MakeIt Labs is a non-profit corporation registered in the State of New Hampshire and designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Our mission is to create a thriving open-access technology workshop where our community of passionate volunteers share their knowledge of science, technology, and the arts with each other and the larger community through peer-to-peer learning, supported by the tools and other resources available at our unique facility.
Our Board of Directors are some of the many volunteers that support MakeIt Labs mission.
Rob Riel - Director of Science
Rob Riel is a maker, an inventor, a hacker and an engineer, and been that way all his life. Rob currently studies computer engineering at UMASS Lowell and specializes in embedded systems design. At heart Rob is a mechatronics engineer and enjoys welding, general metal fabrication, automotive work, as well as machining and other industrial processes. In his free time Rob is designing a large scale general purpose robotic platform, building a Jeep wrangler 4×4 and teaches Welding and Fabrication to beginners at the space
Adam Shrey - President
Adam works as a Sr. Electrical Engineer doing R&D for new products. He is most at home in a workshop, and enjoys a wide variety of hands on creative processes, including metal and wood working, welding, automotive work, electronics design and fabrication, programming, and anything else that involves putting a bunch of stuff together to make something cool. He is also interested in alternative energy, particularly solar, and has designed and installed a large PV system for his home.
Mike Swatko is a lifelong maker and technologist with a great depth of experience creating consumer digital imaging products involving both software and hardware. He has two US patents pending in the field of digital photography. When exposed to sunlight Mike enjoys hiking and rock climbing, although since joining MakeIt in 2012 you’ll now often find Mike along with his son Ben doing weekend projects and improving infrastructure at the Labs. An avid software developer since the days when floppy disks were floppy, Mike is now Director of R&D at a consumer-oriented technology company in Salem NH.
By day, Bill Schongar is a Technical Leader at Cisco Systems, Inc., working on IoT, Big Data, and other techie buzzword things. The rest of the time he's kayaking, hiking, building projects or otherwise having fun with his wife and two sons.
Peter Vatne - Treasurer
Peter is a former software engineer for Digital/Compaq/HP. In addition to MakeIt Labs, he is Treasurer for Sons of Norway District Lodge No. 3. He is also President of the Scandinavian Charitable Society of Greater Boston. In his free time, he is learning Italian, and teaches Irish on the weekend. His interests at MakeIt Labs include retrocomputing (such as the PDP-8), and learning about robotics and AVR microcontrollers.