Alex founded the Idea Foundry – one of the largest and most active “makerspaces” in the world, home to 700 members and 300+ small businesses, entrepreneurs, and startups. With a PhD in computational metallurgy, he began his career as a research scientist for a small Battelle spinout but was inspired by his artist sister to make things with his hands. That led him to discover the maker movement and its potential to educate and empower every person on the planet. He currently consults with other cities to create makerspaces and “innovation neighborhoods” in their communities. In his spare time, he teaches technology and innovation to underserved students.