T3 Mentors

The Advisory Board

Gary Fenn

This is Gary’s 16th year mentoring T3, 3rd as team leader. His daughter had already graduated high school when he started mentoring. He has been employed by GM for over 34 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 23 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 9 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…

Mark Ratliff

Mark Ratliff has been with the team for 10 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…

Adult Mentors

JP Begovich

JP graduated from the team in 2011 and has returned this year to mentor. He attended Kettering University and majored in mechanical engineering. He currently works at Aerotek as a contingent worker for GM doing engine and transmission design. He enjoys helping out in all mechanical aspects of the team.

Jeff Todd

This is Jeff’s first year on T3. He went to Kettering University and majored in mechanical engineering. When he isn’t busy helping with design or assisting the endgame sub team, he likes to snowmobile.

Travis Bradburn

This is Travis’s second 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 Director at GM. He helps out with programming and awards on the team and enjoys learning and reading in his free time.

Jason Bobel

Jason has been with the team for 6 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 sub team and anywhere else…

Tim Flickinger

Tim has been a mentor on T3 for 9 years now, although he has been a mentor and/or coach with FIRST programs for twenty years. He is recently retired from Chrysler. He graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1986. He helps out with electrical, scouting and strategy, and…

College Mentors

Antonio Pittiglio

Antonio has been on the team for 4 years, this is his 1st year as a mentor. He helps out the team in all aspects such as design, mechanical and electrical. He is currently a student attending Oakland Community College.

Harley Pawley

Harley has been with the team for 7 years now, 4 as a student and 3 as a mentor. He attends Oakland University and is majoring in Electrical and Computer engineering while interning at Alps Alpine. He helps out with electrical and programming and enjoys reading, playing hockey, and composing music in his free time.

Cody Davis

Cody joined the team 6 years ago and helps out with the programming sub team. He is currently attending Oakland University and majoring in computer science. In his free time, he plays video games and spends time outside camping, kayaking, hiking, etc.

Robbie DeHaan

Robbie has been on the team for 6 years now. He is currently a sophomore 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 doesn’t have any hobbies because he doesn’t have…