Currently serves as the Fab Lab Program Director at Palmer Hamilton, where he leads their efforts in delivering turn-key Fab Lab/Makerspace solutions to K-12 schools across the U.S. Previously, at Gateway Technical College, he was the architect of a variety of programs through the Gateway Fab Lab that support students, the community, and local industry. Mr. Herker currently serves as the Board Chairman of the United States Fab Lab Network (USFLN), has consulted on Fab Lab development through the National Science Foundation (NSF), and assisted numerous educational programs from K12 through post-secondary in their Fab Lab programs. He is also heavily engaged with NC3 in developing training & curriculum for educators to leverage in the Fab Lab. Besides a degree in Business & Communication from Valparaiso University, Mr. Herker is a distinguished graduate of the Dale Carnegie – Sales Advantage Program, a Certified GrowthWheel business advisor, is Certified in Business Incubation Management through the International Business Innovation Association (INBIA), and a 2016 graduate of Leadership Racine.


Is a US Air Force Veteran, serving as Staff Sergeant for 7 ½ years. He was deployed to Africa, and stationed in Wyoming, Korea, England, and Texas, with earning 17 decorations. James is Air Force Principles of Instruction certified, as well as having his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also studying Business Administration at the University of Maryland Global Campus. James is serving as our Fab Lab Support for Palmer Hamilton. He has 10 years combined customer service experience, as he also is a former Computer Technician. James is certified on 3D45 printers, LC40 laser cutters, and XS Tech Routers.

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