Aidala, chair of the physics department and the College’s dual-degree engineering program, was featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s editorial about the facility. She currently serves as its faculty coordinator.
“There is so often a phobia of technology,” Aidala was quoted as saying. “You hear people all the time saying ‘I’m not a math person, I’m not a science person, I’m not a tech person, I don’t do that.’ That’s exactly, exactly the kind of attitude we want to combat.”
The workshop is home to students’ unique inventions — prototypes of prosthetic hands, innovative travel cases and small, laser-cut bicycles are just three of the many products developed in the Makerspace.
Cultivating an entrepreneurial culture where students create “something from nothing” and encouraging a “hands-on approach to problem solving,” is another objective, said Aidala.