Joel came to the department in 1981. Under the tutelage of supervisor Gene Scott, a 25 year veteran of the department, Joel learned a great deal about instrumentation development, from complex tool and die work, welding, brazing and soldering, to plumbing and electronics. Joel assumed the supervisory position in 1992. Joel, along with the other members of the Instrument Shop, strive to produce quality equipment that is innovative and cost effective.
Machining is the only thing Barry has done professionally. Barry has been doing this since April, 1977. From 1977 to the present, Barry watched the production time gap between idea and product close. Barry prefers to automate the machining process when ever practically possible. He feels strongly that the method often used to make better cars and toasters can be applied directly to prototyping scientific instruments, improving precision and overall quality. Barry believes that smaller, more integrated, more stable devises that incorporate a higher degree of functionality, come from taking the fabrication task to the level of art.
Prior to working at the Instrument Shop Sean worked for United Design, a multi-million dollar producer of figurine collectables. Sean worked in the master mold shop for over 14 years as a mold designer and was one of the last employees to be with the company before it was sold in summer of 2002. In the fall of the same year he went back to school at Moore Norman Technology Center where he studied machining technology for two years. Subsequently Sean was hired as a part time instructor by the Center to teach basic machining to O.U. engineering students. Sean continues to teach at the center at least one semester per year. After graduating from Moore Norman, Sean worked for a machine shop in Oklahoma City for three years before coming to the Instrument Shop in January of 2007. Sean's hobby is flying remote control aircraft, and has been flying for over 10 years. He claims to have more planes than room in his house.