Our Team

Contact Quick Links:

For general inquiries about MIT Project Manus, please contact Sarah Gallaher at gallaher [at] mit.edu

For questions about the Mobius app, please contact Jonathan Hunt at jmhunt [at] mit.edu

For questions about the Make Impact Consortium, please contact Gene Sasso at makeimpact@mit.edu

Professor Martin Culpepper
MIT Maker Czar
Marty Culpepper, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is MIT's first Maker Czar. He is passionate about all aspects of making and breaking as demonstrated in his 2.72 class where the student teams spend the semester building desktop lathes. Professor Culpepper is the recipient of an NSF Presidential Early Career Award, two R&D 100 awards, a TR100 award and a Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award. He is not one to be afraid of getting his hands dirty. His favorite maker tools are mills and waterjets, though he's become fond of glass blowing.
Jonathan M. Hunt
Associate Director & Maker IT Guru
Jonathan is the Associate Director and Maker IT Guru on MIT's Project Manus. He has 20 years of IT leadership experience and is in his happy place when making solar panel jewelry, circuits or anything with his kids. He earned his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from MIT and is responsible for managing the IT components including Mobius app development and data collection. His favorite tools include small mills, laser cutters and 3D Printers.
Oliver Thomas
Maker Digital Systems Architect

As an architect (but not the cool kind) Oliver has spent the last quarter century at MIT, first as a student in EECS and later in various staff roles working on technology projects in educational computing, administrative and learning systems, and enterprise architecture. Oliver joined Project Manus to follow his passion for making, and to help students more easily engage with maker and prototyping resources at the Institute along their journeys changing the world for the better.

Conor McArdle
Video and Digital Content Specialist

Conor serves as the Video and Digital Content Specialist for Project Manus. He wears many hats, and is our in-house webmaster, filmmaker, photographer, graphic designer, audio editor, social media manager and more. Before his time at MIT, Conor worked in private high school education. He was a Digital Arts teacher at Vermont Academy and Assistant Director of Multimedia Strategy and Production at Peddie School. Conor uses his iMac and Adobe software for most of his making, but is excited to delve into the world of 3D printing.

Seth Avecilla
Maker Technical Specialist
Seth Avecilla specializes in delivering skills to students to shorten the path between their wildest ideas and reality. He is a Maker Technical Specialist for Project Manus. Having studied architecture and sculpture, he built large scale mixed-media installations, both for artists and high-end wayfinding signage, before running the fabrication shop for MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology. People come to him for welded metal fabrication, precision or unusual casting and moldmaking, and electronics. Sometimes you will find Seth dancing as though to shake his soul loose.
Jess Osserman
Maker Technical Specialist

Jess Osserman is a Maker Technical Specialist for Project Manus, focusing on running the MakerLodge Program and teaching Intro to Making.  Her academic and professional making experience spans landscape architecture, community-based design/build, industrial and furniture design and digital knitting. Trained both as a fine woodworker and a textile artist, she brings a deep understanding of craft and process to everything she makes. While her preference is to work slowly on something absurd for a really long time, she regularly finds herself teaching and using rapid prototyping tools in order to make useful things as quickly as possible.  

Sarah Gallaher
Administrative Assistant II
Sarah is an avid maker of many things from baked goods and floral design, to picking up a hammer and building things around the house. Originally having been from Michigan, Sarah was a teacher of music there for two years before moving to Massachusetts. As a musician, Sarah sings, dabbles on the piano, and creates arrangements for various types of instrumentation. In her free time, she enjoys painting, dancing, creating costumes, and constantly striving to better herself through practice and study.
Eric Duyette
Flameworking Instructor
Eric is the Flameworking Instructor in MakerLodge & beyond excited to be working with the MIT Project Manus team. He has been behind the torch creating his art for 17 years and before that working at his father's company installing sheet & auto glass. Since 2005, Eric has taught over a thousand students how to safely melt glass with fire at his studio in Somerville, MA, the Sharon Arts School in NH and at various locations around the country. His favorite tools are lapidary wheels, glass lathes & of course his glass blowing torch. In his spare time, he loves seeing live music, bicycling, & spending time with friends & family.