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RhinoFabStudio Mentors 2017 - 2018:
Akiyo Matsuoka

Email: akiyo_matsuoka@fitnyc.edu
Company: Akiyo Matsuoka Inc. /  Fashion Institute of Technology, Jewelry Design Department
Location: New York, U.S.A.
Brief Info:
I am an adjunct faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and an authorized Rhino trainer conducting trainings internationally. I am also a jewelry designer with a great deal of experience in the jewelry field. I love computational design, digital fabrication, and very passionate about helping designers in all fields expedite the designs of their dream.

Alejandra Alfaro Suzán

Email: alealfaro@itesm.mx
Company: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara
Location: Guadalajara, México
Brief Info:
I am an Industrial Engineer, with a master in Product Design and Development and a PHD in Education. I am interested in jewelry design and manufacturing, teaching and research. I am proficient in digital fabrication, computational design and 3D printing, as well as traditional jewelry making techniques.

Alejandro Estrada

Email: alejandro@piegatto.com
Company: Piegatto
Location: Guatemala
Brief Info:
I am an architect interested in design and how it relates to a person in every level. From the scale of a small object through the scale of a nation and all that is in between. At Piegatto, our Company, we create all sorts of objects and projects that with the help of digital fabrication we search to take to another level. Our clients range from big developers to high end furniture stores al over the world to social projects like TECHO, creating homes with digital fabrication.  

Benjamin Bush

Email: bushbem@gmail.com
Company: SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) and Auburn University in Fall 2017
Location: Gerorgia - Alabama, U.S.A.
Brief Info:
I am an educator, mentor, designer who frequently takes students with no CAD experience and crafting them into proficient Rhino 3D users. I place a large emphasis on making files 3D print ready, as well as preparing them for the 3 axis mill, 2 part molding, or laser cutting. I also play around with combining different Rhino add-ons and divergent prototyping methods. 

Bill Young

Email: wlyoung@gmail.com
Company: ShopBot Tools, Inc
Location: North Carolina, United States
Brief Info:
I’m a boat carpenter turned CNC evangelist. I specialize in the fabrication of houses and other large projects, and am co-founder of http://www.Shelter20.com and http://www.100kGarages.com. Most of my time is spent turning plywood into dust and noise.

Darlene Farris-LaBar

Email: darlenefarris@yahoo.com
Company: East Stroudsburg University
Location: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Brief Info:
I am a sculptor that uses new technology and media as tools to promote and bring awareness about the natural environment. My most recent work highlights significant plant and flower species through various types of digital fabrication, computational design and 3D printing.

David Durán Sánchez
Edmund Harriss

Email: edmund@mathematicians.org.uk
Company: University of Arkansas - Department of Mathematical Sciences
Location: France and U.S.A
Brief Info:
I am a mathematician, teacher artist and maker working in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Arkansas. I use digital fabrication to bring abstract ideas to life and teach students to think through ideas of geometry and mathematics to achieve new effects. I have developed a grasshopper plugin, CAMel, which is a lightweight CAM package designed to make it easier to experiment and explore innovative uses of CNC machines and 3d printers. 

Elif Erdine

Email: elif.erdine@aaschool.ac.uk
Company: Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture
Location: London, United Kingdom
Brief Info:
Elif Erdine is an architect and researcher. Architect, designer, and researcher. Currently, she teaches at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, Emergent Technologies and Design Graduate Programme, and Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design, and Environment. She is the Programme Director of AA DLAB Visiting School and AA Istanbul Visiting School. She has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects during 2006 – 2010. She received her B.Arch. degree from Istanbul Technical University in 2003 (High Honors), and M.Arch. degree from the AA Design Research Lab (AA DRL) in 2006 (Project Distinction), and her PhD degree from the AA (2015). Her projects have been printed widely in international and national architecture publications. She is proficient in computational design and analysis, digital fabrication, and robotic fabrication technologies.

Eva Magnisali

Email: e.magnisali@westminster.ac.uk
Company: fABE Fabrication Lab, University of Westminster (Research Associate)
Location: United Kingdom
Brief Info:
Eva Magnisali is an architectural engineer, researcher and educator, currently working as a Research Associate at the University of Westminster, where she coordinates the Robotic Lab of the faculty of Architecture and Built Environment. Eva has taught a series of computational and robotic fabrication workshops at the UoW, and has also been a tutor at the Architectural Association since 2015, when she earned a Master of Architecture and Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory master programme. Additionally, Eva holds a Master of Architecture and Engineering with honours from the National Technical University of Athens.
Her research investigates the integration of design and robotic fabrication, currently focusing on robotic manufacturing of topologically optimized shell structures, using composite materials. As an architect, Eva has worked at Foster + Partners, where she developed computational design tools for the digital representation and fabrication of complex facades. She has also collaborated with renown practices, such as AKT II and Robofold. In parallel, Eva has organised several international conferences and she has given lectures and presented her work internationally.

José Ovidio Cardona Osorio

Email: ovidio@mcneel.com
Location: Medellín, Colombia
Brief Info:
I am a Mechanical Engineer passionate about the world of technology especially 3D software and its evolution. At the same time the ability to connect with CNC machines, 3D printers, scaners among others. Another passion of mine is teaching and sharing my knowledge with those interested in learning new technologies. I am currently the Director of the Laboratory of Digital Manufacture at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellin, Colombia.

Renata Portelada

Email: renata@singularity-archlab.com
Company: Lab for Architectural Singularity
Location: Brazil
Brief Info:
Renata Portelada is a founding partner of LAS and an architect, graduated from Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo Mackenzie. She has been developing research in the area of generative design since 2011. She was tutor in the Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication during Mackenzie Architecture week, 2015, and assistant tutor in the AA Visiting School in 2014 and 2015. She has taught many workshops and courses on Rhinoceros and Grasshopper throughout Brazil. Today she develops research where generative design combines with three-dimensional projections and virtual and augmented reality.

Tom Welsh

Email: tom.welsh@revware.net
Company: Revware, Inc.
Location: North Carolina, United States
Brief Info:
I am the owner of a company that manufactures 3D digitizing hardware (MicroScribe) and modeling software.  Our products are used by artists, designers, makers, engineers, scientists, doctors, and others to model, study, and validate in 3D.  I am proficient in the application of the gamut of 3D digitizing technologies, but focused on contact digitizing and laser scanning with articulated arm digitizers.

Uday Honnalagere

Email: uday@mecsoft.com
Company: MecSoft Corporation
Location: Irvine, CA, United States
Brief Info:
I am a Technical Support Manager at MecSoft Corporation, responsible for providing technical support and training for end users. I am proficient with CAD CAM applications & hold a MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University majoring in CAD/CAM. 

Vanessa Steeg

Email: vanessa@mcneel.com
Company: McNeel / www.themeltingshop.com
Location: France
Brief Info:
I'm a product designer passionate about digital manufacturing. I currently work for McNeel, the developers of Rhino, as a techie and trainer as well as running The Melting Shop, where I focus on creating my own line of products and offer services such as training, prototyping & 3d digital content creation. I believe in silly ideas with potential and like to explore the intrinsic value of design… to serve.

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