Joan Horvath is a co-founder (with Rich Cameron) of Nonscriptum LLC (http://www.nonscriptum.com). Their Pasadena-based consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech. Joan is an MIT alumna, recovering rocket scientist and educator. Joan and Rich teach online classes through LERN network (linked on their site) and have collaborated on five books (so far!) for the Apress imprint of Springer-Nature, including the 2016 releases “3D Printed Science Projects” and “Practical Fashion Tech.” They have a particular interest in the application of maker technologies for scientific applications, and are helping organize their second annual Scientific Maker Exhibit at the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Pacific Division conference in Waimea, Big Island of Hawaii, in June. (Info: http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2017HAWAII/Flyers/MakerExhibit-Newest.pdf).
In addition to her work with Rich, Joan also has an appointment as Core Adjunct faculty for National University’s College of Letters and Sciences. She has taught at the university level in a variety of institutions, both in Southern California and online. Before she and Rich started Nonscriptum, she held a variety of entrepreneurial positions, including VP of Business Development at a Kickstarter-funded 3D-printer company. Joan started her career with 16 years at the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she worked in programs including the technology transfer office, the Magellan spacecraft to Venus, and the TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography spacecraft. She holds an undergraduate degree from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a master’s degree in Engineering from UCLA.