As the UTA FabLab Director, Katie provides broad leadership around the development and continuous improvement of the lab. Katie is responsible for increasing the resonance of the FabLab by cultivating strategic partnerships across campus and within the broader community while managing the lab’s newly expanded 8,000 sq. ft. space. She graduated with honors from Baylor University with a B.A. in University Scholars and from the University of North Texas with an M.S.L.I.S. After serving four years as a public librarian, Katie joined UTA as the First-Year Student Success Librarian and K-12 liaison. During her time as a FabLab Interim Manager, she helped lead community outreach efforts and strategic planning for the FabLab expansion.
Librarian/Artist in Residence
Morgan Chivers graduated from San Jose State University (2011) after spending a full decade earning four simultaneously conferred degrees and five minors: BA History, BA Global Studies, BFA Photography, and BFA Spatial Arts, with minors in Anthropology, Music, Religious Studies, German, and Environmental Studies. UTA’s glass program lured this Californian to Texas; Morgan earned an MFA in Glass / Intermedia (2015) with conceptually-rooted, experimental artwork often involving digital fabrication. He joined the FabLab team shortly thereafter as a Technician, and now serves as FabLab Librarian & Artist in Residence, helping to train student employees, liaison to A+AH Department, integrate making into curriculum across this beautifully diverse campus, and to present the UTA FabLab's innovative work at professional conferences and symposia.
Eric graduated from the University of Central Florida with his bachelor’s degree in Biology, and engaged in sea turtle research on the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. In addition to biology research, Eric previously served as a Library Systems and Technology senior technician where he specialized in administration of the Library's IT infrastructure via the SCCM suite. He assembled the original Beta FabLab for the Library and has remained with it maintaining equipment and software, and is also responsible for repair and procurement. He is interested in growing the FabLab into a model for other academic makerspaces in Texas.
Timothy Earl Neill is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator whose research and work examines technology, exploration, and advancement as an evolutionary adaptation of the human species and thus as a contingency for both improvement and extinction. Notable research includes a field expedition to Chernobyl, Ukraine where he 3D scanned over 120 objects to create an archive of digital artefacts. His work has been exhibited both domestically and abroad.
His career began as a designer working for companies such as Mountain Hardwear and the Watts Institute for Contemporary Arts. He also worked as an Industrial Designer at an internationally recognized design consultancy, Ziba Design, where worked with notable clients such as HP, Dell, Lexar, CareFusion/ Cardinal Health, and UCSD Medical Center.
Timothy earned his BFA from California College of the Arts and his MFA from the University of Notre Dame where he also taught in the Art, Art History, and Design Department.
Tushar is the Special Projects GRA for the FabLab. He graduated from UT Arlington with his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD. A foodie by heart, his other hobbies and interests include designing electronics, sketching, writing poetry, and anything related to machines. As a Special Projects GRA, Tushar has been responsible for modifying OctoPrint to track and send print data to the FabApp and for creating JuiceBox, the FabLab's access management system for the Shop Room Equipment.