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

instruct@fabacademy.org

Sherry Lassiter

Director Fab Lab Program and Fab Foundation

sherry@fabfoundation.org

Tomas Diez

Fab Academy Thesis Coordinator

coordination@fabacademy.org

Luciana Asinari

Fab Academy Global Coordinator

coordination@fabacademy.org

Fiore Basile

Fab Academy Developer and IT Guru

it@fabacademy.org

Supply Chain:

  • For FR1 machinable PCB, MTM Kits and Fab Academy Class Kits please contact Romain di Vozzo: [Romain at fabacademyn.org] (mailto:romain@fabacademy.org) or Jean-Luc Pierite directly: jeanluc.pierite at fabfoundation.org

  • For the rest of the stock, please ask your Supernode.

What Are "Gurus"?

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.

Guru Responsibilities

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.

On Guru-ing

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
  • Luciano Betoldi

    • Furniture Design - Complex Joints
    • Molding and Casting
    • Composites
    • CAD Design
    • CNC Machining
  • Nuria Robles

  • Francisco Sanchez

    • Antimony
    • .cad file format
    • Assembly
    • attiny’s
  • Ted Hung

  • Fiore Basile

    • Fab Modules
    • Gitlab
    • Italian Pizza and Pasta
  • Ohad Meyuhas

  • Blair Evans
  • Beno Juarez

    • Final Project suggestions
  • Victor Freundt

  • Aldo Sollazzo

    • Computational design
    • Grasshopper
    • Python
  • Enrico Bassi

    • CAD
    • Design review
    • Final projects suggestion
    • Fiber Laser cutting for PCBs
    • Milling
    • Molding and casting
    • Composite
  • Mio Kato

  • 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 is a senior instructor. Gurus have 3 or more years of Academy teaching experience, making them qualified to take on students without direct supervision.

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 1: 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.

  • They must have the help of a remote Guru and / or supernode support during their first year.

Year 2+: Stand Alone Local Instructor

  • Second and third year instructors are eligible to be local Local Instructors (with the recommendation of their supernode / remote Guru) without direct remote supervision.

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