Its about time we formally (well, not so formally) introduce ourselves. The core team will probably change over time, but as of now (Tuesday, September 16th, 2016 at 1:43 PM) here we are:
Coby: Project Lead, Build Team + Workshop/Content Team
Most often, Coby Unger can be found in his natural habitat of the work shop or on a feeding frenzy of either egg masala and roti or a bagel with cream cheese and a hot cup of coffee. He considers his Leatherman multi tool an extension of his being and is rarely found without it. Coby has been making and building from a young age. He has been working to share that passion with others since he was in college at Philadelphia University and working with Public Workshop on various design-build projects. Never one for doing things the traditional way, he embraced the spirit of Jugaaad long before moving to india and learning there was an official term for it.
Nikhil: Lead Problem Solver, Build Team + Driver
When Nikhil Shinde was a youngster he wanted to be a taxi driver, so that he could spend the day roaming the city behind the wheel of a car. He decided to go to engineering school when he realized that the only way to get closer to cars than driving them would be to design them. After a summer working on the Maker Auto he told the team “I think I finally found my ideal career path. I just want to make things.” Soon, Nik’s dream of being a taxi driver and new found passion for making will come together as the Maker Auto team hits the streets starts conducting workshops.
Mayur: Get-It-Done Officer, Build Team
If the electric companies ever find out the source Mayur Aujha’s boundless energy and excitement, the world’s electricity problem will be solved. His ambition and positive spirit is truly infectious. Mayur has been working in motorcycle and automobile garages since he was 14 years old, and truly believes that the best way to learn is though one’s hands. He is a projectionist in the best way possible and isn’t afraid to forgo sleep in order to get every detail right. Even as a full time automotive engineering student at Mumbia Univesrity he still somehow finds the time to work on the Maker Auto project’s fabrication team and continue his hands-on learning at his local garage.
Namita: Ideas Guru, Workshop/Content Team
Making Jam is Namita’s Jam. Among countless other things Namita makes jam, not out of curiosity, but some weird lifelong dream of ultimate self-sufficiency. Be it hand-bound notebooks, homemade mosquito repellent, cooking or cutting her own hair – she always has a few projects going on. She asks a great many questions, is an expert googler and believes any complex conversation can be turned into beautifully organized spreadsheets. Her methodical approach to all work, is a result of a strong system of values and buckets-full of thought behind every action. As a design graduate, she had her geek index amplified by working with a serious games company for several years. She is now attempting a tightrope walk of the highest order, mixing practical design, civic engagement, alternative learning and new forms of gamification.
Aditya: Think Tank, Workshop/Content Team
After graduating with a masters degree from New York University, Aditya was bored by the idea of living the tidy american dream. So, he fled back to run Ycenter’s India programs in Mumbai. When he isn’t lamenting the fall of heavy metal (music, not the material) or reading three books on philosophy at the same time, his mouth is probably stuffed with vada pav & adrak chai. He is a self proclaimed ‘thinker’ and not a maker, but we embrace him on our team anyway for his unique way of seeing the world. He is refreshingly practical, idealistic and has a magpie-like curiosity for information. This fuels his ability to make great connections – be it people, ideas or systems – to solve problems.
Vaibhav: Maker’s Asylum Director and Founder
In addition to providing space and access to tools for the project, Vaibhav has been one of the loudest cheerleaders for the project and helped immensely in securing sponsorship and keeping the logistics on track. Thanks for taking care on these aspects of the project even though you would have preferred to be turning wrenches and sparking welds with the rest of the fabrication team. You rock, keep it up.
Anurag: Comes in Clutch, Workshop/Content Team
Anurag has been a friend of the project from the very beginning. He acted as a casual advisor for a while, and recently came in to help out with some of our first projects. His background is in finance, and now he works in tech, and trust me when I say, this guy can do it all. Despite his indisputable intelligence and aptitude in a variety of fields, the most remarkable characteristic of Anurag is his unmatched ability to make friends and laugh with pretty much anybody. Anurag, we are honored to have you on our team.