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Aubrey Wigner completed his PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University in May 2017 and has been an active fellow since Spring 2015. He has a BS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and a MS in International Political Economy of Resources, both from the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on integrating Makerspaces and Hackerspaces with higher education to enhance learning through hands on interdisciplinary practices. His dissertation, titled The Maker Movement, the Promise of Higher Education, and the Future of work explored how education can be enhanced by adopting traits found in the Maker Movement to better prepare students for an increasingly automated and technologically integrated future. During his time as a fellow, he helped run Making and Tinkering camps for middle school students and pitched a new design space for ASU's main library, a variant of which will be built in 2019. Starting in the Fall, 2017, he will be teaching Prototyping for Entrepreneurs at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. In addition to his research on Makerspaces, he is also a maker. He works on digital sculpture, 3d design, 3d scanning, Arduino and Raspberry Pi based electronic projects, and automotive mechanics in his spare time.

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