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 roles 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 privileges 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?

Monitor hiring for Spring 2016 has concluded. If you are a member interesting in becoming a monitor please send an email to with "[newmonitor]" in the subject line, and we'll let you know when applications open again in the fall.

If you're hired, you'll spend the first 2 months as a Monitor-in-Training. Over the course of this internship, you'll shadow a Head Monitor on their shift, get advanced training and troubleshooting on the equipment in the space, and learn how to hold workshops yourself. After a capstone project that incorporates all aspects of your training, you'll graduate to Monitor status and start holding your own shifts.

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