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Student Shop Managers Consortium (SSMC) is a community of practice for personnel in academic making environments and affiliates.

SSMC 2021 – Program AGENDA

9:00 am CT - Welcome

Amy Kavalewitz, SSMC President

9:10 am CT - Guest Speakers

MODERATOR: Amy Kavalewitz, Rice University

Joey Gottbrath, Technical Lab Director, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, University of California, Berkeley

Topic/Focus: Output Shop – Jacobs Project Support

Lessons learned over the COVID experience - At the Jacobs Institute at UC Berkeley, we developed an output shop (Jacobs Project Support)to service the entirety of our campus population with remote fabrication services, and have now integrated those services into our post-pandemic offerings, as we have discovered that they allow for increased accessibility.

Bio: Joey Gottbrath is the Technical Lab Director at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkely. Joey has high-level experience in the planning, implementation, and operations of experimental research and fabrication spaces serving academic communities as well as the industrial, social, and consumer markets within the Bay Area maker/tech sector. Formulating engaging places for collaborative, creative research work in digital fabrication and iterative design is his passion.


Ray Krajci, Operations Engineering Manager, Sears think[box], Case Western Reserve University

Topic/Focus: New Processes and Procedures – Tried and Tested at Sears think[box]

Sears think[box] reopened in July 2020 through a combination of experimentation and iteration in terms of policies, procedures, and programs. This presentation summarizes what worked, what didn't work, and how think[box] improved as a result.  


Bio:  Raymond "Ray" Krajci is the Operations Engineer for Sears think[box] at Case Western Reserve University. He started at think[box] in 2012 as a student technician and never left. When he's not managing operations at think[box], Ray is pursuing his MBA, working as a freelance consultant, or playing board games.

10:30 CT - Panel Discussion

MODERATOR: Mo Haroun, Columbia University

Danny Blacker – Engineering Design Supervisor, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Rice University

Topic/Focus: Virtual Support and Training – How to support teams remotely – Technicians/Lab Assistants

Bio: Danny Blacker is the engineering design supervisor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. Danny came to the OEDK as an experienced Engineering Technician and Team Leader with unique skills in strategic planning, process improvement and in-depth technical expertise. Danny has a consistent track record of contributions to improvements in quality, productivity and effectiveness of products. 

Molly Sanford – Fabrication Director, College of Design, University of Minnesota

 Topic/Focus: Physical Accessibility in Shops with Physical Distancing

Bio: Molly serves as the Director of Fabrication in the UMN College of Design, working to provide equitable learning opportunities from students of diverse skill levels, backgrounds, and educational pursuits. As a graduate student in Arts & Cultural Leadership, she studies climate change and its intersection with her work in fabrication education. As we foster a mindset of repair and reuse by teaching hands-on skills, we can move away from rampant consumerism toward a circular economy.

Ann Walsh - Studio manager for FLIV Woodshop and Rinehart Sculpture Studio, Maryland Institute College of Art

Topic/Focus: Challenges and Solutions for Returning to the Shop Post Pandemic

Bio: Ann Walsh is the studio manager for the FLIV Woodshop and Rinehart Sculpture Studio at the Maryland institute College of Art. Ann is an experienced Sculptor with a demonstrated history of working in education and the fine arts industry. She is skilled in Fine Woodworking, Sculpture and Furniture Design/Fabrication, Metal Casting and Fabrication, Rhino 3D, AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, and Adobe Illustrator.


(ANNE HENLEY WILL DISCUSS BREAK-OUT ROOM INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE ATTENDEES ARE DISMISSED TO CHOOSE THEIR ROOM)


11:30 am CT - Break-out Sessions based on Panelist/Speaker Topics

MODERATORS: The Speakers and Panelists

Guests can pick topic discussions they are interested in joining -Two 30-minute Break-out Sessions – same moderator/topic, attendees prompted to switch

Break-out Session 1: Danny Blacker Engineering Design Supervisor, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Rice University
Topic/Focus: Virtual Support and Training – How to support teams remotely – Technicians/Lab Assistants

Break-out Session 2: Molly SanfordFabrication Director, College of Design, University of Minnesota
Topic/Focus: Physical Accessibility in Shops with Physical Distancing

Break-out Session 3: Ann Walsh - Studio manager for FLIV Woodshop and Rinehart Sculpture Studio, Maryland Institute College of Art
Topic/Focus: Challenges and Solutions for Returning to the Shop Post Pandemic

Break-out Session 4: Joey Gottbrath, Technical Lab Director, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation
Topic/Focus: Output Shop – Jacobs Project Support

Break-out Session 5: Ray Krajci, Sears Think[box], Case Western
Topic/Focus: New Processes and Procedures – Tried and Tested at Sears think[box]


12:30 pm CT Wrap-up

Group Discussion takeaways
MODERATORS:
Melissa Goldman, University of Virginia and Anne Henly, University of Minnesota

Closing Remarks/Reminders/Announcements
Amy Kavalewitz, SSMC President





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