Amy Sun
Research Assistant
The Center for Bits and Atoms
The Media Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
20 Ames St.
Bldg E15-401
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
617-715-4681 office
617-253-0748 lab
617-253-7035 fax
amys at mit dot edu
Hi. is down so nearly everything related to me is broken. is still alive, and can occasionally be used to prove I'm still alive.

I am currently the president and co-founder of Fab Folk, a non-profit organization supporting global users of digital fabrication technologies through grants and services. I'm also the program lead for FabFi, a community internet service project that was grown from within the Fab Labs. Our existing pilots are in Afghanistan and Kenya, with several smaller installations around the world.

I recently completed a PhD as a member of the Physics and Media group in the Center for Bits and Atoms led by Neil Gershenfeld. We broadly explore how the content of information relates to its physical representation. My particular area of interest involves synthetic boundary layers where solids and fluids interact.

While at MIT I was often a TA of MIT MAS.863 "How to Make (Almost) Anything" offered most fall semesters, and sometimes MAS.961 "How to Make Something That Makes (Almost) Anything" offered erradically in the spring.

Prior to MIT I was a senior systems engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company where I was a design engineer on the Airborne Laser (ABL), a systems engineer with Fleet Ballistics Missiles (FBM), and the project lead for the first phase of the Systems Integration Lab of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a tactical satellite communications system.

My projects are generally to do with energy, robotics, communications, or inane fun toys. I was a frequent contestant in BattleBots, a long time mentor in FIRST, and am currently heavily involved in the deployment and growth of Fab Labs around the world. I also often teach a one or two week long heavily condensed version of How To Make (Almost) Anything in various languages to widely disparate students around the world. I stood up and now direct a Fab Lab in Afghanistan. I'm also the president of FabFolk, the Fab Lab users group. (Check out the aggregate Fab Blog to follow along with the funny, amazing, and clever global fabbers.)

I have a dual B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering from Purdue University, and an M.S. from MIT in Digital Fabrication where my thesis was concerned with field fabrication of solar powered steam turbines.

Amy Sun [amys at alum dot mit dot edu] Apr 2012