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Meet our new Makers

Jun 14, 2017

Maria Stukoff
Dr Maria Stukoff

We’re thrilled that Dr Maria Stukoff has been appointed as Director for the Maker Space masterplan.

She previously worked as Head of Digital at the BBC Academy responsible for the transformation of online courses, social channels and the development of the BBC Academy website.

Maria brings with her a wealth of knowledge in commercial publishing of videogames with her previous role at Sony PlayStation. She directed their academy programme, PlayStationFirst, where she established a global fleet of PlayStation University accredited courses and incubators to drive research and graduate employment initiates.

In short, she was in the business of engaging and skilling up technology-savvy students. Her achievements in the bridging industry, academia and education to transform digital education, has seen her awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Game Education (2014) by The University of Norwich of the Arts. She has an international reputation for her media art work, and her projects have won her numerous prestigious awards and commissions, and was listed on the Top 30 Women in Games in the UK (2015).

Maria said: “I am thrilled to join University of Salford, and to kick-start the Maker Space. It’s an incredible opportunity to bring about new learning paradigms and collaborative practices in making and prototyping. I see the Maker Space as a flagship for attracting the next generation of high calibre students, and enable industry to work alongside our research expertise to champion our motto MAKE in SALFORD.”

We’re also delighted to welcome Michael Walsh as the new Maker Space Manager who has a wealth of expertise in prototyping, 3D design and digital fabrication, having worked on over 100 commercial prototypes whilst working at the renowned Fab lab Manchester. His work has included projects that went on to appear on Dragons' Den, The Gadget Show and the UK's most successful Kickstarter campaign - The Nifty MiniDrive - raising over £250,000 in pre-orders.

Michael has seen the impact of practical-based learning while working in Maker Spaces over the last six years. He’s worked with the general public, school kids, university graduates and industry to bring ideas to life using 3D printing, laser cutting and CAD (Computer Aided Design).

“At Salford University I am looking forward to the challenge of bringing this ‘maker movement’ ethos into a higher education setting for the ultimate benefit of the student’s learning and experience. I enjoy the variety of working on new products for industry and educating future makers.”

There will be an opportunity for staff to look around the interim Maker Space facilities in the near future, so watch this space to start making!