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.
Yuxuan Tang - Guru
I am a senior majoring in accounting. I am originally from Nanjing, China and I see myself as a toymaker in the Lab. I enjoy talking to customers in the lab and get to know what are their passions and their experience with 3D printing. Besides, I like to challenge myself with tasks that I am not familiar with and research to solve the problem as much as I can.
Kaixin Chang - Guru
I am a senior studying Actuarial Science at the college of LAS.
I started volunteering in Fall 2017 and was made a guru in Summer 2018. I noticed this 3D printing lab through a fair held in the Quad one fine day and was immediately awestruck by the wonders 3D printing machines can do. I really enjoy observing what people come in to print, the designs they made for a class and seeing their happy faces when they come pick up their end product.
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 junior studying Supply Chain Management and Information Systems & Information Technology. She started volunteering in Fall 2016 and was made a guru in Spring 2017. 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 and the Supply Chain Management Association.
Almasa Krvavac-Digital Marketing Manager
Almasa Krvavac is a Junior 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.
Farnaz Kabiri - Lab Coordinator
Farnaz has graduated with her masters in Physics and has volunteered in the lab during Summer 2018. She got fascinated by what 3D printers can bring to our lives and enjoyed the summer camps during her volunteer time so much that she decided to join the lab as an employee after almost 2 months. Farnaz is now the lab coordinator in Makerlab and manages staffs and events in the lab as well as all other guru responsibilities. She is also engaged in Champaign Urbana Community FabLab which gives her the opportunity to get her hands on different devices as a maker and connect the two labs.