Research Assistant at The Center for Bits and Atoms, MITHi! My name is Zach Fredin. I am originally from Columbus, OH, and most recently lived in Minneapolis, MN before moving with my wife Danica to Cambridge, MA for grad school. Before MIT, I started a neuroscience education company, sold grain silo radar level instruments, planned maintenance for a 50,000 ton forging press, and grew enormous quartz crystals. I studied materials science and engineering at Case Western Reserve University, where I worked as a foundry assistant and rowed on the crew team.
My portfolio, which talks a bit about past projects and work.At CBA, I study digital materials, direct-write fabrication, laser micromachining, MAS NMR, reconfigurable computation, and superelastic flexures. During the spring of 2020, I also worked on a number of rapid COVID-19 response projects intended for distributed FabLab-based community fabrication. A square meter of printed circuit board consumes roughly a cubic meter of fresh water during its production. I occassionally photograph woodland creatures. MIT class sites: How to Make (Almost) Anything, The Nature of Mathematical Modeling, Rapid-Prototyping of Rapid-Prototyping Machines zach dot fredin at cba dot mit dot edu pronouns: he/him