I grew up in a small town called Nikiski, Alaska, south of Anchorage by about 3 hours. I spent most of my youth taking things apart, and ignoring my engineer parents' pleas that I should learn to put them back together. Over time I learned the value of putting stuff back together, mostly because I didn't like being surround by a pile of broken objects. By the time I was in high school this hobby had turned into full blown hacking, and once I was in college I began to build my own things truly from scratch. In grad school, I became deeply involved in the Stanford Product Realization Lab, as a TA and a certified shoprat. I love to build, tinker and experiment, build physical objects that inform, delight, and engage.