Starting in 2004, Kathy was an engineer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she worked in aviation researching collision avoidance algorithms for aircraft. She was part of the team that won the Robert Collier Trophy for excellence in aviation in America. She then segued her aviation expertise and moved to the aerospace division at the Lincoln Laboratory where she researched and tracked space debris. In 2014 Kathy read Neil Gershenfeld’s book, “Fab: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop-from Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication”, and she applied to take his infamous “How to Make (almost) Anything” course at the MIT Media Lab. Since then Kathy has been studying additive manufacturing techniques and planning on opening a fab lab. To prepare she pursued classes and workshops in design, invention, science, technology and the fine arts at MIT, Harvard, Massachusetts College of Art and elsewhere.
In 2017, Kathy left her job at MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a space systems engineer to pursue lifelong dreams of attending art school and living abroad. She moved with her young family to the Greek Island of Paros where she attended The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts for Spring and Fall of 2017 where she studied oil painting, drawing, creative writing, photography, poetry, literature, art history, theatre, book craft and Greek dance. The healing powers of the Aegean sea took hold and she decided Paros is the perfect place to open a fab lab.
In 2018 Kathy opened the Aegean Idea Lab on Paros to create entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology training for Paros residents and students studying abroad. The Aegean Idea Lab is also a community mindful maker space for Paros Island.
Kathy received degrees in computer science, engineering, & computer information systems from Smith College, the University of Michigan and Dartmouth College and is also a certified vinyasa yoga instructor.
Adam Czarnowski was educated at Christ’s Hospital, read English Literature at University College London (AS Byatt was his tutor) and Intellectual History, Comparative Literature and American Fiction at Dartmouth College, NH.
After studying TEFL at International House, Picadilly, he taught English in Athens, Barcelona, Paris and London.
He has been involved creatively in the Arts since he was 16. A work he did at 17 is in the collection of the Tate Modern, as are experimental videos in another national archive.
Fascinated by cinema and music since his teens, he plays the piano badly, has a near exhaustive knowledge of classical music and rock (he was a vinyl dealer for twenty years) is a friend of several world-famous pianists and has a love of world cinema and cinematography. An accomplished photographer, he works with professionals on the island, as well as writing English texts for Paros Pages and other Greek websites.
Tassos Anastasio is a visiting faculty member offering workshops and retreats. He is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with 17 years experience. He’s taught yoga in Australia and Greece since 2002.
Tassos Anastasio was attracted to the intricacies of the Iyengar Yoga system in 1996 as therapy for an injury, and found that with its focus on alignment and precision and the use of props to obtain advanced postures without strain, he benefited greatly. With time he realised that his interest in Meditation and Eastern Philosophy tied in with the complete science of Yoga. With the intention of passing on the benefits and joy of Yoga to others he went on to complete teacher training at SKYS (Stkilda Yoga School ) in Melbourne in 2006, and has been teaching throughout Melbourne, Australia for 13 years.
Zefi Famelis is a visiting faculty member and practicing artist in Paros, Greece. She is an avid painter and crafter and transforms found objects into works of beauty.