The Make Impact Consortium supports Design, Innovation, Makerspace and Entrepreneurship programs on campuses around the world.
Organizing design challenges, seminars, workshops, and other interactive and collaborative activities, the Consortium helps schools, help their students, Make Impact.
Through collaborations with industry partners, foundations, government, NGO, and other public sector and not-for-profit organizations, the Consortium ensures that students address real-world issues, while building in-demand skills.
Global networking. Leveraging leading practices. Fostering innovation, and accelerating economic development on and near campuses:
These are key elements of the wider purpose of the Make Impact Consortium.
MIT Innovation Initiative
Higher Education Makerspaces Initiative
International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces
MIT Project Manus
The Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship
MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node
Professor Marty Culpepper – MIT Maker Czar, Director of MIT Project Manus: Marty Culpepper, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is MIT’s first Maker Czar. He is passionate about all aspects of making and breaking as demonstrated in his 2.72 class where the student teams spend the semester building desktop lathes. Professor Culpepper is the recipient of an NSF Presidential Early Career Award, two R&D 100 awards, a TR100 award and a Joel and Ruth Spira Teaching Award. He is not one to be afraid of getting his hands dirty. His favorite maker tools are mills and waterjets, though he’s become fond of glass blowing.
Eugene (Gene) Sasso, Senior Program Manager: As the Senior Program Manager for the Project Manus, Make Impact Consortium, Eugene (Gene) Sasso helps Consortium partners design, deliver, and deploy products and services to students, augmenting their academic pursuits, and enhancing their postgraduate success. Gene arrived in higher education after a career as a thinker-doer focused (sometimes) on marketing, communications, and brand activity. He is an avid mentor and networker whose best days include contact with current and former students, sharing success and horror stories. Gene believes in life-centered design, where humans find their place, doing as little harm as possible to all of the other beings and systems on this and other planets. Gene’s goal is to live an inspired life.
Conor McArdle – Webmaster: Conor is the webmaster of the Make Impact Consortium. He wears many hats, and is our in-house filmmaker, photographer, web developer and more.