Get Involved

How can I get involved?

The best thing you can do for the space is be in it! Come visit the space, get an ID, start using tools and attending workshops. Any on-duty monitor can explain processes more fully to you.

The Monitors and Managers love getting to know people who spend their time in here, building projects and getting to know the machines and design process. Setting a good example too—safe, appropriate tool use, cleaning up after yourself, learning from one another; these are the virtues of the BDW.

This all amounts to being a good BDW Member. We are not currently looking for new Monitors but we do typically at the beginning of semesters. 

What is a monitor?

There are a number of leadership one can hold in the BDW:

  • ENGN3 Mentor: These are students affiliated with the introductory Engineering coursework and hold increased access and priority in the space. They teach other ENGN students in BDW workshops. 
  • Monitors: Following a Monitor-in-Training process, Monitors hold weekly shifts during which they help maintain the space and give assistance to any in the space who need it. Monitors help guide the direction of the space in new tools, outreach, educational programming, and more. 
  • Volunteer Monitors: Volunteer Monitors are Monitors who, either by choice or by not being on payroll (RISD students, for instance). Volunteer Monitors have all the priveleges of Monitors but do not hold weekly shifts. They must, twice a semester, help cover or substitute a shift and are required to attend all Monitor meetings. 

How do I become a monitor?

If you are a member interesting in becoming a monitor please email directly with "[newmonitor]" in the subject line. After expressed interest, review, and a brief, casual interview, you will begin the Monitor-in-Training process. Once you have shadowed a certain number of shifts, attended all workshops, and taught workshops of your own, you can graduate to Monitor. 

Becoming a monitor takes time and dedication, but the skills and priveleges gained are tremendously rewarding. Plus, we're a fun group of multidisciplinary people, with the unique ability to guide this institution at Brown.