Technology Education Manager at UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace GmbH
Vincent works at UnternehmerTUM, the entrepreneurship centre at the Technical University of Munich where he is responsible for technology education at both the Makerspaces. The main focus has been on supporting startups and innovation in the hardware and phys-tech space through providing a high-quality machine-park, combined with learning and co-creation programs. Some of the most notable startups resulting from their programs include ProGlove, Kewazo, the WARR TUM Hyperloop team, ParkHere, Isar Aerospace and AirUp.
Vincent studied Design, majoring in Environmental Science and has extensive experience in product and software development and the international development and non-profit fields.
Founder of Vanhu Vamwe
Pam is a multi-award-winning accessories designer, educator, and author, with her own label, Vanhu Vamwe. Her experiences of working with artisans and feeling personally part of the problem of exploiting vulnerable communities led Pam to study a PhD where she could explore the impact designers working with artisans have on their lives and how to make the process better by bringing true, sustainable value to these communities.
Associate Teaching Professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University
Matthew teaches engineering design, including 1st-year engineering design and Prototyping & Fabrication. This practical, hands-on course increases student proficiency in the development of prototypes using low fidelity prototyping, iterative design, and advanced manufacturing tools. In 2017, he contributed to the launch of the first engineering design minor in the US, credentialing students for a course of study in engineering design, teamwork, and client-based projects.
He has a deep interest in engineering education, specifically curriculum that can be employed to build capacity for student development in makerspaces. He has taught and mentored faculty in Brazil, Malawi, and Tanzania to launch makerspaces and work with institutions to develop engineering design curriculum. He is the faculty mentor for Rice’s Design for America chapter, for which he has been given the Hudspeth Award for excellence in student club mentoring.
He has designed a number of academic products that help students improve their prototyping techniques, including a low fidelity prototyping cart and the Laser Cutter Prototyping Library.
Senior University Teacher, Academic Lead for the iForge
Pete graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering and worked in a mechanical and structural engineering consultancy before returning to Sheffield for his doctoral studies in 2009. His PhD involved designing and building test rigs to simulate medical and surgical procedures.
In 2015, Pete again returned to Sheffield to teach in the University’s brand new Diamond building, creating and delivering practical laboratory classes in dynamics and revolutionising the Engineering Applications teaching in manufacturing technology for first year Engineering students.
In 2017, he worked with a team of students to create The iForge, the UK’s first student-led makerspace. Run by a team of over 40 students, it provides a space for students to learn practical skills and collaborate, both as part of and outside the curriculum, in a relaxed environment, and is developing a global reputation. He also oversees the growing number of student-led co-curricular activities in Engineering.
In 2018 he was awarded the Early Career Senate Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, and in 2020 became a National Teaching Fellow. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.