Current Mentors


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Jesse Wilkinson

Subteam: Mechanical/Drive Team

FIRST Experience: Team 177 (1996-)

Occupation: 7th grade technology education teacher at Timothy Edwards Middle School

Year started with FIRST: Student 1996-99, College Mentor 00-01, Teacher Mentor 06-

Education: Manchester Community College, Central Connecticut State University

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Winning the 2007 World Championship."

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David Bridge

Subteam: Mechanical

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2001

Occupation: Project Engineer at Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense

Year started with FIRST: 2001

Education: BSME - Villanova University (2008) and MBA -Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2016)

Favorite FIRST Moment: "As a Student: My favorite memories involved working closely with friends and mentors to build a complex robot, then the feeling of validation watching it perform. In the shop my favorite memories involve manufacturing robot components, specifically being the first student to operate the team's CNC mill. My favorite competition memory involves creating and executing match strategy at the world championship in 2004."

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Ulf Jonsson

Subteam: Mechanical

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2011

Occupation: Research Engineer/Scientist at United Technologies Reserch Center

Year started with FIRST: 2011

Education: Lulea University, and University of Southern California

Favorite FIRST Moment: "The all nighers in the shop making parts."

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Steven Cohen

Subteam: Mechanical and CAD

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2011

Occupation: Senior Mechanical Engineer at Protedyne

Year started with FIRST: 2011

Education: BS in Aerospace Engineering, Masters in Engineering, both at MIT

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Winning the CT State Championship in 2014. The only time we missed a shot was when we were hit while releasing. The drive team was amazing, and the pit crew was able to keep a robot that saw a long season going, despite several hardware failures."

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Vince Attianese

Subteam: Project Management

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2015

Occupation: Engineering Project Manager

Education: BS Mechanical Engineering, MBA

Favorite FIRST Moment: In Progress

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Greg Harrell

Subteam: Mechanical

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2015

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Education: BS Aerospace Engineering Syracuse University

Favorite FIRST Moment: The next one

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Jacob Troiano

Subteam: CAD

FIRST Experience: Team 190 and Team 177 (2001-present)

Occupation: Senior Engineer at Pratt and Whitney

Education: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Year started with First: 2001

Favorite FIRST Moment: "The 2001 New England Regional was the first FRC event I ever attended, and it is still one of my favorite FIRST memories. From the moment I walked in the door, I was completely blown away by the atmosphere and the level of excitement. As a high school freshman, I had no idea that science an engineering was something that people could get so passionate about. One of the most rewarding parts of being a mentor is getting to watch new students have this same experience every year."

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Mark Bushman

Subteam: Controls

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: Engineer at Pratt and Whitney

Year started with FIRST: 2016

Education: University of Michigan

Favorite FIRST Moment: "When the Team goes to Championships"

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Sean McGovern

Subteam: Controls

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: Engineer at Pratt and Whitney Software Controls

Education: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Year started with First: 2018

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Making the Finals at a Competition."

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Susan Bushman

Subteam: Marketing and Business Administration

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: Clinical Sales Consultant at Draeger, Inc.

Education: Hartwick College

Year started with First: 2016

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Traveling with the team to worlds."

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Robert Gough

Subteam: Planning

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: Senior Distribution Specialist at SSC Technologies Inc

Education: Johnson State, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Pace University

Year started with First: 2016

Favorite FIRST Moment: "The teams comebacks."

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Jen Dzen

Subteam: Marketing and Business Administration

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: Business owner and works at ECHN

Education: Springfield Technical Community College

Year started with First: 2017

Favorite FIRST Moment: "In progress."

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Damian Belardi

Subteam: Controls

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: Manager at Pratt Whitney Digital Technology

Education: University of Connecticut

Year started with First: 2017

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Students learning from mentors experiences."

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Kevin Ryan

Subteam: Controls

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: IT Manager

Education: UHART, CCSU, University of New Haven

Year started with First: 2017

Favorite FIRST Moment: "The Hartford district event of the 2017 season."

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Merle Cohen

Subteam: Marketing and Business Administration

FIRST Experience: Team 177

Occupation: School Social Worker at Westhill Elementary School

Education: BA Simmons College, MSW Rutger's Univeristy

Year started with First: 2017

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Georgia Dome World Championship."