Meet the Planning Committee

Co-Director: Dr. Debi Huffman

Debi Huffman, Director, Georgia BEST, Aeronautics Instructor at Fernbank Science Center, Fernbank LINKS Faculty Advisor. Debi has been on this journey with students since 1973. She was doing STEM when STEM wasn't a "word!" Working with the best students from Metro Atlanta and beyond is a gift. They keep her motivated and energized!

Co-Director: Jessie Liu

Jessie Liu is an alumna of CircuitRunners Robotics from Wheeler High School. She spent three years competing in BEST, co-leading the team in her senior year. She recently graduated from Georgia Tech with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is continuing to pursue an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech as well.

Michael Foley

Michael is an alumnus from The Georgia Institute of Technology, graduating in 1975 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is the current CEO and Executive Consultant at Gate 6 Solutions Inc. In addition to his role on the Planning Committee, he also volunteers for Georgia FIRST Robotics.

Matthew Barulic

Matthew is an alumnus of the Fernbank LINKS team. After finishing a masters degree in computer science at Georgia Tech, and spending a few years working for a variety of robotics startups, he now works as a software engineer, building robots for Microsoft. Outside of Georgia BEST, you'll find him mentoring the Georgia Tech RoboJackets.

Dennis Jin

Dennis Jin is a junior studying mechatronics at Kennesaw state university. After spending three years competing in BEST Robotics, he is excited to give back by joining the planning committee.

Brenden Smothers

Brenden Smothers is the web developer and score master for the planning committee. He is an alumnus of Team 705 Rome High School, and is a current student at Berry College pursuing an engineering, applied physics, and teaching degree. He is a big fan of Georgia BEST and wants to eventually work for Texas Instruments.