Our Staff

Makerspace Staff (current)


Rafael M.L. Silva

As the Makerspace Operations Manager I have the opportunity to work closely with students from all majors to help them to explore new interests and learn innovative skills. I’m always looking into new ways to help students and improve the Makerspace, so I’m happy to receive emails with suggestion or questions. You will probably see me on campus hanging out at the makerspace, teaching a workshop, or commuting around with my unicycle… feel free to approach me or send me a message.




Paris Bruner

I am a second year student focusing on software engineering. During my time at the makerspace I have worked primarily with 3d printers, laser cutters, and raspberry pis. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with friends, looking at memes, and binge watching star trek(next generation).





Joe Conquest

Master student of Computer Science & Software Engineer. Interested in Biology, Ecology, Environmental science, Machine and Deep learning. Received BA in Biology and minor in Chemistry before attending UW - Bothell. Born and raised in Kirkland. Avid outdoors enthusiast, musician, and art patron. Lived abroad in Italy and Spain, loves to talk about traveling.





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

Previous Staff Member

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!






Kat Bakalova

Previous Staff Member

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. 






Adam Zhu  

I am a senior at UWB studying physics and minoring in business who likes tinkering in robotics, 3d printing and problem solving. In my spare time, I like playing tennis outdoors and cooking. Feel free to ask me questions when you see me at the Makerspace. 






Payton Rollag

I am a senior Mechanical Engineering student with a passion for creation and solving problems. I have several years of experience with robotics, drones, 3D Modeling and printing, laser cutting, and various projects. My goal is to enter the Aerospace Industry after I graduate and continue to create amazing things. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have!




Tim Lum

Masters in Cybersecurity Engineering (MCSE) student

Completed the Graduate Certificate in Software Design and Development program last year (2017-18)

B.A. in Architectural Studies (UW)

20+ years experience in construction and fabrication. Expert in wood and metals.

Also an aviator and archer.

Currently learning how to save the world through machine learning and artificial intelligence.