Students and Mentors


Students following summer 2015 colloquium on project progress
Students (from left to right) Cole Swany, Alex von Hoene, Harpo Roeder, Cecilia Brisuda, Max Weger, and Peter Cattani following summer 2015 colloquium on project progress

The fabrication lab team currently currently consists of four high school students from Bloomington high schools and three undergraduate students from Indiana University. The students do all of the work on the fabrication lab projects: all design, construction, and programming is done by the students with guidance as necessary.

High School Students:

Max Weger
  Cole Swany
Harpo Roeder
Cecilia Brisuda

Undergraduate Students:

Alex von Hoene
  Luke Patmore
  Michael Fisher

Harpo Roeder conducts the majority of quadcopter assembly and flight, though construction of some parts is aided by Alex von Hoene. Simulation, software testing, computer-aided design, and programming are conducted by Max Weger and Cecilia Brisuda. Miscellaneous computer science tasks are often tackled by Luke Patmore, Michael Fisher, and Alex von Hoene. The Stradivarius guitar project is the purview of Cole Swany. There is considerable overlap and little formality in who conducts what, as most students are competent in most areas. However, the students gravitate to certain types of tasks and effectively become the lab's experts in that which they work on.



Though students are welcome to seek help from many in CREST, they are guided most heavily by graduate student Erik Holk, postdoctoral reseracher Joseph Cottam, and assistant scientists Matthew Anderson and Maciej Brodowicz. The latter two are the coordinators of the program. All four are great helps to the students in their endeavors as teachers and as mentors. Frequently one will find a student and mentor poring over code or learning to design hardware. High school and undergraduate students are chosen for their creative and learning potential, and the program fosters learning. Affiliated adults are catalysts of learning and an invaluable part of the fabrication lab program.