Gabe Tavas
Biodesigner
Fab City Dreamer
Activist
I'm a 21-year-old lifelong Chicagoan
studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
where I am majoring in sustainable design and minoring
in integrative biology. Outside of my studies, I am the founder and co-manager of Symmetry Wood, a venture creating wood from bacterial cellulose to help combat deforestation.
Projects
Sunrise Movement (2020 - Present)
Engaging in civic activism to encourage a responsible government response to climate change. The Civilian Climate Corps is an idea of primary interest.
Sustainable Design Class Projects
The above photo imagines what the skyscrapers in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago would look like with stylized vertical-axis wind turbines.
Skills
I am at my best whenever I am brainstorming, designing with a computer, and conducting interdisciplinary research. Though, I'll also do whatever else it takes to help keep the planet livable.
Digital Fabrication
I have 5+ years of experience using 3D printers and laser cutters. I have also done intensive work with large CNC machines like the Shopbot.
Exploration
I look for insightful experiences wherever I go. One of the most memorable ones was my stay in Ecuador in an indigenous community, which deepened my love of culture, nature and sustainability.
Community
I have been learning in makerspaces like Chicago's Makerlab and mHub since my early years in high school and am very familiar with the dynamics involved in them.
Nature
In addition to industrial makerspaces, I have also spent time in community biology labs, which taught me how to use basic biotech tools, and my minor in biology helps me look for inspiration in nature
Materials
At the end of the day, the world is made of atoms. I love figuring out different formulas for non-toxic biomaterials and ways to grow the ingredients more effectively.
Coding
I have some experience in coding. A lot of it is related to front-end programming, but I also like to do work with microcontrollers and interaction design enabled by p5.js.
Get in touch
If you have a project that aligns with my mission and skills, feel free to reach me at:
gabetavas@gmail.com
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