Our Team

Cornell AutoBoat has 4 sub-teams, each with their own unique function. While members are encouraged to work on the team that coincides with their affiliated major, members can work on any sub-team that they choose, and they can even work on multiple sub-teams if they are interested. Scroll to learn more about the role of each sub-team!

About Us

Cornell AutoBoat aims to push the boundaries of novel maritime technology by designing, manufacturing, and testing an autonomous boat capable of image recognition and complex path planning by using computer vision.
Members of AutoBoat will develop industry-critical skills and will advance their technical expertise by engaging in an interdisciplinary setting that emphasizes professional engineering practices.

Mechanical Sub-Team

The Mechanical sub-team designs and manufactures the mechanical devices and structures that form the boat. This involves designing in CAD, creating simulations, developing manufacturing techniques, and other technical skills. There are boundless opportunities for Mechanical members to get a valuable hands-on experience in engineering, and the skills that are developed on this project are applicable to almost every industry. Applicants for this sub-team are typically engineers, but need not a particular set of skills to be a successful member.

Eric McNamara

Email: erm226@cornell.edu

Year: 2022

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Ramsey, NJ

Steven Snell

Email: sds295@cornell.edu

Year: 2022

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Center Moriches, NY

Melody Yu

Email: my46@cornell.edu

Year: 2022

Major: Mechanical Engineering 

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Kevin Liu

Email: kl559@cornell.edu

Year: 2022

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: New York City, NY

Alex Derry

Email: aed232@cornell.edu

Year: 2022

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Glen Burnie, MD

Sebastian Meza

Email: sdm233@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: New York City, NY

Justice Starks

Email: jms844@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Ben Melcher

Email: brm99@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Ithaca, NY

Joelle Lim

Email: jjl289@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Chatham, NJ

Jeffrey Xiang

Email: jjx5@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Sharon, MA

Slava Koblov

Email: sk3328@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Jeremy Zarge

Email: jz642@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Boston, MA

Julianne Berry-Stoelze

Email: jjb389@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Material Science and Engineering 

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Electrical Sub-Team

The Electrical sub-team develops the circuitry and sensing apparatus for the boat. By using an array of sensors that communicate with on-board microcontrollers, the electrical sub-team helps acquire information about the boat’s environment that is then incorporated into the algorithms that control the boat. Members on this sub-team work closely with the CS team, and applicants can expect to get an experience on both the hardware and software sides of the project.

Jacob Lashin

Email: jwl266@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hometown: Bellmore, NY

Manaav Shah

Email: mcs356@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Electrical and Computing Engineering

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Emmi Wyttenbach

Email: ezw2@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Electrical and Computing Engineering

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Zi Liang

Email: zl348@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hometown: New York, NY

Audrey Sackey

Email: aas332@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Electrical and Computing Engineering

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Julianne Berry-Stoelze

Email: jjb389@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Material Science and Engineering 

Hometown: Iowa City, IA

Henry Geller

Email: hng8@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Electrical and Computing Engineering

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Steven Sun

Email: ss2723@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Electrical and Computing Engineering

Hometown: Clifton Park, NY

Computer Science Sub-Team

The CS sub-team develops the algorithms that govern the boat’s behavior. They are taking on several design challenges such as Computer Vision, Image Recognition, AI and Machine Learning, Control Algorithms, and more. This aspect of the project is critical to team performance in the competition. Applicants for this sub-team don’t need to have experience with machine learning or computer vision, but the most appealing applicants effectively demonstrate their interests and passion in working on these aspects of the project.

Eric Zhang

Email: ewz4@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: College Town, TX

Ashrafur Siddiqui

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Rochelle Kris

Email: rhk79@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Huntington, NY

Drake Schiller

Email: dls396@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Ben Goldgof

Email: bfg28@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Jack Louden

Email: jcl365@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science 

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Taha Jafry

Email: taj43@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Houston, TX

Amelia Kovacs

Email: ajk296@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Groton, MA

 

David Schultz

Email: dms489@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

 Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Ossining, NY

Giorgi Berndt

Email: gb449@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Computer Science, Economics

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Henry Gao

Email: ag836@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Albany, NY

Rachael Close

Email: rlc355@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Albany, New York

Kevin Cui

Email: kc734@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Jeremy Zarge

Email: jz642@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Boston, MA

Joanna Lin

Email: jl2748@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Operations Research and Engineering

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Business/ Outreach Sub-Team

The Business sub-team organizes the team’s funding for supplies, apparel, software licensing, and works with Outreach as the team’s public facing arm. The Outreach sub-team organizes events with local schools and organizations to link our team with the Ithaca community, as well as to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists. We work with students from third grade to high school and work with local organizations like the Ithaca Sciencenter. Applicants for this sub-team can be in any major, but must have a strong willingness to learn. Beyond that, we look for a dependable team player, someone the entire team can rely on to get the job done.

Ben Goldgof

Email: bfg28@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Drake Schiller

Email: dls396@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Rochelle Kris

Email: rhk79@cornell.edu

Year: 2023

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Huntington, NY

Giorgi Berndt

Email: gb449@cornell.edu

Year: 2024

Major: Computer Science, Economics

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Joanna Lin

Email: jl2748@cornell.edu

Year: 2025

Major: Operations Research and Engineering

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Want to Join?

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