Director of the UWM Prototyping Center
Kyle has spent his career so far developing technical products in research and design roles as a Mechanical Engineer. He has a background designing components and systems in industrial, medical, and consumer industries for private, public, consulting companies and research institutions. His keen awareness of the product development process lets him know when to apply the next steps to efficiently and effectively design a component or system while ultimately knowing how to get to the finish line.
With a several generations in his family as fabricators, Kyle now combines his own passion and lifetime of hands-on fabrication skillsets with the world’s most advanced prototyping machines available at his fingertips. This will allow him to bring any idea to reality through design and prototyping. With 4 patents and 22 publications so far in his career, he is eager to continue to innovate and discover new technological breakthroughs through collaborating with brilliant minds. In addition to fabricating parts, Kyle’s goals are to engineer ideas into a reality to develop tools and technology for researchers and developers to yield scientific breakthroughs.
Advanced Model/Instrument Maker
JD’s entire professional career has always been related to designing, prototyping and building custom projects. His founding education started with learning traditional work skillsets at Milwaukee Tech High School. He has evolved step-for-step with the rapid pace of fabrication technology to compliment his hands-on talents to design in CAD and then fabricate complex parts with our advanced CNC machining centers. His role beyond fabricating parts is in evolving the competencies of our machining centers through programming and operating our CNC equipment and to weld anything that comes our way.
After starting out his career at the Milwaukee Science Museum, he continued on making models and prototypes for many Fortune 500 companies – which you’ve likely encountered in your life without knowing it. With a history of interesting career experiences, he is comfortable manually or automating fabrication using a wide range of materials ranging from metals, to plastics, to wood. With keen mindfulness of nearly every fabrication process in the industry, he brings a broad perspective to plan the best way to produce creative, inventive, and professional prototypes. Now his skill sets will fulfill the needs of the innovators, designers and engineers he works with to make their novel ideas and projects come to life.
Industrial Design Engineer
A mechanical engineer and industrial designer by day and a vehement maker by night, Aaron is the sworn enemy of boredom. His interests span from juggling and unicycling to replicating science fiction movie props, building self-bows for target archery to painting miniature models, writing board game rulebooks to designing 3D printable models, and everything in between. His list of ideas and projects is consistently over 50 items long and he refuses to stop adding to it.
Passion for learning new skills and subjects has led Aaron through an interesting educational history in which he blended his love of science and math with the creative arts. He is a mechanical engineer graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a background in Industrial Design studies from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His eye for value-added design, sketch and rendering skills, and love of iterative design methodologies make him a powerhouse for creative problem solving when paired with his engineering toolset.
Aaron primarily serves at the Prototyping Center as an Industrial Design Engineer, blending his passion for product design with his love of mechanical engineering. He also serves as the shop’s graphic designer, sketch and render artist, website designer and administrator, and other various small roles.