Digital Modeling & Fabrication Faculty

David Riley | Lead Instructor  

David holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and served as the Digital Modeling & Fabrication Program Manager for the 2022-2023 academic year. Prior to IYRS, David spent more than ten years in professional fabrication, design, and prototyping. David's approach to teaching is thoughtful, proactive, and focused on measurable, positive student outcomes. His professional background and deep skillset are invaluable for preparing students for exciting, hands-on careers in modern manufacturing.

Felix Arwen | Adjunct Instructor 

Felix is a new member of the IYRS team, where he specializes in teaching Computer Numeric Control (CNC) and Computer Aided Machining (CAM). He recently earned his BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), bringing with him a solid foundation in CAD/CAM, metal fabrication, composites, product design, and both manual and CNC machining.

Before joining IYRS, Felix worked as a NASA habitability design intern, where he honed his skills in CAD, high-level technical fabrication, and design for manufacturing. These experiences equipped him with invaluable insights into advanced fabrication techniques and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

In addition to his work at IYRS, he holds positions at RISD as a CNC technician and faculty critic, teaching CNC design to students and faculty alike. Outside of his teaching commitments, Felix is involved in professional work as a spacesuit designer and researcher under Professor Michael Lye, collaborating with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, as well as the Icelandic Space Agency.

Felix's diverse background and hands-on experience makes him an effective educator, equipping students with the practical skills needed for success in manufacturing and design-focused industries. His dedication to his craft and commitment to student learning enriches the educational experience at IYRS.