DC Fab Lab

May 29, 2003

MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms is broadly exploring how the content of information relates to its physical representation. One of its grand-challenge research goals is to bring the programmability of the digital world to the physical world through the development of technologies to personalize fabrication rather than computation, by using table-top means to make logic, sensing, actuation, and displays as well as mechanical structures. Along with the enabling research at MIT, CBA is establishing a growing network of field "fab labs" to explore the prospective users and applications of these technologies: http://cba.mit.edu/projects/fablab/. This effort is based on the observation that it is already possible to accessibly emulate the functionality of a Personal Fabricator; early field experience is leading towards a recognition of the opportunity to address what can be thought of as instrumentation and fabrication as well as digital divides.

The fab lab program has strong connections with the technical outreach activities of a number of partner organizations, around the emerging possibility for ordinary people to not just learn about science and engineering but actually design machines and make measurements that are relevant to them. This meeting will explore the possibility of working together to set up a fab lab in the DC area, aimed at meeting the needs of local communities as well as policy-makers.

Neil Gershenfeld


Room 150
The National Academies
2100 C Street, NW
Washington, DC
(202) 334-2150

  • 8:00-9:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:45 MIT briefings
       Fab Labs
       Computer Clubhouses
  • 9:45-10:30 Partner briefings
  • 10:30-11:00 Break
  • 11:00-12:00 Planning
  • 12:00-4:00 Site visits


S. Kamal Abdali
Division Director
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
The National Science Foundation
Suite 1145 S
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1105
Arlington, Virginia 22230, USA
(703) 292-8910

William A. Anderson
Associate Executive Director
Division on Earth and Life Studies
National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-334-1523
Fax: 202-334-3362

Kate Auspitz
Issues Director
Office of Congressman Michael E. Capuano
110 First Street
Cambridge MA 02141
617/621-6208 - phone
617/621-8628 - fax

John Bailey
Director of the Office Educational Technology
U.S. Departmental of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW, Rm 7e206
Washington, DC 20202

Dr. Sankar Basu
Program Director
Design Automation for Micro & Nano Systems Program
CISE/CCR Division
National Science Foundation
Arlington, VA 22230
Email: sabasu@nsf.gov
Phone: 703 292 8910
Fax: 703 292 9059

John A. Daly
The World Bank (Development Gateway Foundation)
email: JDaly@worldbank.org
mailing address:
14205 Bauer Drive
Rockville, Maryland 20853-2339

Prof. Neil Gershenfeld
Director, Center for Bits and Atoms
Room E15-411
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA  02139
(617) 253-7680

Daniel Gohl, Principal
McKinley Technology High School
Penn Center, First Floor
1709 3rd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-576-8058 (v)

Jeffrey H. Haeni, Ph.D.
AAAS Science Fellow
Congressman Rush Holt (NJ-12)
1019 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
ph: 202-225-5801
fax: 202-225-6025

David Hart
Office of Legislative and Public Affairs
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1245
Arlington VA 22230
p: 703-292-8070
f: 703-292-9087

Toby M Horn, PhD
DC ACTS in DC Public Schools
Office of Academic Services, Teaching and Learning, 8th Floor
District of Columbia Public Schools
825 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
telno: 202-442-5645, faxno: 202-442-5602 cellno: 202-365-3980
e-mail: thorn@pst.ciw.edu

Dr. Neville I. Marzwell
Advanced Concepts/Technology Innovations
Avionic Systems Engineering
Solar System Exploration  Program Directorate
4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S: 180-603
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099
fax: 1 818 354-7354
email: Neville.I.Marzwell@jpl.nasa.gov
phone: 1 818 354-6543

Ms. Carolyn Nash
Deputy Director for Research
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army
for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology
2511 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
phone 703-601-1524
fax 703-607-5989
e-mail: carolyn.nash@saalt.army.mil

David Rejeski
Director, Foresight and Governance Project
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC
Phone:  202-691-4255
Fax:    202-691-4001
E-Mail:  rejeskidw@wwic.si.edu

Prof. Mitchel Resnick
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-253-5275 (fax)

Tanya Robertson
Intel Computer Clubhouse Coordinator
Eastern Branch Boys & Girls Club
261 17th Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Amy Sun
Center for Bits and Atoms
Office: 408-742-9526
Cell: 408-368-9550

Suzanne H. Woolsey, Ph.D.
Chief Communications Officer
National Academies
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC  20418
Office:  202-334-1212
Fax:  202-334-1210

Dr. Wm. A. Wulf
National Academy of Engineering
2101 Constitution Ave NW - Suite 218
Washington, D.C. 20418
Phone: 202/334-3201
FAX: 202/334-1680