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Our Team for "Convert a Prius" at Maker Faire April 22-23
Apr 13, 2006 (From the CalCars-News archive)
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We've put up a page of photos and profiles of our 11-person team (see below). We hope the opportunity to meet them, watch them work, and attend all the exciting Faire events, will persuade all of you within range to spend some time at the Maker Faire -- and to pass on this email to others who may want to show up.

First, here's how Tim O'Reilly, Founder and CEO of O'Reilly media, sponsor of the Make Faire, is describing the event:

Maker Faire is coming up April 22-23 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. It is part science fair, part craft fair, part county fair, with a dash of burning man for good measure. It's a spinoff of our Make: magazine, which Steven Levy of Newsweek described as "Martha Stewart for Geeks" -- a DIY technology projects magazine akin to the old Popular Mechanics of the 50's, but updated for the digital era.

We are absolutely blown away by the people and attractions we will have at the Faire: a flying Pterosaur replica, a flock of whale blimps, a giant painting machine, DIY RFID implants, model rocketry, breadboarding, trailer-glass blowing, The Crucible's welding workshops off the back of fire truck, pinhole photography, soldering, spud gun building, bubble machines and a bubble guy that appeared on Johnny Carson in the 70's, Bunnie Huang, Joe Grand, William Gurstelle and his Backyard Ballistics, The Exploratorium, Zeum, The Lunar Society (rocket builders), Graffiti Research Lab, Squid Labs biodiesel, electric cars [plug-in hybrids], a Linux supercomputer cluster running on veggie oil, neon art, circuit bending, VJs, slide rules, pinball restoration, the Phenomenauts, Satan's Calliope .... and much, much more. Quite an eclectic collection. That's not to mention Diana Eng of Bravo's Project Runway and the fifty craft booths in Bizarre Bazaar and the Swap-o-Rama-Rama.

CNN, NPR Science Friday's Ira Flatow, KPIX TV , Discover Magazine, CBS News, The Discovery Channel, New York Times, Kevin Rose of Digg and and CNET will be covering the event. It's designed to be a family event (admission is only $12), and we're hoping to attract tens of thousands of people to celebrate the fun of science and engineering and by sharing the amazing work being done in backyards, garages, and homebrew labs.­faire has more information.

For those of you not in California, people will be blogging the heck out of this thing, and there's a Make photo pool on Flickr as well, so you should be able to get a taste of the action. # #

CalCars is the headliner at the Maker Faire's Garage (9 events so far)­faire/­program/­garage/­ and at their Earthday rundown (16 events so far)­faire/­program/­earthday/­

See all our latest info on the event at­makerfaire, where you can follow the link to a description of the enthusiastic and experienced 11-person crew. Below are short descriptions (alphabetically). If you want to know more about this diverse and deep team, by all means look at the photos and longer bios (exact URL is­makerfaireteam.html).

Sherry Boschert, author of upcoming book "Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars that Will Recharge America."

Mike Brown,owner of Santa Cruz area- based Electro Automotive, where he's been building electric vehicles since 1979.

Tom Driscoll, original member of the PRIUS+ team, drives an Oxygen electric scooter, Honda Insight or 1993 (electric) Dodge Tevan.

Ryan Fulcher, Seattle game company system administrator, owner of the Prius tp be cpmverted.

Marc Geller, co-founder of Plug In America,, photographer and seller solar PV systems.

Ron Gremban, CalCars' Technology Lead, helped build and drive Caltech's entry in the 1968 "Great Electric Car Race" against MIT--precursor of all green vehicle competitions.

Amanda Kovattana, professional organizer, recently completed Construction Technology classes, drives a Corbin Sparrow and eGo Cycle.

Steven S. Lough, former GM and US Electricar dealer, longtime president of the Seattle EVA.

Shari Prange, author of "Convert It," writes regularly for "Home Power Magazine," and runs Electro Automotive with her husband Mike.

Nick Rothman, former Toyota mechanic specializing in Prius repair and maintenance.

Mike Sasnett, electrical engineer who's worked for nearly 40 years on the development of lasers and optical systems.

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