Kevin Baron, Manager | Telephone: (603) 646-3261

It’s a privilege to share my life lessons in advancing Thayer School’s mission.

The skills that make Kevin useful around the machine shop came from life experience in three places; his dad’s machine shop, Harvard’s School of Extension, and MIT’s Lab for Manufacturing. His dad’s shop showed Kevin that machine shops can be laboratories for designing the means of production. Harvard showed Kevin the power of a science education to understand the world, and MIT taught Kevin that manufacturing disciplines are worthy of a person’s best efforts.

Pete Fontaine | Telephone: (603) 646-3096

Come in to the shop and learn the practical end of design/build. We have the best toys.

Pete is here to help students do good design work, then he teaches them to actually build that design. Also he works with researchers to design/build experimental equipment.

Charles (Chip) Brettell | Telephone: (603) 646-1465

I love helping students learn how to bring their ideas to reality. The Thayer Machine Shop and CAD Lab are full of tools and the machine shop technical staff is full of knowledge. If you have an idea, whether it’s a long-term research project or a short-term fix to your favorite long board, the machine shop has what it takes to get you on your way!

Jason Downs | Telephone: (603) 646-8798

Always plan well and leave time to fix problems. Nothing ever goes as planned.

Jason teaches, helps, and keeps students and their projects heading in the right direction.

Max Fagin | Telephone: (603) 646-8798

The best way to find out how something works is to build it yourself. The second best way is to take it apart, but you sometimes can’t get permission for that!

Max completed the dual degree program between Dartmouth and Vassar College in 2011 with a focus in physics, astronomy and mechanical engineering. He joined the shop as a TA in 2009 and was hired as design fellow for the 2012-13 academic year. His specialty is in computer aided design and machining, and he helps Thayer students and faculty with their various projects as well as conducting projects of his own. He owns a light saber.