BadgerBOTS Robotics is primarily a volunteer organization. The individuals involved in the organization have a passion for working with youth and a desire to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students and adults throughout Dane County.

President & Executive Director (Board Member) : Ben Senson
Mr. Senson is the founder of BadgerBOTS and a Madison Memorial High School (Project Lead the Way) Aerospace Engineering, Physics and Integrated Science teacher. Mr. Senson is also a PLTW Aerospace Engineering Master Teacher and curriculum developer.  He is the author of “Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up”.  He is a tireless advocate for science and technology education. His passion and talents for engaging and inspiring students of all ages in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is contagious and genuine. He has three children who are actively involved in the organization. Several of his earlier teaching accomplishments were detailed in a 2008 Isthmus cover story.


Teri Hedges

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
Jeff Bartig

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Nic Fouts & Jacob Steffler



SECRETARY: Teri Hedges
Ms. Hedges is a teacher leader – math for the Madison Metropolitan School District and has been actively involved in the organization for a number of years. Ms. Hedges is currently the FLL Program Director.

TREASURER: Lisa Bartig


Jeff Bartig

Mr. Bartig is a Senior Interconnection Architect for Internet2. Previously he served the University of Wisconsin for over 20 years in a variety of IT roles. For BadgerBOTS he is the director of the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program as well as head referee in the First Lego League (FLL) program. He has two children that have been active in BadgerBOTS. He has served on the board since 2012.

Karina Burkard

Ms. Burkard is currently a stay-at-home mom and her children have been very active in the BadgerBOTS First Lego League program. Karina has a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester. She has extensive non-profit experience in parent support organizations, serving on boards and in officer roles. She joined the BadgerBOTS board in 2014.

Matt Doeppers

Mr. Doeppers is currently VP of Operations with Rowheels Inc. Matt has a long background in executive leadership, design engineering, prototyping and manufacturing for the packaging, machine-tool and medical device industries. During his time as CEO of Tormach Inc. he became involved with corporate sponsorship of various STEM based programs and joined the BadgerBOTS Board in 2018.

Rory Foster (Chairman)

Mr. Foster is a patent attorney focusing on mechanical devices, hydraulics, controls, and other technology and previously worked as a mechanical engineer. He received his engineering degree from MIT and his law degree from Harvard. He started with BadgerBOTS as a mentor for a community center robotics club and is committed to expanding STEM opportunities for all children.

Jen Wichihowski

Ms. Wichihowski is a marketing specialist at the Employee Benefits Corporation.  Jen has been active leading our fund raising and marketing efforts. She joined the board in 2018.