Woodie Flowers Award Essay Archive
The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. Dr. William Murphy founded this prestigious award in 1996 to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills1. Mentors must win a Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at a Regional or District Championship to be eligible for the Woodie Flowers Award.
EWCP is collecting essays to showcase nominated mentors. Students are encouraged to use these essays as a starting point when writing nominations for their mentors.
Every team needs a mentor who exemplifies passion, enthusiasm, and leadership. These are only a few of the characteristics that Karthik Kanagasabapathy brings to FIRST and to Team 1114. In his twelve years in FIRST, Karthik has shown continuous dedication to teaching young and old minds alike. Karthik is a role model to us all; through his widespread FIRST involvement he gets thousands of people excited about science and engineering, while giving the students on Team 1114 a thorough understanding of many important concepts and a helping hand to overcome challenges related to FIRST and beyond. The enthusiasm that Karthik has for sharing his knowledge and expertise extends to everyone in the FIRST community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of FIRST Robotics Canada, as well as the Waterloo Regional Planning Committee. Karthik’s inspiring level of energy and passion shines through in his emceeing at both the Greater Toronto Regional and the Waterloo Regional, along with many FLL competitions and other FIRST events. Karthik has been a huge contributor to the Canadian FIRST community, aiding as many teams as he can in whatever ways he can and being very involved in the founding of seven successful rookie teams. He has presented segments of his extremely informative six‐ seminar series on the fundamentals of managing a FIRST team to local Canadian teams and at the FIRST Robotics Conferences in Atlanta. The entire set is available online, and Karthik is always eager to answer questions. He has a unique ability to motivate teams, not only teaching students but helping mentors to gain the confidence necessary to meet the challenges of FIRST head on, and to be able to mentor their students effectively. Karthik knows how important the bond between a mentor and a student is, as it allows for