George Petry

George Petry

Advanced Prototyping Project Manager



(608) 316-4379


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My life has been a series of unplanned, random events, which by some lucky happenstance, has brought me to Wisconsin, and the Morgridge Institute. In 1974, I began as an experimental machinist for NCR Corporation, a model/mold maker company. After seven years at NCR, I joined the Cornell Nanofabricatoin Facility in 1981 where I was an instrument maker, specializing in ion implantation. After 16 years at CNF, I managed the Emerson Manufacturing Teaching Lab, overseeing all student machine shop related projects, including architecture, biology, art. During my 45 years as a machinist and instrument maker, I also had my own shop at home. I’ve consulted for deployment systems for satellites and sounding rocket missions for NASA for thirty years. My favorite project for NASA was a contribution to the NASA SIERRA sounding rocket mission – a Yo-Yo wire boom system to measure electromagnetic fields. At the Morgridge Fab Lab, I specialize in machine tool training and use.