Meet the Mentors

Erika Anderson

Arduino: Course 2A-Design, Sophomore

Erika is on the Varsity Softball team, and part of Alpha Phi. When she is not psetting or playing softball, she likes to paint, make, redesign clothing, and adventure throughout Boston and Cambridge.

Khanh Nguyen

Arduino: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Nina Lutz

Arduino: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Yara Jabbour Al Maalouf

Arduino: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Marlo Johnson

Arduino: Course 2, Sophomore

Marlo is from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. She enjoys warm weather and outings to Boston. When she isn't making, she can often be found hanging out in Senior House or making late night Verde's runs with Kevin and Andrea.

Elaine Gan

Arduino: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon.

Elizabeth (Bibit) Bianchini

Bandsaw: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Georgette Tso

Bandsaw: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Jacob Miske

Bandsaw: Course 22, Rising Sophomore

Miske is a course 22 freshman from rural Michigan where he grew up around muscle cars and printing presses. When he isn't going to Stata loading dock for cruft, he can be found on 4th East at East Campus or at MIT Nuclear Reactor Labs. He enjoys music and plays trumpet.

Kate Weishaar

Bandsaw: Course 4B, Junior

When she’s not working in the shop, she is Design Editor for Technique, a member of the Arts Scholars, and an avid baker and tea drinker with her friends in New House Three.

 

Nate Newhouse

Bandsaw: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Sahara Villarreal

Bandsaw: Course 2, Sophomore

Sahara has a show, "Hip to Be Square," on WMBR, MIT's radio station. When she's not broadcasting over MIT's airwaves, she's usually home at East Campus psetting with friends.

 

Angus MacMullen

Bandsaw: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Andrea Gonzalez

Checkoffs: Course 2, Junior

Andrea is from Mexico, and her first language is Spanish. When she's not making impulsive maker projects, you can find her dancing with Dance Troupe, hanging out in Senior House, or adventuring.

Annie Chen

Checkoffs: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Illina Yang

Checkoffs: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Juan Romero

Checkoffs: Course 2, Junior

Juan once modified a store-bought fire extinguisher to extend its range. When he's not making personal projects, he is involved with the MIT Roboteam and gaming with his friends in Burton Connor.

 

Riley Steindl

Checkoffs: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Travis Libsack

Checkoffs: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Aaron Wubshet

Electronics: Course 6-1, Rising Junior

While not working on 6.115, Aaron can usually be found sleeping in the Chu Lounge or watching animes to avoid doing work. He is always ready with a joke or smile to brighten your day. He is a devoted brother of Phi Kappa Theta and hopes to continue to train freshmen on electronics.

 

Elijah Stanger-Jones

Electronics: Course 6-2, Rising Sophomore

Australian. Bacon Enthusiast. Dedicated IM Sports Player. Professional Nap Taker.

 

Henry Cheung

Electronics: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Shane Lyons

Electronics: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

 

Wasay Anwer

Othermill: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Alexandra Sourakov

Othermill: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Allison Lemus

Othermill: Course 6-1, Junior

Allison thinks circuits are awesome and spends a large amount of time procrastinating

 

Jacob Higgins

Othermill: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

John Zhang

Othermill: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Alonzo Lopez

Shopbot: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Hector Castillo

Shopbot: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Henry Love

Shopbot: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Kevin Gonzalez

Shopbot: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Mohammed Aljashmi

Shopbot: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Patrick Shin

Shopbot: Course #, Year

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Amanda Lowery

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Annie Zhang

Tier 1: Course 2, Sophomore

Named after Anakin Skywalker, Annie is involved in a lot of things at MIT. She is a member of the Women's Openweight Varsity Crew team, the Marketing Director for TechX, the Publicity Chair for the Chinese Students' Club, and a Designer for MIT Martin Trust Center.

Christine Chappelle

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Conor Kirby

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Emily Tang

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Erika Arias

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Jonathan Esteban

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Kate Cherian

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Kaymie Shiozawa

Tier 1: Course 2, Sophomore

When she’s not working in the shop, she is the President of the Shotokan Karate Club at MIT or hanging out on Burton One. She might also be in Tokyo during breaks!

Lindsay Epstein

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Marta Manzin

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Max Freitas

Tier 1: Course 20, Sophomore

I like to eat and sleep. I don't get much of the latter. I also love chocolate and dogs. You can typically find me late night at BC or Next psetting even though I don't live there.

Thomas Murphy

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

Toria Yan

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

Veronica LaBelle

Tier 1: Course #, Year

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Xin Wen

Tier 1: Course #, Year

Biography coming soon!

 

 

 

Meet the Staff

Martin Culpepper
Maker Czar

Marty Culpepper, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is MIT's first Maker Czar. He is passionate about all aspects of making and breaking as demonstrated in his 2.72 class where the student teams spend the semester building desktop lathes. Professor Culpepper is the recipient of an NSF Presidential Early Career Award, two R&D 100 awards, a TR100 award and a Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award. He is not one to be afraid of getting his hands dirty.  His favorite maker tools are mills and waterjets, though he's become fond of glass blowing.

Conor McArdle

Multimedia Guru

Conor serves as the Video and Digital Content Specialist for Project Manus. He wears many hats, and is our in-house filmmaker, photographer, audio editor, social media manager and more. Before his time at MIT, Conor worked in private high school education. He was a Digital Arts teacher at Vermont Academy and Assistant Director of Multimedia Strategy and Production at Peddie School. Conor uses his iMac and Adobe software for most of his making, but is excited to delve into the world of 3D printing.

 

 

 

Jonathan Hunt
IT Guru

Jonathan is the Assistant Director and Maker IT Guru on MIT's Project Manus.  He has 20 years of IT leadership experience and is in his happy place when making solar panel jewelry, circuits or anything with his kids.  He earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineer from MIT and is responsible for managing the IT components including Mobius app development and data collection.  His favorite tool for now is a 3D Printer.

 

 

Saana McDaniel
Project Coordinator

Master of the Sewing Machine

Khaleesi of the McMaster-Carr orders

...and Finnish Instructor at that small liberal arts college down the road

Marcel Thomas
Shell with Master's Degree

Marcel is a mentor in MakerWorks, and is part of the MIT Student Juggling Club. He can also wiggle his ears. His favorite maker activity is laser cutting, and his least favorite activity is listening to the mentors play 'Marcel the Shell.'

Laura Zaganjori

Laura is a long-time MIT employee and happy to be part of the Project Manus team. Always eager to help out, she’ll jump into to any project that needs an extra hand. Laura was a creative kid and loved making things (especially when it involved chocolate chips). She earned an MFA in sculpture and spent many hours in the woodshop and printmaking studio. Her favorite tools are an X-Acto knife and cutting mat.