Team Information

Location: Camarillo, California

Established: 2002

Enrollment: 7000

Mascots: Ekhos the Dolphin

California State University Channel Islands is again fielding two teams in the 2024 Winter Classic, as they did in 2022 and 2023.  The CSUCI High Performance Dolphins Deluxe team took home the championship trophy in the 2023 Winter Classic. Now that they’ve climbed the mountain, will they have be driven to go for the gold again in 2024?

Team A Team High Performance Dolphins Deluxe2 this year is almost entirely new to the competition, they’re all computer science majors, but at varying academic levels with two juniors, a sophomore, a senior, and a master’s degree student.

CSUCI is the youngest school in the competition at just over a decade old. Their Winter Classic teams have typically been fun and a bit feisty, it will be fun to watch as they fight for both the 2024 Winter Classic crown and campus superiority against their rival CSUCI Team B.


2024 Team Roster:



"Hello! My name is Christopher Arias I'm currently a Junior studying Computer Science at California State University Channel Islands. I am really into building Legos and just having a good time with friends! I want to be a Software engineer for a major company. I've had experience with Python, Java, and Javascript/HTML/CSS web development. I've also recently finished a Python Automation Certificate."







James Cowman




Michael Garcia




"Hey there! I'm Rishikesh Patil, currently pursuing my Master of Science in Computer Science at California State University, Channel Islands. Passionate about exploring the intersection of technology and society, I spend my time delving into the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing.

Outside of academics, I enjoy diving into coding projects that challenge my technical skills and creativity, and I also enjoy hiking and photography. I'm particularly interested in leveraging technology to tackle real-world problems and drive positive change in society. In the future, I aspire to work in a role where I can apply my expertise in machine learning and deep learning to develop innovative solutions that make a meaningful impact.

With a strong foundation in programming languages like Python, expertise in frameworks such as TensorFlow and Flask, and proficiency in data analysis and web development, I'm equipped to tackle complex challenges and contribute to cutting-edge projects."





"Hello, my name is Andrew Sweet. I am a Junior, and I just transferred to California State University, Channel Islands to finish my degree in Computer Science.

During my time at community college, I had the opportunity to participate in a couple of online programs run by NASA. One was the NASA L’SPACE academy, and the other was the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars. These programs exposed me to research methods used by NASA Engineers, and they helped to develop my ability to think as an Engineer and work on cross functional teams to complete a mission proposal.

These programs solidified my desire to pursue a STEM degree and seek a career oriented around the aerospace industry."




Faculty Advisor/Coach:  Dr. Scott Feister

2023 Channel Islands High Performance Dolphins Deluxe

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"I'm Berkhan Berkdemir and I am a computer science undergraduate student in California State University, Channel Islands.  I am originally from Turkey but I have been studying computer science in both Santa Monica Collage and California State University, Channel Islands since 2017.  I am interested in the high performance computing for the academic research."

Lars Haavaldsen:

"I am a Computer Science and Cybersecurity student in my Junior year at CSUCI, and I also work for CSUCI’s ITS Solution Center. Outside of school I love being outside, hiking, biking, running or backpacking, I love it all! I also make music and recently have been building a modular synthesizer!"

Harrison Power:  

"My name is Harrison Power and I am a Computer Science Major at CSU Channel Islands. I’m originally from Hawaii but I’ve been living in California for about the last 10 years. When I’m not geeking out over computers, I like to practice Muay Thai, ride my motorcycle, and write."

Bennett Rousseau:

"I am a senior mechatronics student at CSUCI. Most of my experience has been related to robotics but I do have an interest in high performance computing."

Faculty Advisor/Coach:  Dr. Scott Feister

2022 Channel Islands Ekhos Engineers

Team Members:

  • Alex Crawford
  • Alexander Alsabery
  • Andrew Graves
  • Bennett Rousseau
  • Samuel Bettencourt

Faculty Advisor/Coach:  Dr. Scott Feister