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Staff Spotlight: Meet Don Undeen

Don Undeen at the Vatican
  1. Name, job title, and location: Don Undeen, manager of the Maker Hub and adjunct faculty, 1st floor of Lau.
  2. What do you do—in 10 words or less? I help people turn ideas into reality.
  3. Where are you from? I was born in Urbana, Illinois, raised in Gainesville, Florida, and lived in Brooklyn for 15 years before moving to D.C. five years ago.
  4. How do you like to spend your weekends? Half the time I'm up in Brooklyn visiting my spouse. When I'm in D.C. on the weekends I like thrifting, karaoke, and working on personal projects in the Maker Hub.
  5. What are you reading/watching/listening to/learning right now? I just finished reading This is How You Lose the Time War, a post-singularity time-traveling romance novel by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Music-wise, I've been grooving to Swamp Dogg, Baxter Dury, IDLES, and John Grant. On TV, the best thing I've binged lately is Counterpart, a sci-fi thriller about parallel worlds set in Berlin (J.K. Simmons is amazing). The "hidden gem" movie I've been recommending to people lately is The Babysitter and its sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen, which are surprisingly great teen comedy-horror flicks.
  6. If you had to live in a different time period, when would you pick and why? The cretaceous, just to mess up the fossil record.
  7. What is your favorite thing about spring? My birthday! It's April 19th, so it’s often the first spring party of the season.
  8. Is there anything from the past you wish would come back into fashion? Monocles!
  9. What's your favorite thing that you've made? Tough call! I'm pretty fond of my 35mm slide lamps. But the QR Code smart watch face (it's a QR code on your watch that changes every minute, and you scan your watch with your phone to tell the time) was fun too. In general my favorite thing is whatever I made most recently.
  10. If you didn’t work in your current field, what would you be doing? Not sure—maybe a secret agent?