Mentors

Dr. John Davis

Teacher Sponsor

Joined: 2013

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449 and FIRST Lego League Jr. Team 6484

Ocupation: Physics Teacher at Montgomery County Public Schools

Fun Fact: Graduated from T.S. Wootton High School (before MCPS created a Math, Science & Computer Science Magnet at Montgomery Blair) and came back to teach science & engineering after a 24-year career in the United States Air Force.

Favorite Team 449 Memory: Watching pit crews and operators learn how to get the most out of our robot (Totedile, aka Two-Chainz) to become an alliance captain during a regional competition at UMD.





Edgard Bertaut

Head Technical Mentor

Joined: 2006

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Senior Environmental Manager at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

Fun Fact: I work on facilitating deliverables at work too.

Favorite Team 449 Memory: 8 students in our house working on the robot for days at a time during Snowmageddon.

Noemi Kedei

Head Non-Technical Mentor

Joined: 2011

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Staff Scientist at the National Cancer Institute

Fun Fact: I was advised by my family to become a doctor instead of an engineer or a teacher (those times in Hungary) but finally I found my niche in doing cancer research and being a mentor for the team.

Favorite Team 449 Memory: Hard to choose from the many good memories. One of my favorite is when graduated students come back to visit and tell how they are doing. A different one is when we had our hair painted red as part of team spirit in 2015 at Chesapeake Regional.



Steve Van Albert

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2007

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Biomedical Engineer at The Geneva Foundation

Fun Fact: I've often used the facilities at Blair to make things I need for my work.

Favorite Team 449 Memory: Winning the engineering design award in Trenton on 2008.

Patrick McGlade

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2013

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Former US Navy

Fun Fact: I also help coach Blair lacrosse.

Favorite team 449 Memory: 2014 Aerial Assist at Dorton Arena (Raleigh, NC)



Gordon Franken

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2012

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449, formerly FIRST Robotics Competition Team 694

Ocupation: Lead Robotics Engineer at Intelligent Automation, Inc.

Fun Fact: One of my hobbies is playing recreational ice hockey.

FIRST has changed a lot over the years. Back in my day...

  • Nationals were held at Epcot Center in Disney World.
  • Robots didn't have bumpers
  • Rookie teams had numbers in the 800's
  • Dean Kamen had just invented the Segway
  • The robot was programmed in BASIC
  • There was no autonomous period

Favorite FRC Memory: Winning the NYC regional in 2003.



Judy Ehrenstein

Non-Technical Mentor

Joined: 2014

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Children's Librarian at Montgomery County Public Libraries

Fun Fact: I have a fear of power tools.

Favorite Memory: First competition attended, in Raleigh, NC.





Will Rabinovich

Programming Mentor

Joined: 2018

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

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Eli Barnett

Alumnus & Technical Mentor

Joined: 2007

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Teams 449, 4464, and 5830

Ocupation: N/A

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Caitlin King

Scouting Mentor

Joined: 2017

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Teams 449 and 3663

Ocupation: Aerospace Engineer at Genesis Engineering Solutions Inc.

Fun Fact: This upcoming year is my 10th year in FIRST.

Favorite Memory: Getting picked in 2017 despite being in 52nd place at dchamps because of our epic scouting and lobbying :)





Daniel Pedersen

Operations Mentor

Joined: 2015

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Environmental Consultant

Fun Fact: Never jumped out of an airplane or off a tower.

Favorite Memory: Watching the excitement in the auditorium when the challenge is announced.





Karin Koslow

Non-Technical Mentor

Joined: 2016

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Deputy Associate General Counsel at Environmental Protection Agency

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Tim Judkins

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2009

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Senior Engineer at Radius Networks Inc.

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Phil Temkin

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2008

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Principal Electrical Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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Steve Chang

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2013

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

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Helen Jiang

Business Mentor

Joined: 2018

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Lead Epidemiologist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Sharon Goodall

Non-Technical Mentor

Joined: 2009

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Product Manager at University of Maryland - College Park

Fun Fact: In 2009, weekend build session had a tray of brownies - ritual!

Favorite Memory: Team fun @ first trip to North Carolina (even with the drama of alliance selection) - the team had FUN together

Laure Morsli

Business Mentor

Joined: 2019

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Principal Counsultant and Founder at Contrast Marketing

Fun Fact: I was born in France and speak French fluently.

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Laura Klein

Parent Volunteer Coordinator

Joined: 2019

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Pro Bono Program Manager at the United States Department of Justice

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Deepa Premnath

Business Mentor

Joined: 2019

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Adjunct Lecturer of Economics at Montgomery College

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Aaron Szabo

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2016

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Student at University of Maryland - College Park

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Yoni Pedersen

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2016

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Student at University of Maryland - College Park

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Sam Ehrenstein

Technical Mentor

Joined: 2017

Team(s): FIRST Robotics Competition Team 449

Ocupation: Student at Case Western Reserve University

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