How to Build Anything?!

Born in Austria to German parents, I grew up in the Southern US and now live in France which means I’m usually pretty open-minded about food. Along the way, I worked in London and spend many years in Denmark. Southern Europe isn’t missing since I live in Corsica with my family.

My education is principally scientific with BS degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and a PhD in molecular biophysics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. My dissertation was on the effects of pH and salt on the thermodynamic stability of proteins.

Professionally, my work has been mostly in IT and finance where I worked on front office trading systems for derivatives in large banks. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some truly brilliant, driven individuals from whom I learned a lot. While not particularly comfortable from an ego perspective, being surrounded by people who know more then you – and are willing to share it – is a real blessing.

Anything to do with the outdoors is what I usually try and do when I have some free time but most of my time is divided between trying to finish my house, volunteering at the Fablab and keeping the general chaos that is daily life with two teenage boys under some semblance of control. My days are a win if no is yelling at anyone else.

I am a geek. I’ve been a geek as long as I can remember. Anything that is electrical or mechanical has always appealed to me in a very visceral way. My wife has gotten used to it, though it occasionally embarrasses the children. I also have a strong interest in math which I enjoy reading about but have very little talent which I find frustrating since it would be great to really master applied mathematics. When the opportunity to take part in the Fab Academy came along, it was something that seemed made-to-measure for the sort of interests I have always had.

Modules

This section outlines all the modules covered in Fab Academy 2016.

  • Principles, Pratices and Project Management

    Create your own website, implement SCC with Git and communicate something about yourself and your ideas concerning your final project

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  • Computer Aided Design

    Use 2D and 3D design tools to build different models of final project

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  • Computer Controlled Cutting

    The use of computer controlled CNC cutters to produce projects of various sizes

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  • Electronics Production

    First of several modules around the development of electronic components

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  • 3D Scanning and Printing

    Techniques in the use of scanning in 3D and creating objects in 3D

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  • Electronics Design

    How different software can be used to facilitate electronic design

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  • Computer Controlled Machining

    Now, lets build something BIG!

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  • Embedded Programming

    Programmming all those neat microcontrollers to do cool things

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  • Mechanical and Machine Design

    Bits and bytes are great but lets build something that really moves

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  • Input Devices

    All about getting our devices to sense the environment

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  • Molding and Casting

    Time to finally get bust my Napolean!

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  • Output Devices

    Different ways of getting processors to interact with the physical world

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  • Composites

    Working with Composities

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  • Networking and Communications

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  • Interface and Application Programming

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  • Applications and Implications

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  • Invention, IP and Income

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