Co-Works Team


Program Manager • David Kim • (401) 709-8645

Brought on in 2014 to build Co-Works from the ground up, he serves as Program Manager and leads the development of cross-departmental courses and interdisciplinary resources for making research at RISD.

Having worked as a biochemical research scientist through most of the 2000s, David returned to school for Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts at UCSD in 2009 and the Digital Media MFA at RISD in 2012. He also works as a biomedical design consultant and has been an educational director of an art and architecture nonprofit, a 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 the School of Visual Arts, Brown University, UCSD, and RISD.

David’s eclectic professional and educational backgrounds support an art practice devoted to cultivating biological, digital, and social systems as vehicles for personal catharsis, intersectional discourse, and social justice community organizing. A member of the international art collective Biome Arts, David’s work and collaborations have been featured in Wired, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and Art in America. As an extension of his art practice, David has also been a curator for interdisciplinary and social justice aligned exhibitions at Brown University and the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance. Most recently, he has been a co-curator for the RISD exhibition Biodesign: Inspiration to Integration.


Assistant Manager • Brynn Trusewicz

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 Instructors and Peer Tutors. When they're not teaching, you can find Brynn in the beyond section of Bed Bath & Beyond, snacking on the samples and chatting with the moms.



Ned Draper
Director, Academic Budgets & Resources


Timothy Sandiford
Division Assistant


Pradeep Sharma
RISD Provost

Graduate Instructors

In addition to providing instruction and technical support, Graduate Instructors create training sessions, courses, innovate equipment applications, and serve as cross-departmental liaisons. See bottom of page for details and employment application link.


Eli Backer 

Glass 2019

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Dove Drury

Ceramics 2018


Ipek Kosova

Glass 2018

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Sushant Shivaram

Industrial Design 2019


Megan Valanidas

Industrial Design 2018


Amily He

Industrial Design 2018


Winslow Funaki

Furniture 2020


Erick Medel

Photography 2018


Austin Bamford  

Landscape Arch 2018


Angela Torchio

Graphic Design 2019


Nicholas Oh

Ceramics 2018


Lauren Traugott-Campbell

Graphic Design 2018


Biniam Kebede

Industrial Design 2018


Jeremy Bass 

Industrial Design 2018


Molly Palecek

Jewelry & Metal 2018

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Gavin Zeitz

Landscape Arch 2018


Tatiana Gómez Gaggero

Graphic Design 2018

Undergraduate Peer Tutors

Peer Tutors help learn new skills and software, troubleshoot technical challenges, share making knowledge across disciplines, supervise equipment use, assist in classes, etc. See bottom of page for details and employment application link.


Felix Beaudry  

Textiles 2018


Vuthy Lay

Architecture 2019


Raina Wellman

Graphic Design 2019

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Bruce Ren

Textiles/Comparative Lit 2018


Sonya Fayzieva  

FAV 2018


Brian Oakes

Sculpture 2018

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Cameron Kucera

Architecture 2019


Abdullah Moussa de Polignac

Interior Arch 2020


Max Hertz

Sculpture 2019

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Jonathan Ng

Furniture 2019


Minsoo Thigpen

Painting/Applied Math 2018

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Ivan Rios-Fetchko

Painting/Comparative Lit 2018

Work At Co-Works

We are no longer accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2018.

Co-Works employs over twenty Grad Instructors and Undergraduate Peer Tutors per academic year and prioritizes having a diverse team representing many backgrounds, identities, and RISD departments. Our Graduate Instructors and Undergrad Peer Tutors contribute to a broad array of perspectives and skills to support an inclusive and interdisciplinary community culture.

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
  • 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
  • Traditional fine arts, woodworking, and craft techniques

However, technical expertise in all/most areas is not required. A strong candidate is foremost able to demonstrate exceptional communication skills and ability to engage with makers from many disciplines, cultures, and perspectives.

Undergraduate Peer Tutor

Primary responsibilities include helping students learn new making skills and software proficiencies, troubleshooting technical challenges, and sharing making knowledge across disciplines. Other duties include 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 Instructor

In addition to what is required of Peer Tutors, Graduate Instructors have a pedagogical and/or research responsibility. Graduate Instructors have the opportunity to create and instruct training sessions and 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 individual. Successful projects have often led to additional academic and professional opportunities.


Application Process

Co-Works Application Link
• Submit by April 30, 2018 to be considered for Summer/Fall 2018
• Interviews are held Spring 2018 semester
• Applications received after April will be kept on file for openings beyond Fall 2018