Mentors


Mentor

Al Mothersele

Subteam: Team leader

FIRST Experience: Team 177 (1994-2016)

Occupation: Director of Technology Systems and Programs at South Windsor Public Schools

Education: Central Connecticut State Universiy

Favorite FIRST Moment: Winning the 2010 Championship

Mentor

Jesse Wilkinson

Subteam: Mechanical, Controls, Drive Team

FIRST Experience: Team 177 (1996-2016)

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

Education: Manchester Community College, Central Connecticut State University

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

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Chris Carnevale

Subteam: Mechanical

FIRST Experience: Team 299 (2003-2006), Team 148 (2007), and Team 177 (2008-present)

Occupation: Project Enginerer at The Lee Company

Education: BSME: Clarkson University
Masters of Engineering, Mechanical: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Favorite FIRST Moment: The roller coaster ride that was in the 2010 Robotics Season.

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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

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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David Bridge

Subteam: Mechanical

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2001

Occupation: Project Engineer at Ensign Bickford Aerospace and Defense

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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David Shroeder

Subteam: Controls

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2010

Occupation: Software Engineer at Persco Inc

Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Favorite FIRST Moment: N/A

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Ulf Jonsson

Subteam: Mechanical

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2011

Occupation: Reserch Engineer/Scientist at United Technologies Reserch Center

Education: Lulea University, and University of Southern California

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Working at the machine shop at the 2012 Hartford regional competition"

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Steven Cohen

Subteam: Mechanical and CAD

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2011

Occupation: Senior Mechanical Engineer at Protedyne

Education: 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."

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Jamie Lang

Subteam: Community Relations

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 from 2012 to 2015

Occupation: Technology Education Teacher at South Windsor High School

Education: CCSU, Boise State, and Kansas State

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Winning the New England Championship in 2014 and seeing the students' hard work pay off. "

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Debby Tavernier

Subteam: Community Relations

FIRST Experience: Involved with Team 177 since 2013

Occupation: Teacher at Tolland High School

Education: Keene State College and the University of Connecticut

Favorite FIRST Moment: "Seeing the Bobcat robot on the billboard while on the subway in St. Louis"

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Vince Attianese

Subteam: Project Management

FIRST Expierience: 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 Expierience: Involved with Team 177 since 2015

Occupation: Mechanical Engineer

Education: BS Aerospace Engineering Syracuse University

Favorite FIRST Moment: The next one