Our Staff

Makerspace Staff (current)



Kat Bakalova

Staff Member

Email: bakalovaa@gmail.com

I am a creative mechanical engineering student interested in the intersection of art and science. In my free time I enjoy biking, skateboarding, and doing crafty projects. 






Makerspace Staff (Alumni)

Ivan Owen

Awe-inspiring Master of Odd Things

Ivan Owen is the former Makerspace Lab Manager on the University of Washington, Bothell campus.  He has extensive experience using 3D printers and laser cutters and the positive effect that these technologies can have on our future.  His past work included co-creating the first 3D printable open-source prosthetic hand.  This design was released into the public domain and lead to the creation of the e-NABLE open source community which has improved the design and distributed free hands to more than 3,000 people in over 45 countries.  His current projects explore the intersection between art, design, engineering & open innovation.

His work in the Makerspace has forever changed the UWB campus Maker Community.  He currently resides in Washington State, but no longer works at the UWB campus.

Alex Anderson

Founding Staff Member

I am a mechanical engineering student who has have several years of experience with 3D printers and other rapid prototyping and manufacturing technologies.



Kiana Takaki

Previous Staff Member

I am a student focused on a future in Education Policy.  I am interested in learning and teaching all subjects and disciplines through collaboration.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, imagining, philosophizing, chatting, and spending quality time with my savage rabbit, George.




Alex Lee

Previous Staff Member

I am a software engineer who loves to use the 3D printers and laser cutter to create things. In past projects, I have worked with Arduinos, Raspberry Pi, and Virtual Reality to create smart devices and explore different mediums of information. In combination with the equipment and utilities provided by the Makerspace, I find that I can automate many real-world devices through physical and electrical means.


Nhan Phan

Staff Member

Email: nhanp@uw.edu

This is my senior year at UWB in the ME department. I have experience with SolidWorks, Python, Java, and CNC machines. I am looking forward to making friends and working on fun projects. Please don’t hesitate to ask me questions!