Who am I? I graduated from Dartmouth College over 20 years ago
with degrees in computer science and economics. That got me into
the software industry where I've held just about every role in a
software business...engineering manager, product manager, sales
manager, support manager and marketing manager. I've worked at
startups (Wildfire, MarketSoft, NetGenesis, etc) and I've worked
at major corporations (Apple and Intuit). Eventually I got my
ultimate job, Business Leader, which meant I was responsible for a
multi-million dollar product and it's success in the market.
Eventually I started to burn out (some have said I ended up having
a mild mid-life crisis). That lead me to try a new
Over the last four years I've been working at Fay School. When I started at
Fay, my title was Director of Technology, which meant it was my
job to build out the technology infrastructure and to modernize
the tools and technology used throughout the school. After a
few years of that, I gradually started to look at ways to change
the classrooms and things we teach. That led to our creation
of the Fay
Innovation Lab. We re-purposed three classrooms...
where all furniture is on wheels and the walls are covered
in Idea Paint and green screen paint.
|"maker room" where students
|"fab lab" where students have
access to 3D printer, 3D scanner, 3D milling machine and
We opened the design and maker room in January 2013. The
Fab Lab room was opened in September, 2013 - thanks to the
generosity of our school's parent's association. While the
learning curve has been steep, I've been able to make some fun
things. Some specific projects that I'm most proud of are:
Vocabulator. This was the idea of our English
Department Chairman, Paul Abeln. He wanted a way to
teach children about word roots. Over a few months we
designed, built and programmed the Vocabulator. At the
root of the tree it shows a root (for example, "alt / lev")
and the branches of the tree show related words (e.g.
altitude, levitate, etc).
iPhone holder. This is personal. I own a
jeep wrangler. I use my iPhone and Google Maps for
directions. I put it in the change holder, but it
falls all over the place- especially when I make tight
turns. To fix this, I realized I could mount something
that would hang in the change holder off the
dashboard. And so the project began and after about 15
"drafts" I finally got it- and I love it!