The Fab Foundation
Sherry Lassiter is one of the architects of the MIT global initiative for field on-site technology development, the Fab Lab program. A Fab Lab, or as users like to call it, fabulous laboratory, is a rapid prototyping platform for technical education, innovation and personal expression. The Fab Lab network includes over 1,000 digital fabrication facilities in over 75 countries. Sherry is Director of the Fab Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to building technical capacity in a locality, improving individuals’ abilities to develop themselves and their communities and bringing access to tools and knowledge that cultivate and support innovating practices. Having earned a Master’s degree at Harvard University, Sherry continues the effort to develop more intuitive, integrated tools and curriculum for teaching the engineering and science content that future engineers, scientists, artists and crafters will need to thrive in a global economy.
Director of Education Portfolio
Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, DASSAULT SYSTEMES. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS platform across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and start-up companies. Marie is responsible for the SOLIDWORKS Certification Academic program, providing highly qualified graduates to commercial engineering and design companies. She also manages the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur Program that helps young start-up companies design innovative products. As creator/author of the STEM Teacher Blog, Marie shares stories about students, teachers, entrepreneurs, and fabbers that design and make great things happen.
Chief Implementation Officer
The Fab Foundation
Sonya M. Pryor-Jones is the Chief Implementation Officer for The Fab Foundation. As an educator by training and an entrepreneur, Sonya brings the skills and experience associated with high-risk and high-reward initiatives from the education, community development and entrepreneurship arenas to the Fab Foundation. She currently manages signature projects with Chevron and DARPA, while supporting the organization’s strategic endeavors.
Prior to joining the Fab Foundation, Sonya was the founding Director for a national placed-based education and community development strategy at the Sisters of Charity Foundation. She also managed a $3.5 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) effort as the Executive Director for Northeast Ohio’s STEM initiative at Case Western Reserve University. Additionally, Sonya manages her own consulting business, Synchronicity Consulting (http://www.synchideas.com/). Sonya earned a B.A. in International Studies and History from Kenyon College, and a M.Ed. from Cleveland State University. She also holds a Certificate in Executive Education for Appreciative Inquiry from The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Senior Innovation Analyst
International Committee of the Red Cross
David Ott is a serial maker in parallel to a digital professional. He is working for the International Committee of the Red Cross for which he’s explored the past two years the potential of digital fabrication technologies, the maker culture and crowdsourcing. Recently David has been developing the Global Humanitarian Lab, a partnership of humanitarian organisations, public- and private-sector entities, networks, and the crowd to develop humanitarian solutions.
Research Scientist, Autodesk
Board Member, Enable
Andreas has been deeply involved with the design of low cost 3D printed prosthetics since he began working with the open source e-NABLE Community in 2013. e-NABLE’s thousands of volunteers around the globe work together to design, fabricate, and distribute low-cost 3D printed prosthetic devices to children born with congenital upper limb differences. His design work in e-NABLE has focused on refining the body-device interface for 3D printed devices, improving the strength and functionality of the devices, and developing infrastructure and systems to facilitate community-driven research and development to affect change on a global scale.