ISAM 2019

ISAM 2019 was held at Yale University on October 16-18, 2019. This website is an archived record of the symposium.

Proceedings of ISAM 2019

The closing presentation “Making the Future – Opportunities in Afghanistan and Beyond” was delivered by Roya Mahboob.  This presentation is available on the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science’s Facebook page.   On October 17, 2019, Ms. Mahboob published an Opinion piece in the New York Times.

The International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) joins the people, knowledge & inspiration that fuse to catalyze higher education makerspaces which maximize their impact on (i) the student learning experiences and (ii) alumni success.  We foster community, networking, interaction and learning between people who are passionate about making.  This community includes, but is not limited to, student and faculty advocates, upper administration/leadership, government policy makers, educational researchers and makerspace managers and other practitioners.

Proceedings of ISAM 2019

Proceedings of ISAM 2018

ISAM 2017 Papers, Presentations and Videos

ISAM 2016 Papers, Presentations and Videos

Why ISAM?  Higher education makerspaces impact the efficacy of student learning in fields that include science, engineering, mathematics, music, entrepreneurship, medical/biomedical, architecture, mathematics, literature, and more.  These spaces have demonstrated an ability to foster highly beneficial interdisciplinary interactions and supportive peer communities that extend beyond the boundaries of a makerspace.  This nascent field is fast growing, and now is the time to gather people and knowledge together so that resources are best used to rapidly and broadly infuse makerspaces into higher education.  ISAM was created to make this happen. ISAM will gather, and make available, knowledge and best practices that may be used to form student maker communities, get students excited about using these spaces, perpetuate a culture of safe, fun and responsible use, measure/maximize educational and social impact, and to select appropriate practices, programming, safety policies, training, staffing and equipment.  ISAM believes in providing a balance of different approaches to creating, running and maintaining makerspaces that yield measureable impact.  This is facilitated via:

  • Short courses that cover principles and practices.
  • Invited experts that provide insight into emerging areas, concepts & research.
  • Technical papers & poster presentations that disseminate the most recent advances.
  • Community discussions around core topics and new developments.
  • Community building and networking/making events.

ISAM is a collaborative effort of the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative. Learn more at

Past ISAM Events  

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Symposium Program

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

ISAM 2019 Additional Activities
(Additional Activity Registration Required)
Yale CEID – 15 Prospect Street – New Haven, CT

8:30 amISAM 101 (am) - Registration Opens
9:00 am – 12:00 pmISAM 101 (am) – Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace - Hosted by Malcolm Cooke - Case Western Reserve University, Jonathan Hunt - MIT, and Larry Wilen - Yale University
1:00 pm – 4:00 pmISAM 101 (pm) – Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace - Hosted by Malcolm Cooke - Case Western Reserve University, Jonathan Hunt - MIT, and Larry Wilen - Yale University
1:30 pm – 3:00 pmISAM 102 – Making and Innovating at Yale
3:00 pm – 6:00 pmISAM 103 – Yale Makerspace Tours

International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces 2019
Yale School of Management – Evans Hall – 165 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT

5:30 pmRegistration Opens
6:00 pm – 8:30 pmISAM 2019 Opening Reception & Table-Top Discussions with members of the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative

ISAM 2019 Greeting - Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science Dean Jeffrey F. Brock
8:30 pm – 9:30 pmISAM After Dark - Yale CEID (15 Prospect Street) Tours & Open House

Thursday, October 17, 2019

8:00 amRegistration Opens
8:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am – 9:45 amWelcome and Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Yale Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Tamar Szabó Gendler

Keynote Speaker – Ayah Bdeir
"A Conversation with Ayah Bdeir"
9:45 am – 10:30 amPaper Session 1: Tools, Training & Access - Moderated by Ian Charnas - Case Western Reserve University


1. IoT in Makerspaces - Review of Usage and Future Potential, Rohan Banerjee, Leonard M. Ferron, Drew Bailey, Ramy Imam, and Amit S. Jariwala, Georgia Institute of Technology.

2. Managing Access to Space, Tools, and Machines at the Schumpeter Laboratory for Innovation, Thomas Wildbolz, Hans P. Schnöll, and Christian Ramsauer, Graz University of Technology.

3. Integrative Tool Training Framework for Fabrication and Library Spaces, Daniela Faas, Emily Ferrier, and David Freeman, Olin College and Brown University.

4. IFRS Creative Challenge: Making Low-Cost Assistive Technology, André Peres, Andréa P. Sonza, Anderson D. Agnol, Patrícia N. Hubler, Silvia C. Bertagnolli, Lucas Coradini, Anderson R. Y. Cabral, and Rodrigo Noll, Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Sul.
10:30 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 12:15 pmPaper Session 2: Active Learning: Impact on Innovation, Product Development & Manufacturing - Moderated by Daniela Faas, Olin College


5. Flipped Lab: Introduction to Prototyping & Manufacturing (Scalable Instruction in Making), Shanti Hamburg, West Virginia University.

6. Product Innovation Project: Experiences and Learnings from 13 Years of Making at Academic Makerspaces, Patrick Herstätter, Hans P. Schnöll, and Christian Ramsauer, Graz University of Technology.

7. Differences between Responses from Male and Female Students on MIT Maker Survey: Understanding the Implications and Strategies for More Inclusive Spaces, Jonathan M. Hunt, Robyn E. Goodner, and Angela Jay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

8. Best Practices for Creating and Leading 
Active-Learning Workshops in Academic Makerspaces, Richard A. McCue, J. Matthew Huculak, and Dani K. Johnson, University of Victoria.
12:15 pm – 12:30 pmVideos 1


1. Make Making Accessible, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2. The MakerDen: Empowering High School Girls, Ramona Convent Secondary School
12:30 pm – 1:30 pmLunch & Sponsor/Exhibitor Workshops, Discussions and Presentations
12:45 pm – 1:30 pmWorkshops

Workshop 1: Tormach - Room 2400

Workshop 2: OMAX - Room 2410

Workshop 3: SolidWorks - Room 2210

Workshop 4: Stratasys - Room 2230
1:30 pm – 2:00 pmPanel 1: Relationships Between Centers for Making, Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Moderated by Malcolm Cooke - Case Western Reserve University


Martin Guay – StanleyBlack&Decker

Dylan Hixon – Venture Capitalist

Clare Leinweber – Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale University

Gillian Mutti – Director of Marketing, Make: Community
2:00 pm – 2:45 pmPaper Session 3: Making Connections: Education, Research & Industry- Moderated by Bjoern Harttman, University of California, Berkeley


9. Finding Middle Q: Sierra College’s Public-Private Makerspace Partnership as a Strategy for Workforce Development, Carol Pepper-Kittredge, Sierra College.

10. Barriers and Need for Action to Enforce Cooperation of Maker, Industry and Research at Academic Makerspaces, Andreas Franz Kohlweiss, Hans Peter Schnöll, Christian Ramsauer, Graz University of Technology.

11. Secondary STEM Teachers’ Experiences in a Maker-Based Integrative STEM Graduate Course: Investigating What Works, Juan Torralba, Kanushri Wadhwa, and Mary Avalos, University of Miami.
2:45 pm – 3:15 pmBreak & Opening Period to Setup Posters
3:15 pm – 3:30 pmVideos 2


3. Students Design 3D Brain Models to Learn and Teach Neuroanatomy, University of Pittsburgh

4. Schumpeter Lab for Innovation, Graz University of Technology
3:30 pm – 4:30 pmPaper Session 4: Data Analysis & Decision Making- Moderated by Jonathan Hunt - MIT


12. Comparing Outcomes Of Introductory Makerspace Courses: The Roles Of Reflection And Multi-Age Communities Of Practice, Eric Reynolds Brubaker, Marlo Kohn, Sheri Sheppard, Stanford University.

13. Following Diversity in a Student-Run Makerspace: Trends in Gender, Engagement, and Usage, Lucy W. Du, and Maha N. Haji, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.

14. Hacking Maslow: Assessment, Scale, and Survival of a Statewide Community College Makerspace Network in California, Deborah Bird and Brie Lindsey, Pasadena City College and California Council on Science and Technology.

15. How To Incubate Your Dragon: Methodologies for Collecting and Analyzing Data on Learning in Academic Makerspaces, Morgan Chivers and Martin K. Wallace, University of Texas at Arlington.
4:30 pm – 5:00 pmPanel 2: Status and Future of Making - Moderated by Craig Forest - Georgia Tech


James Stanaway – Director of Marketing, Epilog

Bjoern Hartmann – Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

JR Logan – Executive Director, MakeHaven

Kipp Bradford - KippKitts
5:15 pm – 7:15 pmPoster Session, Reception and Sponsor/Exhibitor Workshops, Discussions and Presentations
5:15 pm – 6:00 pmWorkshops

Workshop 5: Bantam Tools - Room 2410

Workshop 6: Ultimaker - Room 2210

Workshop 7: 3D Fab Light - Room 2230
6:15 pm – 7:00 pmWorkshop 8: Formlabs - Room 2410

Workshop 9: MakerStock - Room 2210

Workshop 10: 3D PrinterOS - Room 2230
7:15 pm – 8:30 pmISAM After Dark - Yale CEID (15 Prospect Street) Tours & Open House

Friday, October 18, 2019

8:00 amRegistration Opens
8:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 amPanel 3: Diversity and Inclusion - Moderated by Marlo Dreissigacker Kohn - Stanford University


Katherine Aidala – Mount Holyoke College

Robyn Goodner – Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Diana Verdugo - FormLabs
9:30 am – 10:30 amPaper Session 5: Methods to Engage & Develop Makers - Moderated by Joe Zinter - Yale University


16. Survey Report of Academic Makerspace Staffing, Joey Gottbrath and Ian Charnas, University of California-Berkeley and Case Western Reserve University.

17. Designing Interactive Artifacts to Generate New Modes of Engagement in an Academic Makerspace, Anne-Laure Fayard, Victoria Bill, Jessica Chase, and Srishti Kush, New York University.

18. Be(com)ing an Eco-Maker – a Pre-Structured Self-Learning Concept for Environmentally-Friendly Product Creation in Makerspaces, Ina Roeder, A. Klemichen, and R. Stark, Technical University Berlin.

19. The Impact of Mission, Ownership, and Governance on Shaping the Academic Makerspace, Allen H. Kachel, Joshua Keller, and Kent Suhrbier, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.
10:30 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 11:15 amVideos 3


5. Connecting & Empowering Students through MakerSPHERE, City College of San Francisco

6. Watch How the MakerMatic Internship Works, California Community Colleges
11:15 am – 12:00 pmPaper Session 6: Making in Underserved Communities - Moderated by Joey Gottbrath, University of California, Berkeley


20. Making the Future After-school Enrichment Program Impacts Underserved Youth with Mobile 4-H STEM/Maker Program, Jane Crayton, University of Wyoming.

21. Scaleable Makerspaces in Rural Community for creating sustainable ecosystem in developing countries, Dhruv Saidava, Tapan Betai, and Rajesh Nair, Encube Labs India Pvt Ltd and Asia School of Business.

22. Maker Education as an Early Intervention to Catalyze the Development of Pre-entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities, R. Nair, J. E. Corpus, M. Frese, and W. Smit, Asia School of Business and Leuphana University of Lueneburg.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmUnconference Lunch and Sponsor/Exhibitor Workshops, Discussions and Presentations
1:00 pm – 1:15 pmVideos 4


7. Innovating for Good in Our Community, Cabrillo College

8. Sierra College Makerspaces, Sierra College
1:15 pm – 1:45 pmPanel 4: Architectural Perspectives on Academic Makerspaces - Moderated by Marty Culpepper - Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Kip Ellis – EYP Architecture & Design

Kent Suhrbier – Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Regal Leftwich – SmithGroup

Bill Wilson – Wilson HGA
1:45 pm – 2:30 pmBreak
2:30 pm – 3:30 pmUnconference: Topics Derived from Attendee Interest - Moderated by Bjoern Harttman & Joey Gottbrath, University of California, Berkeley
3:30 pm – 4:15 pmIntroduction of Closing Speaker: Yale Provost Ben Polak

Closing Presentation – Roya Mahboob
"Making the Future – Opportunities in Afghanistan and Beyond"
4:15 pm – 4:30 pmSymposium Conclusion and ISAM 2020 Announcement


4th International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM) 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Friday, October 18, 2019
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
United States

Symposium RegistrationEarly Bird
(Through 8/15/19)
(Starting 8/16/19)
Full Conference$550$700
Student Full Conference$100$150

Additional ActivitiesEarly Bird
ISAM 101 (am): Design, Build, and Manage a Makerspace$100$150
ISAM 101 (pm): Design, Build, and Manage a MakerspaceN/A$150
ISAM 102: Making and Innovating at YaleNo ChargeNo Charge
ISAM 103 – Yale Makerspace ToursNo ChargeNo Charge
ISAM 2019 Parking$10/day$10/day

ISAM 2019 Parking
A limited number of parking spaces are available at Yale’s Pierson-Sage Parking Garage (350 Edwards Street, New Haven, CT).   ISAM 2019 users must register for a parking space and will be provided with a Passcode for the Garage.  The Garage is a 6 minute walk to the Yale School of Management (350 Edwards Street) and a 12 minute walk to the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (15 Prospect Street).

Papers + Posters

Conference Topics

Conference sessions will feature paper and poster presentations, videos, panel discussions, and Q&A opportunities around the following higher education makerspace topics.

  • Educational Research to Understand the Values of Making
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Studies of Making
  • Emerging Hardware and Software Tools for Makers
  • Community and Industry
  • Defining Success:  Metrics, Data Collection, & Impact
  • Funding Models, Revenue Streams & Sustainability
  • Makerspace Mission, Vision, Goals & Core Values
  • Management & Staffing Models
  • Navigating Policies and Politics to Promote Campus Collaborations
  • Role of Libraries in Promoting Academic Making
  • Space Design, Workflow, Equipment, and Safety & OSHA Regulations
  • Spaces for Industrial Design, Art, Architecture, Jewelry, and Fashion
  • Supporting and Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Training, Documentation and Competency Certification
  • User Engagement, Programming and Controlling Access
  • Literature Surveys relevant to Academic Makerspaces

ISAM fosters broad research into all aspects of planning, launching, and running Academic Makerspaces. This year ISAM will feature two different tracks. The Papers track invites research contributions. The Posters and Videos track invites experience reports, best practices, project reports, and works-in-progress. One of the poster sessions will showcase student projects completed in makerspaces and we explicitly invite such submissions.

Important Dates

PapersPosters / Videos
Paper authors submit first draftsMay 30, 2019
First round notifications sentJune 20, 2019
Authors revise and resubmitJuly 11, 2019
Poster authors submit 2 page abstract and poster; Video authors submit videoJuly 18, 2019
Author notificationsAugust 1, 2019August 1, 2019
Accepted paper authors submit final versionAugust 15, 2019
Early registration deadlineAugust 15, 2019
Accepted poster/video authors submit final versionSeptember 5, 2019 5pm EDT
Program issued with presentation information (date, time)September 20, 2019
ISAM 2019 beginsOctober 16, 2019


Authors should submit an initial draft paper of up to six pages in length (using the provided paper template) by May 30, 5pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Initial drafts should clearly state the contribution, methods, and any results obtained thus far. Where work is ongoing, authors should clearly describe what steps they plan to complete before the re-submission deadline on July 11. The program committee will review initial submissions and notify authors with one of three decisions: accept; revise and resubmit; or reject. Authors invited to revise and resubmit papers must submit a revision that addresses the comments of the reviewers by July 11. After this deadline, the program committee will review submitted papers again, and decide whether these papers will be accepted or rejected. Papers that were not accepted during the review process will be invited to submit to the poster track.

Posters and Videos

The Posters and Videos track invites experience reports, best practices, project reports, and works-in-progress. One of the poster sessions will showcase student projects completed in makerspaces and we explicitly invite such submissions. Poster authors should also submit an extended abstract of up to 2 pages which will be included in the proceedings. Posters will be presented during a poster session; some authors may also be invited to participate in panel discussions. We will also continue the video presentations, which will run on the same review schedule as the poster track. Videos must be no longer than 6 minutes.

Student Posters

We look forward to featuring student work at ISAM 2018 and are encouraging student poster submissions. If you’ve created something – in class or as a hobby – and want to share it, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for cool stuff made by enthusiastic and passionate student makers. Accepted poster presenters will be given space to display hardware. Show your passion for making – submit a poster today!

Download the call for student posters

Submission Process

Poster authors should submit a two-page extended abstract (using the paper template) as well as a draft of their poster by July 18, 5pm EDT. Video authors only submit a video without an extended abstract. There is no revise and resubmit cycle for posters and videos.

Online Submission

Submit a paper

Submit a poster or a video

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ISAM 2019 welcomes potential sponsors to support the symposium.  Sponsorship benefits are detailed in the enclosed prospectus.  If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please complete this short information form to be connected with an ISAM 2019 representative.

ISAM 2019 Working Prospectus

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