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Phil Miller, DIG Director

Phil Miller is the Director for the Deason Innovation Gym at SMU.

Phil has a BS in Physics from UCONN and a PhD in Polymer Science from Cornell University. He's worked as an inventor, manager, and Design for Six Sigma Master Black Belt in industry for the past 30 years. He holds over 10 patents and has a passion for innovation. In his spare time, Phil runs marathons and Ironman triathlons. He's the author of, a website for self-coached runners.

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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.

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George Carson, Lab Technician

George is a Sophmore Mechanical Engineering student. He began participating in the DIG his freshman year and was a member of the team for last year’s Rocket Payload Immersive Design Challenge. In his spare time, George enjoys reading and collecting comic books. You will also probably find him cheering on the SMU football team at one of their games or playing an intense game of chess.

George worked as a camp counselor this summer at Kanakuk summer camp in Missouri.

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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's familiar with all the tools in the makerspace specially the wood shop. You can find him making CAD models or vibing to music or both.

David spent last summer going to Meow Wolf and visiting Denver, Colorado.

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Aaron Dromgoole, Lab Technician

Aaron is a Junior 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 with a National Championship winning dirt car racing team.

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Mitchell Dye, Lab Technician

Mitchell is a Junior Mechanical Engineering student and also a member of Theta Tau and Engineers Without Borders. Mitchell participated in the Rocket Payload Immersive Design Challenge last year 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 the Caruth engineering summer camp program and also worked on designing and constructing Version 2.0 of an electric longboard.


Juan Gonzalez, Lab Technician

Juan is a Junior EMIS student. He is also a member of the Virtual Reality club. Juan was awarded with the HEB Back-to-School Scholarship as well as the MillerCoors National Scholarship. He has done various projects in the DIG, including personal projects and class projects (ie. the KNW2300 class design challenge). Juan enjoys playing basketball, 3D printing, and also coming up with all sorts of creative ideas to bring to life. After finishing school, he hopes to run his own company.

Juan spent his summer visiting New York City.

Ankit Pradhan, Lab Technician

Ankit is a Junior Electrical Engineering student and is also a member of the Virtual Reality club on campus. He helped in the creation of the DIG PVC pipe marimba and loved hanging out in the space so much that he decided he wanted to join the team! Ankit enjoys 3D printing, soldering, playing video games, and also happens to be OSHA certified. After finishing his studies, he wants to do research and development for semiconductors and hopes to work with Texas Instruments or Samsung.

Ankit spent the summer catching rays in Jamaica.

Megan Scott, Lab Technician

Megan is a Junior Management Science student. She enjoys making projects on the laser cutter in the DIG and is also a member of the Women’s Rowing team. In the future, Megan hopes to take her rowing to another level and row internationally. She also wants to work in supply chain management or run the operations for an athletic facility someday.

Megan worked as a camp counselor in the Caruth engineering summer camp program this past summer.