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Tech Academy instructorsInstructors—Introductory: TECH I
Karl Allmendinger
Kari earned a BA in Physics from University of California and an MA in Aerospace Engineering from University of Arizona/ Tucson. Mr. Allmendinger served for 21 years at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, Sunnyvale, CA, performing integration and test of flight software used in several satellites including the Hubble Space Telescope. To break the pace of a school day afternoon , "Mr. Karl" sometimes launches his own hang glider from Mission Peak and circles 2500 feet above Alsion and waves to our students.

William Dehart, M.A.
William holds a BS degree in Material Science and Engineering and a MA in Secondary Education with a focus on Mathematics. Working as an engineer in the semiconductor industry for more than 20 years, Mr. DeHart taught chess to elementary school students, and coached youth baseball, soccer and basketball. Mr. Dehart has taught Mathematics, Science and PE at Alsion Montessori Middle School in the Fremont area. Working with 7th, 8th and 9th graders, he sees the development of student intellect and understands the need for fundamental hands-on science education at younger ages.

John Crump
John is the former television host and producer of Silicon Valley Report on KTEH, where he was responsible for weekly news and analysis of the major events in Silicon Valley and other technology regions. In the 1980s he was a news reporter, mostly covering technology stories for KNTV. His academic background includes BAs in Journalism and in History. Mr. Crump has a passion for helping students see technology's cutting edge,  so they may better envision solutions to challenges in their future.

Steve Lentz
Steve was one of the Tech Academy’s original teachers of the Introductory course. His BA in Education featuring specialization in Sciences, Biology and Chemistry, was awarded after studies at CSU Fresno and Northern Arizona University. Mr. Lentz enjoys the Tech Academy program because of its project-oriented, small-sized, classes.  He says, “We can mix the education with fun and creativity much more effectively with the summer format than in the conventional school year.

Advanced Course Instructors
Jonathan Allen
Jonathon brings four years experience as a member of the WarriorBorgs at Valley Christian High School to his second year teaching Robotics II at the Tech Academy. With the WarriorBorgs, he rose to become the Lead Programmer and finished as the Engineering Manager, in charge of all aspects of the team’s robot. Jonathan also served on the school’s International Space Station Team, designing, developing and testing software for the CubeLab to grow plants in low-gravity. He is currently studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley.

Alex Badaoui
Alex brings experience in both the robotics industry as well as in the academic world to the Tech Academy. He started in education in Venezuela, teaching calculus and materials science , then served for seventeen years as a principal engineer for the French corporation SBS-Steria / IDA–Eprotec, programming, developing and managing projects for industry and the military. Returning to education, he now teaches middle school math, science and robotics in the Sunnyvale School District. In addition, he has a gift with languages and is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

Tony Firth
Ton brings his extensive experience in the electronics and semiconductor manufacturing industries to Tech Academy DE projects. Tony has worked for Measurex, Alcatel, Quester, and Aixtron holding titles of Senior Electrical Engineer and Senior Design Engineer in many roles including the design and development of numerous systems controls and power panels. He is a charter member of the IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society.

Roger Hoyt, Ph.D.
Roger is a technology consultant in mass data storage and manufacturing with more than 25 years of professional and managerial experience, including positions with IBM Research and Storage Systems divisions, and Hitachi Global Storage Technology. He has regularly made presentations to middle and high school classes during National Engineer's Week, taught high school chemistry classes and advanced courses in the Tech Academy. He holds a bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of California at San Diego.

Michael Jennings

Bic Nguyen
Bic is a science and math teacher for East Side Union High School District in San Jose, during the public school year. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley, followed by a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University. He is fluent in both Vietnamese and English.

Ken Youssefi, Ph.D.
Ken has been a continuing lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering department at UC Berkeley and San Jose State University since 1985. His main focus is on mechanical design and product design, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas. Ken has been a course coordinator for the Graphics Design course at SJSU for the past 15 years and has extensive experience in computer aided design and rapid prototyping (3D printing). His professional experience includes consulting at Space Sciences Laboratory, as part of the high altitude Antarctica balloon flight, and Failure Analysis Associates.  Ken received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in design and control at UC Berkeley.