Digital Modeling & Fabrication Faculty

Jeff Elsbecker | Lead Instructor 

Jeff Elsbecker worked for decades as a commercial product designer and model maker, first in a corporate design department, then through his own design firm. His primary industries were home furnishings and toys and many of his designs were top sellers. Through this experience he developed a sound understanding of a wide range of manufacturing techniques. He also creates one-of-a-kind sculpture.

Prior to joining IYRS, Jeff was a collegiate adjunct professor in the industrial design department at Wentworth Institute of Technology where he taught design, model making, and manufacturing materials and processes. Prior, Jeff taught sculpture, 3D design, drawing and professional practices at Endicott College. He also spent two years working with high school students at FabNewport. 

“A mentor of mine says, ‘It takes three generations to make a farmer.’ I’m thrilled to be at IYRS where our Digital Modeling & Fabrication program incorporates modern digital tools while living in deep connection with generations of thoughtful craftsmanship. We are creating the next generation of designers and builders.”

Jeff has a BFA from the University of Northern Iowa and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Lauren Page-Lake | Adjunct Instructor

Lauren Page-Lake is a designer, educator and photographer living in Bristol, RI. She began her career on the West Coast after graduating from RISD with a BFA in Industrial Design. Her experience spans a variety of disciplines from feature film VFX at Lucasfilm's ILM and M5(Mythbusters), to manufacturing for short-run production and prototyping within research-based tech environments to more mainstream industrial design and custom 'design-build'. Her latest line of jewelry, Kiiltää, begun in 2015, explores a range of additive manufacturing processes modeled with Rhino, Grasshopper and others as well as hand formed precious metal clay. She has taught as an adjunct in the undergraduate Industrial Design departments at RISD and Wentworth Institute of Technology as well as RISD CE and currently serves on the board of The Collaborative 02885, an accessible arts education organization, in Warren, RI. 

Jim Owens | Adjunct Instructor  

Jim Owens has used digital tools to develop and build integrated systems for almost two decades. Jim learned the value of rigorous modeling when designing his first combat robots with Rhino 3D in middle school. Today he leverages Solidworks’ modeling and simulation products in tandem with a diverse set of digital manufacturing tools to rapidly design, prototype, test, and iterate upon novel electrically functional textile systems for the US Army and Navy. At IYRS, Jim's focus is teaching students Solidworks and various fabrication technologies.

Jim is the founder and Principal of Nautilus Defense, an engineering firm specializing in mission critical integrated systems. Nautilus has supported the development, production, installation, and maintenance of maritime domain awareness and search and rescue satellite aided tracking systems on six continents. Jim regularly delivers integral technical and operational training for these systems to customers around the world.

Jim serves as the Engineering Industry Standards Co-Chair for the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education programs and on the Steering Committee of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network.

Dean Robinson | Adjunct Instructor 

Dean Robinson has had a strong career in product design and development for industries including information technology, consumer products, marine hardware, toys, architecture, packaging, and medical devices. His education includes degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University and Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.

Whether with a corporation, small design firm, or school, Dean has always gravitated toward opportunities where analog and digital machine tools were part of the creative process. He was instrumental in designing yacht hardware and furling systems for Hood Yacht Systems. For many years he has worked as a consultant in product design and development. Dean has created, patented, and is manufacturingSnappytables, a furniture design which he markets for small living spaces and recreational settings.

At IYRS, Dean focuses on teaching students CAM, CNC machining, fabrication technologies. Dean has also spent 16 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Industrial Design Department at Rhode Island School of Design, coaching students in skills and exploration with hand and machine tool processes in a variety of materials.

Dean says, “Making things is the essence of invention and worthy product development.” He is an avid sailor and classic yacht restorer.

Shawn Wallace | Adjunct Instructor 

Shawn Wallace is a creative coder and hardware hacker whose primary work has been in making technology more accessible and convivial. He is currently technical lead for Unruly Studios, a startup that creates interactive games that empower children through creative problem solving with active play. At IYRS, Shawn's focus is teaching students physical computing.

Shawn was an editor at O’Reilly Media and Maker Media where he worked on hardware and software books for makers, and wrote Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and books on making graphics with Perl. For ten years Shawn has designed open hardware microcontroller modules and kits at Modern Device and was the local guru for the Fab Foundation-organized Fab Academy, a distributed education experiment. He has created new mobile musical instruments for iOS and Android devices including the apps Fluxly, Noisemusick and Doctor Om. For years he was the managing director of the AS220 art space and director of the AS220 Fab Lab, Printshop and Media Lab in Providence, RI.

Sarah-Anne Wildgoose | Adjunct Instructor

Sarah-Anne Wildgoose started teaching in the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996.  Her classes have included a diverse combination of studios and presentation courses blending her passion for design and industry knowledge. 

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Cincinnati she started her design career in the medical field with Johnson & Johnson.  After moving to New England, she worked for Tupperware and Johnson & Johnson Orthopaedic earning two patents for her surgical instrumentation designs.  For over 20 years she ran her own Design Firm creating work for companies that included Schick, Georgia Pacific and many others. This consulting business lead her to stepping into a Manager of Marketing position for the Kochek Company using industry standard digital art programs to produce printed and web graphics, with a focus on branding and promoting the company.  Prior to coming to IYRS she was the Digital Arts Department Head at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut.  She developed a balanced curriculum of hand craft and technological skills so students would discover their passion for exploring, creating and designing.

Seth Wiseman | Adjunct Instructor 

Fascinated with systems & systems thinking, Seth has worked in a variety of capacities within the design, building & fabrication industries over the course of his career. Working at a variety of scales, Seth enjoys all aspects of the design process: problem identification, concept refinement & project implementation. He is thrilled to be a part of the Digital Modeling & Fabrication (DMF) faculty team, as well as the IYRS family, working with students to translate ideas to physical form. 

Seth is a founding member of the DMF team, as well as the RI Mobile Maker Lab. Seth received degrees in Building Science & Industrial Design from Appalachian State University, as well as a Master of Architecture from RISD. He is the founder of Designwise, a boutique architectural design studio based in Boston and a co-founder of ConForm Lab, a design consulting company focused on projects at the intersection of design, computation & manufacturing. Seth is an Associate Architect of the AIA actively pursuing licensure.