Valentine is a hardworking and easy going mentor on Red Alert. Everybody loves him, with good reason. He brings a cheerful atmosphere to every room he walks into to, and always has a smile on his face. His dedication to the electronics sub team has substantially contributed to the progress of the robot’s controls and wiring. He helps to organize the controls and keep them put together. Otherwise, he tries to help the team in any way he can and seeks out jobs he can assist students with. By identifying things that need to be done and assisting in the completion of them he solidifies his role as a valuable mentor on our team. His contribution isn’t only during build season, or even restricted to normal meeting times, In the summertime he helped to teach the electronics class. Outside of robotics he extends himself by mentoring kids at the Eli Lilly facility and his church as well. Valentine is patient with the students he works with, and though he works closely with his sub team he is a friendly face to everyone! He lights up people’s faces with the cheer and humor he brings to our team. Congratulations Valentine!
Here are a few words from our Mentor of the Week:
What’s your name and what do you do on the team?
Valentine Ikegwuonu, I work on the electronics & controls team. I also help students understand wiring, component installation, testing, and other electronics/controls work.
How long have you been on the team?
I have been on the team for 3 years/seasons.
What is your favorite part about being on Red Alert?
Outside electronics, I would say the drive the students bring into the team, the spirit and the outcome of the robot at the end of build season.
What do you do outside of robotics?
I work, mentor minority high school students at the Eli Lilly facility, and mentor 12th graders at my church as well.
What does FIRST mean to you?
FIRST to me means collaboration, teamwork, spirit, and diversity.
What was your first job?
I was a team leader at Jack in the box in Houston, TX.
Do you have any pets?
No, I don’t
When you were in school, what was your dream job?
I believe an Engineer of some sort.