2016 Guest Speakers


Taylor FennellTaylor Fennell – Master of Ceremonies
Taylor is an Estate Planning attorney at the Law Offices of Tanya L. Willis in Upland, CA. Estate planning involves writing wills and trusts which allow people to provide for their families, friends favorite charities and even pets! Taylor’s work is really about doing everything we can today to help create a brighter tomorrow. Taylor is honored and excited to be a part of this convention because it means being surrounded by inventors, craftsmen and women, programmers, cosplayers, teachers, students and so many other creatives who have a vision for the future that is hopeful and bright.


Gene ShermanGene Sherman – Keynote Address
Gene is a lifelong maker, entrepreneur, teacher, and inventor. From model-making as a child, to machinist/tool-maker at age 21, then later interacting with hundreds of manufacturing companies and running his own robotic vehicle start-up, Gene understands the value of hands-on skills.He is the founder/CEO of Vocademy, a unique education-focused makerspace in Riverside California. A place where anyone can come to learn hands-on skills in a variety of classical industrial arts and state-of-the-art technologies. Not a school, but better. Because after classes, members can use the facility as often as they like to design/make/create anything!



Kirk A. BuhlerKirk A. Buhler

Founder of Buhler & Associates Patenting since 2003. Buhler Associates Patenting was founded to provide a bridge from inventors to patents. Unlike most patent attorneys and patent agents, Kirk worked as an engineer designing products in a variety of different industries. Kirk specializes in Mechanical, Electrical, process and Software patents. In addition to meeting with first-time inventors Kirk also works with established companies to grow their patent portfolio. Kirk is the inventor on 17 patents and has prepared and filed nearly 1,000 patents where nearly all of the writing and drawing have been prepared in-house.



Jenny PierattJennifer R. Pieratt, PhD

An Edupreneur actively involved in spreading deeper learning practices across the country. Pieratt is the Founder and President of CraftED Curriculum-the first eCommerce site to provide high quality teaching materials aligned to standards and Hewlett’s Deeper Learning Competencies. Pieratt is a former teacher and founding staff member at High Tech High and School Development Coach for New Tech Network. Prior to those roles she was a classroom teacher for ten years-grades 5-10. Jenny has a 5 and 6 year old, which led to her first introduction with Maker Ed and inspired her work in developing strategies and materials for teachers to foster Maker mindsets.



JoanHorvathJoan Horvath and Lyn Hoge – Adventures in Fashion Tech

Joan Horvath is the co-founder of Nonscriptum LLC (www.nonscriptum.com). Their Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech.  Joan is an MIT alumna, recovering rocket scientist and educator.She and Rich also collaborate on books for Apress, with their latest release being the May 2016, “3D Printed Science Projects” and the upcoming, “Practical Fashion Tech”.

Lyn HogeLyn Hoge has been a dance teacher, costumer, and choreographer for over 40 years. She has designed and created costumes for musicals, plays, and various types of dance concerts. These include everything from simple costume plays like “Our Town” to elaborate and quirky versions of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. She has also created unique and functional designs for dancers in contemporary and historical styles of dance for concerts. In the past couple of years, she has been delving into the world of wearable tech and is writing about her experiences as a teacher and a student. Lyn has a BA in dance and has studied at UCLA, UCI, and with a wide variety of teachers.


Dr Anita Sengupta image 1Dr. Anita Sengupta
Dr. Anita Sengupta is an aerospace engineer and rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She has been developing entry system and propulsion technologies for Mars, Venus, and deep space missions for the past 15 years. She is currently the Project Manager for the Cold Atom Laboratory Mission, an ultra-cold atomic physics facility to be launched to the International Space Station in 2016. She previously was the lead engineer for the supersonic parachute that landed the Curiosity rover, she led the development of an entry system lead for a Venus lander mission, was the lead systems engineer for a Mars Sample return mission concept, and Co-Investigator of several plasma propulsion development programs.  Her PhD research improved the efficiency and life of the ion engines that have propelled NASA’s Dawn Mission, to the proto-planet Ceres in the Main Asteroid Belt. She received her PhD and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is currently a Research professor teaching undergraduate spacecraft design in the Astronautics and Space Technology department of the Viterbi College of Engineering. She received her BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University. Outside of work she is a private pilot, motorcyclist, and runner.


 

2015 Guest Speakers


 


Gene ShermanGene Sherman – Keynote Address

Gene is a lifelong maker, entrepreneur, teacher, and inventor. From model-making as a child, to machinist/tool-maker at age 21, then later interacting with hundreds of manufacturing companies and running his own robotic vehicle start-up, Gene understands the value of hands-on skills.He is the founder/CEO of Vocademy, a unique education-focused makerspace in Riverside California. A place where anyone can come to learn hands-on skills in a variety of classical industrial arts and state-of-the-art technologies. Not a school, but better. Because after classes, members can use the facility as often as they like to design/make/create anything!



Melissa JawaharlalMelissa Jawaharlal

Melissa Jawaharlal is the CEO and co-founder of STEM Center USA, a K-12 hands-on robotics education program that inspires the next generation of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) leaders. As an engineer, educator, and entrepreneur, Melissa is passionate about promoting engineering and technology literacy to the next generation through an experiential education where kids “re-invent the wheel” and learn-by-doing. In early 2014, Melissa and her engineering sister ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for an affordable robot kit that merged hardware, software, and electronics. They reached 45 countries and surpassed their goal, raising over $113,000. Melissa has presented her work at MIT through the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams program. She studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a zealous supporter of closing the gender gap in STEM fields.



Chris LeggettChris Leggett

Co-founder of PrintHuman. PrintHuman is a community-powered organization of biomakers. “Biomakers are a big part of the future of the maker movement,” according to Chis, who says, “everyone can learn about bio-making, bioprinting and participate in this emerging, growing body of knowledge on behalf of humanity.”PrintHuman was an exhibitor at the National Maker Faire in Washington DC and present at the 2015 International Space Station Research and Development Conference. PrintHuman will launch their full-fledged biomaker platform in 2016. Chris has also served as an industry journalist covering keynote events, and he has been active int he Shapeways crew program and as a Sketchfab ambassador and community meetup host.



Michael FaassMichael Faass

Founder of Panasia Solutions – China Manufacturing Experts. He has over 15 years of experience in China involved in the manufacture and development of a variety of consumer products from the ground up including packaging and their distribution overseas. Product categories include electronic accessories, home and outdoor furniture, electrical components, LED lighting, marine safety equipment, textiles, and other customer and client specific OEM products for retail and commercial/industrial distribution in Canada and the United States. Michael is always looking for new opportunities and is very willing to share and communicate his experiences to any interested!



Tracy hazzardTracy Leigh Hazzard

Tracy lives and breathes design 24/7 with her husband/business partner Tom Hazzard. She knows exactly what to make and what 3D printing business/product strategy works. She knows what products and colors sell at retail, what makes a buyer want you, what women want to buy and what makes a design competition-proof. Tracy and Tom have designed and developed more than 200 retail products that generate over $500 million in revenue for clients and hold 35+ design and utility patents. Their experiences as inventor-entrepreneurs are featured in a popular course at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Tracy shares her expertise weekdays on the couple’s WTFFF? 3D Printing Podcast.



Randy SchaferRandy Schafer

Randy Schafer is EarthLCD.com’s President, CEO and Founder since 1994. He is a veteran of the computer technology industry with sales, marketing and management experience in the LCD industry, electronic hardware, software and home automation markets. Leading Orange County-based companies and inventing products is Schafer’s specialty. His strong engineering and technical foundation combined with a savvy marketing and sales vision has led to conceiving, designing and developing products including many industry firsts such as the diskless networked PC that earned the LAN Magazine’s Product of the Year and LAN Times’ User’s Choice awards. Additional industry-firsts include the first under $1,000 TFT LCD kit and first portable monitor. In 1994 he introduced the ezLCD, the first smart serial color TFT for embedded systems, which are used in hundreds of medical, industrial and instrumentation devices.


Mark01Mark Bachman, Ph.D.
Mark teaches engineering at UCI and his research is focused on miniaturized integrated sensor systems for use in human systems and consumer electronics. He is most passionate about the work he does in helping students start companies based on the things they make. He also runs a large Maker Lab for R&D and has even devoted his expertise to running a company that provides a wide range of sensors, innovative products, and support services for Makers. Check them out at www.myinxus.com.


 

Mark01Eric P. Rose NPDP, MBA.
Inventor’s Mentor. Product Innovation. Management Consulting.ericpaulrose.com. Mr. Rose has 30+ years in product innovation, development, project management. He is a NPDP, MBA, Product Innovation Professor, Management Consultant, Product Entrepreneur’s Coach and he will be sharing his expertise on how to overcome the challenges makers and innovators face in getting their products to market.

 



MarkLengsfeldMark Lengsfeld

Mark is a mechanical engineer, inventor, educator, designer, builder and entrepreneur. Dedicated to inspiring his community to join the Maker Movement, Mark established Build It Workspace, where children and adults have affordable access to advanced computerized machines and traditional tools to create their ideas. One of his goals at Build It Workspace is to enable anyone to learn the variety of tools and machines that are available to find the most cost-effective solutions to build what they want.



VictorCiccarelliVictor Ciccarelli

Victor is the founder of the STEAM Maker Festivals and STEAM Maker Workshop. He will be at the SoCal MakerCon to discuss the challenges and rewards associated with keeping school STEAM/STEM programs connected to the Maker Movement.

 


 


Lars BrubakerLars Brubaker

Lars Brubaker is a software geek, 3D printer enthusiast, and entrepreneur who is passionate about ‘enabling people through technology.’ He is the co-founder and CEO of MatterHackers, Inc., a company that provides solutions to users and manufacturers of desktop 3D printers. Prior to co-founding MatterHackers, Brubaker worked for many years in the video games industry where, as the founding CEO of game studio Reflexive Entertainment, he helped to pioneer the web-based digital distribution of video games. Reflexive Entertainment was purchased by Amazon.com in 2008. At MatterHackers he plays many roles, acting as CEO, CTO and software developer. He is the lead programmer for the 3D printing software MatterControl and a contributor to the RepRap community.


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2014 Guest Speakers


 

Mark01Mark Bachman, Ph.D.
Mark teaches engineering at UCI and his research is focused on miniaturized integrated sensor systems for use in human systems and consumer electronics. He is most passionate about the work he does in helping students start companies based on the things they make. He also runs a large Maker Lab for R&D and has even devoted his expertise to running a company that provides a wide range of sensors, innovative products, and support services for Makers. Check them out at www.myinxus.com.

 


 

Brian_Meece-resizedBrian Meece
Brian is the CEO of RocketHub, one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms that has recently partnered with A&E Networks for Project Startup – a collaboration that is taking crowdfunding to a wide television audience. He has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, White House roundtables, Cambride, and Columbia University, as well as other colleges and institutions. His goal? To teach everyone how to leverage the crowd for funding and awareness.


 


Gene ShermanGene Sherman – Keynote Address

Gene is a lifelong maker, entrepreneur, teacher, and inventor. From model-making as a child, to machinist/tool-maker at age 21, then later interacting with hundreds of manufacturing companies and running his own robotic vehicle start-up, Gene understands the value of hands-on skills.He is the founder/CEO of Vocademy, a unique education-focused makerspace in RiversideCalifornia. A place where anyone can come to learn hands-on skills in a variety of classical industrial arts and state-of-the-art technologies. Not a school, but better. Because after classes, members can use the facility as often as they like to design/make/create anything!


 


Melissa JawaharlalMelissa Jawaharlal

Melissa Jawaharlal is the CEO and co-founder of STEM Center USA, a K-12 hands-on robotics education program that inspires the next generation of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) leaders. As an engineer, educator, and entrepreneur, Melissa is passionate about promoting engineering and technology literacy to the next generation through an experiential education where kids “re-invent the wheel” and learn-by-doing. In early 2014, Melissa and her engineering sister ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for an affordable robot kit that merged hardware, software, and electronics. They reached 45 countries and surpassed their goal, raising over $113,000. Melissa has presented her work at MIT through the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams program. She studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a zealous supporter of closing the gender gap in STEM fields.


 


Richard HaberkernRichard Habernkern

Richard Haberkern is an American inventor, award winning photographer/cinematographer, and spokesperson. Based on the success of his Kickstarter campaigns for Soundlazer and Lumapad, Haberkern is now conducting a series of free online classes through Udemy on meeting and surpassing Kickstarter goals. Richard will talk about his extensive experience with crowdfunding campaigns and provide trade secrets on how to guarantee success.


 


Richard HaberkernLars Brubaker

Lars Brubaker is a software geek, 3D printer enthusiast, and entrepreneur who is passionate about ‘enabling people through technology.’ He is the co-founder and CEO of MatterHackers, Inc., a company that provides solutions to users and manufacturers of desktop 3D printers. Prior to co-founding MatterHackers, Brubaker worked for many years in the video games industry where, as the founding CEO of game studio Reflexive Entertainment, he helped to pioneer the web-based digital distribution of video games. Reflexive Entertainment was purchased by Amazon.com in 2008. At MatterHackers he plays many roles, acting as CEO, CTO and software developer. He is the lead programmer for the 3D printing software MatterControl and a contributor to the RepRap community.



MarkLengsfeldMark Lengsfeld

Mark is a mechanical engineer, inventor, educator, designer, builder and entrepreneur. Dedicated to inspiring his community to join the Maker Movement, Mark established Build It Workspace, where children and adults have affordable access to advanced computerized machines and traditional tools to create their ideas. One of his goals at Build It Workspace is to enable anyone to learn the variety of tools and machines that are available to find the most cost-effective solutions to build what they want.