Our Mentors


Adam Neil – Lead Mentor, Provotypes Board President

I’m from Mesa Arizona and an alumni of FRC team 2478. I am a lover of the arts, especially those of the engineering type. I know how much mentors have influenced me and I’d like to attempt to pay it forward by volunteering as a Provotypes mentor to show appreciation for those who have mentored me. The quote, “it’s not about being the best in the world, it’s about being the best for the world” guides me and my efforts. A Junior studying mechanical/manufacturing engineering at BYU, I plan on working in the home appliance industry following graduation in a few years. Beyond that I hope to be able to continue to mentor robotics teams wherever I go. Go Provotypes!

Michele Cockrell – Second Lead Mentor

Chris Cockrell – Provotypes Board Director, Fabrication Mentor

Clarence Whetten – Provotypes Board Secretary

I graduated with a B.S. degree from The University of Arizona. After
graduation, I taught at Orem High School for eight years before being
asked to serve as a teacher on special assignment at the Alpine School
District office. While working there I led the team that developed a
set of software tools that were used by most districts in the State of
Utah and several other western states. After several years, Alpine
School District sold this software and I joined the company that
purchased it as their Director of Product Development. Four years
later I joined the IT team at McDonnell Douglas which later merged
with Boeing. While at Boeing I led the definition and implementation
of manufacturing systems at several Boeing sites. Never leaving my
teaching roots I have taught youth technology classes in programming,
hardware interfacing, networks, and databases for many years. I have recently retired from Boeing after 23 years.

Ryan Linerud – CAD Mentor

I’m from Duvall, Washington, and freshman at BYU, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have experience in both FRC and FTC at my high school back in Washington, and loved the environment that I had to grow as an engineer and team member. I jumped at the opportunity to become a mentor here for the Provotypes. I hope to encourage the same environment that in had at my school, here. I am excited to be a mentor this year, and to be a part of this amazing team!

Daniel Miranda – Business Mentor

Brad Ferguson – Electrical Mentor

I’m an Electrical Engineering major, I’m from South Jordan, Utah and participated in FRC from 2014-2016 on team 3230 Prototype X. I have learned more about robotics and engineering in FRC than I could ever learn in school. I have a passion for learning, and I love improving my skills. In the future, I want to be like Tony Stark with his ability to create things, and turn ideas into reality.

Genevieve Richards

Stu Myers

Michael Martineau – Programing Mentor