The world championship victory capped a rewarding nine months for Zubair, during which he was also named FIRST Robotics Los Angeles Regional Volunteer of the Year for 2019.
“We wouldn’t have won the championship without him,” Dao added.
For Zubair, it’s about more than winning the competition. He wants to give students practical experience in engineering work and encourage them to pursue careers in the field.
“I can look back and say I helped that student in their path to coming here and now they are contributing to society,” said Zubair. “Personally, that is where I find my reward.”
Dao credits his time with the Vitruvian Bots for preparing him to become an engineer.
When he started his career at the company, said Dao, "all that experience really helped me excel at my job. My co-workers were surprised at how quickly I picked up on a lot of things.”
When Zubair was a kid, he recalls wanting to travel through the stars and be at the forefront of technology, flying through space. “My young mind trying to put something tangible around a desire to develop new technology to push human innovation, to push science,” said Zubair, as he embarked on his engineering career.
Later in life, Zubair started the Vitruvian Bots robotics team as his way to pay it back.
“I wanted to take the opportunities that I’ve had, and expand it to others to help bring more people into the field,” he said. “We are not only building robots, we are building people.”