ABOUT

Erik Stefans is a thoughtful designer who strives to create engaging, meaningful and sometimes bizarre experiences for beautiful objects and furniture. He is a passionate wood worker with a high standard for craft and loves building using mixed digital fabrication and traditional techniques. He honed his making and problem solving skills working in the construction field for nearly a decade, as a carpenter building houses and a field supervisor for a solar electric installation company. Erik is currently pursuing his B.S. in Product Design at Drexel University. 

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EXPERIENCE

 

Product Designer/Fabricator 2016 - Present

Carla Diana Studios - Philadelphia, PA

  •  Designing an Internet Connected Coat Rack

  •  Building a showroom quality prototype

 

Make Lab Attendant 2014 - Present

Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA

  •  Training students to use wood shop equipment

  •  Helping students with modeling and prototyping

 

Students Tackling Advanced Research 2015

Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA

  •  Researched Inclusive Design processes

  •  Designed Inclusive garden equipment

 

Carpenter 2012 - 2013

North Fork Woodworks - Mattituck, NY

  •  Built and renovated homes

  •  Provided finish carpentry

 

Solar Technician/Field Supervisor 2009 - 2012

Lightwave Solar Electric - Antioch, TN

  •  Supervised large commercial photovoltaic installations

  •  Installed residential and commercial PV systems

  •  Installed battery backup systems

 

Bicycle Technician 2008

Impact Resource Group - Nashville, TN

  •  Assembled and repaired bicycles

 

Assistant Mechanic/Yard Crew 2006 - 2007

Strong’s Marina - Southampton, NY

  •  Serviced and maintained customers boats

  •  Operated heavy equipment

 

Quality Assurance Tester 2005

Sony Corporation - San Diego, CA

  •  Tested video games for bugs

EDUCATION

 

Drexel University

B.S. Product Design - GPA 3.94

Expected Graduation 2018

 

DIGITAL SKILLS

 

Rhino 

Rhinocam

Solidworks

Keyshot

Photoshop

Illustrator

InDesign

 

MAKING SKILLS

 

Wood Shop

Metal Shop

CNC

3D Printer

Laser Cutter

Mold Making

Sewing

 

SOUND DESIGN

 

Ableton Suite

Synthesizers

Samplers

 

WORK SHOWN

 

International Contemporary

Furniture Fair - NYC 2016

 

Leonard Pearlstein Gallery

Philadelphia 2016