My name is Justin. I first found out about you all when I moved to Florida several months ago and did a google search for makerspaces. I then saw a blurb about you in a recent issue of Make magazine and met a few of you at Orlando Makerfaire. FamiLab sounds like a fun place to join and work on projects so here I am applying for membership.
I guess I'll start with a little about myself. I'm currently 28 years old and work as a scientist at a local company. Growing up I was always taking things apart to see how they work which led to an interest in engineering. Around the age of 10 I bought myself a soldering iron to build my first robot, and I've been tinkering since. Last year I completed my Ph.D. in physics with a concentration in biophysics. I mostly studied the mechanical properties of biological systems such as cancer cells and blood clots. As a part of that, I did a lot of microscopy (AFM, confocal, SEM, fluorescence, etc.) and often would have to custom design and machine parts to make the microscopes do something they weren't originally intended to do. I wasn't in love with the bio part of the job (cell culture is so tedious and boring), but I really enjoyed the mechanical and optical aspects of the work. As such, I decided to leave the academic world and found a job doing fast prototyping at a company that builds sensors and IR cameras.
My workplace has a lot of tools that you find in a makerspace (CNCs, mills, lathes, plasma cutters, 3d printers, etc.), but I would like to work on hobby projects where there is a community of other makers. I also have an 8 month old son who I would love to start making with soon, and FamiLab seems like a great place to foster that. I'm also always interested in learning new skills.
The projects I'll probably work on will most likely involve steam engines and robotics. I've built a bit of both in the past but never combined the two. I think the dichotomy between the old and new technology will make an interesting project.
I have to travel a bit for work, but will hopefully find the time to attend some upcoming events. I look forward to meeting you all!