ECE Makerspaces

Monday, March 20
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Makerspaces: Information for Chairs

Makerspaces provide opportunities for hands-on learning, creation and innovation where students are inspired and put ideas into practice. The process of conception, discovery, experimentation, discussion, creation, test, iteration and collaboration prepare students for challenges they will face in industry and inspires an appreciation of the need for lifelong learning. University makerspaces have the potential to level the playing field between students from diverse social and economic backgrounds. Student involvement in makerspace operation provides opportunities to develop budget, management, and leadership skills.  

This session (presentations followed by a panel discussion) will highlight examples and lessons from four universities. It will cover such topics as makerspace start-up, best practices, and management. Speakers will bring diverse perspectives from makerspace directors, a lab manager, an engineering dean, and faculty organizers from both mechanical engineering and ECE departments:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Georgia Tech
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Texas, Dallas


Jay Farrell
    Jay A. Farrell
Professor and Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California - Riverside                                                                                                  

Jay A. Farrell is Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on state estimation, planning, and control for autonomous vehicles. At Draper Lab (1989-1994), he received the Engineering Vice President's Best Technical Publication Award in 1990, and Recognition Awards for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in 1991 and 1993. He has served as President of the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and as General Chair of 2012 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. He was named a GNSS Leader to Watch for 2009-2010 by GPS World Magazine and a winner of the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge by the U.S. Department of Transportation in July 2011. He is author of over 200 technical publications and three books and is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of AAAS, a Distinguished Member of IEEE CSS.

  Erica Messinger
Director Worldwide University Program
Keysight Technologies
>> Keysight Presentation

Erica Messinger became the Keysight Technologies Director Worldwide University Program in early 2016 to provide strategic vision and leadership for the company’s multi-tiered engagements with Universities and Academic/Research Institutions.  She works collaboratively across various touchpoints throughout Keysight to unify and optimize investments in the “education ecosystem.”  This includes placement of Keysight solutions among the next generation of engineers, impacting research partnerships with Universities, grants, recruiting, marketing and growing sales in the education market. 
Prior to holding her current position, she served in numerous roles across Keysight/Agilent/Hewlett-Packard including sales channel management, business development, applications engineering and project management.  She holds a BS EE from the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

Sid Delwala
Sid Deliwala
Director, Electrical and Systems Engineering Labs
University of Pennsylvania
>> Deliwala Presentation

Sid Deliwala is the Director of Electrical and Systems Engineering (ESE) Labs. He received his BS degree in Computer Engineering from Walchand Institute of Technology, India (1991) and Masters degree from Drexel University in 1994.

In addition to his responsibilities of overseeing the lab curriculum in Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering, he also holds Lecturer position in ESE and teaches  ESE Senior Design (Capstone), Freshmen course in ESE (ESE 111), a school wide available course in hardware hacking (ESE 190)  and Summer Academy in Management and Technology Program (m&tsi).

  Bonnie Ferri
Associate Chair
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Tech
>> Ferri & Forest Presentation

Dr. Ferri is a Professor and the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Over the last ten years, Dr. Ferri has been active in developing and implementing innovative pedagogical methods in her classes including active learning, flipped and blended classes, and hands-on learning.  She co-developed two Massive Open Online Courses that have enrolled over 100,000 people, and she has initiated several programs within the School of ECE that involve and benefit both faculty and students, including the development of an ECE-centric makerspace. She has received many honors and awards for her teaching, mentoring, outreach, and research in education including the 2017 IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2016 Regent’s Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, the Notre Dame Women’s Achievement Award, and the Harriet B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society. She was an invited speaker at a National Academy of Engineering workshop on education. She is very active in the recruitment and retention of women in engineering, including middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate level activities.  Dr. Ferri has been active in the IEEE Control System Society by serving two terms on their Board of Governors, being the Program Chair for the 1998 American Control Conference, and  serving as a chair of the Control System Society Technical Committee on Education. Dr. Ferri received the B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, the M.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1988.

    Craig Forest
Associate Professor
Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering
Georgia Tech
>> Ferri & Forest Presentation
Craig Forest is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he also holds program faculty positions in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.  He is a Fellow at the Allen Brain Institute in Seattle WA and he is one of the inaugural recipients of the NIH BRAIN Initiative Grants, a national research effort to invent the next generation of neuroscience and neuroengineering tools.  He is cofounder/organizer of one of the largest undergraduate invention competitions in the US—The InVenture Prize, and founder/organizer of one of the largest student-run prototyping facilities in the US—The Invention Studio.  He was named Engineer of the Year in Education for the state of Georgia (2013). 


  Eric Paulos
Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
University of California, Berkeley
>> Paulos Presentation

Eric Paulos is the founder and director of the Hybrid Ecologies Lab, an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering Computer Science Department at UC Berkeley, Director of the CITRIS Invention Lab, Chief Learning Officer for the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, a Co-Director of the Swarm Lab, and faculty within the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM). Previously, Eric held the Cooper-Siegel Associate Professor Chair in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University where he was faculty within the Human-Computer Interaction Institute with courtesy faculty appointments in the Robotics Institute and in the Entertainment Technology Center. Prior to CMU, Eric was Senior Research Scientist at Intel Research in Berkeley, California where he founded the Urban Atmospheres research group. His areas of expertise span a deep body of research territory in wearables, critical making, Epidermal Electronics, Urban Computing, sustainability, environmental awareness, social telepresence, robotics, physical computing, interaction design, persuasive technologies, and intimate media.  Eric received his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Eric is also the founder and director of the Experimental Interaction Unit and a frequent collaborator with Mark Pauline of Survival Research Laboratories.

    Mark W. Spong

Lars Magnus Ericsson Chair in Electrical Engineering
Dean of Engineering and Computer Science
University of Texas, Dallas
>> Spong Presentation


Dr. Spong is Dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He is Past President of the IEEE Control Systems Society, a Fellow of both the IEEE and the IFAC and has served as Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, and as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, the IEEE Control Systems Magazine, and the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He served as Vice President for Publication Activities from 2000-2002 and is a past member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Control Systems Society.  He served as General Chair of the 2010 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control and the 2001 IEEE Conference on Control Applications.

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