Introducing Pi-PAN


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Pi-PAN (Pioneer Alumni Network)

About Pi-PAN

Pi-PAN is Team 1676’s new Pi-oneer Alumni Network. Like Pi-Parents, we’ll send out a periodic newsletter of Team 1676 updates; these will be weekly during Build and Competition Seasons and monthly during the Off-Season. Valuable resources will also be offered to our alumni, such as interview training, resume workshops, and job opportunities.

Pi-PAN Mission

The Pi-oneer Alumni Network’s mission is to reconnect with Pi-oneer alumni and to aid them in their educational and occupational endeavors.

Alumni Testimonials

“I was a member of Team 1676 my entire high school career. The mentors taught me so many things I never knew before, which inspired me to pursue my Bachelors/Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. During winter and spring break and whenever possible I return to mentor the Pi-oneers in the mechanical division and CAD (Computer-Aided Design). It is a lot of time to give back to the team, but every minute I can help out is worth it. It is very satisfying to give back to the team that gave me so much, but also I have learned so much by mentoring them. It goes to show that learning never stops, and I am glad I can learn from the team while helping others learn engineering. That is why I return whenever I can.”

Eric Delsanto
Pascack Pi-oneer Alumnus, Class of 2011

“After arriving at Northeastern University, it was important to me to remain connected to the FIRST community. Being a member of the Pascack Pi-oneers, who had given so much to me in high school, inspired my decision to volunteer and I began mentoring FRC Team 125 in 2013. This year my team hosted an FIRST LEGO League tournament. None of the mentors on the team had ever run one before, however, I had volunteered for many with Team 1676. The Pi-oneers mentor’s welcomed me to shadow them throughout the planning stages, set up, and event during their 2015 FLL Qualifier, and this knowledge proved invaluable. Team 125 would not have been able to run their competition without the help of Team 1676.”

Jenna Malley
Pascack Pi-oneers Alumnus, Class of 2013

“When I began college I became a mentor for FRC Team 4475, a rookie team in an urban area. As a former Pascack Pi-oneer, I realized mentoring was an important path to take. During Build Season a misplaced order left my team without any materials to build our robot. I reached out to Team 1676 and they immediately provided material to build our robot. They graciously answered our questions and assisted with programming which provided our robot the capability to function at its best. Due to their assistance and generosity, my team had a great competition robot and became Finalists at an event.”

Matt Lantry
Pascack Pi-oneers Alumnus, Class of 2014

Graduates and alumni from FIRST Team 1676 play a significant role in the ongoing viability of the Pascack Pi-oneers team. Since the establishment of the team in the 2004-2005 season, the Pascack Pi-oneers have maintained a 100% high school graduation rate, and a minimum of 90% of graduating Pi-oneers pursue careers in STEAM fields. Inspired by the dedication and success of the Pascack Pi-oneers, the Guidance Department now tracks career interest in engineering among graduates.

Colleges Attended

American University
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Bergen Community College*
Bentley University
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University*
Carnegie Mellon University*
Case Western Reserve University*
Central Michigan University
Clarkson University
Chapman University
Dickinson College*
Dominican College
Drew University
Drexel University*
Fairleigh Dickinson University*
Five Towns College
Florida Institute of Technology
Franklin & Marshall College
George Washington University*
Ithaca College
Lafayette University
Lehigh University*
Loyola University Maryland
Manhattan College*
Marist College*
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts Institute of Technology*
McGill University
Montclair State University*
Muhlenberg College
New Jersey Institute of Technology*
New York University*
Northeastern University*
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University*
Olin College of Engineering*
Pace University
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University*
Ramapo College of New Jersey*
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute*
Rochester Institute of Technology*
Rowan University*
Rutgers University*
School of Visual Arts
Seton Hall University*
St. Thomas Aquinas College*
Stevens Institute of Technology*
Stockton University
SUNY Buffalo*
SUNY Maritime*
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University*
The College of New Jersey*
Tulane University*
Tufts University
University of Arizona
University of Buffalo
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Delaware*
University of Hartford*
University of Maryland*
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of Michigan*
University of New Haven
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh*
University of Rhode Island
University of Scranton
University of Toronto
University of Vermont*
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Villanova University*
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University*
Washington University
Washington University in St. Louis*
West Virginia University
Wentworth University
William Paterson University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
York College of Pennsylvania

  • Represents schools that multiple Pi-oneers have attended

Although they have completed their time as a student on the team, alumni constantly return for FIRST events to support and represent the Pascack Pi-oneers. Former team members also visit during school breaks to contribute their experience and give guidance to the current members of the team. Subsequently, relationships develop between returning alumni and current Pi-oneers, helping to build continuity from one year to the next. The fact that graduates eagerly return to the Pascack Pi-oneers to be actively involved in the team proves the statement “Once a Pioneer, Always a Pi-oneer” stands true.

Graduates of FIRST Team 1676 have been awarded over $400,000 in FIRST scholarships. Last year, the Bart Kamen Memorial Scholarship was awarded to member Noah Shields. After receiving a Platinum sponsorship many years ago, Team 1676 established a yearly scholarship. They award $500 to one graduating team member from each high school.