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Smash Lab

 

Maverick Engineers

  
 

Who could pick apart technology and piece it back together for a new and better use? The Smash Lab team, of course.

 
  • deanne bell
    DEANNE BELL – The Scientist
    Deanne can recite many digits of pi, but her talents don't stop there! She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2002 from Washington University in St. Louis. Her work experience ranges from designing FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) and LADAR optical navigation systems for the aerospace industry to doing product development for a CAD software startup. Deanne is passionate about working with the next generation of scientists and engineers, and previously hosted Design Squad, an educational show for teens on PBS. When Deanne's not analyzing the destruction at Smash Lab, she seeks out global travel and outdoor adventure. She has hiked to the base of Mt. Everest, cycled from Seattle to Los Angeles, and backpacked solo throughout Asia.
     
    nick blair
    NICK BLAIR – The Designer
    So what does someone with a degree in industrial design do? If you are Nick Blair, you design medical devices, consumer electronics, housewares, furniture, and more recently, wild experiments built for destruction. A Milwaukee native, Nick has worked for companies as varied as Abbott Laboratories, Motorola, Wilson Sporting Goods, Kohler, Remington, GE and Georgia Pacific. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, playing music and travel.
     
    kevin cook
    KEVIN COOK – The Ideas Guy
    Imaginative, creative and always thinking outside the box, New Yorker Kevin Cook is the ideas guy -- and prankster -- on the Smash Lab team. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1998, Kevin started work as a design engineer at General Electric Power Systems and then as a product design specialist at an international sports equipment supplier. When he isn’t building or joking around, Kevin is playing or creating computer games, doing magic tricks, telling stories, or being an artist.
     
    chuck messer
    CHUCK MESSER – The Engineer
    Chuck Messer knows all about technology for the betterment of human life. He’s designed surgical tools for robotically assisted heart surgery and prosthetics for use around the world. He is chairman of the Shared Design Alliance, an organization that supports and promotes the free sharing of design work for public benefit, and is a founder of the Open Prosthetics Project, an effort to design and develop prosthetics and share the work freely with the public. Adept at engineering tricky concepts and developing and prototyping technology, Chuck will focus on a job from the drawing board to the workshop.
     
 
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Jan 23,
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The Smash Lab teams tests a special type of carbon fiber used to
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