One of the fundamental principles of FIRST Robotics is that the students benefit from their interaction with mentors from their industries. 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 the students through an educational journey and are critical to the team’s success. The members of Texas Torque greatly thank our mentors and appreciate all they 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 since 2008. 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 that it is today. He also personally impacts every student he encounters. Because of 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 STEM-based magnet high school program based out of College Park High School. Throughout her 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 and finance. Through his thorough management of our team’s finances, Mr. Davies is responsible for all of the unnoticed tasks that keep our team running since he joined in 2008.



Mrs. Hamel teaches physics at The Woodlands High School 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. During her time on the team, Mrs. Hamel advised students within the mechanical sub-team to create our utmost efficient robots. Sadly, Mrs. Hamel is leaving the team to focus on FTC after the 2021 season.



Mr. Vo is a parent mentor that has been helping our programming as well as media subteams. He has incorporated his educational and career experience to become extremely involved in coding our newest robots, Ray and Shiva. He joined the team in 2019.



Mr. Dunbar is one of our essential parent mentors who has helped a lot of our students in the mechanical sub-team. With his knowledge of several machines and power tools used in the lab, he provides lots of tips and information to help members reach their highest potential. Mr. Dunbar joined this team in 2018.


Mrs. Larue is the Chairman’s Mentor for Texas Torque and a biology teacher at The Woodlands College Park High School. Ever since she joined the Texas Torque during the 2019-2020 season, Mrs. Larue has been very helpful in managing the business subteam with her organized and strategic structure.