Name: Andrew Montanez
Occupation: Marital arts ambassador
Hometown: Mineola, NY
Residence: Hollywood, CA
A professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter known as “The Squid,” Andrew is proud to claim that the only jobs he’s ever had have involved fighting and teaching martial arts. A veteran of 25 professional bouts, he was undefeated in 14 no-rules Vale Tudo contests and in 2010 won National Fighting Championship’s Middleweight Title. He currently hosts the popular Web show, MMA Surge, where he instructs fight fans on bone-crushing moves from disciplines including kickboxing, judo, karate, boxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. When he isn’t teaching online, Andrew works as a fight choreographer and stuntman on Hollywood sets. He hasn’t seen his parents in two years, but hopes that they’ll be happy and proud when they see him competing on Robot Combat League. A fighter at heart, he’s always looking for the win.
Name: Ross Mead
Occupation: USC Computer Science PhD Research Fellow
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Ross is a star student at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. The super-intelligent computer science PhD research fellow develops autonomous robots that understand and use body language in social interactions with people. Ross has been involved in robotics competitions since 2000 and has no problems butting heads with anyone – he’s cold, calculating, and will do whatever it takes to weigh the odds in his favor. The proof is in the slew of first place finishes and awards he’s won in competitions across the county. When he isn’t competing, Ross serves as a mentor to kids, teaching robotics to students in kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade, all around the world. He has a great sense of humor and a very healthy respect for the robotics community. Ross’ research in sociable robotics paves the way toward a world in which robots will work alongside and assist humans in their everyday lives.
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Crash and Steampunk battle it out for the title of victor of Robot Combat League.