Co-Works Team

 
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Program Manager • David Kim

dkim20@risd.edu • (401) 709-8645

Having worked as a biochemical research scientist from 2002-08, David returned to school for a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD and the Digital Media MFA at RISD. He works as a biomedical design consultant, has been the educational director of an art and architecture NGO, the director of digital stage effects for a contemporary dance company, a high school math and science instructor, and has designed and taught interdisciplinary art + science curricula at UCSD, SVA, Brown, and RISD.

In his art practice, David cultivates biological and digital systems as vehicles for personal catharsis and intersectional discourse. A member of the international art collective Biome Arts, his work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art in America.

Starting in 2014, David has developed Co-Works from the ground up. Born in 1979, he remains undecided on whether looking young for his age is a curse or blessing.

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Assistant Manager • Brynn Trusewicz

btruse01@risd.edu

Brynn received their Masters in Industrial Design at RISD, after completing degrees in Sculpture and Mathematics at SUNY Purchase. They are also a consummate maker, particularly in digital fabrication, textiles, and metalwork.

Through writings, social interactions, and adornment, Brynn's work explores the tensions between identity and appearance, especially as it relates to queer identities and the bodies that carry them. They instruct courses at RISD in digital embroidery and ornamentation as it relates to intersectional identity politics.

At Co-Works, Brynn designs teaching resources and leads the training of grad assistants and monitors. When they're not instructing, you can find Brynn in the beyond section of Bed Bath & Beyond, snacking on the samples and chatting with the moms.

Administration

 
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Ned Draper
Director, Academic Budgets & Resources
edraper@risd.edu

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Timothy Sandiford
Division Assistant
tsandifo@risd.edu

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Pradeep Sharma
RISD Provost
provost@risd.edu

Graduate Assistants

 
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Eli Backer 

Glass 2019
ebacker@risd.edu

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Dove Drury

Ceramics 2018
cdrury@risd.edu

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Ipek Kosova

Glass 2018
ikosova@risd.edu

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Sushant Shivaram

Industrial Design 2019
sshivara@risd.edu

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Megan Valanidas

Industrial Design 2018
mvalanid@risd.edu

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Amily He

Industrial Design 2018
mhe@risd.edu

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Winslow Funaki

Furniture 2020
efunaki@risd.edu

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Erick Medel

Photography 2018
emedel@risd.edu

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Austin Bamford  

Landscape Arch 2018
abamford@risd.edu

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Angela Torchio

Graphic Design 2019
atorchio@risd.edu

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Lauren Traugott-Campbell

Graphic Design 2018
ltraugot@risd.edu

 
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Biniam Kebede

Industrial Design 2018
bkebede@risd.edu

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Jeremy Bass 

Industrial Design 2018
jbass@risd.edu

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Molly Palecek

Jewelry & Metal 2018
mpalecek@risd.edu

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Gavin Zeitz

Landscape Arch 2018
azeitz@risd.edu

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Tatiana Gómez Gaggero

Graphic Design 2018
tgomez22@risd.edu

Undergraduate Monitors

 
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Felix Beaudry  

Textiles 2018
fbeaudry@risd.edu

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Vuthy Lay

Architecture 2019
vlay@risd.edu

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Raina Wellman

Graphic Design 2019
rwellman@risd.edu

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Sonya Fayzieva  

FAV 2018
sfayziev@risd.edu

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Brian Oakes

Sculpture 2018
boakes@risd.edu

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Abdullah Moussa de Polignac

Interior Arch 2020
amoussa@risd.edu

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Max Hertz

Sculpture 2019
mhertz@risd.edu

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Minsoo Thigpen

Painting/Applied Math 2018 mthigpen@risd.edu

Work At Co-Works

Co-Works employs over twenty Grad Assistants and Monitors per academic year. Although openings for the 2017-18 academic year have already been filled, students are encouraged to submit applications to be considered for positions that may open in Spring 2018. Applications will also be saved for opportunities in Summer 2018 and the 2018-19 academic year.

Applicant Profile

A strong candidate is eager to engage with a cross-departmental community, is a proactive self-starter, and has excellent interpersonal skills. Experience in any of the following areas is also helpful:

  • 3D modeling (Rhino, SolidWorks)
  • Adobe Suite (particularly Illustrator)
  • 3D printing and CNC processes
  • Traditional fine arts, woodworking, and craft techniques
  • Laser cutting, model making
  • Vacuum forming, mould making/casting
  • Machine sewing and apparel construction
  • Machine embroidery and knitting
  • Digital printing and UV printing
  • Electronics, physical computing, and programming
  • Virtual and augmented reality technologies

However, technical expertise in most areas is not required. As these skills can be taught, a strong candidate is foremost able to demonstrate exceptional ability to engage with makers from many disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds.

Undergraduate Monitor Responsibilities

Duties include training students and supervising use of Co-Works equipment, ensuring proper usage and adherence to safety protocols, assisting in classes and projects, serving as a cross-departmental liaison, general maintenance and clean-up, and assisting the Program Manager and Assistant Manager as needed.

Graduate Assistant Responsibilities

In addition to what is expected of undergraduate monitors, graduate assistants have a project, research, and/or pedagogical responsibility. Graduate assistants have the opportunity to create training sessions, courses, innovate equipment applications and cross-overs, and develop new resources and workflows for Co-Works. Research and teaching projects are individually designed in response to current needs and the strengths/trajectories of each graduate student. Successful projects have often led to additional academic and professional opportunities.

 
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Application Process

Co-Works Application
• 2018-19 Deadline: Dec 1, 2017
• Interviews start in early 2018