Mr. Ed Richter came into the program as mentor of
the Botball team and has helped them to
championships numerous times. Now Richter oversees
the LAAE program. Aside from being the mentor of the
Botball team. Richter has also taught introduction
to robotics and advanced computer science. In the
past, Richter was involved with the academy's DARPA
project for 7 years and has always been a great
help. After the retirement of Mr. Robert Franz,
Richter has become the leading figure of LAAE.
Richter obtained his Bachelor's Degree from American
University. He began his career in advertising and
public relations. The agency where he worked
specialized in extreme sports. Richter became very
familiar with Vans and G-Shock as a result of
working there. Such accomplishments were the prelude
to Richter's leadership role in LAAE.
When Richter left the field of public relations, he
decided to go into teaching. He attended Cal State
Los Angeles and obtained his special education and
industrial technologies teaching credentials. In the
fall of 2002, he became a teacher at Los Altos High
School, teaching special education until 2004.
Richter then taught computer science and robotics.
With that, he took over the Los Altos Academy of
Engineering and has continued the legacy passed down
by Bob Franz.