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Jeff Ginger

Jeff Ginger
Director Emeritus; Adjunct Faculty in Illinois Informatics; PI for Maple

Neil Pearse - Technical Lab Manager

Neil Pearse
Technical Lab Manager

Lara Jobe - Informatics Liaison and Community Promotions

Lara Orr
Communications & Summer Camp Program Coordinator

Amanda Elzbieciak
Information Manager

Jared Dunn

Jared Dunn
IT and Community Programs Coordinator 

Emilie Butt - Instructor and community programs coordinator

Emilie Butt
Instruction and Engagement Coordinator

Duncan Baird
Instructor and Lab Assistant

Maxx Sentowski

Maxx Sentowski
Instructor and Lab Assistant

Jessica Hogan
Inventor and Special Projects Consultant

Brandon Rice
Inventor and Special Projects Consultant

Sara Paige Hoag
Instructor and Community Engagement

Amrutha Kumaran
Lab Assistant and Community Engagement

Wayne Hardy - Lab assistant

Wayne Hardy
Lab Assistant and Community Engagement

James Buhr
Lab Assistant

Malcom - 11th grade - RPG Maker and 3D

Malcolm Coulter
Lab Assistant

Lab Assistant

Kristin Walters

Kristin Walters
Communications Team Member

Judy Lee
Communications Team Member

Joseph Abe Bell
Communications Team Member

Bhavi Dalal
Communications Team Member

Shafagh Hadinezhad
Communications Team Member


Florence Lin

Tynaiah M

Tynaiah M

J Larson

Mark Hayek

Kristan Howell

Kristan Howell

Max Ando

Max Ando

Active Volunteers

Tanya Josek


University Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Lisa Bievenue

Lisa Bievenue
Director of Programs for Illinois Informatics Institute: Co-PI for MAPLE

Aaron Brakke
Professor of Architecture

Karin Readel
Senior Coordinator of Informatics Education Program

Chad Lane
Professor of Education; PI of WHIMC NSF Grant

Maya Israel - Co-PI

Maya Israel
Associate Research Professor at the College or Education at University of Florida; Co-PI for MAPLE

Community Affiliates and Partners

Janice Mitchell
Director of UNCC

Beth Hand
Assistant Director of UNCC


Keana Lampkins
Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center

Betsy Su
Youth Services Librarian at Champaign Public Library (2014-17)

Sarah Butt
DCEO Affiliate and Youth Services Librarian at Champaign Public Library (2014-17)

Joel Spencer
Adult Services Librarian at Urbana Free Library

Lauren Chambers - Adult Services at The Urbana Free Library

Lauren Chambers
Adult Services Librarian at Urbana Free Library

Joel Shoemaker
DCEO Curriculum Development and Oakwood Public Library Director (2015-17)

Michelle Biwer
GSLIS Intern at Urbana Free Library

Amber Cox (Castens)
Adult Services Librarian at Urbana Free Library

Hailley Fargo
DCEO Affiliate at UNCC / Tap In 

Travis Faust
DCEO Affiliate at Kenwood Elementary (2014)

Kim Naples
DCEO staff 

Karen Barton
Community Ambassador

Sally Carter
Director of Tap In

Joe Coyle

Cat Calcagno

Past Staff and Volunteers

Supporting Faculty and Academic Professionals

Amy LaViers – Dancing Robotics with the Rad Lab (2018-19)

Andrew Suarez – Biology, Suarez Lab (2019)

Rachel Switzky, David Weightman, Andy Singer, Noah Isserman – Siebel Center for Design planning (2016-19)

Maya Israel, Rebecca Teasdale, Judith Pintar, Jim Wentworth, Chad Lane, Emma Mercier – Fab Lab research group and related education grants (2015-19)

Aaron Brakke, Lowell Miller, Kevin Erickson – Detail and Fabrication in Architecture, Design Research Initiative (2016-19)

Allen Renear, Guy Garnett – Illinois Informatics Institute sponsorship (2013-17)

Wai-Tat Fu, Helen Wauck – Spatial Literacies and Minecraft NSF proposals (2016-17)

Sharon Irish – Community Informatics Initiative grants; Prairie Futures; Hip Hop Informatics (2011-2017)

Jim Leake – ISE Product Development Lab collaborations and UNCC sponsorship (2016-17)

Rachel Flood Heaton, Deana McDonaugh – Industrial Design and UI Extension projects (2017)

Jon Gant, Alvarez Dixon, Kathie Lorie Brown, Judy Schmidt, Jody Johnson, Kristi Stout, Kirstin Phelps, Rachel McGhee – DILP Grant (2014-16)

Sally Jackson – Original IT infrastructure, Mobile Fab Lab visit, class visits (2009-2016)

Alan Craig, Scott Poole – Alaska Federation of Natives NSF grant (2010-2016)

Vishal Sachdev, Aric Rindfleisch – Business Makerlab and Coursera course collaborations (2014-17)

Anita Say Chan – Prairie Futures; Design Center Building planning, class visits (2013-2017)

Martin Wolske – DCEO and DILP grants (2013-16)

Tyler Denmead – Art Education Makerspace class (2015)

Emily Knox, Robert Baird – Prairie Futures; Design Center Building planning (2015-2016)

Michael Twidale, Robb Lindgren, Carol Tiley – Class projects (2014-16)

Clara Chu, Susan Schnuer, Paula Kaufman – Mortenson Center (2014-16)

Joe Bradley, Bruce Litchfield, – IEFX and engineering support (2013-16)

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld – Labor Employment and Relations sponsorship (2009-12)


Project Volunteers and Additional Community Partners

Mya Khoury, Michelle Tam, Riah Shah, Cameron Alberg, Lawrence Elitzer, Sophia Pipathsouk, Joey Lund, Sharlene Denos, Laura Hinkla, Gergana Slavova, Isak Massman, Hyeok Chan Han, Sahil Kumar, Zonghe Chua – CU Make Make-a-thon (2015-17)

Laura Beyer, Paula Martin, Patar Tantular – Clark-Lindesy Retirement Community (2015-16)

Joe Spanier, Jay Babin, Chris Sketch, Ryan Branch – River City Labs Makerspace (2014-16)

Rachel Hellenga – Workshop 88 (2014-16)

Irakli Kashibadze, Levan Gabisonia, Nini Kharistvalashvili, Nino Epkhoshvili – Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency Visit (2016)

Todd Lash, Miriam Larson – Kenwood Elementary Tech Time after-school program (2014-15)

Bart Pulliam, Lorie Becraft – DILP grant collaborators (2014-15)

Graciela Quesada Fernández, Ramón Masís Rojas, Danilo Reuben – University of Costa Rica Visit (2015)

Matt Alonzo – Stereolithography 3D printer (2013-15)

Guanyang Luo – Friday open lab support (2014)

Jim Anderson – Birdhouse workshop and expansion advising (2013-14)

Zach Stein – Summer camp support (2014)

Jeff and Isabella Howard – Fab Lab Youth Council (2013-14)

Jonathan Landais, Marie Lombard – Fab Lab Lyon France Workshop Exchange Visit (2013)

Matt Schroyer – Dustduino and drones (2013)

Steve Granda – Clonzilla imaging system (2013)

Nadia Karlinsky – New sign-in interface (2013)

Melvan Haas – Neuromaker revival (2013)