real presenters bring gourds

We launched the growIHS project this week in SED. To help kick things off, advisory board member and all around awesome guy, Kurt Sahl/21 acres, came in to bring students up to speed on all things related to growing local. And he brought gourds as prizes – now there’s a guy who knows how to [...]


SED opportunities

There are a few different opportunties I’ve mentioned in class that have raised enough questions/interest to warrant a blog post, so you can dig deeper. See below the following tabs for details on each. Post a comment if you have any questions.

The following projects are happening in class now. For a list of all projects, click here.


Project: Toaster

Overview: Students are learning the basics of materials, drawing, and CAD through the disassembly of a toaster.


Project: growIHS

Overview: Student teams are challenged to increase the average Inglemoor student’s connection with soil and food.

The following modules house all the content for the courses offered.

Here’s a few of the folks supporting the classroom right now.  Check out our full list of industry partners.  Thanks everyone!

Alex Diener

Pensar Development

Alex wakes at the crack of dawn, without the aid of coffee, and creates behavior-driven products and interactions as the Creative Director of Pensar Development. He has experience designing for clients that range from Fortune 500 companies to bootstrapping startups. Illumagear, Sonosite Ultrasound, Gunnar Optics, Fluke, and Cardiac Science have all benefited from his keen design eye and attention to detail. He graduated from Western Washington University Industrial Design and attended Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen.

Lauren Fruge


Lauren manages the implementation of regional resource conservation programs for K-12 school districts and commercial offices that focus on both operations and occupant engagement.  Her work with our students provides them with industry relevant and engaging experiences in the built environment.

Mark Lenssen

Puget Sound Energy

Mark leads a team of energy efficiency engineers that help businesses find ways to save energy at their facilities. He also manages the commercial new construction energy efficiency program, where business and building owners, engineers, architects, and contractors leverage the program to financially support the inclusion of energy efficiency upgrades in new buildings.

Sean McBeath

Igor Institute

Sean is a co-founder of Igor Institute, a Seattle-based product development consultancy, where he works as a mechanical engineer (most of the time). In his day-to-day work, he helps startups (and some big companies) navigate the early stages of product development, providing a mechanical perspective on technical feasibility, product architecture, proof-of-concept testing, and prototype development.


“SED teaches students how to harness their creativity in ways that make a difference.” (SED.14, now @ Cascadia College)

Hadley Elston

“SED sparked an interest and led to a career path I would have otherwise never taken.”  (SED.11; now @ WWU – UP & SD)

Ian Rattue

“SED was an amazing opportunity.  I would recommend it to anyone.”  (SED.12; now @ U of O - Architecture)

Laura Childs