UMaine IMRC Fabrication Labs

As the Interim Director of the IMRC for the current academic year and the supervisor of the IMRC Fab Labs for the past 3 years, I have established the following programs / projects:

  • Updated and restructured the IMRC website and social media sites with a focus on intuitive user based exploration and increased awareness of our various programs / facilities:
  • Established University mandated equipment & safety training for all current fab lab employees including working with our lab manager to develop SOP’s / safety training documents for all fab lab equipment and users
  • Developed a new IMRC Textile lab for both analog and digital creative exploration
  • Developed a community account system allowing students, faculty and outside community members to sign up for training and safety classes that will allow them to work regularly in the IMRC fab labs
  • Established discounted equipment use rates for all New Media & Intermedia students.
  • Tripled our community account holder base in two years.
  • Optimized  and reorganized the lab spaces to create a more intuitive work flow between similar equipment.
  • Secured funding for new equipment including two more 3D printers (Form Labs and Lulzbot Taz5)
  • Helped to create a network of undergraduate, graduate and faculty support for IMRC freelance projects, paying student contractors by the project and creating a new income stream for the facility.
  • Developed a check in and evaluation process for all employees’ annual job reviews
  • Formulated a clear and concise description of job duties for all IMRC employees
  • Scheduled weekly staff / lab meetings and clear lines of communication for all IMRC employees