Digital Modeling & Fabrication Faculty

Lauren Page-Lake | Lead Instructor

Lauren Page-Lake is a designer, educator and photographer. 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. 

Savannah Barkley | Adjunct Instructor

Savannah Barkley is an artist, collector, curator, entrepreneur, and educator. A New Jersey native, she moved to Rhode Island to attend RISD. Graduating with a BFA in film/video in 2017, she concentrated on new media practices, large scale installation, and imagining interactive environments through DIY tech. She is well versed in Arduino spatial audio applications and embracing the iterative nature of process. One of Savannah's favorite parts of a project is documentation and she believes that it should never be an afterthought. She also holds an Associate's Degree in computer animation. 

Since moving to Rhode Island, Savannah has been involved with the community at AS220 and instructs there on a variety of topics in their media department. 

In addition, she has photographed professionally for many years, having opportunities to shoot everything from editorial, portraiture, product, culinary, and events for a wide variety of clients and applications. Her most recent project, Sir Milky Quartz (named after Savannah's beloved rabbit), was a 2020 DesignXRi grant recipient. 

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.

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.