Meet the Machyne Team

DR. ALEX BANDAR

Executive Director

Alex is responsible for the operations, partnerships, and culture of Machyne.

An engineer, materials scientist, and entrepreneur (and not exactly in that order), Alex worked for nearly 10 years for a small software company as a “computational metallurgist.” During that time, he realized that although he could write computer programs that simulated manufacturing processes, he couldn’t actually make anything. Thus began his quest that led to the founding of the Idea Foundry makerspace in Columbus, Ohio. While Machyne resembles the Idea Foundry conceptually, its offerings are thoughtfully tailored to the needs of the 16 Tech Innovation District and the wider Indianapolis community.

Paul Williams

Workshop Manager

Paul is responsible for the maintenance of all tools and equipment available at the makerspace.

Paul earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrative Studio Practice from the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to joining Machyne, he served as a Lab Technician at Hamilton East Public Library, contributing to the grand opening of Ignite Studio, a makerspace for community collaboration and creativity. Paul has also served as an instructor for Indianapolis non-profit organization, the Maker Youth Foundation, and has worked as a Technician and Fabrication Assistant for 1st Maker Space, a privately held company that designs, builds, and sustains in-school & library makerspaces and S.T.E.A.M. Labs. A born creative and maker, Paul is knowledgeable in a wide variety of tools ranging from traditional manual means of making (woodworking, mold making, metalworking) and digital fabrication (CNC milling, 3D printing, laser engraving). At Machyne, he delivers expert guidance to both members and the general public while exemplifying the maker mindset. 

ANNIE LAGASSE

Marketing & Community Manager

Annie is responsible for generating, amplifying, and promoting Machyne's “mission of making” through strategic marketing efforts, event management, and member support.

Prior to joining Machyne, Annie spent six years in Boston establishing her career in marketing and community management. For WS Development—one of the largest retail real estate companies in the country – Annie served on the property management team for the outdoor lifestyle center, The Street. Here she engaged community members through on-site events and championed The Pop-Up Project, a retail incubation space designed to energize and support local and independently-owned small businesses. Later, Annie served as Manager of Events & Consumer Marketing at Boston magazine, where she collaborated with Boston city officials, business owners, and restaurateurs to execute city-wide experiences and events for Bostonians. Most recently, she served as an Event Producer for U.K-based event agency emc3, bringing to life industry conferences and company meetings. At Machyne, she is a resource to members and a creator of unique experiences that encourage collaboration and creativity within the community.