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Rachel Castro

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Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in 3D printing and design, basic coding, creative writing, illustration, filmmaking, baking, and diy furniture hacks.

Current projects: I am expanding my knowledge of coding and VR applications for design projects, and hope to find new ways of supporting and encouraging beginners to the maker community.

Feng Chen
Graduate Assistant, Department of East Asian Studies

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Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in Digital humanities applications, VR navigation, and game studies. 

Current projects: I'm working on Arc-GIS applications and storytelling mapping.

Ryan Jones
Library Information Associate, Sr., iSpace Student Manager

Skills/knowledge: Forthcoming

Current projects: Forthcoming

Vicki Lázaro

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Skills/knowledge: I have experiential knowledge in 3D Scanning, 3D Printing, 3D Cameras, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) applications and gaming on lenses such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Also in Laser Cutting, e-Textiles, Raspberry Pi, Basic Coding, Sewing and DIY Screen Printing. I have many years’ experience working within the world of tech, non-profit, human resources, art, and marketing.

Current projects: I'm working on the iSpace’s programming development, marketing, and tours. I am a co-lead on the UA Women’s Hackathon being held Oct. 19-21, the VR Summit being held Nov. 7th and the K-12 Strategic Plan for Technology Outreach. 

Maggie Melo
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science

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Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in 3D modeling, 3D printing, sewing, rapid prototyping, and e-textiles.

Current projects: N/A

Nassem Navab-Gojrati
Graduate Assistant, School of Art

Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in 3D modeling, 3D scanning, 3D printing, sewing, knitting, and crocheting.

Current projects: This year I hope to help with bridging the use of emerging technology and art. 

Jennifer Nichols
Librarian/Co-Lead of iSpace

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Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in design thinking, innovation tools, sewing, and paper-making.

Current projects: I'm planning the next Friday Tech Talks, finding faculty and campus partners to use the iSpace, and developing a digital project about Tucson murals.

Sam Rodriguez
Graduate Assistant, School of Art

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Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in 3D Modeling. 3D Printing, VR navigation, augmented reality, and sewing.

Current projects: I am working on inventing a holographic assistant for iSpace using Cortana/Siri, creating a menu for iSpace materials. and establishing a waiver template for locker rental.

Anthony Sanchez
Librarian/Co-Lead of iSpace

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Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in soldering, 3D scanning, basic VR game design, sound design and recording, and multimedia production.

Current projects: I am researching the educational impact of VR technologies. This includes establishing iSpace learning communities of practice centered around VR and/or multimedia production.

Magali Sanchez
Graduate Assistant, School of Information

Skills/knowledge: Forthcoming

Current Projects: Forthcoming

Anna Streight
Library Information Associate, Sr.

Skills/knowledge: I am skilled in 3D printing, 3D scanning, sewing, e-textiles, knitting,  and crocheting. I also have basic knowledge of 3D modeling, laser cutters and VR applications.

Current projects: I am planning for the impending arrival of our laser cutter and learning how to use the CNC machine.