Membership Committee

Vector Space is a community of ~120 members. With backgrounds in everything from art to engineering, and some quirky hobbyists that keep things lively. The membership committee is a group of volunteers committed to keeping the spirit of collaboration alive. They schedule member engagement events, help onboard new members, and offer knowledge and assistance whenever possible. 

Jeff Benson

Jeff Benson aspires to one day have made a project with every machine at Vector Space. Originally from Pennsylvania, he came to Lynchburg in 2011 to obtain his bachelor's degree from Liberty University. He now works in cybersecurity and continues to find creative solutions to complex problems at Vector Space

Greg Johnston

Greg’s interests are woodworking and metalworking. Throughout college he worked with a  master cabinet maker on various projects. His specialty is welding and he has a Welding Engineering Degree. He enjoys teaching others the skills and knowledge that he has acquired over many different projects. He also enjoys learning new skills from other members, and is always coming up with way more projects than he’s able to complete.

Randy Sass

Randy has been a member since 2018. He has experience working in industries such as military, nuclear, non-destructive testing, and electric actuation. In addition to having a natural curiosity for how things work, he is a frequent user of the laser and plasma cutters. He occasionally has delusions of grandeur with the 3D printer and blacksmithing too. He enjoys volunteering in the community and at the space, and helping others learn new things.  

Carl Yates

Carl has more than 35 years of experience in Automotive & Military Projects Engineering. He has been mainly involved in Welding and CNC machining areas at a professional level, but also builds 3D printers and CNC machines for personal use. He has taught various woodworking classes for Hacksburg (Blacksburg's Maker Space) and Virginia Tech. Outside of Vector Space, he does small scale anodizing and plating of metal parts in his home shop.