Kelly Zona

Digital Fabrication and Engineer Design Consultant

Kelly Zona

Kelly is an engineering and design consultant at TIES. She works with schools and other partner organizations to develop projects related to digital fabrication technology, design, electronics, and programming. In her role at TIES, Kelly has also worked as a consultant to the Fab Foundation, a digital fabrication organization based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). She has served as the lead developer and lead instructor for the Fab Foundation’s MENTOR2 program, a design and engineering course developed in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. During this time, she was also a senior instructor for Fab Academy; the digital fabrication certificate program offered through MIT’s CBA.

Previously, she was Director of the Media Studios Organization at Northeastern University where she helped integrate digital fabrication, immersive media, and physical computing into student and faculty work.

Kelly has also directed Fab Lab Baltimore, a public-access workshop that is part of the international Fab Lab network managed by MIT’s CBA. At the lab, she developed classes and workshops in digital fabrication and design. While at Fab Lab Baltimore, she also worked at the Johns Hopkins University Digital Media Center, where she developed and taught a workshop series covering topics ranging from press-fit construction systems to shape-memory polymers.

In addition, Kelly has worked for Cornell University’s Department of Architecture as a Design and Construction Specialist for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Competition, as well as several architecture firms.

Kelly holds a M. Arch from Cornell University, and a B.S. in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo.

More About Me

I Bet You Didn’t Know

  • When I’m not working, I like to tinker and use my vinyl cutter.

What I Love About My Job

  • I love working at TIES because: The experience is thoroughly enriching and rewarding; I have made friends all over the world; I’m constantly reminded the future is now; They help bring the cutting edge of technology to the classroom.

A Transforming Moment

  • My favorite TIES transformation story is Andrea Lane’s (Fields) because she is essentially the poster child of the firm and is very successful.