Jaeren William Tredway

Jaeren is a non-traditional undergraduate CS student working with Professor Buechley in the field of computational design. He is a returning student who’s varied past experience has taken him around the world to a wide range of work environments. As a carpenter and all-phases construction worker he built custom houses and commercial buildings in Colorado and California, and his work as a builder took him to the remote reef system of Raja Ampat Indonesia, where he worked on building Misool Eco Resort from its initial phase as a remote uninhabited island. He worked on the historically-accurate restoration of the Victorian estate Newbold House in Scotland and numerous early 1900’s-era Victorian houses in San Francisco. His unconventional past also includes working as a paramedic stationed in St. Mary’s ER in San Francisco, and as a ranch hand and farm laborer in places ranging from the remote Gila of New Mexico to the Golan Heights of Israel. He worked as an apprentice to the Japanese sword-smith Kelso in Vermont and as a welder at ArtWorks Foundry in Berkeley California, and has extensive experience as an artist and craftsman in a wide range of media from casting metals to drawing and sculpting to building furniture. Presently, Jaeren is learning a new and exciting skillset as a computer programmer and computational designer, focusing on coding, CAD and computationally-aided fabrication. He is particularly interested in high-accessibility computational fabrication methods for artisans and craftspeople in rural cottage industries, including open-source software, inexpensive self-replicating machinery and free global education.