Photo by: Bridget Broihahn
Community involvement: I teach soldering workshops where people learn to build their own electronic devices and increase their agency with the technology sur¬rounding them. I exhibit at Heartland Maker Fest and Makerspace Urbana to share my passion for making. I gave a talk at PechaKuchaNight Vol. 22 to connect ideas of humanity, technology and creativ¬ity. I shared my journey from creative inspiration to local entrepreneurship on our local community-operated radio station, WEFT 90.1 (http://tiny.cc/skotweft).
Pivotal career decision: Working with Alexis Wernsing was a pivotal moment for me. What started as an opportunity to work on a wheelchair-mounted voice amplifier that she could use to pursue her passion for teaching became one of the most meaningful relationships I have had in my career. Her approach to her teaching and her life in the face of adversity continues to be felt by everyone who knew her.
From the nominator: "Skot's desire to help people around him understand the ways that our creations and our dreams link us all as human beings is truly remarkable." - Molly McLay, University of Illinois