Mr. Robert Gandolfo was the charter mentor for Team 527. His engineering expertise are heavily relied on during the build season, being the primary designer for the Dragon's robot.
Before his job as a physics teacher in Plainedge High School, Mr. Gandolfo worked at several major engineering firms. At one of these firms, EDO Aerospace Systems, Mr. Gandolfo did preliminary work on the bomb rack forthe F-22 Raptor fighter jet, a complex job as it required creating the main method for ordinance deployment while trying not to break the F-22's fragile stealth profile.
He graduated from the engineering school at Manhattan College, and has five children, one of whom works in PHS's Tech Department.