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Rob Bayer
Rob Bayer Name: Rob Bayer
Date Honored: 09-15-2003
Years involved w/FIRST: 3
FIRST Team(s): FIRST / Other (0000), ATK (Alliant Techsystems) & Hopkins High School (0006)
Role: College Student
Quote: "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." - E.F. Schumacher
Bio: Rob Bayer has been selected as our fourth Unsung FIRST Hero because of his enthusiasm of the program and his programming contributions. Rob hails from Minnetonka, MN and is currently a student at Carnegie Mellon, majoring in computer science. He is currently working on his own, formerly hailing from Team #6, Cogsquad.

Rob served as Team Captain, Programmer, and Electrical during his time with Cogsquad. Those experiences have paid off: he now runs http://www.robbayer.com in his spare time, providing teams with valuable programming resources. "From July-December of 2002, I wrote/maintained the RoboEmu software. For those who donít know, RoboEmu is a PBASIC emulator for the InnovationFirst controllers, and has been (I hope!) a valuable debugging/testing tool for many teams. I also have written RoboGUI (a program generator), gDash (a linux dashboard viewer), RoboIDE (a linux PBASIC IDE), and a few other various things." Generously, he adds, "Everything I write is both free and Free, and will remain so for the foreseeable future."

While Rob may be contributing to many teams successes now, he too started off as a FIRST rookie. "I can still remember the first time I walked into the Midwest Regional and saw the sheer hugeness of FIRST. The field was nothing like I imagined it, and the pits were almost overwhelming to a measly sophomore like myself." He speaks well of the program itself, too - "It was at that moment that I realized just how cool FIRST really is."

Rob isn't just a seasoned veteran now; he's wise enough to offer us some advice: "Youíll only get as much out of FIRST as youíre willing to put in. The more you try new things, propose seemingly impossible ideas, and help other teams, the more youíll learn. Not just about engineering, machining, and programming, but also about yourself." Most importantly, "Give FIRST everything youíve got, and itíll return the favor. And never forget to thank your teachers/mentors/engineers for devoting so much of their lives to you."

Thank you, Rob, for your outstanding dedication to FIRST and all the help you provide for all of us.

Nominated By: miketwalker

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