Mentors

 

Mentors and Coaches are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work with students to share their knowledge and
guide them through the season. Many Mentors contribute on a weekly basis during competition season, or support the team
with subject matter expertise on an as needed basis. Teams may have additional or more specialized roles or a combination of
roles as needed. In addition, Mentors help to foster the idea of Gracious Professionalism® and have the students do as much of
the work as possible.

– Mentor and Coach Roles, USFIRST.org

Bellarmine Faculty


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  • Brad Lindemann
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  • 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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  • David Dutton
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  • Mr. Dutton is a Physics teacher and Makerspace Facilitator at BCP. After a BSc in EE and post grad research in material science, he worked in defense and corporate research labs, and later in pilot fab startups, developing electronic devices ranging from IR LEDs, High speed Transistors, solid state lasers and solar cells. An inventor and maker at heart, with several patents and published papers, he now coaches all ages to find their inner scientist and engineer, and brings physical computing to life through Arduino based robots. He is new to both VEX and FRC and ready to support the team and have fun!
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  • Adam Wilson
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  • Mr. Wilson is a mathematics teacher at Bellarmine. He is an alum of Bellarmine and Team 254. This is his third year mentoring. He enjoys introducing new members to the FRC program through tool trainings, workshops, and projects.
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  • Ann Johnson
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  • Ann Johnson is a technology executive with expertise in organizational and program leadership, and has worked with companies including Silicon Graphics, Reservoir Labs, and Northrop Grumman. She has a degree in Computer Science with Electrical Engineering, and professional credentials in Program Management, Cyber Security and Artificial Intelligence. Ann has supported Team 254 since 2013 as a parent and parent liaison, and beginning in 2017 joins the team as a mentor focusing on organizational management and support.
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  • Sachin Salgoankar
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  • Sachin is a mathematics teacher at Bellarmine. He has a MA in Teaching from Santa Clara University and a BS in Mathematics from UC Davis. He is new to Bellarmine and to Team 254, and is eager to learn the ropes and have fun doing so!


Industry Mentors


  • Travis Covington
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  • 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
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  • 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 primarily in the areas of manufacturing, programming, scouting, and baking.


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  • Cory McBride
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  • 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
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  • Tom is a Software Engineer. With a degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern, Tom provides mentorship in the area of Programming, Controls, Strategy, and Conceptual Design. Tom has 16 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
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  • Leigh is a Software Engineer 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 teams 1114 and 3683.
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  • Sven Wehrmann
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  • 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
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  • Kevin is a Software Engineer in Test at Apple. He provides mentorship to Team 254 in the areas of Programming, Strategy and Coaching. Kevin has participated in FIRST since 2003 and is a former student member of Team 766.
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  • David Wilson
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  • 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 Business Development, Documentation, Submissions, Outreach, Finance, and Competition Planning with Team 254. He also has 10 years of FIRST experience as both a Team 254 parent and Team 254 mentor.


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  • Paul Ventimiglia
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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./li>

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  • Nick Hammes
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  • 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
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  • Jared is a Software Engineer working on robotics at Waymo 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, Eating, and really wanting there to be more water bottles available.
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  • Colin Wilson
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Solomon Chang
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  • Solomon is a Software Engineer working in Image Search Infrastructure at Google and holds a degree in Computer Science from the California Institute of Technology. During his time in college, he helped start the current incarnation of the Caltech Robotics Team which recently won the 2016 RoboSub Competition. He has been involved in FIRST since 2009 formerly helping Team 1160 in San Marino, California and Team 1868 in Mountain View, California. He helps out in Programming and Controls.
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  • Zahi Hakim
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  • Zahi is a Team 254 alumnus who has recently returned to help with the team. He specializes in electrical engineering.
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  • Andrew Torrance
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  • Andrew is a 254 graduate from 2015 who has been mentoring while pursuing his BS in Mechanical Engineering from nearby Santa Clara University. Andrew frequently leads students newer to CAD with drivetrain and intake projects.
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  • Harsh Bhatt
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  • Harsh is a mechatronics engineer from the University of Waterloo who joined as a 254 mentor in 2017. He has been a part of FRC since 2007, starting as a student and eventually a mentor on Team 1241. Harsh is primarily involved in the areas of design and manufacturing; assisting in other areas whenever needed.
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  • Taylor Nicholson
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  • Taylor is a mechanical engineer who helps out with mechanical design. He has been with the team since 2017. He is also an alumnus and former mentor of Team 1114.