Meet the Judges

I takes many volunteers to provide a quality tournament.  A critical component are the judges.  Here is a short biography on the judges interviewing teams this Saturday at the West Tennessee FLL Championship.

Blaine Bockholt: Blaine is currently working on his PhD in earthquake seismology and the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.  His research interests include seismic interferometry and acoustics.  He earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics at Brigham Young University–Idaho.  Blaine enjoys being with his wife and two kids, cycling, mountain biking and fishing.

Bob Jones: I was born in Memphis, TN and raised in North Mississippi.  I received my engineering degree from Mississippi State University and a MBA from Union University (Germantown campus).  I have worked for Smith & Nephew in Memphis as a research engineer for 12 years now.

Brian King: Brian King is a Project Manager at Fisher & Arnold, Inc.  His duties include designing substations, transmission and distribution lines, and performing system studies. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.  In addition, Mr. King is the past chair of the Memphis Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a current Board Member for the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) – Memphis Chapter .  He is a licensed professional engineer in Tennessee, Oklahoma, Kentucky and North Carolina.

Brian Young: Brian grew up in Central Indiana and received in B.S. in Physics at PerdueUniversity and his B.A. in Japanese studies at Indiana University.  He studied abroad in Japan for one year and is currently pursuing his PhD in earthquake seismology at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.  Other interests include computer and video games, photography, weather and food.

Cody Behles: Cody Behles is the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the University of Memphis. He received an MLS from Indiana University.  His work focuses on technology implementations at U of M libraries and in collaborating with departments and community organizations to bring STEM learning opportunities to the Memphis community.

Dell Parr: Biography – 35 years of manufacturing experience in various industries including food processing, automotive and medical devices. Obtained my AAAS degree in Marine Technology from Cape Fear Technical Institute in 1976 and worked for a short while for the Marine Fisheries Dept. of North Carolina. I began my career in manufacturing as a maintenance mechanic in a meat packing plant where I was soon promoted to maintenance supervisor. I remained in industrial maintenance as supervisor for the next 15 years until completing my engineering degree at Southern Illinois University in 1996. I worked as a Project Engineer for a leading diesel engine manufacturer for ten years before accepting a position as a manufacturing engineer with a medical device company. I am currently involved in the introduction of new products for a medical device company where I evaluate and validate manufacturing processes for the introduction of implants and instrumentation for hip replacements.

Donny Dangkua: Donny is finishing his PhD in Geophysics at the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.  His Bachelors and Mater degrees are in Civil Engineering from ITB in Indonesia.  His primary research interests are in engineering seismology.

Jackie Carter: Jackie graduated from the University of Memphis  with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering.  She started here engineering career as a consultant in HVAC and Refrigeration design with SSR Ellers in Memphis.  Currently she is the Product Development and Upstream Quality Assurance Manager for Smith & Nephew, Memphis, TN.  She is active in the community holding positions in TSPE and other organizations.

Lauren Kendal: Lauren Kendall is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Memphis – Center for Earthquake Research and Information. Her research focuses on theoretical work and real applications of seismic wave gradiometry. She received her B.A. in physics from HendrixCollege in 2010. Besides school, Lauren enjoys spoiling her dog, cooking new recipes, and traveling around the south.

Patricia Kilzer: Dr. Patricia Kilzer from Craigmont High School is a Coach for the Craigmont High RoboChiefs, USFirst Team 3516. She has been teaching chemistry and physics for a long time and enjoys robots and reading.

Paula Ann Desmond-Mistretta: Paula  Ann Desmond-Mistretta is the International Baccalaureate Coordinator and College Counselor for Ridgeway High School, Shelby County Schools.  She is an enthusiastic counselor specializing in maximizing learning opportunities for students through effective academic program management and academic counseling.

Seyed Mostafa Mousav: Seyed is a native of Iran and has traveled to the United States to earn his PhD in Geophysics and the Center for Earthquake Research and Information at the University of Memphis.  His background is in Civil Engineering and Risk Calculation and Disaster Management.  His current research includes earthquake-induced landslides, attenuation relationships earthquake hazard and risk/loss assessment and estimation.

Si Janna: Group Product Development & Project Management Professional at Smith Nephew with a valuable blend of business and technical acumen, background in medical device and automotive sectors, and an impressive portfolio of intellectual property (IP) developed over a 20-year career. Analytical and creative thinker with experience in all facets of product development and the full project management life cycle. Mines technologies to uncover unmet product needs, market gaps, and unexploited applications.

Solid understanding of product development from a variety of perspectives including R&D, manufacturing, marketing, quality, and regulatory compliance. Track record of collaboration with cross-functional teams; strong motivation and persuasion skills with reliable judgment, problem solving, teaching, and decision making abilities. Demonstrated ability to set vision and follow through with execution to deliver results and achieve the objectives of all stakeholders.

And I actively build with Legos including programming Mindstorms.


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