Tim is a student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology that founded an endowed program as well as a maker space during his junior year. Before attending Rose-Hulman, Tim founded an international charity that has been recognized by the Red Cross and dozens of other organizations for their work providing wheelchairs to those in need. Tim is a recognized inventor for an all-terrain wheelchair targeted at helping veterans that he built the summer before his freshman year. Tim has been recognized for a device that he created while at an Intel internship, and has since worked on industrial robots in Detroit and rockets at SpaceX.
Ashley Bernal is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received her PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. She was an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) teaching fellow and Student Teaching Enhancement Partnership (STEP) Fellow. Prior to receiving her PhD, she worked as a subsystems engineer at Boeing on the Joint Unmanned Combat Air Systems (JUCAS) program. Her research areas of interest include piezoelectrics, nanomanufacturing, optical measuring techniques, and intercultural design.
Bill Kline is Professor of Engineering Management and Associate Dean of Innovation at Rose-Hulman. His teaching and professional interests include systems engineering, quality, manufacturing systems, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As Associate Dean, he directs the Branam Innovation Center which houses campus competition teams, maker club, and projects.
He is currently an associate with IOI Partners, a consulting venture focused on innovation tools and systems. Prior to joining Rose-Hulman, he was a company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Montronix, a company in the global machine monitoring industry.
Bill is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Illinois College and a Bronze Tablet graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where he received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Jessica Livingston is an associate professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She received a B.A. from the University of Georgia, an M.A. from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Her areas of interest include engineering communication and pedagogy, humanitarian engineering, the intersections of gender and work in a global economy, and documentary film.
Stephen Misak is a graduate researcher at UCSB, working on photonic integrated circuits. He graduated with an bachelors degree in Engineering Physics from Rose-Hulman University of Technology. Tim Balz and Stephen Misak co-founded the Make It Happen Program in Fall of 2015. While Stephen is passionate about MEMS, laser systems, and sensor technology, he also is driven to find innovative solutions for improving the world.
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