How can we harness the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals? A keen rethinker of the whole manufacturing infrastructure is Nadya Peek.
Peek is an assistant professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) in Seattle where she directs the Machine Agency. Her work focuses on unconventional digital fabrication tools, small-scale automation, networked control systems, and advanced manufacturing. Spanning electronics, firmware, software, and mechanics, her research focuses on harnessing the precision of machines for the creativity of individuals.
Before joining the HCDE faculty in February 2018, Peek was a postdoctoral research scientist at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. She is VP of the Open Source Hardware Association, and half of the design studio James and the Giant Peek.
Spare time? Peek plays drum machines and synths in the band Construction, alongside Marko Ahtisaari. The two met at MIT while fabricating on a large Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mill. After fabricating, they started improvising. First with a seaboard and a bass, and then with drum machines, synthesizers, and vocals. A producer followed … and then the EP Set. Construction is currently collaborating with Nervous System on experimental visuals grown from algorithms and 3D capture.
At and& you can catch Peek in both of her worlds. She’s giving a talk on Innovate for the Better. And she’ll be appearing on stage with Construction to give a live musical performance.