Mentors

Founding Mentor

Andrew Roth

Andrew Roth
•Joined team in 2000
•Worked in any field
Mr. Roth was pleasantly surprised one fall day when group of motivated high school kids (NVHS class of 1999) approached him about being a faculty mentor for a new robot club. We could have never built MoBot, PaBot, Snarf, Project Mayhem, PhilBot, CrazyEye, Darkside, πR8, or CATastrophe without him! Here he is pictured with Jack and Ben—they love to help building robots.

 

Dana Mentors

 

Miguel Brown
•Joined team in 2015
•Works in mechanics
Miguel is the newest Dana mentor. After serving 5 years in the United States Marine Corps, he has experience in hydraulics, pneumatics, structural work, rapid prototyping and strategic planning. During his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and programming.

Anne Mitzel

Anne Mitzel
•Joined team in 2004
•Works in controls, wiring, and programming
Anne is the Dana mentor that has been on the team the longest. She brings her experience in electrical engineering to help the team with wiring, sensors, and controls. Over the years she has worked closely with the controls and programming students, inspiring them to find unique solutions to FIRST’s challenging controls problems. Anne’s favorite programs are the ones that make the robot chase the students around the building.

 

Tom O’Neil

Tom O’Neil
•Joined team in 2006
•Works in controls and mechanics
Tom is a senior technology specialist with Dana Corporation in Product Engineering. He leads the mentor and steering committee meetings as well as handling the accounting for the team.

 

Jens Schnebele

Jens Schnebele
•Joined team in 2007
•Works in mechanics, machine shop, and more
Jens works for Dana as an application engineer. For the robotics team, he helps with the drive train and mechanism components on the robot. At competitions, Jens often plays the role of unofficial mascot by juggling in the stands and dancing on the field when he’s not busy supervising students in the pit.

 

 

Shane Smith
•Joined team as student in 2007
•Joined team as mentor in 2015
•Works in Mechanisms
Shane joined the team as a student in 2007 and was the robot driver for πR8, CATastrophe, and Apollo 451, as well as team shirt designer. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toledo and now works for Dana as an Axle Development Engineer.

 

Technical Mentors

Thom Allen

Thom Allen
•Joined team in 2007
•Works in wiring
Thom Allen is the plant engineer at Johns Manville. Thom decided to join the team during his son Jared’s senior year after seeing the “Gracious Professionalism” at the FIRST National Championship in Atlanta. Jared went on to graduate from Purdue University. Thom brings experience in project management, trouble shooting, safety, and reliability. He is currently the wiring mentor and was the “pit boss” for CATastrophe, Apollo 451 and Kick Kat.

 

Nathan Malhotra

Nathan Malhotra
•Joined team as student in 2007
•Joined team as mentor in 2010
•Works in mechanics
Nathan Malhotra’s first season as a student was in 2007 when the team built πR8. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Toledo. he has now been a mentor on the team for 5 years

 

Mydessa Rose

Mydessa Rose
•Joined team in 2007
•Works in mechanics or whatever needed
Mydessa is a former Dana employee who was dragged into helping her first season. She enjoys working with the students and learning as much from them as they hopefully learn from her. She makes the team hats and tails, which are proudly worn at the competitions. Mydessa is also the attendance tracker, fundraising collector, and document keeper.

 

Internet Exploder

Zachary Sares
•Joined team as student in 2008.
•Joined team as mentor in 2015.
•Works in CAD
Zach’s first season as a student was in 2008 when the team built Catastrophe. He studied Machining and CAD, at Owens Community College. He currently works at Jerl Machine, Inc. as a Tooling Designer. He has now been a mentor for the on the team for 2 years helping students learn SolidWorks.

 

Parent Mentor

Internet Exploder

Dan Beitzel
•Joined team in 20XX
•Works in [REDACTED]
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