Here are the coaches, they help out a lot with the team.

Scott Deming

Scott W. Deming recently retired from his role as Engineering Associate and Director of the Advanced Engineering at Corning Incorporated. Scott worked for Corning for 43+ years and during his career held numerous positions within Corning’s Corporate Engineering organization. Since joining Corning in 1976, Scott has been involved in the areas of first generation process machine systems, robotics, automation and design. He was a charter member of Corning’s robotics and automation organization which was formed in 1985 and implemented many of the first robotic systems corporate wide within Corning. In 2003, Scott was appointed Engineering Associate which recognizes those individuals that have made significant, measurable and outstanding engineering contributions to Corning Incorporated, involving exemplary technical depth, breadth and leadership. Over the years Scott has worked with many of Corning’s divisions where he has successfully implemented innovative and sustainable high financial impact solutions into manufacturing. In his most recent position, Scott directed a diverse group of one hundred and ten scientists, engineers and technicians who were responsible for developing first generation process equipment, measurement and metrology systems, products and processes for Corning. His group worked in partnership with Corning’s Research and Development organization developing the next wave of revolutionary materials, products and processes. In 2010 Scott was presented with the robotics industry's highest honor, the Joseph Engelberger Robotics Award, in Munich, Germany for his work in leading robotics and automation projects within Corning. Scott currently holds six US patents and numerous International patents with several patent applications in process. In 2016 Scott was presented with the Jefferson Award for Public Service for his work in forming a robotics team at Notre Dame High School in 2010 and represented the Twin Tiers at the national ceremony in Washington DC. As an Elmira native, Scott is very interested in local history and is currently the historian for the Town of Elmira. Scott is a graduate of Alfred State College and Rochester Institute of Technology with degrees in mechanical engineering and has served on numerous college advisory boards over the years. Scott is married to his wife Susan and has three children Lindsay, Brian and Christopher and five grandchildren Juliet, Tristan, Zander, Maddox and Delaney.

Jeff Domey

Jeff co-founded the team in 2010 with Scott Deming and has been a Mentor on the team ever since. He began his formal education at Alfred State College and then transferred to Clarkson University where he graduated in 1997 with his Ph.D. in Engineering Science. Jeff is an Engineering Associate with Corning Incorporated and has been with the company for 25+ years. He has experience in both technical and leadership roles in projects ranging from research and development through manufacturing and readily shares this with the team. In the off-season (is there and off-season?) Jeff is also a leader in the local BSA Scouting program with his son, Ethan, and spends his free time camping and hiking with friends and family.

David Exton


David has mentored our team’s programming subgroup since the beginning of the 2017 season and is also a four-year FIRST alumni of team 1559. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After moving to Corning, he wanted to get involved again with FIRST and volunteered at the local FLL tournament where he met Christina, who invited him to join the high school FRC team. Outside of FIRST, David is a Controls Engineer for Corning Incorporated where he works with industrial robots and automated manufacturing systems, a hobby programmer, and avid reader. 

Christina Laskowski

Dr. Christina Laskowski is a Mechanical Engineer in the Precision Wet Coatings group at Corning.  She completed her Bachelor's degree at MIT, and her Master's and Doctorate at RPI, all in Mechanical Engineering. She is an avid supporter of engineering outreach programs, especially robotics teams (list teams here).

Ryan Sutton

Ryan Sutton has been mentoring our team since 2013.  He is one of the lead technical mentors and designs and builds equipment in his role as a Mechanical Engineer at Corning Incorporated.  He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Economics.  In his free time Ryan enjoys hiking, skiing, and driving in autocross events. 

Michelle Barkley


Mrs. Barkley assumed the position of Director of Public Relations and Marketing in the fall of 2015 bringing with her marketing and fundraising experience she gained while working for St. Mary Our Mother Elementary school both as an employee and as a parent volunteer.

Mrs. Barkley holds a Masters's degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University. She has enjoyed having had a unique opportunity to apply her interpersonal skills to help promote Notre Dame.  She especially enjoys working with the students and seeing and sharing their successes both in the classroom and with their extra-curricular activities through our school communications. 

She is the mother of two Notre Dame alumni and has two children that currently attend Notre Dame.