Ray Garcia's first exposure to the MakerLab was through a spring course in Making Things and later became a volunteer early 2017. He was brought onto our team as a guru for Spring 2017. Ray Garcia is currently a Senior pursuing the field of Industrial Design and is also a Residential Advisor and Desk Clerk at Illinois Street Residence Hall. As a weight lifter, he can usually be found at either the ARC or CRCE.
Shyam Vora- Lab Coordinator
Shyam is a graduate student at UofI studying in the Technology Management program. He has spent the last year working in the 3D Printing industry and has a close connection with the global maker culture. He's a tinkerer at heart and doesn't step back from getting his hands dirty. He loves exploring how design can impact product development and prototyping. In his free time, he likes to read about astronomy. Space travel is at the top of his bucket list.
Kyle Teschendorf-Guru-Design Leader
Kyle Teschendorf is a junior studying mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kyle first became active at the MakerLab in the Fall of 2014 before becoming a Lab Guru in the Spring of 2016. He has a keen interest for innovation and product design, and he especially enjoys 3D printing for its use in rapid prototyping. He considers himself a hobbyist and often designs and prints in his free time, but he also enjoys hiking and watching hockey.
Erin McKee-Guru- Director of Volunteers
Erin McKee is a senior majoring in Finance and International Business, with minors in Spanish and the Hoeft Technology and Management Program. Erin joined the MakerLab in Fall 2016 as a volunteer, before transitioning to the Guru staff in Spring 2017. She currently directs the volunteer program, teaches workshops, and manages the lab’s corporate outreach. In her free time, Erin can be seen running the streets of Chambana, eating, or planning her next adventure.
William Jones is a Sophomore at Illinois in the Division of General Studies. He plans to transfer into Mechanical or Systems Engineering in the coming year. Will volunteered at the MakerLab during his first semester at the University, and is now a Lab Guru. He enjoys all aspects of 3D printing and intends to work in rapid prototyping after graduating from Illinois. Will often prints parts for his cameras, designing custom mounts that fit his needs. In his free time, Will loves to create. He has his own Etsy shop where he sells custom light fixtures, and he enjoys being a maker in his time outside of class.
I am a senior student majoring in Accountancy and Finance with Statistics minor. I jointed Makerlab last semester as a volunteer and got the chance to become a guru this semester. I enjoy exploring the unknown and that's why I am interested in 3D printing, a cutting-edge technology that I believe some day will change human's life totally. I am also exploring possibilities to improve efficiency in auditing with data analysis tools as well as 3D printing, if possible, but nothing is impossible.
Dashiell (Dash) Kosaka is a sophomore studying computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a new guru for the Spring 2017 semester at MakerLab after starting as a volunteer in Spring 2016. He was introduced to MakerLab by a friend and liked it because of the connection to his field and the general environment. Working and experimenting with the machines is just one of his hobbies. Some of the other things he likes to do includes learning about the software and special devices in the lab.
Rachel Kuehr-Guru-Web Content Creator
Rachel is a sophomore studying Supply Chain Management and Information Systems & Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science. She started volunteering in Fall 2016 and is happy to be apart of the Spring 2017 team. Rachel loves learning about 3D printing and how it can be used in today’s society. As the web content creator, Rachel gets to share her passion for 3D printing with the rest of the world! Aside from the MakerLab, Rachel spends her time working on her professional skills with the Society of Women in Business.
Almasa Krvavac-Digital Marketing Manager
Almasa Krvavac is a Sophomore currently pursuing a dual degree in Accounting and IS/IT. She first began interacting with the Illinois MakerLab in the Spring of 2017 as a volunteer, creating graphics and taking control of the MakerLab's social media accounts. As an employee, her role has expanded to leading the MakerLab's digital marketing effort, including designing monthly newsletters and analyzing incoming web traffic. When she is not in the lab, Almasa can be found jogging around Champaign-Urbana or in one of green street's many restaurants.
Billy Malak-Guru-Engineer in Chief
Billy Malak is a senior currently studying Aerospace Engineering at University of Illinois. Along with his interest in 3D printing, Billy also enjoys sharing his knowledge with the customers and visitors of the MakerLab in workshops and open hours. He began as a volunteer in the Lab in Fall of 2015, and was hired on as a staff member in the Spring of 2016. Billy hopes to continue to foster curiosity in the industry of 3D printing and guide those who are interested to pursue unique design ideas. He also loves fixing things and thus we call him, Engineer-in-Chief. Besides university classes and being a part of the MakerLab staff, Billy is also a member of the Marching Illini and Illini athletic bands. He continues to experiment with how 3D printed products can apply to the field of music. Along with his work in the Makerlab, he also researches with the Aerospace department on campus.
Jim Scharfenberg-Guru-Minecraft in chief
Jim Scharfenberg is a senior in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a MakerLab Guru since Spring 2016. He is our single biggest customer as he designs and prints huge parts when he replicates things from all the games he plays. He also launched our minecraft workshops and conducts them on many weekends with young kids. Jim is part of the Marching Illini as a mellophone player and also does research for NASA, through UIUC, looking at ice buildup on wings. He applies 3D printing to all of these activities and more, having printed instrument parts, prototypes of iced wings, and all manner of video game props.