Mentors

Special thanks too…

Theodore Harder (Advisor)
Joseph Carpenter (Supervisor)
David Gaydosh
Danny Matheus
Dana Shatts
Don Nguyen
Dr. Jim Hill
Ed Hoffman
Rhon Williams
Clark Cottrell
Rene Martinez
Scott Nakatsu
Jose Santos

The team wouldn’t be the what it is today without the help of its mentors. All current members gain knowledge and grow as students with the help of a mentor. From professional engineers to machinists to people who simply enjoy building things, our mentors come from a plethora of backgrounds and use their experiences to teach by examples and instill in us technical and life skills that we will keep with us for the rest of our lives. The mentors are greatly appreciated by the Nerds of Team 687.


 

About the Mentors

Name: Theodore Harder

College: Duke, Caltech, USC

Major: Electrical Engineering

Occupation: Physics, Digital Electronics, and Robotics Manufacturing teacher at CAMS

Fun Fact: Enjoys having students buy him Jamba Juice, Starbucks, and Boba.

Name: Joseph Carpenter

College: California State University Long Beach

Major: Engineering

Occupation: Introduction to Engineering Design and Engineering Design and Development teacher at CAMS.

Fun Fact: He worked at an aerospace firm before he became a teacher.

 

Name: David Gaydosh

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Name: Danny Matheus

College: CSULB

Major: Communications

Occupation: Insurance Agent

Fun Fact: Likes to fly airplanes.

Name: Dr. Jim Hill

College: University of Pennsylvania

Major: Experimental Particle Physics

Occupation: Physics Professor at CSUDH

Fun Fact: Always carries a harmonica in his pocket.

Name: Dana Shatts

College: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Major: Welding Engineering

Occupation: Materials and Process Engineer at Raytheon

Fun Fact: Owns a classic French sports car and British motorcycle.

Name: Don Nguyen

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Name: Ed Hofmann

College: El Camino College

Occupation: Machinist Professor

Fun Fact: Enjoys teaching students the wonderful uses of HAAS machines.

Name: Rhon Williams
College: University of Illinois, PhD
Major: Electrical Engineering
Occupation: Retired Engineering Manager at Northrop Grumman
Fun Fact: Owns and builds a real-size biplane at Compton Airport.

Name: Clark Cottrell

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Name: Scott Nakatsu

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Name: Rene Martinez

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Name: Jose Santos
College: UC Berkeley
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Occupation: Student; Assistant at Berkeley Robotics and Human Engineering Lab
Fun Fact: Drinks at least 3 cups of coffee a day while in school