Malcolm Cooke has over 35 years’ combined experience in academia both in England and for the last 21 years in the US. For most of this time he has focused on design, and advanced manufacturing, and for the last 25 years his manufacturing focus has been in the growing field of additive manufacturing. Malcolm received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Coventry University, his Master of Science degree from Warwick University, both located in England, and his Ph.D. (2004) from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Malcolm has been a faculty member at CWRU for 17 years. Malcolm is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University and the Executive Director of the Sears think[box]. Sears think[box] is CWRU’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, located in the Richey Mixon Building which is a 7-floor, 50,000 sq. ft. facility located on the edge of the campus. Malcolm and his team regularly consult on the design, management and operation of academic and corporate ‘Innovation Makerspaces’, and to date his team have consulted with over 200 national and international academic institutions. In 2017 Malcolm led a think[box] team in organizing the 2nd Annual International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM 2017) which was a 4-day conference hosted on the CWRU campus in November 2017. The conference was attended by over 350 attendees from 7 countries and included 3-days of presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities, plus a 2-day vendor exhibition, a range of half-day vendor-led ‘practical’ workshops and tours of Sears think[box].