Meet the creators
Junior, Olin School of business, Washington University, St Louis
Ayana was born an artist. An avid lover of music, dance, 3D modeling and drafting, she was inspired by a summer architecture program at Columbia University, and soon after, developed the concept for 3DuxDesign.
"During my summer program, I learned how much more engaging STEM learning can be when softened by bringing in art, design, imaginative play."
Ayana has been building the 3DuxGlobal platform over the past two years with a goal to support STEM learning in communities around the world with limited access and to foster an awareness of the diversity in communities and cultures across the globe. She spend winter break 2019-2020 in Haiti, teaching children in the Kay Ang Orphanage. She is currently spearheading the Global Futures Program where students will use 3Dux materials as they imagine, design, build and present their ideas and visions for a better future.
Ayana is currently a junior at Washington University in St Louis, and matriculated into the Olin School of Business to learn the skills needed to continue to grow 3DuxDesign. She envisions a career in a discipline where she can blend her love of the arts with her talents in math and science to create new products that will help solve today's problems and keep our planet green.
Ethan, Design Engineer and Production Manager is currently a senior in high school and already proficient in CAD and complex modeling, 3D printing, and CNC routing. He is also engaged in mentoring younger students, be it teaching STEM fundamentals with 3DuxDesign materials or guitar with the youth at the community center, a few blocks away from the 3DuxDesign workshop.
"For me, learning anything, be it creative writing, complex 3D modeling, or entrepreneurship is so much more interesting and rewarding when there's real context and purpose."
Ethan's other passions include music and woodworking, He hones all of these skills by making furniture, guitars and skateboards.
Marci Klein, M.D. /
Pediatrician, NYU, Medical School Clinical and fellowship in Academic Pediatrics
Product Development Consultant 3DuxDesign
Marci, brings over 20 years of experience as an NYU Medical School-trained clinical and academic pediatrician. With a solid understanding of child development, safety and health issues, she has helped gear the product design to be highly engaging, educational and developmentally appropriate. She is also Chief Assistant to the Principals (job was formally titled Schlepper).
Human Resources Consultant. Helps to make sure the company has a strong foundation, is a positive working environment, and resolves all Tweetle Beetle Battles between the principals and (maternal) support staff.
High top and Voodoo
Quality Control Officers. Their duty is to make sure the cardboard models are structurally are stable, fun to play in, and make great scratching posts. Goosebumps, the family gecko, is a silent partner.