Rick Pardunis the Chief EDGe-ineer, the creative force responsible for initial workshop design and ongoing training and tool acquisition. As a mechanical engineer, Rick has 18 years of experience in prototyping and design in the aerospace industry. He also has extensive experience in training new engineering graduates and working with vendors in a diversified field of machining and fabrication shops.
Zack Manweiler With an amazing background in metal machining, Zack is now working towards a degree at TSTC. He covers the machine shop and can answer your metal questions, teaching our metal shop and welding classes.
Devynn Rizo An resident robotics ranger and head Gryffindor leader, she is our resident "try anything" expert. She teaches mainly our electronics and youth classes, but can be seen with her forge goggles on or with some welding scarf wrapped on her head.
Taylor Marze's designing roots spring from a fertile background in the visual arts, specifically Sculpture and 3-D Design. A recent grad from Baylor University in Studio Art, he has passion for designing and building personal and group projects. Frequently building in the traditional materials of wood and steel, he prefers developing technique in metalsmithing and welding. My sculptural work relates to my ties to rural north Texas and incorporates principles and elements of natural design. He maintains and oversee's both the wood and metal shops at The Maker's Edge. Soon to attend the University of Houston to begin a masters degree in industrial design. Now, go BUILD IT!
“To describe them simply, makerspaces are community centers with tools. Makerspaces combine manufacturing equipment, community, and education for the purposes of enabling community members to design, prototype and create manufactured works that wouldn’t be possible to create with the resources available to individuals working alone… Makerspaces represent the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education. They are a fairly new phenomenon, but are beginning to produce projects with significant national impacts.” --makerspace.com
Melissa Pardun is the Executive Director of Maker’s Edge. Melissa is a life-long thinker and maker and strongly identifies with teaching the ideals of the DIY spirit to the next generation of innovators. Melissa co-founds Maker’s Edge with her husband, Rick Pardun. The creation of Maker’s Edge comes from the Parduns' realization that many in Waco share their desire for a collaborative workshop and have a similar need for dedicated workspace. After looking for these types of spaces in Waco, the Parduns had a need to satisfy both a personal desire and professional passion for creation...so they built one!
Landon Cox As the newest member of the group, Landon covers the woodshop and CAD areas. Currently an MCC student, Landon is an accomplished woodworking artist and loves trying new things. He also is quite a little chemist when it comes to finishes.