T3 Mentors

The Advisory Board

Gary Fenn

This is Gary’s 15th year mentoring T3, 2nd as team leader. His daughter had already graduated high school when he started mentoring. He has been employed by GM for over 33 years, always in the Structural Development Labs. For the last 20-ish years he has been one of the technical lead engineer. He has a…

David Smith

David has been with T3 for 22 years now. He became involved with the team when his son, Raymon, joined. His daughter was also on the team. He is retired from General Motors, Formerly an Electrical Architect and Engineering Group Manager. On T3 he is a Chief Engineer and Adviser. In his free time he…

David Ritenburgh

Dave has been a mentor on Truck Town thunder for 8 years. Both of his Children are T3 Alumni. He is currently a Service Engineering Manager for General Motors. He is a graduate of Ferris State University. He is an adviser for T3 and spend most of his time working with the students in the…

Adult Mentors

Travis Bradburn

This is Travis’s first year with T3. He went to Kettering University for an undergrad in industrial engineering, and Phoenix for a masters in computer information systems. He currently is a product manager at GM. He helps out with programming on the team and enjoys learning and reading in his free time.

Mark Ratliff

Mark Ratliff has been with the team for 9 years now. He is the IT Manager for FEV North America. He graduated from Michigan Technological University as a Mechanical Engineer. He became involved with First in 2012 with his daughter who was a member of Truck Town Thunder. Inspired by the students on the team…

Brian Spencer

This is Brian’s third year with the team. He is retired from General Motors. He worked at the Milford Proving Grounds where he was a test driver and auto mechanic. He graduated from Oakland Community College with a degree in skilled trades technologies. He helps with welding and anything else needed in the shop. In…

Jason Bobel

Jason has been with the team for 5 years now. Prior to Truck Town Thunder, he was an assistant coach for an FLL team for 5 years. He attended Michigan State University and currently works for Moosejaw Mountaineering overseeing Commerce Operations and Merchandise Planning. He helps out with the awards subteam and anywhere else he…

Tim Flickinger

Tim has been a mentor on T3 for 8 years now, although he has been a mentor and/or coach with FIRST  programs for twenty years. He is currently a design and release engineer at Stellantis.  He graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1986. He helps out with electrical,…

Matt Eckert

Matt had never heard of FIRST Robotics until his son Ben joined the team. After he joined, Matt got involved and was inspired by the wide range of valuable skills the students were being exposed to.

College Mentors

Harley Pawley

Harley has been with the team for 6 years now, 4 as a student and 2 as a mentor. He attends Oakland University and is majoring in Electrical and Computer engineering. He helps out with electrical and programming and enjoys reading, playing hockey, and composing music in his free time.

Robbie DeHaan

Robbie has been on the team for 5 years now. He is currently a freshman at Kettering University, studying computer engineering. Along with being a student, he is working for General Motors at a co-op student. He helps out with CAD and media on the team, and enjoys gaming and producing videos in his free…