Ben is one of the two cofounders of make717. Ben oversees all program areas and day to day operations.
Sam is a senior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale majoring in Industrial Management and Applied Engineering. He is also a creative media intern for 13/15 of the D1 sports teams for Saluki Athletics. Sam oversees all training, maintenance, and procurement.
Eric oversees our Beginner 3D printing training curriculum. You will more than likely find him in a kilt making something cool.
Harry is a retired recycling plant supervisor. He assists with maintenance as well as volunteers as a MIC
Timothy fell in love with electronics during his 7th-grade year of school, which led him to pursue a degree in electronic engineering from Thaddeus Stevens. He now co-oversees the electronics area at the makerspace with Jared Houze, where he dabbles in Arduino programming and LED display projects, as well as improving the FabLab.
Jared co-leads the electronics area alongside Timothy Story, while dabbling in his own LED and Arduino focused projects. You will often find him in the FabLab painting 3D printed models or helping other makers with the nuances of our equipment.
Phil oversees the manual machining area.
Tormach CNC mill. A machinist by trade, he enjoys sharing those skills and helping others with their projects.
In addition to his role as MIC, Mike also runs equipment orientations and training for several pieces of equipment at make717. His other volunteer activities include, Trustee for the ELANCO Library, the Library System of Lancaster County, Boy Scouts of America, and Kiwanis Club of New Holland, He is retired from a career in factory automation, primarily in the CNC business working with machine tool builders. He likes to make things and read as he considers reading a great way to learn stuff.
Tom has spent his career in information technology and telecommunications. His interests include woodworking, photography, and electronics. At make717 he is a teacher in the woodshop, specifically the SawStop Tablesaw, and has made significant use of the 3D printers to aid his interests.
Andrew has a background in HVAC maintenance as well as around 15 years of woodworking experience. He is currently overseeing maintenance and operation of the Laguna 14|BX bandsaw in the woodworking area.
A.J. is a volunteer Maker in Charge.
Alex enjoys merging his interest in amateur radio with the ability to fabricate custom items/parts at make717. He can be found in a multitude of areas of the shop as he explores all of the wonderful tools available for use.
Alan is a volunteer Maker in Charge and is in charge of laser maintenance.
Andrew has been a make717 member since 2021, and is a father to a special needs son who uses a wheelchair. Andrew mostly focuses on projects geared toward assistive technology, but from early summer through late fall he is usually at make717 developing components for his son’s elaborate Halloween costumes.
Bob has been a member since October 2015. He is trained in almost all of the equipment make717 has to offer. He enjoys meeting new members and seeing their various projects. He enjoys both the social aspects of membership and familiarizing new members with various tools in the makerspace.
Chad is a volunteer Maker in Charge.
Gregg is a retired candy maker. He loves programming and dabbles in electronics, woodworking and home automation. At make717 he volunteers as a Maker-In-Charge and is on the board of directors.
Steven is a volunteer Maker in Charge.
If you encounter Wes, he will most likely be working to repair or refurbish a piece of equipment for make717. Either that or working on a car part.