Maker Profile

Who are you and what do you make?

As an educator and researcher, I have been involved in making parts and products ranging from accessory for my classroom to biomedical implants. Having been a hands-on fabricator of prototype engines and models; making prototypes and showing the power of STEM to inspire future makers has been a very rewarding experience.

What's the favorite thing you've made?

A scaled down working model of hot-air engine about the size of 3 in x 2 in

What's your go-to Maker skill and/or tool?

3D Printers and CNC tools as it combines the strengths of varying methods of making and materials.

What's been your biggest Making challenge?

Surface finish of 3D printing and have overcome it using chemical treatment to attain gloss/matte finish. 

How would you define 'Maker culture'?

Inspiring-Rewarding-Reflection of manufacturing spirit.

How is Maker culture transforming your campus?

We have been lucky to participate in opening access to maker movement to students and members of campus communities of non-STEM programs to make parts and products ranging from theatre accessories, scanned 3D busts and unleash a new opportunity in “Launch Lab”; a multi-disciplinary ideation-fabrication space for all campus members.

How can Making contribute solutions to big problems?

Making can inspire a lot more young students into STEM fields and inspire them to find low-cost solutions to everyday prevalent problems.

What are the challenges facing Making in higher education?

Access to software that will enhance ‘Making’ cultures, but not limited to integration of coding culture (making software programs!!) and other fields

Why do you think Making is an important 21st century skill for students?

Solutions to big problems often are inspired from the simplest of solutions. Empowering students to pursue making and encouraging lateral thinking will be a critical skill for our students.

What advice would you give to someone who is new to Making?

Identify a problem requiring a solution. Identify local resources and students with ‘make’ spirit and there is nothing more of a proof than your first ‘Make’!!