Dr. Seth Orsborn, DIG Director

Dr. Seth Orsborn is an expert in design theories and methodologies for navigating the fuzzy front end of the innovation process. Targeting integrated new product development, Seth brings a set of innovation methods, design tools, and design management experiences that facilitate the creation of novel solutions. He leads both individuals and teams in creating innovations that reside at the symbiosis of engineering design, marketing strategy, and industrial design to meet the needs, wants, and desires of the user.


Alyssa Phillips, Lab Manager

Alyssa is a native of Austin, Texas, and graduated from the Arts & Technology program at UT Dallas. While in college, she found a passion for using CAD design and digital fabrication to develop projects that bring together the best of both form and function. Before joining the DIG, Alyssa worked as a designer and rapid prototyping specialist for a firm that develops packaging for the cosmetics industry. When she is not at the DIG, you can find her playing pinball or enjoying the great outdoors.



Mikaela Hawk, Assistant Manager

Mikaela is a graduate student pursuing an Masters degree in Design and Innovation. She loves using the DIG to ideate, collaborate, and bring her creative ideas to life. She especially enjoys using the wood shop and working with her hands. You can often find her sketching in her notebook with coffee in hand, or developing new skills through practice, observation, and inquiry.

After graduating, Mikaela hopes to solve problems with meaningful solutions by utilizing her expertise in human-centered design thinking.

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Aaron Dromgoole, Lab Technician

Aaron is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student and a member of the Theme Park Design Club. He is also taking part in the Disney Imaginations Design Competition this year as he hopes to become an animatronics engineer in the theme park/movie industry after finishing school. Aaron is also passionate about robotics, cars, and comics.

Aaron spent his summer working on software development at TD Industries.


Mitchell Dye, Lab Technician

Mitchell is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student and also a member of Theta Tau and Engineers Without Borders. Mitchell participated in the Rocket Payload Immersive Design Challenge and was also on the winning team of his KNW2300 class challenge. He is super passionate about engineering and hopes to eventually work for Tesla and/or travel with Engineers Without Borders.

Over the summer, Mitchell worked with Lockheed Martin and also worked on designing and constructing Version 1 of an electric longboard.


Ben Hathoot, Lab Technician

Ben is a Junior Computer Science student and the Projects officer for the SMU Cyber Security Club. He is also the risk management chair of Theta Tau. He loves to code and work on various projects, helping out in any way he can.  This semester, he is preparing to participate in the Collegiate Pen Testing Competition in October. When he graduates, he will be getting a minor in Japanese.

During the summer, Ben started to brew mead in his free time. He has been trying out different recipes to perfect his creation.

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Anna Iorio, Lab Technician

Anna is a Sophomore Computer Science student and also an officer of the SMU Esports Club. Anna enjoys making cosplays and attending conventions in her free time. She has won awards at local conventions for her creative, detail-oriented costumes. She is very passionate about developing her own creative and technical skills and also helping others bring their ideas to life.

After finishing school, Anna hopes to work in programming and continue to make her cosplay creations on the side.


Nate McGurk, Lab Technician

Nate is a Freshman Mechanical Engineering and Physics student. He participates in the SMU robotics club and trains in Brazilian Jiujitsu. Nate loves working with SolidWorks. In his free time, Nate enjoys playing piano, hanging out with friends, and reading. He is passionate about Jiujitsu, music and engineering.

Nate spent the last two summers working on the US Naval Research Laboratory’s Railgun program, where he hopes to continue working after graduation from SMU.


Mohammed Alboury Njie, Lab Technician

Mohammed is a Junior Electrical Engineering student. He is a Hunt Scholar who is teaming up with the Hunt Institute to improve the lives of millions of people in developing countries. Mohammed enjoys building robots and interfaces using Microprocessors. He also has a deep passion for soccer, which he dedicates much of his free time toward.


Sam Walker, Lab Technician

Sam Walker is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student and is also a member of Theta Tau. Sam is also the current President of the Engineers Without Borders Club. After being introduced to the DIG through an engineering design course, he has spent many hours in the space growing his maker skills and exploring various projects. His most recent project has been to build his own small-scale strandbeest.

Sam is passionate about designing and engineering things that can help people and communities as a whole, and would love to one day work for EWB as a professional mentor.


David Davila, Lab Technician

David is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student. David has been involved with the DIG since his freshman year, working on projects like the High Tech Foosball Table. He is familiar with all of the tools with a particular specialty in the wood shop. You can find him making CAD models, vibing to music, or both.

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