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Re: Pick a mentor, any mentor...

At Detroit this past weekend, I met Roy from 5254. He immediately struck me as gracious, kind, and knowledgeable.
Definitely made my shortlist of mentors I'd love to poach.
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Re: Pick a mentor, any mentor...

I put some thought into this.

Al Skierkiewicz

I actually got to visit with Wildstang and chat with Al a bit in Chicago during the early part of build season this year. Heís crazy knowledgeable, has a history with FRC that is unrivaled, and genuinely a great guy. I also suspect heíd fit in with 900 pretty well even though that might come as a shock to some.
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Re: Pick a mentor, any mentor...

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IRI History features Mentor of the Year
2012: Brandon Holley (125)
2011: Jon Jack (1538)
2010: Jim Zondag (33)
2009: David Berggren (1538)
2008: Stephanie Thompson (1503)
2007: Mike Martus (47)
2006: Steve Florence (461)
2005: Marian Passmore (233)
2004: Scott Vierstra (829)
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2013: James Irvine, 2175
2014: Bob Bonczyk, 107
2015: Eyal Hershko, 1657
2016: Mike Dininny, 233
2017: Allen Gregory, 3847

I still stand by my answer of JVN, by the way.
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Re: Pick a mentor, any mentor...

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While we wouldn't end up on anybody's list, two other 3504 mentors and I essentially did this. We're grad students who joined the team this year and won't be around next year. It's a strange experience, because trying to change too much can backfire and trying to teach too much can result in too much information to grasp (and you won't be around to reinforce it later).

Yes, having new technical knowledge on your team for a year is great, and introducing new ideas and new ways of doing things is great. But I think the biggest impact a person can make in a single year is in team culture. Any team where all the members are constantly striving will do just fine.

That said, I do think a lot of the folks mentioned in this thread would make big positive impacts on team culture as well as technical excellence.
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Cosign. A huge part of how a team operates is team culture, and you don't want to shake things up too fast in an established team. You can make small incremental changes/suggestions, but there's a huge component of building trust first.
I guess I've done this sort of thing twice now. The first time was really for just one competition: I helped out 1717 during the 2014 LA Regional (I had some school friends on the 2013 team that invited me along). The second time was this year with 3504, for a full season. In both cases, I wouldn't say I was critical to the team success, since both already had/have great students and mentors and a historically successful program, but I was still able to add value in key ways.

I have to echo what both Ben and Basel have said. A good way to get integrated well is to really listen to the team members, both the students and the mentors. Starting small and working with some individual students first can build up a level of trust that can be extended to other students later on. Ultimately you need people to vouch for you, whether that's implicitly or explicitly. Above all, respecting the existing infrastructure and people there is important; teams want to be helped, and not feel threatened or disrespected. That being said, teams are almost always willing to change for the better, so long as there is enough resources to support it.

When it comes to being on a team for a short period of time, I think it's best to focus on areas that could use improvement, that the team wants to improve in, and that you have some expertise in. It's hard to change things fast (and sometimes that's a good thing), so building on common goals is critical given limited time.

As for who I would poach, I've interacted with a lot of great mentors, a lot of whom have been mentioned already in this thread, but I'll throw out David Giandomenico from 846. He's fantastic at working with students and has great engineering knowledge to go with his incredible dedication.
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Re: Pick a mentor, any mentor...

Bill Beatty.
1997, 2001, 2002, 2004. Thatís the only explanation needed.
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Bill Beatty.
1997, 2001, 2002, 2004. Thatís the only explanation needed.
Just remembered he retired from 71 a few years ago. Gonna have to go with Paul Copioli, then. World champion drive coach of 217 in 06 and 08, and recently has helped 3310 be finalists at worlds 17 and newton finalists this year.
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In addition:

2013: James Irvine, 2175
2014: Bob Bonczyk, 107
2015: Eyal Hershko, 1657
2016: Mike Dininny, 233
2017: Allen Gregory, 3847

I still stand by my answer of JVN, by the way.
Iím pretty sure Jim Irvine has moved on to volunteering all the time now, but if he was still active Iíd take him in a heartbeat. Hands down the nicest person Iíve met in FIRST, and thatís saying a lot. Also crazy knowledgeable and all around a great mentor. Incredibly inspiring person to be around. This is a guy who volunteers at literally every Minnesota FTC qualifier and won the Compass award this year at Champs. Honestly him and his entire family are great and itís no wonder 2175 has had a pretty fantastic run.
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Re: Pick a mentor, any mentor...

Now that I’ve looked a little deeper, I’d like to put Brian Maher and PJ Lewalski out there. Both are pretty great guys if I say so myself.

Edit: Bren and Tae from 4476 are cool too I guess
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... Iíd like to put... PJ Lewalski out there...
Can PJ mentor me on appropriate beard growing techniques?
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Is Dave Lavery still available?
Why Dave? Team culture. If you know him, you know what I mean.
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