Mentors

 

FRC Mentors play a vital role in the success of their students. Mentors work extensively with team members during the build season, designing, building, and fabricating a functional robot for Competition. Their expertise is the catalyst for the team’s and students’ success. FRC Mentors are the major distinction between the FRC program and other robotic competitions as they are wholly the professional role model for the student. Mentors engage and inspire students in ways far beyond science and technology. They enable both students and adults to appreciate the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

– Mentor and Coach Roles, USFIRST.org

Bellarmine Faculty


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  • Brad Lindemann
  • blindemann@bcp.org
  • Brad is a teacher at Bellarmine and is currently the Computer Science department chair. He has a MSCE from Santa Clara University and has been teaching at Bellarmine for twelve years. Prior to joining Bellarmine, Brad worked in industry as a software engineer and project lead at Lockheed Martin and 3Com. He has been working with Team 254 for three years and works extensively with the VEX and Zero Robotics programs.
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  • Peng Yav
  • pyav@bcp.org
  • Peng teaches Physics and Earth Science at Bellarmine and is a faculty moderator for robotics. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University. Prior to joining Bellarmine, Peng has been involved with FIRST since 2012 and helped to establish and advised FTC Robotics Team 6223. Peng is involved in the area of administrative support.
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  • Dan Judnick
  • dan@team254.com
  • After 3 years as an industry mentor, Dan is now a faculty member at Bellarmine, teaching Physics and Earth Science. He focuses mostly on VEX, while also supporting Zero Robotics and FRC. His main area of involvement is to bring a more rigorous engineering process to the VEX teams, from formal design reviews to technical documentation revisions to real-time problem solving discussions. Dan’s previous full-time job was as a Space Systems engineer at The Aerospace Corporation and he holds a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from LMU, plus a S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He is also a Bellarmine Alum from the Class of 2001.


Industry Mentors


  • Travis Covington
  • travis@team254.com
  • Travis is a Mechanical Engineer and has 15 years of FIRST experience, including being a member of Team 115 for 4 years and mentoring/co-founding Team 968. Travis is involved with Mechanical Design, Manufacturing, Strategy, Coaching, and Team Leadership in Team 254.
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  • Patrick Fairbank
  • pat@team254.com
  • Pat is a software engineer at LinkedIn and holds a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has been involved in FRC since 2001, having previously been a student and mentor on Team 296, and a mentor on Team 1503. Pat’s involvement with The Cheesy Poofs is primarly in the areas of manufacturing, programming, scouting, and baking.


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  • Cory McBride
  • cory@team254.com
  • Cory is a Mechanical Engineer and has 13 years of experience with FIRST robotics. His involvement with Team 254 consists mainly of Mechanical Design/CAD, Machining, Manufacturing, and Strategy. In high school, he was a member of Team 100 from Woodside High School.
  • Tom Bottiglieri
  • tom@team254.com
  • Tom is a Software Engineer at Meraki, Inc. located in San Francisco. With a degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern, Tom provides mentorship in the area of Programming, Controls, Strategy, and Conceptual Design. Tom has 13 years of FIRST experience and has been a member of Team 195 from Southington, Connecticut and a mentor for Team 125 in Boston, MA.


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  • Leigh Pauls
  • leigh@team254.com
  • Leigh works on the messenger team at Facebook. He attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He helps out on the team with programming. He has been with team 254 since 2015, and previously worked with team 1114.
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  • Sven Wehrmann
  • sven@team254.com
  • Sven is a mechanical engineer who helps out with mechanical design and CAD. He is new to Team 254 for the 2017 season and was previously on team 3683 in Waterloo, Ontario.


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  • Kevin Sheridan
  • kevin@team254.com
  • Kevin is a graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara and holds a degree in Computer Engineering. He provides mentorship to Team 254 in the areas of Programming, Strategy and Coaching. Kevin has participated in FIRST for 11 years and is a former member of Team 766.
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  • David Wilson
  • david@team254.com
  • David Wilson is a Marketing and Bus Dev Consultant, currently with Cisco, in the past he has worked with such companies as Fujitsu and Leapfrog. Having a Masters in Management, David specializes his mentorship in the areas of Documentation, Submissions, Outreach, Finance, and Competition Planning with Team 254. He also has 9 years of FIRST experience as both a Team 254 parent and Team 254 mentor.


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  • Paul Ventimiglia
  • paul@team254.com
  • Paul is a robotics engineer with 7 years of FIRST mentoring experience. He has mentored FRC Team 190 and has won competitions like Battlebots (2015) and the NASA Centennial Challenge. Paul specializes his mentorship in the area of Mechanical Design/CAD, Manufacturing, Prototyping, Sponsor Procurement, and Part sourcing.
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  • Roshan Patel
  • roshan@team254.com
  • Roshan joined Team 254 in 2016 and is currently a student at San Jose State University where he is studying Aviation Engineering with an emphasis on professional flight. Roshan is also a Bellarmine and Team 254 alum, graduating in the class of 2011.


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  • Kenneth Lloren
  • ken@team254.com
  • Kenney is a Manufacturing Engineer at and holds B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UNLV, and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. A newcomer to FIRST robotics, he is involved in Programming, prototyping, and looking cool.
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  • Nick Hammes
  • nickh@team254.com
  • Nick is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, having studied Computer Science, Philosophy, and Linguistics. Prior to moving to the bay area to take a position at Google, Nick was a FIRST volunteer in the Midwest, and mentored FRC team 2855, and FTC team 5943. He now mentors the Cheesy Poofs in such areas as grant writing, fundraising, and social media.


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  • Jared Russell
  • jared@team254.com
  • Jared is a Software Engineer working on robotics at Google and holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering from RIT. He has been involved with FIRST since 2001, and was a student and mentor on Team 341 in Ambler, Pennsylvania prior to joining Team 254. Jared is involved in Programming, Controls, Strategy, Game Analysis, and Eating.
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  • Colin Wilson
  • colin@team254.com
  • Colin is a mechanical engineer who helps out with mechanical design, fabrication, prototyping, field construction and pretty much anything else that needs to happen. He has been with Team 254 on and off since 2005.


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  • Nick Eyre
  • nick@team254.com
  • Nick is a mechanical engineer who helps out with mechanical design, CAD, graphic design, website and Chezy Champs planning. He has been with the team since 2008.
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  • Trevor Kearse
  • trevork@team254.com
  • Trevor is a mechanical design engineer at Tesla Motors. He attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He helps out on the team with riveting, scouting, CAD, and mechanical design. He has been with team 254 since 2016, and previously worked with team 2056.
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  • Zahi Hakim
  • zahi@team254.com
  • Zahi is a Team 254 alumnus who has recently returned to help with the team. He specializes in electrical engineering.
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  • Adam Wilson
  • adam@team254.com
  • Adam is recent graduate from Gonzaga University. He helps Team 254 with workshops and student engagement. Adam works as a swim coach for Swim South Bay. He is also an alumnus of Bellarmine and Team 254.