August 30, 2012
I like to make "art" out of old electronic components and odd found objects that resemble museum pieces from an alternate universe (though NOT steampunk, please). I also like building stuff out of wood. My latest project has been putting together a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic (at home) and building a rapid prototyping lab at the University of Baltimore (3 MakerBot Replicators, Laser Cutter, and Laser Scanner for now). I spend a lot of my time making things out of words, too.
Carpentry (though NOT cabinetry or other fancy stuff), stone masonry, aquatic landscaping, soldering, BASIC Stamp programming (intermediate level), writing, animal husbandry (raised on a farm), teaching, public speaking, finding and organizing enormous amounts of information, information architecture, web development, project management, Photoshop, large format printing, leading relatively large groups of people, explaining complicated technical concepts to non-technical people, and I'm a really, really good cook.
WELDING! Please! I've been dying to learn how to weld ever since my sister (a MICA sculpture major) let me play with a plasma cutter in her studio 20 years ago. I'd also like to know a lot more about metal fabrication, Arduino, embedded systems, and basically building things that think and interact with the "real world."
Right now I could use some major technical assistance and consulting on the best way to set up our 3D printer lab here at the University of Baltimore. I'd also love to figure out how to build stronger bridges between makers/innovators in the Baltimore area and my university. I feel like we're all in the middle of a major technological shift now that it's getting easier to connect the "virtual" and "real" worlds and I'd love to collaborate on figuring out how to build that into the teaching I do.
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Sean Carton is a professor at the University of Baltimore and the Director of the Center for Digital Communication, Commerce, and Culture. He lives in Baltimore City with his wife, 3 daughters, and a 185lb dog. He likes writing, teaching, and making.