About BUILDS

Who We Are

We are a inclusive group of students, artists, hackers, and organizers that believe strongly in experimental learning and the Do-It-Yourself ethic. We facilitate student-led technology initiatives and encourage hands-on learning by maintaining an open workshop and creative space that is freely available to all students. We maintain an inclusive membership policy, and strive to apply the principles of the open-software and open-hardware movements within our design policies. In short, we are an immersive experiment into the hacker ethic.

Location & Hours

We are located in the basement of the Math and Computer Science building at Boston University, room B26. We are accessible 24/7 to cardholding members, and are available by appointment to non-members. Please e-mail acm@bu.edu to schedule a meeting with us.

Want to be a Member?

You can join us by e-mailing acm@bu.edu and expressing your interest. Please include your name, university affiliation (if any), and an e-mail address where we can reach you.


Current Officers

Chris Woodall (ENG 2014)

President 2013-2014, VP 2012-2013

Chris has a passion for making music, programming microcontrollers, and soldering. Sometimes he is writing software and sometimes he is debugging a circuit, but usually he is doing both. You can see some of his work over on his website.

Allan Wirth (CAS 2015)

Vice President 2013-2014

Allan is a Computer Science major interested in security. He plays CTFs with BUILDS and Boston Key Party. Sometimes he even writes software and posts it on his website.

George Silvis (CAS 2014)

Secretary 2013-2014, Treasurer 2012-2013

George is a math, classics and who knows what else major. Commonly he CTFs with BUILDS and writes math inspired Free, Libre and Open Source Software.

Andrew Mohn (CAS 2014)

Treasurer 2012-2013

Andrew is a math major with a lot of programming experience behind him, making for a dangerous combo.


BUILDS Former Officers

All former officers are listed with last office held

  • Monica Gribouski: President 2012-2013
  • John Nicholas-Furst: Secretary 2012-2013
  • Kyle Brogle: President 2011-2012
  • Valerie Young: Treasurer 2011-2012
  • Brian Hepler: Secretary 2012-2013

BUILDS Founders

  • Founding President: David House
  • Founding VP: Kyle Brogle
  • Founding Treasurer: Maggie Clemens
  • Founding Secretary: Robert Fera
  • Founding Support: John-Nicholas Furst
  • Founding Support: Valerie Young
  • Almighty Keeper of Time: Andy Kalenderian
  • Founding Artist: Keisuke Nakayama
  • Founding Artist: Elina Starobinets