Project Manus Team

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 Engineer 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.

Saana McDaniel - Project Coordinator

Saana serves Project Manus as its Project Coordinator. She is a jack-of-all-trades who is a self confessed workaholic.  She is busy keeping everything running smoothly but manages to find time to be a manuscript editor for a scientific journal and to teach Finnish at Harvard. Although her Husqvarna sewing machine is by far her favorite tool, she cannot wait to master the waterjet.

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 filmmaker, photographer, 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. 

Laura Zaganjori

Laura Zaganjori

Laura is a long-time MIT employee and happy to be part of the Project Manus team. Always eager to help out, she’ll jump into to any project that needs an extra hand. Laura was a creative kid and loved making things (especially when it involved chocolate chips). She earned an MFA in sculpture and spent many hours in the woodshop and printmaking studio. Her favorite tools are an X-Acto knife and cutting mat.

Rob Klein - Safety Specialist

Rob Klein is an environmental health and safety professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist with 30 years of experience in the field, primarily with higher educational institutions and national labs. He is a Lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine and the principal of Coastal Safety, LLC, an EH&S consultancy.  Until 2014, Rob was the Deputy Director for the Office of Environmental Health & Safety at Yale University. Rob has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on applied EH&S issues facing higher education, and is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, bicycling, and woodworking.