Joseph joined the team after his workout buddy at Pinnacle, who happened to be the President of the School Board, suggested that he mentor on our team. This was after seeing some of the projects Joseph was working on since retiring from Boeing after 32 years, like a wooden-geared clock and a working model of a Toyota engine that he printed on his 3D printer and put together. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in space technologies and military weapon systems. He held software and mechanical safety responsibility of the satellite delivery and support structure (Inertial Upper Stage - IUS) inside the space shuttle. He also worked on the Air Launch Cruise Missile, Minute Man, Peacekeeper Missile Systems, and AWACS, where he was responsible for the safety of 72 aircrafts and was first on call for in-flight emergency. Over the past 30 years, Joseph has also been studying the way that the brain works and how to create a better life balance. He’s learned, and likes to share with the students, that the 6 human needs are growth, significance, certainty, uncertainty, contribution, and connection. He enjoys the FIRST program because of its ability to help kids grow and connect with one another, learning and growing as human beings. To Joseph, an important aspect of being a mentor is his ability to teach kids in a way that works for them, to help them drive themselves to future success. In his free time Joseph likes to invent then make things in his shop, go fishing, and spend time with his wonderful wife and 2 dachshunds.