Katy Ralko (2007 – 2009)
Katy came to DL1 with video editing on her resume, which was a skill in demand; but her real contribution was peer leadership. A good project manager and an imaginative planner, she demonstrated the significant role students can play in creating an exciting community learning environment. She received her BA with Highest Honors in Screen Arts and Cultures in 2009, and entered the UCLA Film Studies graduate program that fall.
Jason Emmendorfer (2009)
Jason created the model for our video documentaries of the smart phone developer’s 48-hour hackathons, using time lapse images captured during the entire event. He received a BA in Screen Arts and Cultures in 2009.
Grace Boateng (2009 – 2010)
Grace provided expertise in image and video editing, and made priceless creative promo pieces for DL1. She received a BFA from the School of Art and Design in 2010.
Brieana MacDonald (2009 – 2010)
Brieana got us all to start thinking hard about how to better manage the physical stuff lying around. She observed how DL1 participants used or referred to material in the room; then she designed and built a prototype storage system to strategically hide or display objects of various sizes. She received her BS in Architecture in 2010.
Jason Prasad (2010 -2011)
Jason will be remembered for introducing the art of “smoldering” to DL1. His involvement started with the class SmartSurfaces, where he learned to prototype and animate with a variety of tools. His infectious curiosity and readiness to help others were key contributions to the culture that made Electronic Lunch successful. He has since graduated from the College of Engineering with degrees in Materials Science and Engineering, Computer Science, and Multidisciplinary Engineering. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Architecture, from TCAUP.
Stewart Randolph (2008- 2009)
Stewart made the first decent DL1 website ever. The aesthetic he introduced is still extant, if not intact, in the current instance. At the time he built the site, it was state-of-the-art Flash applied with class. We still love it, though we’ve had to move to a mobile-friendly platform. Stewart received a BFA in Performing Arts and Technology in 2009, and went off to NYC to pursue an Associates Degree in Menswear Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
William Stanton (2009 – 2010)
Will was too busy helping others to turn any of his ideas for enhancing DL1 into realities. His work as a multimedia artist exploring interactivity attracted musicians, video artists, and engineers, laying much of the groundwork that led to Electronic Lunch. He received a BFA in Performing Arts and Technology in 2010.
Colin Fulton (2011-2012)
Specialties: Audio, Graphics, Coding, Video, Web
Originally from Massachusetts, Colin came to University of Michigan to study art and design. He got a BFA in Interarts Performance from U of M’s School of Art & Design and the Theatre Department in 2012, focusing his studies on sound and new media in live performances. In addition to his work for the DMC he did freelance work as a new media artist, graphic designer, sound designer, composer, video editor, technical director, audio engineer, musician, etc.
Brian Ng (2012)
Specialties: Graphics, Audio, Coding
Brian was in the Chemical Engineering department and graduated in May 2013. He loved working at both GroundWorks and DL1 because he learned about programs that he’d never learned about in his engineering classes. He was also involved with the Michigan Marching Band and Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan.
Sally Volkmann (2012)
Specialties: Graphics, Video
Sally is an artist, filmmaker, and photographer interested in documenting and telling stories. Sally was always willing to help with videos or act as a sounding board for ideas. In her free time she enjoys riding her bike, going to the movies, and crock pot cooking.
Natalie Smith (2011-2012)
Specialties: Video, Graphics, 3D
As an artist who tends to dabble in many different forms of media, I often find that I can bring most of them together through film. I like to mix it up, collaborate, and help others accomplish their goals. It never hurts to try! I’m pretty good at working with Maya, Rhino, Illustrator, general technical dramas, fine arts conversation, and could talk your ear off about ice cream, plants, and multimedia making techniques and processes. I love to run, travel, eat new food, knit, crochet, and doodle in my sketchbook.
Eric Gu (2013)
Specialties: Graphics, 3D
I’m a senior in Mechanical Engineering and enjoy making things. In my spare time, I like working on graphic design and am adept with Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as Mathematica and Processing, which I use to make mathematical designs. I also have some experience with entrepreneurship as co-founder of 2 start-ups and designer for another. At U-M, I have also worked as marketer for several student organizations and I have a fond interest in guerrilla marketing campaigns. Please feel free to approach me with any questions!
Kevin Chang (2013-2014)
Specialties: Web, Coding
I am a sophomore studying electrical engineering here at Michigan. I was born in Ann Arbor, and… I’m still here. When I’m not slaving away at my homework, I enjoy playing around with websites. I first got interested in web development when I joined my church’s web team, and since then I have made a few websites of my own.
A growing interest of mine is robotics. Tinkering with Arduinos and the like, it’s an interest I am just starting to explore. I’m an avid tennis and guitar player who loves eating food and listening to Korean original soundtracks.
Shuvajit Das (2013-2014)
Specialties: Coding, Audio, Video, 3D
I am a sophomore studying computer science at Michigan. I am originally from Bangladesh, but my current home is Nashville, TN. I like attending hackathons where I program with friends on a project for one to two days straight. Outside of programming, I love making music. My interest in songwriting began in 9th grade and I have stuck with it ever since, but I am just as interested in the recording, mixing, and mastering processes. One of my newer endeavors is 3D game development. Though making an entire game is a daunting task, each smaller goal is fun to complete and makes me feel accomplished.
Jacob Hash (2013-2014)
Specialties: Coding, Graphics, Video, Audio
I am an adventure-filled Super-Senior in Computer Science Engineering with an extremely diverse set of interests. Everything related to visual & audio arts is absolutely thrilling to me, from computer graphics to graphic design to videography and animation, I love it all. I’m well-versed in an abundance of softwares and programming languages and am constantly learning more in order to stay on pace with the world. This semester I will be mastering the art of Projection Mapping using TouchDesigner and other software and would be glad to give out tutorials. If you need any help with audio/video-related products or would just like to chat, I am available at your command.
Sarang Umarji (2013-2014)
Specialties: Fabrication, Simulation, Materials, Audio
I am a senior studying Materials Science Engineering. I am really interested in sustainability, nanotechnology, world cultures, discovering new music, learning musical instruments, and learning new things. I’ve recently participated in a hackathon that got me interested in using both hardware and software to make spaces more interactive. I’m also doing a senior design project aimed at making a wood-like material out of recycled paper and soybeans to allow furniture and trees to coexist. Besides engineering, I’ve always loved music and play a handful of percussive and stringed instruments. I’d love to talk to you about sustainable design, philosophy, materials selection and properties, or music!
Christina Yan (2013-2014)
Specialties: Graphics, 3D, Representation
Hello你好! I am a senior architecture student at Taubman College and I also minor in Electrical Engineering. I transfered from China two years ago and I always love to try out new things and experience the world. My interests are graphic design & rendering and 3D modeling & prototyping. I would love to talk about any formal or informal ideas with you—maybe bring up some thoughts from “oriental perspective.” Recently I am starting to work with Arduino to create movable/responsive building surfaces. Oh, did I mention I also do some graffiti?
Specialties: Video, Graphics, Audio, 3D, Coding
I am a senior and beginning masters student in the PAT program. My interests include music, visual art, multimedia, interactive art and their many intersections. I enjoy how diverse ways of making art inform one another. Feel free to approach me about both technical questions, and those relating to design, aesthetic and conceptual concerns. I love electronic music and jazz, performing with my band Pushbutton, quirky animation, thought-provoking movies, indie games, playing squash and mountain biking!
Specialties: 3D, Graphics
I am a graduate student in architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. I served for three years with the Peace Corps in Zambia working on community health education and appropriate technology design. I’m interested in 3-D modeling and rendering and am always looking to learn more.
Specialties: Robotics, Coding, Electronics
I am a sophomore studying Electrical Engineering. I enjoy playing with electronics, especially LEDs. I first started getting into electronics and robotics when I made my robot and parts of a Rube Goldberg machine in my technology class during freshman year of high school. I originally discovered Design Lab 1 through my UROP project that got me using Processing, Arduino and Microsoft’s Kinect. I am originally from Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Virginia when I was almost 11. I am involved with the MEZ Mentor program, which all engineers should consider joining! I enjoy learning new languages, volunteering and eating.
Specialties: Audio, Web, Coding
I am a junior studying computer science engineering. My interests are music, beatboxing, chess, computer security, and music software development. Recently, I have been making a lot of electronic music (which you can listen to at www.soundcloud.com/vikasy). If you have any questions about programming or music production, don’t hesitate to ask me!
Specialties: Robotics, Electronics, Coding, Fabrication, Video
I am a masters student in my final semester of the Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles program with a focus on machine learning and AI. I was born in Indiana, moved to Germany, traveled Europe and Asia, and ended up in Michigan for high school. I am a fan/participant in esports and extreme sports and like to spend my spare time honing my skills and building things.
Before I started my program here I interned at NASA and built arcade sticks in my spare time, and I’ve also done a fair bit of coding and mathematical analysis in the past. I’m happy to help with any questions involving robotics, statistical methods, electronics, coding, physical construction, or video editing!
Specialties: Soldering, Circuits, Coding, Product Design
Hiya! I’m a recent graduate, with a Master’s in Physiology and a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. My focus in the design world is humanity—how we can become healthier, happier, and more connected. I love learning about how people interact with their physical world and how design can improve those experiences. I’m a co-founder of a medical device start-up, so my skills in product design are broad and rooted in real-world applications. My hobbies include obsessively searching for new music, reading about social justice, and exploring gaming as an art form.
Specialties: Robotics, Mechanics, Coding, Mathematics
I’m a senior studying mechanical engineering at Seoul National University of science and technology in South Korea. I’m interested in robotics (especially rehabilitation robots), biomechanics, ergonomics, playing musical instruments, and making interesting things. I came to Michigan for my research during this summer and fall semester. My project is making a motion analysis program, using Python, for robotics and biomechanics. If you have any questions about robotics, mathematics, coding, mechanics, soldering, or 3D/2D modeling, I’m willing to help you!