Academy Roles and Key Personnel
Fab Academy Staff and Contacts
Below are the contacts and roles of some of people which you may need to get in touch with throughout the course.
Prof. Neil Gershenfeld
Fab Academy Program Director
Director Fab Lab Program and Fab Foundation
Fab Academy Thesis Coordinator
Fab Academy Global Coordinator
Fab Academy Admissions
Fab Academy Developer and IT Guru
For FR1 machinable PCB, MTM Kits and Fab Academy Class Kits please contact Romain di Vozzo: [Romain at fabacademyn.org] (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jean-Luc Pierite directly: jeanluc.pierite at fabfoundation.org
For the rest of the stock, please ask your Mentor/Guru.
What Are "Gurus" / Mentors?
Fab Academy graduates who have shown mastery of the broad range of HTMAA and have earned the respect of their peers through their years of service to the Academy.
The role of Fab Academy Gurus is to initiate, mentor and technically train new Fab Academy students for participation and leadership in the global Fab Lab Network community.
As many students are without strong local mentorship, the Guru’s key task is to monitor the students or labs placed in their charge - clearly communicating both class expectations, answering their questions, supporting them (through both email and video conferencing) and monitoring and tracking their progress and attendance.
Gurus may be Local Instructors or they may be physically located elsewhere and function as a Remote Guru for another lab.
It is the Guru’s responsibility to work with their assigned students and the local lab they mentor to verify that both equipment and supplies are available to the students in time for weekly assignments.
While a Guru’s primary role is to keep a lab accountable and students "on task", Gurus are also cheerleaders, and at all times should provide moral support and motivation to struggling or overwhelmed students.
Being a Fab Guru is more of an art than a science. Like each student, Gurus have very different backgrounds and each has their own style, interests and "experiential wisdom" to transmit to students.
There is no "single right way" to Guru - student’s skills, software choices and project aspirations will all be very different. A Guru’s duty is to mentor students on the Fab Academy Path, imparting wisdom that will help them successfully complete the course.
"I Don’t Know, but I’ll Find Out" is an Acceptable Answer!
Gurus teach "How to Make Almost Anything". It’s a team effort, no one knows every facet of every area. Gurus often work as a team, using other instructors as resources.
Current Active Fab Academy Gurus
- Bas Withagen
- Shawn Wallace
- Furniture Design - Complex Joints
- Molding and Casting
- CAD Design
- CNC Machining
- .cad file format
- Fab Modules
- Italian Pizza and Pasta
- Blair Evans
- Final Project suggestions
- Computational design
- Design review
- Final projects suggestion
- Fiber Laser cutting for PCBs
- Molding and casting
- Wendy Neale
- Ted Hung
- Santiago Fuentemilla
- Luis Carvao
- Masato Takemura
- Covadonga Lorenzo
- Roberto Delgado
Distinctions Between Gurus and Local Instructors
As the network grows we have found it necessary to further distinguish between those with experience teaching Fab Academy and those who are just starting out.
What Denotes a Guru?
A Guru or Mentor is a senior instructor. Gurus have 3 or more years of Academy teaching experience, making them qualified to take on students without direct supervision. But it is not only a matter of time, Mentors / Gurus have also the recognition of their peers as such and they are active members of the Fab Academy Community.
Who Can Be a Fab Academy Local Instructor?
The first requirement for becoming a Fab Academy Local Instructor is to complete the Fab Academy program satisfactorily.
Year 0: Local Instructor with Mandatory Support and Supervision
Fab Academy graduates (with the recommendation of their instructor or remote Guru) are eligible to be local Fab Academy Local Instructors. For these Novice Instructors offering the course for the first time, the support of a remote Guru during is mandatory and has an impact on the costs distribution.
Year 1+: Local Instructor
After the first year of instruction, Local Instructors need soft support from a remote Guru that will guide them through the basic processes, and the cost of the suport will not impact the local costs.