Katie Krummeck, DIG Director

Katie is the director of the Deason Innovation Gym at the Lyle School of Engineering at SMU. Katie is an educator by training, a maker by trial and error, a learning experience designer and a steadfast believer in the power of empathy to bring compassionate solutions to the messiest of human problems.

Katie draws from her experiences in a wide array of settings to develop and scale educational programming that matches her deep belief in the power of hands-on, real-world learning to inspire students to solve complex problems and feel empowered to make the world a better place. 

Before directing the Deason Innovation Gym, Katie was most recently working to bring design thinking to K12 education at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design (d.school) at Stanford University.  At the d.school, Katie also lead the latest rev of the SparkTruck project, a mobile makerspace for kids.

Ask Katie about K12 education, screen printing, Human Centered Design and cooking.

Contact Katie at kkrummeck@smu.edu.

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Rickey Crum, DIG Lab Manager

Rickey Crum is the Lab Manager for the Deason Innovation Gym, within the Lyle school of Engineering at Southern Methodist University. The DIG is a multi-disciplinary makerspace / prototyping lab open to all students at the university, and houses many tools with a focus on digital fabrication.

Rickey has an educational background in Aerospace Engineering and Architecture, and graduated with his Masters in Architecture from The University of Texas in 2009. Rickey’s work experience is diverse, spanning many design disciplines and industries.

Before SMU, Rickey worked as a senior architectural designer for CallisonRTKL, a large global architecture firm. His work focused primarily on commercial retail and entertainment projects, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining CallisonRTKL, Rickey was the Operations Coordinator for Billings Productions, tasked with the design and fabrication of large scale animatronics. His work has been displayed in the US as well as in Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

Rickey values both old and new technologies, and pushes to integrate both in his work.  He has a passion for parametric design and digital fabrication, but you may also find him flint knapping stone tools. Further, his passion for working with his hands enables him to have a better understanding of the production side of the design industry, and allows him to pursue his interests in industrial and furniture design.

Contact Rickey at rcrum@smu.edu

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Parker Holloway, Senior Lab Technician & Liaison with First Year Design

Parker is a Senior Electrical Engineering student. Parker has participated, coached and facilitated numerous projects in the DIG as well as oriented and trained hundreds of students on the tools in the space. He has expertise in all tools in the DIG, as well as microcontrollers and coding. Ask him for help with your math homework. Or diving.

Parker most recently spent his summer in California working as an intern at TI.

 
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Edward Li, Senior Lab Technician

Edward is a Senior Electrical Engineering student. Edward has participated, coached and facilitated numerous projects in the DIG as well as oriented and trained hundreds of students on the tools in the space. He has expertise in all tools in the DIG as well as coding, graphic design and Human Centered Design. Edward also coleads the Robotics Club here at SMU. Ask Edward for help fixing your quadcopter or empathizing with end users.

Edward most recently spent his summer here in Dallas working as an intern at AT&T in the Emerging Technologies Program.

 

Beatriz Manrique, Lab Technician

Beatriz Manrique is a Sophomore Electrical Engineering student. She has participated in and helped run summer camps and other projects in the DIG. Beatriz has a strong understanding of circuitry and electrical components. She is better at reading code and looking at the logic than I am at typing lines of it. 

Although wires are fun, Beatriz also enjoys soccer, reading, and drawing.

Beatriz most recently spent her summer teaching the next generation of engineers here at SMU. 

 
 

Susanna Pool, Lab Technician

Susanna is a Sophomore engineering student double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. She is also a TA for KNW 2300, Introduction to Engineering esign, and can help facilitate training and prototyping for students using the DIG space. She is experienced with all tools in the DIG and especially encourages non-engineering majors to explore a new side of creativity and leadership—say, project-oriented digital design.

Susanna spent her recent summer leading residential summer camp and building rocket launchers for the Caruth Institute of Engineering Education. She also studied abroad in Rwanda for two weeks assessing development projects and doing extensive project-based evaluation. She also had the chance to visit an international craftsperson cooperation and observe the widespread and deeply rooted creativity and conservation of the culture; she developed a deep understanding and appreciation of innovation and what it means to be a maker and a leader. Come and create!

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Sam Reeve, Senior Lab Technician

Sam is a Senior Mechnical Engineering student. Sam has participated, coached and facilitated numerous projects in the DIG as well as oriented and trained hundreds of students on the tools in the space. She has expertise in all tools in the DIG as well as woodworking, CAD modeling and 3D printing. Ask Sam for help solving puzzles and building larger scale projects.

Sam most recently spent her summer doing research on new additive manufacturing technologies here at SMU. 

 
 

Jackson Sterling, Lab Technician

Jackson is a sophomore Computer Science major. He has participated in multiple community projects in the DIG, including the Foosball table, the Winter IDC, and the Foldable Boats project. He is also an alumni mentor of a FIRST Robotics team. Jackson is familiar with most tools in the DIG, his favorite being the laser cutter, and can read/write in several programming languages. Ask him for help with robotics, coding, and writing essays. Or music. Just not math.

 Jackson most recently spent his summer working for Michael's Arts and Crafts, playing in a funk-rock band, and modding the PC game XCOM 2.

 

Jenna Umphreyville, Lab Technician

Jenna is a Sophomore engineering student double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. She is an active member in Theta Tau, our engineering fraternity on campus and is experienced in a little bit of everything for engineering. She solders, knows basic coding, and can help wire circuits when need be!

Although she loves her studies, Jenna is also a huge soccer fan, loves traveling, and is an avid reader. She has been playing soccer for around 14 years now and has traveled to both Italy and Slovakia in past summers.

Jenna spent her most recent summer working at Costco and hanging on the beach back home in California.

Johnathan Barr, Lab Technician

Johnathan is a Sophomore Computer Science Engineering student. Johnathan has participated in, coached, and facilitated several projects and summer camps in the DIG as well as oriented and trained students on the tools in the space. He has expertise in all tools in the DIG, as well as microcontrollers and coding. Ask him for help with writing code, robotics, or project organization. Or DJing.

Johnathan most recently spent his summer teaching the next generation of engineers here at SMU. 

 

 Andre Bouillion, Lab Technician

Andre is a MADI grad student with a Mechanical Engineering undergrad degree. Andre has taken place in DIG community projects and has expertise with all the tools in the DIG, especially in CAD modeling and laser cutting. Ask Andre for help if you want to create painstaking structures with digital fab tools or have any crazy ideas you want to come to fruition.

Andre most recently spent his summer doing research in robotics here at SMU, as well as many odd jobs.

 
 
 

Gizmo, DIG Dog

Gizmo is a Senior DIG Dog. Gizmo has participated, coached and facilitated numerous walks, hikes and play sessions. He has expertise in sleeping on the couch, sleeping on the bed and sleeping in the sun. Ask him for help with finding the nearest granola bar zipped in a backpack.

Gizmo most recently spent his summer in Oak Cliff, you know, being a dog.