robotics systems engineer
1058 alumnus

Pat Pettengill

Lead mentor
FIRST since: 2003
Live audio/video production engineer
1058 alumnus

Mike Pettengill, Sr.

Mentor Emeritus
FIRST since: 2003
Owner, Fleet Ready
2013 Woodie Flowers Finalist Award Winner

Mike Pettengill, Jr.

Mentor
FIRST since: 2003
Manager, Fleet Ready
1058 alumnus

Brandon Zalinsky

Design for manufacturability and mechanical
FIRST since: 2007
Manufacturing engineer
1058 alumnus

Bobby Bisson

Welding/fabrication
FIRST since: 2007
Mechanic
1058 alumnus

Heather McLeod

Awards, outreach
FIRST since: 2008
Nurse
1058 alumnus

Dana Pierce

Design/build
FIRST since: 2010
Engineering technician
1058 alumnus

Max Del Rio

Control systems
FIRST since: 2009
Mechanical engineering student

Matt Mayer

Software
FIRST since: 2008
Software engineer
1058 alumnus

Joel Dufour

Build/Machining
FIRST since: 2008
Analytical Chemist – Plastics
1058 alumnus

Brian Eccles

Software
FIRST since: 2009
Firmware Engineer
1058 alumnus

Paul Ambler

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

Sree Lakshmi Kurra

Software
FIRST since: 2019
Software engineer in Test

Dana Villeneuve, RN

Outreach, support
FIRST since: 2017
Oncology/BMT

2019 Chairman’s Award – winning video