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Don Undeen, Manager of Maker Hub

Prior to moving to DC, Don was the founding manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and innovation center developing prototypes at the intersection of art, technology, and the museum experience.

In addition to his work in the Maker Hub, Don is also an adjunct faculty for the graduate Culture, Communications & Technology program, as well as the Georgetown College, teaching courses in creative web development, social justice, fabrication, and Maker Culture. 

Don served as the leader of the Labs group for the Vatican Arts and Technology Council, which met annually in Rome for 3 years to develop new uses of art and technology in promotion of the humanitarian mission of the Holy See.

Don served as an expert consultant for Creative Museums, a Erasmus+ funded project to help European Museums connect with maker communities.

He is also an Innovation Strategist for Hyphen Hub, an NYC-based international network of new media artists and thought leaders connecting art, technology and business.

Don serves on the Exhibitions Advisory Council for the National Children's Museum.

He speaks around the world on the topic of museums, open data, hacking, and creative technology, promoting new uses of cultural collections.

In his spare time, Don like to play saxophone and hang out with his cats and guinea pigs.

What I can do and teach in the Maker Hub:

  • 3D Scanning, Modeling, and Printing
  • Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Physical Computing
  • Working with Open Data and APIs
  • Soldering, de-soldering, and electronics.

What I want to learn more about in the Maker Hub:

  • Sewing, knitting, and the loom! 

Projects

GU Student Kate Gregory posing with laser cut clock
This clock was designed based on a 19th-century Cuban comb from the Smithsonian archives.