Mark is the Student Shop manager at Edgerton Center. As the daytime instructor, he assists students with their machining needs, helping them with design issues, material selection, and project requirements. He also runs training classes on the variety of machining tools located in the plastic- and metal-working shop, including milling machines, lathes, and sheet-metal equipment. Mark has been with the Edgerton Center since 2005.
Victor Ty is a radiation oncology nurse at a comprehensive cancer center in Brooklyn, NY. An avid LEGO builder designing buildings and more recently medical equipment. Victor created a LEGO model of a linear accelerator to facilitate teaching children with developmental disabilities about radiation treatment.
Victor also uses loom knitting to establish rapport with cancer patients to help alleviate the anxiety of cancer treatment. Victor is currently developing a program to teach children with Autism to loom knit and help them create products they can market to benefit the students as well as their schools.
Ahrin Mishan is the executive director of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, a New York-based philanthropy dedicated to improving the lives of patients and their families through nurse-led innovation. He oversees the Foundation’s grant-making efforts which focus primarily on the education of nurse innovators, and on the advancement of leading edge, nursing-driven models of care.
Anna Waldman-Brown works with the Fab Lab network and Autodesk to promote creativity and sustainable development worldwide. She is a Fulbright fellow, and is building a shipping container house in California inspired by her research on Ghanaian grassroots manufacturing.
Kate Gage is the Advisor to the Executive Director in the U.S. Global Development Lab at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She leads much of the Agency’s engagement with the maker movement and access to early stage manufacturing tools in the developing world. Previously she led work on Open Data and the launch of many of USAID’s initiatives on Science, Technology, and Innovation. Before joining the Obama Administration, she worked on the 2008 Barack Obama Campaign and graduated from Dartmouth College. She is originally from Berkeley, California.
Ted Southern, President of Final Frontier Designs, artist, and designer, began his career in aerospace by entering the NASA Astronaut Glove Challenge in 2007 as part of his MFA thesis at Pratt Institute. In 2009, Ted and Nik took home a cash prize and created FFD from the winnings. Prior to space, Ted’s work focused on technical garments for movies, theatre, and television including wings for Victoria’s Secret and costumes for Cirque du Soleil.
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