We're delighted to welcome the John Rudmin as the Artisans Courtyard's "Innovation Engineer!"
A Harrisonburg native who specializes in practical solutions for the emerging DIY (Do It Yourself) economy, John is assisting a range of Courtyard projects in alternative energy, microfarming, and prototyping solutions.
Since joining the Courtyard in September, John has:
- installed a fully automated solar-powered rainbarrel pump system for watering vegetables and flowers at the Courtyard;
- made preparations for a Courtyard-based woodworking area; and
- introduced Sketchup – a flexible free architectural design tool offered by Google – to Dayton students.
An upcoming project will be build a working prototype of a new kind of portable greenhouse, which will feature an innovative design solution for all-weather access.
Prior to joining the Courtyard team, John professionally installed residential and commercial solar systems across Virginia and worked on conservation and environmental projects in the Midwest. He studied physics in college and over the years has taken an increasing interest in engineering applications.
At the Courtyard's Makerspace building, John has been conducting Learning Labs for students at Pence Middle School on opportunities for 3D model creation. Upcoming Learning Labs will focus on converting student-created Sketchup models into actual objects using the Courtyard's Solidoodle 3D printer.
John is also offering small group and one:one tutoring for freelancers, small businesses, and jobseekers. For information on dates and times, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.