Recognition for Beau Williamson (by Andrew Kongs, Josh Wims, Stephenie Webb, Scott Blevins, and Merissa Green)
Beau Williamson @gbeauw has set an outstanding example of membership. In 2016, Beau adopted a Makerspace tool, our Epilog Zing, a laser cutter we acquired secondhand that would have cost us $8000 new. He turned to the lasers to engrave instrument dials that could be backlit. Secondhand, complex tools need care and attention. Beau dug deep to learn its operation & maintenance procedures and became our contact with the manufacturer. He has kept the Zing running, answering repair calls, ordering spare parts, performing the routine monthly maintenance, and participating actively in the committee. He stays alert on Discord and Talk for Zing issues. And, as the committee has grown, he has shared his knowledge freely, training others so that the Zing is not solely dependent upon him. Beau has set an example for how far a single member can go to serve the Makerspace community when he or she adopts a tool.
Nomination: We - Andrew Kongs, Josh Wims, Stephenie Webb, Scott Blevins, and Merissa Green - as current and recent past Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Laser Committee, nominate Beau for a 3 month scholarship from the Fellowship fund.