Mentors

Here at PHRED we have amazing Mentors who donate their own time and money to the team. They work hard to keep out team going and keep us on task, even when we're not so thankful about it. PHRED wouldn't be what it is today without the wonderful work and dedication of our Mentors.

Mentors:

Tom 
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED? 
A: Fifteen years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Software mentor.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Science teacher, personal interest.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: U of O and Southern Oregon.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "I like the energy and the interesting problems. 
      Being around all the weird people is a bonus."


Ken 
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED?
A: Four years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Team coach.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Computer programming, software and development 

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: OSU.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "I enjoy being around the kids, and I love the challenge, 
      but lets get real here: ROBOTS ARE COOL! Doing robots with FIRST 
      is even cooler!"

Bruce
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED? 
A: Eight years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Mechanical Mentor.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Mechanical Engineer and Diesel Engineer.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: OSU and Fresno State.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "It gives me a chance to work with high school kids and pass on skills to them. 
      I love helping them complete mechanical projects."


Ron
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED? 
A: Two years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Electrical and Mechanical Engineer.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Electrical/Electronic/Mechanical Geometry/Manager/
Mechanical things learned from living on a farm.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: Oregon Tech. (Fighting Owls, whooo!!)

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "Keeps me from going nuts."


Ed
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED? 
A: Nine Years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Electrical mentor/Marketing/Fundraising.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Maintenance Technician and Electronics Technician.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: American River College.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "I've had two kids go through the program and kinda just got involved.
      I like the idea of the program; it allows kids to learn a skill they wouldn't be able to learn elsewhere."

Brian
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED? 
A: Five years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Builder of Field Elements.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Sales/Logistics.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: OSU and LBCC.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "I love to see students learn how to do new things.
All of the personal growth you see in kids is very rewarding.
There's something for everyone."


Patti
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED?
A: Two years.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Marketing and Promotions, Cheerleader, and Jacqueline-of all-trades.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: Her kids were on the team so she kinda got sucked in and learned as she went.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: OSU.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "There's just so much to learn, and I love being around the kids! Plus, the game is exciting every year."


Jason
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED?
A: This is his first.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Mechanical mentor.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: He worked in scientific research and then a few years a a local automotive company.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: Southern Illinois.

Q:Why do you enjoy being a mentor?
A: "It's fun watching people learn."


Natalie
Q: How many years have you been with PHRED?
A: This is her first.

Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Assistant.

Q: What is your professional experience?
A: FLL Tournament.

Q: Why do you enjoy being a mentor
A: "It's cool watching the kids be excited over the things they do."


Where We Meet

Philomath High School