Become a Mentor

pass the torch of knowledge

The MENTOR Project

was created to shed light on the benefits of mentoring. We know the benefits mentees receive from finding a good mentor. But did you know that mentors receive as many and often more benefits from mentoring than their mentees? Mentors report feelings of fulfillment, legacy, meaning productivity, and value. They feel connected to the world in a deeper way than before they became a mentor.

What do we do with the best and brightest experts?

Have them MENTOR the next generation!

Many of the most accomplished, brightest experts in every field of work have a desire to give back to the next generation, but they don't know how to get involved. We believe in the value of mentorship, and passing the torch of knowledge, information, innovation, culture, values and inspiration to the next generation. Not only do we change ourselves when we mentor, but we change the lives of our mentees, and we change the world. Every mentor makes a permanent impression, and the legacy lives on.

 

STAFF AND MENTORS

The MENTOR Project brings top leaders in the field of science and technology into the classrooms.

  • Deborah Heiser, PhD

    Founder/CEO

  • Bill "Ches" Cheswick

    Nerd Maker

  • Irene Yachbes, MS

    Chief Product Officer

  • Robert "Bob" Cousins

    Co-Founder/CTO

  • Larry Heiser

    Creative/Media

  • Gabriel Lewis

    Mentor

Mentor for a Minute

Do you have Science or Technology Questions you would like to ask one of our Mentors? Please ask on our Comments page! We'll be sure to post an answer!

Bill "Ches" Cheswick

This IS Rocket Science - Grace Co-op Homeschool 2nd Grade - Bethany Church, Wycoff, NJ

What a wonderful time the kids had with Bill!! He was a smashing success. We also had an enthusiastic response from the parents that we spoke to about it last night. We’re looking forward to discussing what form this might take for the next school year. Thanks for connecting with us and for the work wonderful work you’re all doing with the Mentor Project. We’re excited to see how it all unfolds.

About Bill "Ches" Cheswick - Nerd Maker

Bill Cheswick logged into his first computer in 1968. He has been programming and working for (and against) computer security ever since. He joined ARPAnet and then Bell Labs in the 1980s. He co-created and patented the first DNS proxy and co-authored Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker. Along with Hal Burch, he worked on corporate and Internet mapping that still appear in publications and talks today. He has earned more than a dozen patents in visualization and authentication. Ches "retired" in 2012: it is not likely to last. He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he hangs out and occasionally teaches classes. He is now an enthusiastic, dedicated, and inspiring mentor!

Bill "Ches" Cheswick

This IS Rocket Science - Grace Co-op Homeschool 4th Grade- Bethany Church, Wycoff, NJ

What a wonderful time the kids had with Bill!! He was a smashing success. We also had an enthusiastic response from the parents that we spoke to about it last night. We’re looking forward to discussing what form this might take for the next school year. Thanks for connecting with us and for the work wonderful work you’re all doing with the Mentor Project. We’re excited to see how it all unfolds.

About Bill "Ches" Cheswick - Nerd Maker

Bill Cheswick logged into his first computer in 1968. He has been programming and working for (and against) computer security ever since. He joined ARPAnet and then Bell Labs in the 1980s. He co-created and patented the first DNS proxy and co-authored Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker. Along with Hal Burch, he worked on corporate and Internet mapping that still appear in publications and talks today. He has earned more than a dozen patents in visualization and authentication. Ches "retired" in 2012: it is not likely to last. He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he hangs out and occasionally teaches classes. He is now an enthusiastic, dedicated, and inspiring mentor!

Martin Pearson

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About Martin Pearson

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Jessica Green

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About Jessica Green

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Herman Russell

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About Herman Russell

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Mike Passaretti

The Mentor Project toured ULC Robotics with Mentor for a Minute:

ULC’s Project Manager Mike Passaretti welcomed two students to our company headquarters to give a hands-on day of learning on robotics and other innovative technologies.


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About Mike Passaretti

Driving and supporting success of cutting-edge robotic, electronic, electrical, and mechanical engineering projects for ten years. Hard charging project leader with expertise in all phases of the project management life cycle from initiation to closeout. Adept at understanding complex engineering issues, identifying solutions, and making smart, informed decisions. Recognized for ability to lead and motivate teams to deliver work of superior quality on schedule, within budget, and in line with customer specifications.

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Irene Yachbes, MS

Chief Product Officer - Arduino Basics

Working with students to understand the basics of Arduino CPU's and controllers



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About Irene Yachbes

Irene Yachbes has been a tech professional in the robotics and digital industries for 18 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and her Masters Degree in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University. As a Spacecraft Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Maryland, she performed integration, testing, and launch site support for four spacecraft that studied the Earth’s atmosphere, planets and comets. On the Messenger mission to Mercury, she was the Lead Engineer for all electrical wiring of the spacecraft. Following this, Irene became the Director of Business Development at Honeybee Robotics. Working with world-renowned scientists and engineers, she brought in tens of millions of dollars of research and product development funding for robotics projects. With the support of friends and mentors, Irene decided to create the first grassroots Maker space in her home on Long Island for her son Eric and his friends.

Tracey Curtis

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About Tracey Curtis

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Stanley Willis

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About Stanley Willis

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Jane Richards

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About Jane Richards

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Deborah Heiser, PhD - Founder/CEO

Mentor for a Minute

The MENTOR Project brings top leaders in the field of science and technology into the classrooms for weekly demonstrations, instruction, and mentoring. Kids will learn the answers to such questions as: What is a tesla coil? and, What kinds of chemicals make explosions? The mentors make learning computer coding, cosmology, genetics, and rocket science (and many, many more topics) engaging and inspiring for future scientists, engineers, and tech nerds of all levels. Let's find our next Nobel Laureate. Let's make science and technology part of every child's educational experience. And who better to do this than the best, brightest, most accomplished mentors in science and technology!

About Deborah Heiser

Deborah Heiser is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and has conducted award-winning research, and has collaborated with notable institutions such as Columbia University, Pfizer, NIA/NIH, and New York State Department of Health. Deborah is currently an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Old Westbury in New York, coaches individuals and families, consults with corporations, and is a frequent speaker and media expert in print, the web, and radio. She is a relentless believer that mentoring others changes lives of the mentors and the world.

Jane Richards

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About Jane Richards

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Martin Pearson

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About Martin Pearson

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Jessica Green

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About Jessica Green

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Herman Russell

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About Herman Russell

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podcasts

Elisha Gray is one of our more important and prolific inventors, yet today he is almost unknown.

Elisha Gray is one of our more important and prolific inventors, yet today his almost unknown.

In 1865, Elisha had his first invention – a self-adjusting relay for the telegraphic system. A relay is a form of electrically controlled switch. He received his first patent on this device two years later. He would be granted more than seventy in his long career.

In 1869, Elisha partnered with Enos Barton to found Gray & Barton Company in Cleveland, Ohio. This company manufactured telegraph equipment for the Western Union Telegraph Company – the largest telegraph company in the world.

Western Electric would be absorbed in 1915 by AT&T, American Telephone and Telegraph – the monopoly telephone vendor in the US.

One important byproduct of the Western Electric/AT&T operation was the founding of Bell Telephone Laboratories in 1925. This legendary lab produced many inventions including the LASER, the transistor and transformed computer science. In all, eight Nobel prizes were awarded to Bell Labs researchers.

It is clear that Elisha Gray could invent and develop useful technologies and build companies what could stand the test of time, but his greatest contribution was yet to be seen.

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Nikola Tesla

Whenever you see a high line traveling across the countryside, you will see that it usually carries three wires thanks to Tesla’s idea.

The higher managers in Continental Edison quickly noticed Tesla’s advanced knowledge and understanding of engineering and physics and were sending him around France and Germany to troubleshoot all manner of problems for the company. After two years of being a star, Tesla was transferred to the US in 1884.

He spent six months working with Edison’s attempts to use his direct current system in increasingly complex and difficult ways. Finally, Tesla quit in disgust. Legend has it that Thomas Edison promised Tesla a substantial bonus if he could fix a major flaw in Edison’s generators.

When Tesla redesigned them and solved the problem, the legend says that Edison refused to live up to his bargain. Or it could simply have been that Tesla was tired of trying to make Edison’s technology work when other technologies were superior. We really don’t know.

This marked the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Tesla and Edison that would leave a huge mark on the world’s economy.

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Thomas Edison

At the end of the nineteenth century, electrical technology still needed to mature. The leading force in bringing electricity to market was Thomas Edison, one of our greatest inventors. He also invented motion pictures, sound recording and dozens of other useful items.

Edison’s style of inventing was to figure out something the world needed, then go into his lab and try things until he had a solution. Edison was not a believer in mathematics or systematic science, instead he believed in hiring legions of smart people to try lots of solutions.

Edison was a great inventor but he was not highly skilled with electricity. He filled in the components in his vision with ideas he understood.

Edison was the first person with a vision for how electricity might be deployed. He wanted to bring electricity into people’s homes where they could replace open flames with safe electric lights. He set about creating each component required starting at the light bulb and working back towards the steam engine turning the dynamo. When he was done, he had a way to generate and distribute power to homes, then to meter usage for billing and finally to turn lights on and off at will.

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Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse is an enigma. For the first three decades of his life, Morse showed little sign that he would invent a world-changing technology.

He supported himself by working as a contract painter. He showed great promise as a painter and his work caught the eye of Washington Allston, perhaps the most famous artist in the country at that time.

Tragedy struck in 1825. Morse traveled from his home in New Haven to Washington DC to paint a commissioned portrait of Lafayette. One day, he received a letter from his father indicating that his wife was recovering from a serious illness. This was the first Samuel had learned of her illness. The next day, he received a second missive from his father informing Samuel of his wife’s passing and subsequent burial.

Morse was heartbroken. And he was frustrated at the slow communications of the day which had not given him the opportunity to return to his dying bride’s side in time.

Starting in 1830, Morse returned to Europe for two years—learning new painting techniques and visiting Italy, France and Switzerland. It was on the return voyage in 1832 that his life took a dramatic turn.">

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Steam, Culture, and the Industrial Revolution

Most experts will tell you that the Industrial Revolution started just before our War for Independence, in the middle 1700s, and continued for a century or more. Let us not get hung up on the dates. The truth is that the Industrial Revolution really started slowly around 1700 and continued until well after 1900 in the US.

Life before and after the Revolution was completely changed. In fact, if you were beamed back to 1700 to live, you would find it very strange, while you’d probably be much more at home in 1850.

One reason the revolution took so long was that so many things had to change. Another reason is that there were so many ways things could be improved upon.

Before the revolution, wind and muscles were the prime movers of the world. Sails provided movement over water. Everywhere else muscles did the work—either human or animal. The speed of movement was slow—limited by the walking speed of a horse or the wind—and it had not changed for three thousand years. Or to be blunt, Alexander the Great and George Washington both travelled at the same speed—slow. And a horse drawn wagon was the largest general unit of transfer.">

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