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Make It and Take It Series

LOCATION:EPIC Industrial Hub, Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering and Innovation (CEI) Room 1133

REGISTRATION: Open to ALL current UWin students

DESCRIPTION: EPICentre invites all students to come to your brand new makerspace at the University of Windsor, the EPIC Industrial Hub, to utilize your knowledge, exercise your creativity and realize your imagination through making. Here, you will have the tools, equipment and materials for the projects and prototypes you have always dreamed of.

The Make It and Take It workshop series, which features instructional workshops throughout 2018, is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge in their quest of making. Instructors who are passionate about their community, their work and their hobbies will be showing you how to build or design cool gadgets, and explain to you the theories behind them. With workshops ranging from basic to challenging, from soldering to 3D-modelling, students from all majors are sure to find interesting ones to learn and enjoy. So, don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring home a cool gadget that you made to show off to the other show-offs. Register today!

Workshop #1: Make a Minty Boost Portable USB Charger
Date: Thursday February 15th, 2018 – 6:30-8:00pm
Description: When Armageddon shows up, you want to make sure your phone has backup power. Learn how to make your own portable USB charger and impress your bunker mates!
Instructor: Kristofer Trista

Workshop #2: Make a Chapstick Flashlight
Date: Thursday March 8th, 2018 – 6:30-8:00pm
Description: Nothing ruins last-minute final exam study like a blackout. Learn how to make your own flashlight out of old Chapstick tubes to save the grades.
Instructor: Kristofer Trista

Workshop #3: Make a DC Motor from Scratch
Date: Wednesday March 28th, 2018 – 6:30-8:00pm
Description: Ever wonder why that dryer won’t start spinning? Learn how to make a motor from scratch and the theories behind it to unravel the mystery of machines refusing to spin.
Instructor: Kristofer Trista

Kristofer is a Windsor native and Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Windsor. A school and program he deeply cherishes and which he is extremely proud. After working in California for 3 years and obtaining professional certifications from Microsoft and Cisco Systems, Kristofer returned to Canada and worked in Toronto for 8 years where he helped design, develop, and implement advanced technologies for the private transportation industry across North America.

With his extreme passion for electronics and cars, Kristofer joined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in the U.S. as an electrical engineer. He was sponsored by the company to be trained and certified with instructors at the highest level in a special program for root cause analysis and now brings his skills to the electrical systems and powertrain components of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. Time critical solutions, root cause analysis, and protecting the safety and integrity of one of the most advanced and widely driven vehicles in the world is no easy feat but for Kristofer, he hardly considers it work.

A desire to understand how things work, understanding the true physics of a problem, and the exciting feeling of innovation or solving a technical issue is what sparks more interest and more passion in any person. “It’s a serious addiction of mine to want to understand exactly how things work…even a hindrance at times”, says Kristofer to his colleagues, but it’s precisely this bad habit that drives engineers and techies to continually innovate and solve problems. The term “passion brings progress” resonates with those he has managed and trained as it shows in his teaching style and his ability to captivate his audience.

Kristofer currently lives in Windsor, Ontario Canada where he and his wife of 5 years are raising their two young boys. He is a musician and enjoys athletics and travelling throughout North America and the Caribbean with his family.