The perfect team — educators, engineers, designers, and alumni mentors.


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Lead Adviser: Filippo Dispenza

Fil is an Intro and Advanced Robotics teacher at John Dewey High School. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a Masters Degree in Education.

Fil revived FRC Team 333 in 2008 when he continued his teaching career at John Dewey High School. He built the new team from scratch, working with the resources the school provided and the sponsors that they gained over the years. 


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Lead Engineering Mentor: Michael Vilarelle

Mike is a Stationary Engineer for New York City. He was previously a supervisor at Columbia University and an engineer for NYC District of Education. He graduated from Hofstra University.

Mike's started as a student in FIRST Robotics back in 2000 at George Westinghouse High School. He served as a mentor to his own team, 354, up until 2013. He transitioned to Team 333 in the same year and has become our lean Mentor ever since. 


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Engineering & Design Mentor: Nelly Reyes

Nelly, previously a member/mentor of team 354, also migrated to team 333 in 2013. She has led us to work in a more organized fashion, teaching students to work properly without cutting corners. Nelly's favorite word to get across is "Fundamentals!" in order to make sure that we never forget the basic information needed in Robotics.


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Programming Mentor: Josh Greenman

Josh is a Team Lead at Bloomberg, where he manages a team of Software Engineers to develop and maintain Bloomberg's Fixed-Income Order Management & Execution platform. He holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Josh joined us in the 2016 build season as a programming mentor as part of a sponsorship granted to us by Bloomberg.


Alumni Mentors

We are proud to have a number of alumni who regularly come back to John Dewey High School to help our team. 

  • Jonathon Calixto 
  • Adel Awad