One of the fundamental principles of FIRST Robotics is that the students benefit from their interaction with mentors from industry. Texas Torque is fortunate to have mentors willing to give so much of their valuable time and expertise to support the team. They help guide us through our educational journey and are critical to the team’s success. The members of Texas Torque greatly thank our mentors and appreciate all the have done for the team. Listed below are brief bios for all of the mentors who have helped to support Texas Torque throughout the years.



Mr. Rip is the lead mentor of Team 1477 and has mentored Texas Torque for eleven years. He spent over 30 years in the classroom teaching physics and robotics to high school students. After his retirement, Mr. Rip was awarded the position of District Robotics Coach by our school district and now fully commits his time cultivating the growth of robotics in our area. During his time on Texas Torque, he has molded the team into the powerhouse of engineering and learning it is today, and personally impacts every student he encounters. Through his character and dedication, Mr. Rip challenges students to develop themselves as mature individuals and the leaders of tomorrow.



Mrs. Humes is a physics teacher at The Academy of Science and Technology, a magnet high school program based out of College Park High School. Through her four years on the team, she has supported students in their academic endeavors, especially in STEM and history related courses. Mrs. Humes is instrumental in communicating with the students’ parents as well as campus and district administration.



Mr. Davies is the lead business mentor for Texas Torque. As a physics teacher from The Woodlands High School, he inspires many of his students to pursue STEM. Through his thorough management of our team’s finances, Mr. Davies is responsible for all of the unnoticed tasks that keep our team running and has been a team mentor since 2008.



Mrs. Hamel is a new mentor this year. She teaches physics at The Woodlands High School and alongside Mr. Davies, encourages her students to delve into robotics. Her time on the team began with the China trip in July 2018 with several Texas Torque students. Currently, Mrs. Hamel advises students within the mechanical sub-team to create our utmost efficient robots.



Mr. Vo is a parent mentor that has been helping our programming subteam members. He has incorporated his educational and career experience to become extremely involved in coding our newest robot.



Mr. Dunbar is one of our essential parent mentors that has helped a lot of our students in the mechanical sub-team. With his knowledge on several machines and power tools, he provides lots of tips and information to help members reach their highest potential.