• I’m a dedicated maker with a long history of making things,I do electronics,high voltage, SW, welding, mechatronics, pneumatics, flame , pyrotechnics, and Internet of Things.  My philosophy can best be summed up by this piece done by my good friends at Ogilvy . Here are some projects I’ve done in the last few years:
  • I’m a huge supporter of the Maker movement.. and would love to help your project in any way i can either on or off camera.,
    • My kids were raised on Make Magazine..!
    • I am a founding board member of Generator. Burlingtons’ first Public Makerspace.
    • I co-created Vermont’s first Makerspace ,Vermont Fablab at the University of VT here I’m an Adjunct Prof.. VT Fablab opened in Jan 2012. We now have a Dimension 3d printer, epilog 60 W laser, nextengine 3d scanner, electronics benches, etc.
    • I co-created of Vermont Makers., the states rapidly growing maker meetuo community
    • I’m a veteran attender of Makerfaires inn San Mateo and NYC and helped organize and lead maker recruitment for Vermont’s first minimaker faire this past year.
    • I’m the MC for Vermont’s FIRST robotics competition
  • I’m a passionate promoter of engineering, science and art
    • I’ve spent the last 20 years promoting engineering and science in schools, museums and civic groups via my traveling ‘Jolts and Volts’ electricity show. I’ve done extensive volunteer teaching in elementary schools. middle schools, high schools undergraduate and graduate ,You can see varies coverage of that here
    • I have been using social media to help promote engineering, science and the maker ethos.. even to the point of making regrettable rap videos :-) see here.. (.I know my singing sucks !)
    • Recently I’ve done lots of public speaking promoting engineering and science careers . You can see links to a few of those talks here
  • I have 32 years of high tech Industry Experience
    • I’m a senior (so they tell me :-) technical expert (I though I don’t always feel like one) in the field of Information Technology. I’m one of 90 IBM fellows from a company of 220,000 technical people (450K total employees) ,
    • I do lots of media work around technology and engineering careers for my company (see here) My company has been very generous supporting my outreach work, and would likely be very supportive of any role I might have in helping you. Even though I would be doing it on my own time, not in affiliation with IBM.
    • I have approximately 60 patents issued or pending and have written/contributed to 4 books n the field of design automation
    • I have an undergraduate electrical engineering degree from MIT (81) and a PhD in computer engineering from CMU (91)
  • I have a fair bit of media experience with lots of on camera work
    • in 2009 I costarred in a Discovery Channel technical reality show called “The Colony” 10 of us spent 59 days locked in a warehouse in LA. While the unscripted show was pretty goofy, it did have lots of maker content. I was called “john c” or “the professor” and was responsible for most of the shows more technical builds. The show did well on TV and has been in reruns for several years. . However lame the show was, I still get a huge amount of pleasure from the many emails and city street ids where folks tell me they dug the technical content of the show . I was also invited back to the shows second (and final) season as a technical advisor. The second season was really, really lame :-)
    • I’ve done a fair bit of on camera media work for my job including this series on my IBM’s Smarter Planet project, this press piece on Internet of things, this prime time IBM TV commercial (filmed in Grand Central Station)
  • … I even look like a scientist !
    • A women drew this picture of me during a talk I was giving.. can you believe it ?


4 Responses to “Nerd cred”

  1. Austin says:

    I didn’t think your show was lame. Maybe a little more scripted than it let on, but it was still pretty good.

  2. Paul McMahon says:

    Hi Art, Paul McMahon here. Our ham radio contest group is always pushing our abilities. accuracy and distance further down the new technology path and currently I am working on improvements for antenna positioning. Our hope is to marry up a 4th and 5th axis rotary table designed for CNC routing with stepper controls and N1MM contest software. Coupled with this would be GPS azimuth control to maintain antenna direction with a stable reference. I have contacted Matt Dunne at Google to see if their patent for back-to-back GPS azimuth control might be made available and I am soliciting your advice for finding someone or more than one person who might be interested in tackling the motor control/computer (Arduino?) interface. Are there Makers who might have their trigger tripped with this sort of endeavor?

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