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.
Adam Williams graduated from UTA in May 2017 with a B.S. in Kinesiology with a focus on biomechanics and prosthetic devices. Adam began in the FabLab as a regular student employee in April 2016 and soon thereafter became a student lead. Adam has worked on several projects for the Fablab including a front-loading wheelchair for a 130lb French Mastiff, modifications and add-ons to equipment, display and demo pieces of various 3D-printer related variables, and a custom prosthetic arm for an 8 year old boy. His strengths include creative problem solving and troubleshooting, rapid prototyping, and conveying complex information in simple terms, he also has 10 years of 3D modeling experience. As the FabLab Specialist, Adam is responsible for coordinating student employee work schedules and trainings, leading outreach efforts, and assisting the technicians with finding solutions to learner and equipment issues!