Isaac Facio specializes in textile technology with an emphasis in 3D woven structures and the development of new mechanisms that challenge the formation of solid cloth forms. He brings this interest in textiles and textile structures to the care, preservation and exhibition of museum collections as part of the textile conservation staff in the Department of Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Master of Science in Textile Technology from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK.
Benedikt Diemer specializes in computational astrophysics. He runs and analyzes large computer simulations. His research interest is Structure Formation, the gravitational collapse of matter in the universe into the structures we observe or infer today, such as galaxies and dark matter halos. He received a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago and a Master of Physics from the University of Manchester, UK. He is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC),a subdivision of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) at Harvard University. More information can be found on his website.