Mentors

An in-depth interview with each of PHRED's Amazing Mentors.

Tom

Q: What year did you start volunteering for PHRED?

A: I started volunteering with the very first PHRED team during the 2000-2001 school year.


Q. What area of PHRED do you Mentor (Software, Hardware, Electrical)

A: I have mentored all areas at one time or another. Currently I am the lead mentor.


Q: What do you like the most about PHRED?

A: I like creativity students put into their designs and I like the enthusiasm of student team members. It has also been great to see what PHRED team members eventually do with what they have learned.


Q: What have you done that supports the area of PHRED that you mentor?

A: I am pretty much self-taught in each of the areas. I did spend a couple years working with the Oregon State University Electrical Engineering program while I was teaching. My real background has been in teaching high school science including 12 years at Philomath High School.


Q: Where did you go to school?

A: I earned my BS degree from University of Oregon and my MS degree from Southern Oregon University.


Steve

Q: What year did you start volunteering for PHRED?

A: 2017


Q. What area of PHRED do you Mentor (Software, Hardware, Electrical)

A: Software


Q: What do you like the most about PHRED?

A: This program teaches loads more than simple robotics, engineering, or software. The ‘soft’ skills of collaboration, team work, task commitment, and gracious professionalism are far more useful in life


Q: What have you done that supports the area of PHRED that you mentor?

A: Former middle and high school math and computer teacher, state dept of education data management director, a national consultant on software and data management, electronics hobbyist


Q: Where did you go to school?

A: UC San Diego

San Jose State

California State University, Hayward

Dave

Q: What year did you start volunteering for PHRED?

A: 2014/2015


Q. What area of PHRED do you Mentor (Software, Hardware, Electrical)

A: Ophical PHRED Fotografer and hardware


Q: What do you like the most about PHRED?

A: Working with the kids … especially mine.


Q: What have you done that supports the area of PHRED that you mentor?

A: Guide/mentor the mechanical design. Try to get the kids thinking about the next objective while they are finishing implementing the last objective.


Q: Where did you go to school?

A: University of Michigan