Team 696 | Mentors


David Black

Lead Mentor Since 2012

David Black has been leading Team 696 to new heights since 2011. As a Team 696 alumnus, Mr. Black pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. While doing so, he mentored West Covina High's Team 968, along with Team 696. With over fourteen years of experience in FIRST, David Black is able to teach students principles of Mechanical Design, CAD, and Computer Aided Manufacturing.

Roger Widholm

Mechanical Team Mentor

Roger Widholm has been mentoring students in Computer Aided Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering. He manages part manufacturing and mechanical subsystems at his family's machine shop, Tru-Cut. As a parent of three former Team 696 students, Mr. Widholm has been mentoring Team 696 since 2004.

Kevin Hoard

Business Team Mentor

Kevin Hoard has been mentoring Team 696’s Business team since 2012, and is a parent of one 696 alumnus. As the manager of his very own company, Kevco, Mr. Hoard is able to teach students accounting, public relations, and advertising skills.

Dr. Daniel Clouse

Programming Team Mentor

Daniel Clouse finished his PhD in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from UC San Diego in 1998. Since 1999, he has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on various robotics projects, including MER and MSL Mars rovers. He is currently working in the Maritime and Aerial Perceptions Systems section of JPL. Dr. Clouse mentors the Programming team and has been an invaluable contributor to our team’s success.

Dr. James Stone

Simulation and Analytics Team Mentor

James Stone plays a key role in the physical analysis of Team 696’s Robots through use of Matlab. After acquiring a PhD in Chemistry, Dr. Stone worked in the field of laser-induced chemistry, and then migrated towards theoretical modeling at Boeing. Since 2013, Dr. James Stone has been mentoring students in Team 696’s Simulation and Analysis team.

David Black

Lead Mentor Since 2012

David Black has been leading Team 696 to new heights since 2011. As a Team 696 alumnus, Mr. Black pursued a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona. While doing so, he mentored West Covina High's Team 968, along with Team 696. With over fourteen years of experience in FIRST, David Black is able to teach students principles of Mechanical Design, CAD, and Computer Aided Manufacturing.

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Roger Widholm

Mechanical Team Mentor

Roger Widholm has been mentoring students in Computer Aided Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering. He manages part manufacturing and mechanical subsystems at his family's machine shop, Tru-Cut. As a parent of three former Team 696 students, Mr. Widholm has been mentoring Team 696 since 2004.

Kevin Hoard

Business Team Mentor

Kevin Hoard has been mentoring Team 696’s Business team since 2012, and is a parent of one 696 alumnus. As the manager of his very own company, Kevco, Mr. Hoard is able to teach students accounting, public relations, and advertising skills.

Dr. Daniel Clouse

Programming Team Mentor

Daniel Clouse finished his PhD in Cognitive Science and Computer Science from UC San Diego in 1998. Since 1999, he has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on various robotics projects, including MER and MSL Mars rovers. He is currently working in the Maritime and Aerial Perceptions Systems section of JPL. Dr. Clouse mentors the Programming team and has been an invaluable contributor to our team’s success.

Dr. James Stone

Simulation and Analytics Team Mentor

James Stone plays a key role in the physical analysis of Team 696’s Robots through use of Matlab. After acquiring a PhD in Chemistry, Dr. Stone worked in the field of laser-induced chemistry, and then migrated towards theoretical modeling at Boeing. Since 2013, Dr. James Stone has been mentoring students in Team 696’s Simulation and Analysis team.