- John E. Abele, Vice Chair of FIRST and Founding Chairman, Retired, Boston Scientific Corporation was the recipient of the Founder’s Award, presented each year by FIRST founder Dean Kamen to one organization or individual for exceptional service in advancing the ideals and mission of FIRST.
- Mark Lawrence, Retired Executive, CISCO; Mentor, Team 1816, The Green Machine, Edina, Minn. was the recipient of the Woodie Flowers Award, founded by Dr. William P. Murphy Jr. to recognize an outstanding engineer or teacher who best demonstrates teaching excellence in teaching science, math and creative design.
- Richard Dale “Rick” Snyder, and current Governor of Michigan, was the recipient of the Make It Loud Award, given to the person who has contributed the most in increasing the awareness of FIRST to the general public.
2015 FIRST Championship Winners
The 2015 winners of the competitions are as follows:
- Winners of the Dean’s List Award included:
From FIRST Robotics Competition:
- Emilie Dufour, Team 3990, Tech for Kids, Montreal, Quebec, CAN;
- David Earle, Team 830, The Rat Pack, Ann Arbor, Mich.;
- Cynthia Erenas, Team 4964, LA Streetbots, Los Angeles, Calif.;
- Alyssa Garcia, Team 1684, The Chimeras, Lapeer, Mich.;
- Camilo Gonzalez, Team 125, Nutrons, Boston, Mass.;
- Logan Hickox, Team 4118, Roaring Riptide, Gainesville, Fla.;
- Alexandra Miller, Team 1629, Garrot Coalition, McHenry, Md.;
- Sebastian Orellana, Team 4013, Clockwork Mania, Orlando, Fla.;
- Ben Rowley, Team 1912, Team 1912 Combustion, Slidell, La.;
- Michael Uttmark, Team 2980, The Whidbey Island Wild Cats, Oak Harbor, Wash.
From FIRST Tech Challenge:
- James Chin, Team 310, Stuy Fission, New York, N.Y.;
- Stephen Eckert, Team 5466, Combustible Lemons, Davenport, Ia.;
- Sarah Fogwell, Team 4856, Minnie MASH, West Vincent, Pa.;
- Serena Grown-Haeberli, Team 7593, TigerBots, Belmont, Calif.;
- Laura Irvine, Team 8438, Quantum Leap, Stillwater, Minn.;
- Hannah Liao, Team 4250, LIGHTSABERS, Oklahoma City, Okla.;
- Mashroor Rashid, Team 2408, Shrapnel Sergeants, Hazelwood, Mo.;
- Cameron Richards, Team 6987, Hat Trix, Granville, Ohio;
- Katherine Thomas, Team 7172, Technical Difficulties, Plano, Texas;
- Austin Wang, Team 5206, The Knights of Ni, Stanford, Calif.
1. FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) Championship – FRC combines sports excitement with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to fundraise, design a brand, exercise teamwork, and build and program robots to perform tasks against competitors.
- The Winning Alliance of the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship was Team 118, Robonauts, League City, Texas; Team 1678, Citrus Circuits, Davis, Calif.; Team 1671, Buchanan Bird Brains, Clovis, Calif.; and Team 5012, Gryffingear, Palmdale, Calif. of the Newton Subdivision.
- Team 597, Wolverines, Los Angeles, Calif, won the Chairman’s Award, the highest honor given at the FRC Championship, recognizing the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.
Other FRC Awards included:
Engineering Inspiration Award –
- Archimedes-Tesla Division: Team 3132 Thunder Down Under, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Curie-Carver Division: Team 771 SWAT, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
- Galileo-Carson Division: Team 3478, Lambot, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
- Newton-Hopper Division: Team 195 Cyber Knights , Southington, Conn.
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award –
Paul George, FIRST Field Tech Advisor, Field Supervisor Trainer, Field Tech Advisor Assistant Trainer; Retired Controls Engineer, Proctor & Gamble