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Meet The Team


Chenyu Lin

Chenyu taught his first student in robotics in the summer of 2017 and taught over 200 students in robotics, coding, and innovation classes. Chenyu was a VEX IQ head coach in Vinci STEAM Educations in 2018 and led over 15 VEX robotics competition teams and won over 30 trophies, including SNE Regional Champions, awards at the CREATE US Open, and awards at the VEX World Championship. 

By offering great content to benefit students as the ultimate goal, Chenyu, and his coach teams have developed over 150 hours of interactive, comprehensive, and fun teaching materials for robotics, coding, and innovation. So, students can enjoy and learn solid knowledge at Vinci STEAM Educations.

Chenyu graduated from Brown University MS in Engineering.


Engels Ady

With a passion for steam that ignited in high school, Coach Engels swiftly advanced, undergoing two years of specialized training and shining in the First Robotics Competition. Before even stepping into college, he volunteered at the esteemed Harvard Museum of Natural History, bringing the intricate world of glass plants to life for visitors. He further showcased his prowess by leading hands-on engineering workshops at the MIT Museum.

Academic excellence led him to secure a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Post-graduation, Coach Engels invested thousands of hours teaching young minds at the Pioneer Charter School of Science, even initiating a robotics club that amplified students' intrigue in the discipline. Now, he is a proud educator at Vinci STEAM Educations, where he continually inspires his students.

Beyond the classroom, Coach Engels is an avid robot enthusiast, always tinkering and building. His commitment to continuous learning and aspiration to master robotics in the next decade underscores his dedication to the field.



Hello!  I am Zach Haga and I have been researching intelligent systems (computational neuroscience and cognitive robotics) for more than 20 years.  I am proud to be a part of Vinci and look forward to interacting and supporting the next generation of roboticists here at Vinci STEAM Educations.


Shuai Yuan

Shuai Yuan  taught in University of South Carolina after graduation and equipped himself with extensive experience interacting with students.

Venturing beyond academia, he embraced the dynamic landscape of software engineering within SWIFT, where he harnessed his analytical acumen to craft elegant and efficient solutions that powered intricate systems.

His multifaceted journey led him to the inspiring realm of education again, this time within the VEX Robotics ecosystem. For a rewarding year, he undertook the role of an educator, imparting the principles of robotics, problem-solving, and creativity to students through engaging VEX IQ and VEX V5 programs. This experience enabled him to combine his passion for teaching with the excitement of cutting-edge technology, nurturing the next generation of innovators.

His diverse background equips him to approach challenges with a holistic perspective, integrating his skills to create meaningful and impactful contributions in VEX.









Zixuan Zou

Zixuan’s been working as a STEM tutor, ranging from elementary school to college level in STEM subjects. He’s been learning and coaching mechanical and electrical topics from robotics with students in a reciprocal way. He’s also interested in interesting techniques like Ray Tracing, Vanilla JS, and ROS. He’s committed to following simple principles to make systematic design, and he’s also chasing the goal of witnessing the divine move made by his students in the future.


David Houh

David, an extraordinary robot coach with an unwavering passion for the world of robotics. 
Graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, David's expertise spans across various domains. 
With four years of hands-on experience in VEX robotic competitions and education, he has become proficient in 3D modeling, robot design, structure design, and the art of building and strategizing for competitions.

David's leadership skills shine brightly as he has successfully led more than 50 students to victory at the world championship, earning numerous trophies along the way. 
His dedication to his craft is evident in his boundless enthusiasm for robotic competitions, which fuels his commitment to mentor and guide young minds in this exciting and innovative field. 
As a coach, David serves as a beacon of inspiration, encouraging creativity, fostering teamwork, and instilling a sense of excellence in all his students. 
With his wealth of experience, knowledge, and unyielding passion, David stands as a true role model in the realm of robotics.



Michael graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Electromechanical Engineering. He also attained his Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Massachusetts Lowell. Michael brings a diverse background in engineering and teaching. He has worked as a Youth Development Professional at the Boys and Girls Club of Lowell and currently works as a Embedded Systems Developer.



I am currently immersed in the dynamic intersection of education and technology, holding dual roles that reflect my diverse expertise. At Vinci STEAM Education LLC, I am a dedicated STEAM teacher and Robotics Competition Team Coach. In this capacity, I not only deliver captivating lectures but also provide coaching for the FIRST Tech Challenge, fostering innovation and excellence.

Concurrently, I contribute my skills as a Senior Software Engineer at Symbotic, specializing in the intricate realm of routing for multi-agent systems. This dual engagement allows me to seamlessly navigate the realms of academia and industry, shaping my unique perspective on the evolving landscape of robotics engineering.

My academic journey culminated in a Ph.D. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where my research delved into pivotal areas such as reinforcement learning, stochastic optimal control, game theory, motion planning, and formal methods. This academic foundation serves as a robust underpinning for my professional roles, enabling me to make significant contributions to the field.

My educational background further includes a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Building upon this, I pursued and attained dual Master's degrees in Computer Science and Robotics Engineering from WPI, refining a skill set that positions me at the confluence of theoretical understanding and practical application.

It is the fusion of academic rigor and hands-on experience that ignites my passion for propelling the field of robotics forward. This intricate blend equips me with the insights and capabilities necessary to navigate the complexities of this ever-evolving discipline, driving innovation and progress in the world of robotics.


James Cao

Hello, I'm James Cao, a full-stack web developer, entrepreneur, and advocate for K-12 STEM education. I hold a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and a master's degree from Columbia University. As a co-founder of Skelmet Inc, a venture featured on Forbes 30 under 30, I've been deeply involved in the tech and entrepreneurial landscape.

My journey in the world of technology has fueled my passion for leveraging the latest advancements to bring about revolutionary changes, particularly in the realm of K-12 STEM education. I believe in the transformative power of education and am committed to utilizing cutting-edge technologies to enhance and innovate in this crucial area.

Beyond my professional pursuits, I find joy in staying at the forefront of web development trends and exploring new entrepreneurial opportunities. My academic background, coupled with real-world experiences, has equipped me with a unique perspective and skill set that I bring to every project.

I am enthusiastic about connecting with like-minded individuals who share a vision for the future of education and technology. Let's embark on this journey of innovation together.


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