Adult Mentors / Advisors:
Mr. Mel Morallos, Mater Dei High School Robotics Coach
Mr. Morallos is returning to Mater Dei as a graduate of the class of '02. Mr. Morallos started his studies in Computer Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, but later switched paths and finished with an Information Systems degree from Cal State Fullerton. He is finishing up his Masters in Theology from Loyola Marymount University.
Mr. Morallos teaches sophomore level religious studies and the new Robotics & Engineering class. Although this is his first year teaching at Mater Dei, he has worked in the Diocese of Orange in religious education for the past five years. Mr. Morallos has a vast work experience prior to working for the church, switching from a career in web development. He has over 15 years of work experience in technical fields including electrical engineering and programming as well as experience in business, management, and leadership development from his work in ministry.
This is Mr. Morallos' first year serving as Mater Dei’s robotics coach, where he began as mentor last year for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Participants in this program apply real-world math and science concepts in programming and mechanical design. They develop problem-solving, organization and team-building skills necessary to compete and cooperate in tournaments.
Mr. Robert Viers, SCS Energy
Mr. Viers is a licensed professional mechanical engineer with 25 years of experience in the application of rotating equipment and power plant design. He is currently Vice President of Engineering and Construction for SCS Energy in Long Beach, CA where he is responsible for all engineering and construction activities. This is his second year as a mentor for Mater Dei High School's Robotics Team.
Mr. Baron Chilvers, Boeing
Mr. Chilvers is Mechanical Structural Design Engineer with Boeing. For twenty five years, he has been designing and packaging mechanical and structure components for aircrafts, spacecrafts, and the automotive industry. He is currently in charge of pressurized doors service engineering for an all seven-series Boeing aircraft. This is his third year as a Robotics mentor for Mater Dei's Robotics Club.
Mr. Martin Smith, The Capital Group Companies
Mr. Smith is an I.T. Manager with The Capital Group Companies. For the past 20 years, he has been developing software solutions for large enterprise environments. Martin started his career as an electrical engineer working in Space & Defense where he focused on digital communication system design and development. This is Martin's first year as the lead Robotics Programming mentor for our Team.
Mr. David Mock, LaneOPX
Mr. Mock is an engineering and operations consultant for LaneOPX with over 20 years experience in product development and manufacturing operations. Dave's recent focus has been in supporting several clients in the development and optimization of large-scale automated analyzers in medical applications. This is Dave's first year as a mentor for Mater Dei's Robotics Team.