Dr. Chris Boshuizen (Make Your Own Satellites) is a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., where he serves as small spacecraft technical liaison, interfacing with NASA centers and commercial partners on the use of Ames-developed technologies. Chris is leading development of new, super cheap approaches to space xploration. “My goal,” he says, “is to make space travel as easy as catching a bus.” With a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Sydney, he’s a former director of the Space Generation Advisory Council of students and young professionals, and was a co-founder and interim director of Singularity University. He has always wanted to be an astronaut.
Joshua Hart (Cargo Bikes) is a Northern California writer and activist working on transportation, climate, and wireless radiation issues. “My life has been enriched more by what
I’ve given up than what I consume,” he reports. He no longer owns a car, flies on planes,
smokes, or uses cellphones or wi-fi. It might sound like deprivation, but, he says, “When
it comes to food as well as transportation, one thing I’ve found is that slow is better! I am
happier and healthier than I have ever been in my life.”
Diana Eng (Yagi Antenna), aka operator KC2UHB, is a fashion designer who works with math, science, and technology. She also writes about ham radio for MAKE and Make: Online. While busy starting her own fashion line (
dianaeng.com) and developing her first product (a fortune cookie coin purse!), she also likes to “climb up rooftops in New York City to communicate through satellites using amateur radio.” Her experiences as a designer have been diverse: sitting front row at New York Fashion Week, being a designer on TV’s Project Runway, and co-founding the N YC Resistor hacker group. She lives in Brooklyn, N. Y., with her fiancé, Dave Clausen, aka operator W2VV.
Bob Knetzger (Toy Inventor’s Notebook) is an independent designer and inventor with
a background in industrial design. He’s had fun inventing toys and games at Mattel,
designing graphics for Intellivision games, creating educational software, and, with his
Neotoy partner Rick Gurolnick, developing new product lines like Doctor Dreadful. Bob
lives near Seattle with his wife, Deborah, and plays pedal steel guitar and banjo when
he’s not working on a new, top-secret toy!
Artist and musician Peter Edwards (DI Y Volume Control) is a “self-taught electronics
tinkerer and full-time maker.” He lives in upstate New York with his girlfriend and two
cats, and makes a living building musical instruments (
occasionally teaching workshops. Lately he’s selling a synth kit called the Drone Lab
and watching Japanese horror movies. What’s on his mind? “I’ve been crazy lately about
high-power tricolor LEDs. You can create very dramatic effects that I never would have
imagined I could get from a little LED.” So now he’s working on a new sound-to-light
circuit that uses a microcontroller to output a responsive, colored light display.
Photograph by Garry McLeod (top)
Nick Raymond’s (MAKE engineering intern) interests in engineering and the outdoors collide at Doran Beach in Sonoma County, Calif., where he works part time and surfs. “I became fascinated with the concept of harnessing the power of the ocean to convert o electrical power,” he says. Since that fascination took hold, he has built a wave energy converter, and is currently building a DI Y wave tank. The president of the Santa Rosa Junior College Engineering Club, Nick likes the color blue, sushi, and his benchtop mini mill. He hopes to work on projects “that will one day provide renewable and clean energy for the populations of the world, or something like that.”