Lisa Nollman

FIRST Robotics Statewide Coordinator

Lisa joined ReadyCT to bring her manufacturing and STEM outreach experience together to inspire Connecticut’s future workforce through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) programs. She is passionate about ensuring that every student is aware of STEM careers and has the skills and confidence to pursue what inspires them.

As an engineer, Lisa worked in manufacturing, product design, and sales. She has experience with product launches, production line relocation, and product management teams. Her diverse roles strengthened her problem-solving and team-building skills which she enjoys sharing with the students she mentors. 

Since she started her involvement with FIRST in 2008, Lisa has enjoyed coaching FIRST teams, volunteering at events, and mentoring students. Some of her favorite days are spent at events talking with teams about their work. At ReadyCT, she is promoting team growth by building community partnerships and increasing awareness of FIRST. Lisa is excited to work with public schools, manufacturers, and the FIRST community to engage more students and connect them to employers in the state.

Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She loves spending time with her husband, two children, and their Havanese dog. Her son’s bearded dragon has taught her more about lizards than she needed to know. She enjoys baking and might have more LEGOs than her kids.

When we give a student the chance to explore a career or a subject of interest, it is an opportunity to make a connection that will jumpstart their future. I am forever grateful to the guidance counselor who mentioned engineering to me and helped me enter my career path. Over the years, I have seen FIRST create a connection for students to many careers. They say it best with the phrase More Than Robots®. Students work on robots, fundraising, graphic arts, app development, animation, business management, outreach, and much more.”