Category Archives: Class Introductions

Hi, I’m Jingting.



Hi, I’m Jingting He from China.

What I really love to do is changing my career (I spent all my 22-years life doing that!). I was a well-know young writer and poet in China when I was a teenager. Then I got my bachelor’s degree in engineering area while I worked as an aromatheropist & a rock band drummer for three years. Now I’m really excited to be a designer soon later!

I’m curious all about the world, the nature, and people around me. I really love new knowledge, new experience and new food I’ve never taste before. And wish we can have a nice experience enjoying this class!


I am Lassor Feasley



As someone from an uncommon background in the program, I am very excited to join SVA POD, and Making Studio in particular. I’ve been aware of the Maker Movement for a while, and even an occasional passive participant. My dad gave me a subscription to Maker Magazine when I was much younger, and I have always been attracted to the community, both for its inclusivity and its entrepreneurial spirit. I know that craftsmen and DYI movements are too often allergic to technology, sometimes with good reason. So I appreciate how the Maker World has been able to integrate technology into its agenda without compromising its commitment to handiwork, tinkering, and understanding the tools we all use.

When I think of the gaps in my knowledge of the tools I use, the largest void is in digital technology. I know the basic architecture of Apple Swift and JavaScript from self study, but have never become fluent the way that I would like. My sister works as a computer scientist at a site called Kahn Academy, where she gets to live up to many of the internets highest ideals; making knowledge free to the world and so forth. As I move forward in the world of product design, I hope I can help solve big problems as well. Even though I am sure some of the projects we work on here will seem quirky and silly, I know that this is where the path starts!

While I do not have many of the hard skills we will be building in this class, I do have some aptitudes that I hope will be useful moving forward. I have completed a number of projects that I am very proud of, and I hope that I can share them, and learn from others, as we leverage and benefit from one another’s backgrounds.

For example:

  • Sketch-up
    • I have been using sketch-up for creative projects for many years. I love using geometric concepts to create interesting chotskies and to inform buildings I also design.
  • Writing
    • I wrote a book length senior thesis comparing the history of early electrification to our own times; the dawn of the information age. I am happy to help anyone who needs help with anything from grammar to idea structuring (but I cannot spell for my life!)
  • Business
    • I also have a background in the world of commerce and deal making. Prior to coming to SVA, I worked in the start-up world at a medical company. My father works in investments and I have always had an affinity for the investing world and the way of thinking it invites.

If anyone needs help with any of these subjects, or just figuring something out, visit my desk and I am happy to help. When I joined this program, I was intimidated because I knew that I would be working with lots of people with engineering and fine arts backgrounds, where I might have a deficit. As I have become more acquainted with the program, I’ve become a little bit more comfortable with my abilities, and I have come to appreciate things I might be able to bring to the table as an outsider.

The point is, nothing makes me feel like I belong more than being able to teach something, so please feel free to take as much of my time as you like if you find there is something I know that you don’t.

To get a better feel for what that might be, I am going to link my Portfolio here. In fact, in its current state, this is the application I used to apply to SVA, but I will be changing this into my personal site soon. The web address is simple:

 I am very proud of many of the things here, and encourage you to take a look. I don’t have much of a web presence, but one labor of love of mine is the Diet Coke Social Register, where I catalog prominent people who, like me, enjoy several liters of my favorite beverage each day, including an image and a proof.

If you encounter any additions you believe ought to be featured in this list, please contact me immediately.

I look forward to getting to better know all of you, and what better way than to collaboratively learn with Arduino?

I’m Juho Lee!


My name is Juho. My background is in Psychology and Business, having graduated from New york university. I love making new friends and learning about new cultures.

I was born and raised in South Korea. When I was 15, I made a big decision of having my education in US. So, I ended up going a high school that is located in Wisconsin. I’ve been lucky to meet a lot of great people there. Then, I moved to New York City for my undergrad, and I met a lof of awesome people here as well. There is so much to tell you about who I am. I can’t wait to get to know each other throughout this year.

Hi, I am Sowmya (pronounced as SO-MYA)

I love cooking, DIY, working with paper, reading and making graphic novels.

Graduated as an Industrial Designer from India. I love exploring new places and meeting exciting new people!IMG_0792.JPG

Hi, I’m Manako!

My academic background is in anthropology, and I have worked in supply chain management for a Japanese chemicals company and in marketing for an Italian furniture manufacturer in the past 7 years.  My work experiences, so far, have been about dealing with the consequences of design, from procuring the ingredients that engineers chose for a product to marketing plastic chairs as high-end Italian furniture.  I’m excited that I finally get to go upstream in my relationship with products and look forward to doing “considered” making by combining my diverse experiences.

I love cooking and eating, and I kind of have a thing for jumpsuits.



Hey, I’m Will Crum!



I’ve always been a creative person, a novelty seeker in love with new ideas, art and music. Now I’m ready to become a creative professional.  So after 3 years working as an account manager in advertising, I’m here at Products of Design to start something new. (Here you can see me, waving from my past life.)

I’m new to programming, but I’m a symbolic thinker comfortable and excited with the potential Arduino has to bring my ideas to life. I’m a bit unsure of my ability to dexterously handle the small components involved in our kit, but hopefully I’m not as clumsy-handed as I think. (Seven years of piano lessons can’t have gone completely to waste, right?)

I’m also a people person, an illustrator and draftsman, a soccer fanatic (playing it, watching it), and a fiction reader. Most of all, I’m an eager student.



I’m Kev Cook

HI! I’m Kevin Cook. I’m from Montreal, Canada. I have a business/marketing background but I’ve always been a design geek at heart. I’ve lived in many different places. I love the outdoors. I love making things. I love to read and go deep into discussions with people who share my weird interests. I’m a collector of fine and rare bourbons. I also collect guitars and love to play music. I’ve travelled extensively around Europe, Asia and North America (N.A. was in a camper van which I blogged about). I love to bike, ski and play squash.

Someday I will bike from Land’s End to the northern tip of Scotland so I can write another blog and make a movie about it.

You can check out my portfolio website here.