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Southern California InnovationMaker: June 16, 2016

The Southern California InnovationMaker3 Symposium was held at UC San Diego on June 16, 2016. The symposium was presented by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Workforce & Economic Development Division, along with the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST).


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Panelist Bios

Dr. Nate Delson, University of California at San Diego, EnVision Maker Studio Faculty Director; Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego. Nate Delson serves as a resource for UC San Diego faculty who are creating experiential courses for the EnVision Maker Studio. For more than 16 years, Delson has been educating mechanical engineers at UC San Diego through project-based learning in laboratory settings that combine thinking and making, including MAE 3 for freshman and the capstone course MAE 156B. Delson has taught students how to learn to construct everything from robots to clocks, to medical devices. He is also engaged in programs and initiatives that encourage students to bring their ideas and inventions to market. After his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at UC San Diego, Delson earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at MIT.

Parker Thomas, Mirus Labs. Parker Thomas is the Managing Partner of Mirus Labs, an educational design studio that helps learning organizations create spaces and experiences that encourage creativity, wonder and learning. He is a cofounder of Urban Montessori Charter School, an Oakland elementary school with 330 scholars based on design thinking, arts integration and the teachings of Maria Montessori. A passionate believer that making things develops creative problem-solving skills, he is also the cofounder of STEAM Factory, an Oakland family makerspace currently building a two-person, 30 mph hovercraft. Prior to Mirus, he built and sold 2 companies, built 2 airplanes and flew them around the country, managed the DARPA-funded MENTOR Makerspace program for Make: Magazine and co-invented Maker Studio, a building toy currently sold in bookstores and specialty toy stores across the country. In his spare time, he makes drones, boats, pens, knives, treehouses and anything else his kids want to make.

Xavier Leonard, State of California. Xavier Leonard is a civic technologist, researcher and designer. A graduate of Columbia University, he has been the Public Technology and Data Strategist for the City of San Diego's Civic Innovation Lab, Media and Communications Specialist with the Center on Policy Initiatives and a Senior Fellow in Emerging Technology at the SDSU Visualization Center. He was the founding director of Heads on Fire and the Heads on Fire Fab Lab. That program (now Fab Lab San Diego) was selected as a national model in the United States for teaching technology in out-of-school settings.

A proponent and producer of Open Source software and hardware projects, Leonard has spoken on the benefits of Open Knowledge, Open Data and Open Government at the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki and Berlin; the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis, Tunisia; the Air Jaldi Summit on Wireless Technologies in Dharamsala, India; the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks; the Nonprofit Technology Network Conference; the Community Technology Center Network Conference; the signature Maker Faires in San Mateo and NYC, TEDx America's Finest City and the Global Fab Lab Conference. As a Kid*Spark Fellow, he investigated the role of play and maker activity in the delivery of STEM education and was Innovator-in-Residence at San Fransisco's Children s Creativity Museum.

Leonard has been honored as a Z-Fellow of the Zero Divide Foundation, an Ideas Institute Fellow of the MIT Media Lab, and a TEC Champion by the United States Congress. His design projects have been presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Institute of Contemporary Art,London; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; the Biennial Soundwave Festival, San Francisco; Franklin Furnace, NYC; The Knitting Factory, NYC; and the Centre International Francais, Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso, among other venues.

Salomón Dávila, Dean of Economic and Workforce Development, Pasadena City College. Dean of Career Technical Education, at Pasadena City College, began his pursuit of tinkering with programming Logo in his 5th grade class. After solid industrial technology shop classes and a dose of math and science he headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he continued his tinkering in laboratories, designing data collection systems for graduate students.


Qualcomm Conference Center, Jacobs Hall, 1st floor
Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Registration began at 9:30. Optional tours of the EnVision Maker Studio began at 3:15pm.

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