Lizabeth Arum, Co-founder — Artist, tinkerer, and educator, Arum taught in the Computer Department at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn Heights for 14 years. In addition to teaching full time, she worked for MakerBot and Tinkerine as their first Education Coordinators, and in January of 2015, she worked with Professor Laura Taalman on an 6-month research project for Ultimaker which explored the needs of educators wanting to use 3D printing in their classrooms. In the summer of 2016 she helped launch the Ultimaker Pioneer Program, an initiative to help North American educators integrate 3D printing into their K-12 classrooms, college courses, makerspaces, and libraries.  Since September 2016, she has worked full time for Ultimaker North America as the Education Community Strategist where she manages the Pioneer Program and maintains Ultimaker’s education landing page.

Chip Bobbert, Co-founder — Bobbert is a Digital Media & Emerging Technologies Engineer and the manager of Duke University’s two specialty labs; the Multimedia Project Studio and CoLab Studio.  In his role, he has developed and built one of the largest 3D printing focused makerspaces in higher education.  His lab was among the first to explore integrating digital fabrication at institutional scale.  He is a frequent speaker, collaborator and commenter on the integration of maker technologies into educational ecosystems.  

Chip is an M.S.Ed. graduate from UNC Wilmington where he focused his academic work on simulation based learning.  At UNCW he also worked for twelve years as a motion picture and television engineer focusing on technical production and operations.  Preceding that, Bobbert served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps managing technical, global communications and IT infrastructure.  In the twelve years prior to coming to Duke, he had also operated as the managing partner in a multimedia consulting firm specializing in technical production, design, critical review and media application training.  During his time in the film and television industries, Chip has freelanced with several major motion pictures, television series and produced numerous live productions and sporting events.  

Chip came to additive manufacturing by way of 3D modeling and digital effects.  During his career he has spent an extensive amount of time modeling effects, sets, props, lighting and other elements.  His work with simulation based learning has also aided his pursuits as he believes strongly in connections between the physical and virtual worlds.  He also has done extensive work with machining and casting typical of scene shop operations.  Chip considers 3D printing to be an excellent extension of his technical, creative and entrepreneurial interests.

Matthew Griffin, Co-founder — Griffin is the Director of Community for Ultimaker North America. He has recently completed a lecture series on 3D Printing Hardware for Coursera, and writes, teaches, and consults on a range of topics including 3D printing, 3D design and modeling, diy electronics, and more. He has taught digital fabrication at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA). He is a frequent contributor to MAKE Magazine, including the annual Make: Ultimate Guide to 3DP series. Previously, he was community manager at MakerBot, and director of community & support at Adafruit.



Georgia TechAtlanta, Georgia. The Georgia Institute of Technology is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology. 

Amit Jariwala — Dr. Jariwala is the Director of Design & Innovation for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Production Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India with honors in 2005 and received Masters of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 from IIT Bombay, India. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013, with minors in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jariwala has over nine years of research experience in modeling, simulation, engineering design, and manufacturing process development, with research focus on design of polymer based micro additive manufacturing process. During his Ph.D. studies, he was also a participant of the innovative TI:GER® program (funded by NSF:IGERT), which prepares students to commercialize high impact scientific research results. Dr. Jariwala has participated and led several research projects from funded by NSF, the State of Georgia and Industry sponsors. At Georgia Tech, he is responsible for enhancing corporate support for the School's design courses (including Capstone Design and ME2110). During his tenure, he has raised over $2M and built relationships with over 120 different companies to support design and innovation education within the School of ME and the College of Engineering. He supervises activities of staff and students involved with the Invention Studio, design curriculum facilities and the Capstone Design Expo. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he mentors engineering design teams in the Capstone Design course and enjoys teaching Design Engineering courses in the School. 


Steering Committee

Irm Diorio—Irm Diorio is the Executive Director of Decatur Makers. 

Tamara Pearson—Dr. Tamara Pearson is Associate Director of School and Community Engagement at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Pearson received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Spelman College, with a minor in Computer Science, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation explored perceived understanding of gender, race, and class in discussions about technology with pre-adolescent, low-income, African American girls. Her current work focuses on partnering with schools and districts to help develop innovative curriculum and programs, as well as understanding how to best engage populations historically underrepresented in STEM fields

Laura Taalman—Laura Taalman, PhD is a Full Professor at James Madison University in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Professor Taalman received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Duke University. Her research includes singular algebraic geometry, knot theory, and the mathematics of games and puzzles.  She is a recipient of both the Alder Award and the Trevor Evans award from the Mathematical Association of America, and the author of five books on Sudoku and the mathematics of Sudoku. In her spare time, she enjoys being a geek.

Matthew Wettergreen—Matthew Wettergreen, PhD has a formal education in bioengineering with a specialization in biomechanics and organ printing and an informal education in non-profit/arts management and marketing, community organizing, and digital strategy. Matthew's work (Caroline Collective, Do713, Chicago Mayoral Campaign, Bandcamp, and Record Monsters) leverages technology to deliver products, solutions, and platforms that help people connect, collaborate or work effectively together. He is currently a lecturer at Rice University in the OEDK working with undergraduate education in engineering, mentoring undergraduate students in engineering design projects, and instructing students in the physical prototyping of objects. Professor Wettergreen's specialties include Rapid Prototyping, Engineering Design Process, Information Design, Visualization, Product design, implant design, FEA modeling, CAD modeling, social media marketing, artist management, event production, live sound engineering, conference and event planning, community building.