071-P1330553.JPGAlexander “Sasha” Kirillov

Sasha is the team coach. In his day job, he is a professor of mathematics at Stony Brook University. He also enjoys working with high school students, teaching various math classes and circles. He is currently teaching Sunday math classes at SchoolNova and is also involved with the science summer camp SigmaCamp, where he runs a robotics lab.

Sasha started the Islandbots team after he got his son a LEGO Mindstorms set and decided to play with it himself. He has been with the team ever since and considers it to be one of the best things he has done in life. In addition to math and robotics, he also enjoys hiking, volleyball, and sitting around a campfire listening to guitar songs. 

Corina Mata

Corina  takes videos  of the matches, helps the team with logistics and lends an ear to their presentation practices.  She enjoys seeing how the robot takes shape every year and the excitement of the different strategies for the games.