My name is Garrett and I found your facility when researching maker communities in the Orlando area. I was excited to find that not only is there one already established with some momentum behind it but it's also right in my backyard.
A little about my background; I'm a Test Engineer by trade working for Siemens at the Casselberry Lab location (also in your backyard on Lyman Road). My background is mechanical engineering but the past 5 years at Siemens have been heavily focused on signal processing and sensors (more of an EE role). This job has taken me all over the world running validation and investigative testing on Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines, Generators and other heavy industrial equipment.
Over the past 2 years I have also been working with my wife to remodel an older home we purchased. This project has offered a variety of DIY projects and really re-awakened the maker in me. We have made a lot of custom things for the home and being the typical engineer I am I have over-engineered half of them (I tried to put the hood vent for the stove on linear rails so I could raise it up and down to watch TV while I cook? that got shot down lol). The experience has also given me the excuse to purchase a variety of woodwork and other home improvement tools that would be available to member of the community as relationship develop.
I have some programming skills (C++, Visual Basic, LabVIEW) but this is an area I?m hoping to improve on. I have written some fairly elaborate VB macro?s (thousands of lines of code) for my employer and have done some tinkering with the Arduino. I have no HTML background nor do I have any networking experience other then setting up a basic home office.
In general I am interested in joining FamiLAB because I want to immerse myself in the culture of the maker movement instead of doing my own thing on the sidelines. What I?m hoping to find at your facility is not just a place to tinker but also a collection of people with a similar mindset. A group of people who look at the world and see it as malleable instead of fixed. People who know Lego?s don?t need instructions and imagination is more important than knowledge. People who spend their time creating, instead of spending and wasting. I hope I?ve come to the right place!