Technical Mentors

Robbie Hoyler

Since 2010

Robbie has been doing FIRST Robotics for a long time.  From 2003-2007 Robbie participated as a student on team 587 in Hillsborough, NC.  Upon graduation in 2007 he became a mentor and started getting involved with other teams in the Charlotte area but there were no real sustainable FRC teams until 2010 when he became a founding mentor with 3506 YETI Robotics.  Robbie has worked in the industry as a sheet metal design engineer as well as an educator. Currently Robbie is the lead technical mentor for YETI Robotics and keeps the machine shop up to speed for the Queen City Robotics Alliance.  For a day job he works as a SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer for TPM in Charlotte where he fills a current role as a FEA and CFD simulation expert using the software to educate engineers on better product design and failure criterion.

Starting with the 2019-2020 season Robbie will only be a technical mentor, but also the team Lead Mentor.

Antoine Campbell

Since 2013

Antoine Campbell has been a programming mentor with the team for the last 4 years. He is a Manager at CapTech Consulting where he works as a full-stack developer and an Android developer. Each year Antoine helps train new students, teaching Java classes open to all teams and Web Development during the off-season. Antoine holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Computer Science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time, Antoine enjoys long-distance running, watching NFL football, and building robots with his 11-year-old son.

Bruce Evans

Since 2016

Mr. Evans is a native of Western Massachusetts, where he grew up playing baseball and dreaming of flying on the space shuttle.  He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 10 years, where he was blessed to meet and marry his lovely wife Amy and worked for a telecommunications research company, where among other things, they designed a satellite transmitter/receiver that flew on the International Space Station.  He is a father to one son, Colin, and has lived in Matthews, NC, for the past 15 years, where he currently works as a software configuration and release manager for TIAA. Mr. Evans is the new Outreach Coordinator and a Mechanical Fabrication and Electrical team mentor for Team 3506, YETI Robotics.

Sam Perlmutter

Since 2017


With a not so complex history with FIRST, Sam joined YETI 6 years ago and has been mentoring for 2 years. He joined YETI with no certain interests and through the years has learned to master programming and become the lead programming student mentor. He decided to mentor because finishing high school, he was still in Charlotte and figured YETI could use his programming expertise. He has an internship at PunchTechInc which, thanks to YETI. he found out about and qualified due to his expertise. Upon asking him of his hobbies outside of school, Sam responded with, “Outside of Robotics?” His advice to new students is to “Float around a bit before choosing a field.”

Chris Putnam

Since 2018

Mr. Putman, is one of our newest mentors with FIRST experience. He decided to mentor when his son joined the team. Mr. Putnam runs an IT company (ComplS2, LLC) and shares his expertise with our students as a programming mentor. His advice to new students is to “learn as much as you can, it will pay off.”

Kevin Colwell

Since 2016

Kevin has a long history with FIRST and his passion to pass on information he learned to the next generation drove him to mentor for YETI in the last year. Kevin started as an FRC student in 2009 and graduated from team 435, Robodogs, in 2012. He has been a volunteer for FIRST since 2011 and decided to mentor for YETI for the 2018 season. On YETI he is an electrical and programming mentor and outside of YETI he works as a Windows Linux server admin at UNCC and likes to program, build computers, and play games. His advice to new students is to “look up to veteran members, they made the same mistakes so that you wouldn’t.”