Mark Belanger

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

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

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. 

Making Makers Takes a Village

This panel takes the long view of the myriad ways making can be nurtured in communities. From libraries increasingly transforming their spaces into learning commons through the lens of a maker, to the growing number of individuals hosting Mini Maker Faires across the country, citizens across the globe discover the thrill of making through different institutions and programs in their cities and towns.  What’s more, this summer when the White House issued challenges to individuals, mayors and universities, all answered the call, pledging to provide access to tools, technology, and knowledge with a common agenda: to make more makers through exposure to maker culture, creative collaboration and project-based learning.

Anna Waldman-Brown

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. 

Mercy Chepkoech Sigey

Mercy is a freshman at Strathmore University. She is passionate about wildlife and she loves traveling. She is also very interested in the IT sector and enjoys working with electronics. When she was in high school, she started making a motion sensor because she saw the need to fight against poaching in Kenya. Her current prototype consists of a PIR module and an Arduino microcontroller which senses movement with a range of nine meters and sends the information to a computer through a cable. She is open to new things and always look forward to connecting with people all over the world.

Kate Gage

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

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.

Maker Pro Research Survey

Despite their common interests, Maker Pro Newsletter subscribers are a diverse group, driven by different motivations and goals. This survey defines and contrasts the professional maker segment with avocational makers, then highlights the professional segment at different phases in their path to market.