I am currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I work under Dr. Michael Eisenberg in the Craft Technology Lab. I also work as an educator / hacker at SparkFun Electronics, an open-source hardware company in Boulder committed to enabling tinkerers of all ages to build the gadgets they’ve always wanted.
I firmly believe that advances in technology, specifically those surrounding physical computing and personal fabrication, represent a sea change in how novices can learn and use computation. The open hardware and do-it-yourself movements represent the possibility that we can democratize the engineering process to the point where people from around the world have the building power that was once reserved for multi-million dollar fabrication labs. And I think that’s pretty neat.
My current research interests revolve around how to make computation and construction accessible, practical, sustainable, and fun for ‘beginners’ – regardless of age or socioeconomic background. Specifically, I work on tangible interfaces for introductory 3D modeling, design, and fabrication (check the publications area of my CV for more).