|[Mike Szczys]: Managing Editor
Mike is an orchestra musician by night and a writer by day but still makes a point to fit in time for hacking hobby electronics. Specifically, he enjoys working with AVR microcontrollers and recently has been exploring ARM, working with both STM and TI varieties of chips.
Personal site: jumptuck.com
|[Brian Benchoff]: Contributing Editor
Brian has two degrees, one in Electronic Media and the other in Psychology. He’s an avid hacker that built his own computer, wrote a yet-to-be-released book about getting the most out of a Raspberry Pi, and is working toward his Level 2 HPR Certification using this rocket design.
Personal site: brianbenchoff.wordpress.com
|[Josh Marsh]: Community Editor
Josh is probably best described as a mashup of hacker and artist. He has an MFA in Dramatic Media (computer animation), and a BA in English. He’s finishing his PhD in Theatre and Performance where he studies new media, technology, affect theory and stage magic. Formerly a high school English teacher, he now teaches film, animation and technology classes. His current interests are transportation hacks—Segways, skateboards, EV’s of all types—and hacking-meets-philosophy: Wark & Stiegler, and opposition to vectoralists.
Personal site: www.joshmarsh.com
|[Bil Herd]: Video Producer
Bil Herd is a self-taught engineer who started was a licensed TV/CB Repairman in his teens as that was the extent of consumer electronics at the time. By the time he turned 24 he was working as a senior design engineer for Commodore Business Machines in the mid 1980’s where he is best known for a couple of products including the Commodore C128 and TED series of home computers.
Bil continued to design through until the mid 90’s and co-authored high speed/machine vision patents when he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and has founded a couple of networking and software design companies.
Bil attributes his design style and his intuitive understanding of electronics to having come up through the ranks of troubleshooting starting in a TV shop where he was expected to fix 9-10 TV’s a day and then as a production technician where he was able to demonstrate that production failures were due to design issues. He loves the part of engineering that can be scary: analog circuits, ground loops, RFI/EMI, RF and high speed digital/FPGA. Having designed complex products that had production runs in the millions Bil tends to see a complex design as a living ecosystem and believes that a good designer needs to be both meticulous and artistic.
Bils’s upcoming website is Herdware.com (referring to an Easter Egg embedded in the C128), where he hopes to figure out and join the Open Source Hardware community.
|[Mathieu Stephan]: Contributor
Mathieu’s main job is building high speed electronic circuits for quantum cryptography related products. In his spare time he explores new electronic concepts through his hobby projects. You may remember his whistled platform or his business card, both of which were featured here on Hackaday.
Personal site: www.limpkin.fr
|[James Hobson]: Contributor
James has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with a focus on Mechanical Systems and Automation. He works by day as a Mechanical Designer for a company that designs and builds plastic injection molding machines in Toronto, Ontario. While he has been breaking making things all his life, his first major foray into the world of hacking was when he and a friend converted a 1993 Honda Del Sol to electric using the guts of an electric forklift. He’s an avid YouTube producer and loves to make real, working prototypes of movie props and other fictional items. You might know him as the Hacksmith; a jack-of-all trades maker/tinkerer, armed with a 3D printer and the tools of a machinist.
Personal site: www.thehacksmith.ca
|[Todd Harrison]: Contributor
Todd has a degree in Engineering Physics from North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. He greatly enjoys a hobby life in his garage sharing fun hacks, repairs, reviews and fabrications which he posts to (www.ToddFun.com). By day Todd has to take off his super genius cape and face life as a mild-mannered database administrator monitoring and tweaking Oracle and Microsoft SQL Servers, closing work tickets and drinking too much coffee. In a prior more interesting life he worked in thin film research and designed free space laser communication systems for the US Air Force. You can learn “much too much” about Todd on his personal site’s About Page.
Personal site: www.ToddFun.com
|[Adam Fabio]: Contributor
Adam has a degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook. While at school, he was a founding member of the Stony Brook robot design team. He helped design David and Rogue, six legged robots that competed in the SAE walking machine decathlon.
It’s often said that Adam has been taking things apart since he was old enough to hold a screwdriver. Sometimes he even gets them back together. Adam’s day job is designing embedded software for Radar and Air Traffic Control systems. He also spends time working on the hardware for these systems. It was this merging of hardware and software that lead to his personal site – The Renaissance Engineer. When he’s not at work, Adam can often be found in his basement lab working on anything from 3D printers to quadcopters to pulse oximeters. Some of his current projects have taken him back to his robotic roots, designing robots for students and education.
Personal site: www.TheRengineer.com
|[Kristina Panos]: Contributor
Kristina has an Electronics Technology degree and 15 years of experience in Telecommunications Engineering. She relishes the power to order high-bandwidth circuitry and to add domestic and international dialing capability to all the DIDs on a given PRI. In an attempt to satisfy her right brain, she likes to make things out of various materials.
She has never, ever built a blue box, but managed to overcome astigmatism in her left eye without even trying.
Personal site: kristinapanos.com
|[Rich Bremer]: Contributor
Rich has a Bachelor’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and has been working as a Manufacturing Engineer for many, many moons. In his down time, he enjoys building anything really, with an emphasis on hobby level CNC machines and sometimes cursing his way through Arduino projects. Rich is working on increasing his electronics skills and regularly mills his own PCBs.
|[Nick Conn]: Contributor
Nick is currently working toward a Ph.D. degree in Microsystems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and has received both his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from RIT. His research focuses on low-power medical devices and biomedical signal processing. His professional interests include algorithm development, pattern recognition, physiology, and biomedical instrumentation.
Personal site: nicholasjconn.com
|[Abe Connelly]: Contributor
Abe has a couple of degrees from a couple of different places. Currently working as a software developer by day, by night Abe is interested in circuit design, CNCs, 3D printers, bio-hacking, laser cutters and mushing them all into a big mecha tool that will spread open hardware, open source and open biology to all the engineers throughout the land.
|Where’s everyone else?
There has been a long list of great Editors and Contributors to Hackaday. It was simply a huge pain in the butt to try to gather them all up. Some people only wrote a couple of hacks, and some return every couple of years. Only our current staff is listed above.