Development Team Bios
Professor of Applied Technology at College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA.
Physics, Physical Science, and Principles of Engineering teacher at New Philadelphia High School, New Philadelphia, Ohio.
Mechanical Engineering Professor, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN. Mark is the author of the books Engineering the Guitar: Theory and Practice and Technology of the Guitar. Mark has conducted extensive research in the field of guitar mechanics, has been published in numerous periodicals. He initiated a week-long guitar building workshop open to the public, which ran from 2006-2010. The Purdue Guitar Workshop set the pattern for what a week-long workshop should look like. Mark also runs similar workshops for local high school students and works with elementary students in the local school system making stringed instruments. His purdueMET youtube channel, where he explains wide variety of topics in engineering, has over 500,000 views.
Engineering and Technology teacher at Southern Wells Jr-Sr High School, grades 7-12. Courses taught: Technology 7, Technology 8, Technology Systems, Computers in Design, Construction Systems, Manufacturing Systems, Introduction to Engineering Design, and Principles of Engineering. Doug has played guitar for over 25 years and has taught for 14 years. He has attended multiple guitar workshops and built guitars with his Manufacturing class students for the last four years. He oversees student production of fretboards for guitarbuilding.org guitar kits. He designed the 3D neck contour used in the guitarbuilding.org kits and participated in developing the guitar design standard. Doug was presented the 2012 Teacher Excellence award by the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association, or ITEEA.
Professor of Manufacturing Technology and Design at Ventura College.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
Primarily instructs in the area of design and manufacturing of products in the MET program curriculum. Manager of the CollabNFAB FAB lab @ Sinclair which produces 700+ guitar kits a year towards this project. PLTW affiliate professor(IED), NISOD Teaching Excellence award winner.
I have personally built 10 guitars and helped hundreds in getting completed. ”On this type of project you need to focus on product improvement; our team has done that on a continual basis.”