Our Mentors

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Meg Green
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Trevor
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Carlos Ruiz
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Ben Mannino
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Raquel Torres
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Andres

We appreciate the time that our mentors donate to the space.  Our brave volunteers make this community service possible.


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Andres Torres
Maker Organizer

Areas Covered:
hobby electronics, robotics, automation, micro controllers, aquaponics, sewing, carpentry, metal working, light machining

Background:
I’ve always had an interest in electronics and robotics.  I have been tinkering ever since I can remember.  As a matter of fact I liked electronics so much I made a career out of it.  I started by joining the Navy and entering the advanced electronics program.  After two years of training in computer science I served another four years as a Computer Data Systems Technician.  I’ve worked for various companies in the fields of electronics and automated systems design/manufacturing.  I also gained experience in quality control and quality assurance in the role of production inspector.  I am currently working for NCR as an Engineering Technician handling compliance certifications and coordinating RF emissions and TUV safety certifications for a wide variety of products.


Area Covered:
graphic design

Background:
A maker with a real passion for making and sharing ideas.

 

 


 

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Nicole Mizoguchi
Maker Mentor

Area Covered:
art

Background:
Nicole Mizoguchi is an inspirational artist and Makerspace Forsyth Mentor. Her art style is colorful and heart-centered. She has been teaching an “out of the box” style of art for more than 15 years, and encourages her students to focus on the joy of creating more than making a perfect masterpiece. She has a degree in Commercial art and Advertising, and another in Graphic Design and Illustration.

 

 


 

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Carlos Ruiz
Maker Mentor

Area Covered:
electrical engineering

Background:
Hello my name is Carlos Ruiz. I have been tinkering with electronics since high school. I started off with a few components from Radio Shack and before I knew it was I programming microcontrollers. After having a blast building my first robot in 2004 I decided I wanted to become an Electrical Engineer. I went off to study at Georgia Tech and while there I became the president of the IEEE hardware robotics team. During my time there we hacked and tinkered more thing than I can count. I now work as Electrical Engineer for a technology firm. It’s great and all but nothing beats hacking and tinkering with electronics!

 


 

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Ben Mannino
Maker Mentor

Areas Covered:
computer programming, web application design

Background:
“Ben is a computer engineer with hardware, networking and programming experience.  He enjoys working on computer projects of all types, and loves to share his passion for learning.”

 

 

 


 

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Raquel Torres
Social Media

Area Covered:
homeschool liaison

Background:
I have always worked full time, outside of the home since graduating from college in 1994.  In 2013, after much prayer and conversations with my husband, we made the decision that would allow me to leave my Marketing job at The Coca-Cola Company in order to be more available to my family which includes our two sons ages 13 and 15.  This decision ranks right up there as one of the best decisions we’ve ever made in our 16 years of marriage.  Soon after leaving my job, we made the decision to pull our youngest child out of the public school system to homeschool.  This was easily the second best decision we ever made!
I became more passionate about homeschooling after observing the impact it had on our own child and therefore, wanted to do my part to support our local homeschool community.  I decided to put my marketing and communication skills to work to help bring the maker movement to Forsyth County.  You will also see me in the makerspace as I hope to realize other passion and skills that have yet to be uncovered.