Paul Whitener is the Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education at Wake Forest University. As an Information Systems staff member assigned to the Wake Forest makerspace, the WakerSpace, Paul is involved in technology and making used to teach students in and out of the classroom. With a bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Television Production Concentration and an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Paul brings over 30 years of experience, all based in technology, to the program. In his current role, Paul works with students on a daily basis helping them to utilize various technologies in their classwork. He also co-teaches the Computer Science STEM Robotics course as well as leads many “pop-up” labs geared towards extracurricular learning for the WFU community. These labs include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, laser cutting, and 3D printing technologies. In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, Paul is also involved in many technology outreaches to middle and high school students.
Brian Cohen is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University and a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. Cohen has worked in higher education for the past five years, serving as an assistant tennis coach at both Old Dominion University and Washington & Lee University, while also becoming involved in campus sustainability. He helped introduce a number of environmental initiatives to the athletic departments at both schools and served as the Athletic Department Liaison for Environmental Initiatives at W&L. In addition, Cohen has multiple years of environmental conservation experience with two nonprofits: SeaWeb and the Ocean Conservancy. He enjoys working with students, faculty, and staff who share a passion for sustainability, even if they have yet to discover it.
Rising WFU Senior
Abi Udaiyar is a rising Senior at Wake Forest University from Kernersville, North Carolina. He is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major with a double minor in Religious Studies and Computer Science. In his free time, Abi loves to play ultimate frisbee.