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Kevin Ross - Extended Biography
     Kevin Ross
Founding Chairman, Washington FIRST Robotics (current)
U.S. FIRST Executive Advisory Board (current)
Treasurer, Seattle Robotics Association (current)

Senior Design Engineer, Microsoft (1988-1996)
President, Seattle Robotics Society (1995 - 2001)
 Education   University of Washington, BS Computer Science (1988)
 Current Focus   Kevin is currently focused on helping students across the country become involved with science and technology. Working with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has been a passion since 1999 when he was introduced to the program by students from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington. After seeing the positive impact that long term mentorship has on students, he has been a champion for the program. He has been a national leader for the FIRST organization, working with the executives of the organization to improve outcomes for the students in the program. 
His primary focus as been growing and implementing all four FIRST programs in Washington.  He puts in thousands of hours per year creating amazing opportunities for students and mentors to be part of a unified FIRST program in our state. 

At the national level, Kevin participates on numerous U.S. FIRST national issues. He has worked with the U.S. FIRST staff on the Youth Protection program, insuring that the national organization is taking appropriate and measured steps to protect the students. He works with the Executive Advisory board for U.S. FIRST to increase diversity of the engineering community by engaging more girls and minorities in getting involved with FIRST and the growing STEM community. He works with the FIRST Tech Challenge program as a World Judge Adviser insuring that the volunteer judges are properly trained and that the program goals match the goals of FIRST. He works with the FIRST Robotics Competition staff to design and implement procedures and ranking systems to insure that the program is consistent and fair across the country.

Kevin also has a passion for working directly with the students. He has a huge following of students across the northwest who he routinely spends time with teaching and advising. He also works directly with teams at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall where he mentors 3 teams of students on how to design, build, and play Robots!
 Honors and Media   2013 University of Washington Diamond Award Winner - Diamond Award Video Biography
2012 Geeks Who Give Back - Geekwire Read article here 
2012 Comcast Newsmakers - Interview on Comcast
2011 Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows award finalist Microsoft Integral Fellows Finalist Video
 Personal Life   Kevin is married to Sue Adams and lives in Carnation Washington. Though he tends to volunteer for 11 months of the year, he does manage to take about a month each year to go boating in the San Juan Islands. He also plays professional poker at the World Series of Poker each June.