ABOUT US

Our team members all share a passion for biomimicry which brought us together for our winning entry in the Biomimicry Institute's Global Design Challenge. Our interdisciplinary team brings different experiences and backgrounds to design development which allow us to work collaboratively and bring new and creative ideas to the table. 

MEGAN HANCK

CEO, Co-Founder

Megan's interests in ecological design, marketing, and team dynamics align with extrACTION and her role of inventor and chief executive officer.

Megan graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a major in Architecture. Her academic career taught her holistic design criteria for technology, product design, and integrating systems thinking into architectural design. She values the learn-by-doing philosophy where the tools and resources are provided for people to build off each other's energy and enthusiasm and create a design that is easily understood, clearly communicated, and unique to the imagination. For her architectural thesis studies at Cal Poly, she studied adaptive reuse of the Morro Bay Power Plant with a focus in remediation strategies. She also received a minor in psychology due to her interest in learning about the interrelationship between human behavior and the built and natural environments, and how psychology can be utilized in design and collaboration.
Her experience working at Studio Design Group Architects, Bull Stockwell Allen, and TMA Architects provided exposure to a wide array of project typologies, including healthcare, hospitality, interiors, brand design, and custom residential, while continuing to build her portfolio in sustainable design. 

KRISTIN FAUSKE

CFO, Co-Founder

Kristin's varied skillset has allowed her to co-found the company, aid in extrACTION design's product development, and be the chief financial officer.

Kristin is a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Bachelors of Architecture program and was awarded for her undergraduate thesis project, which evolved as a phenomenological exploration of airborne water and carbon dioxide capture in the arid and highly-developed context of Los Angeles.

ANNA LAIRD

Technology & Legal Advisor, Co-Founder

Anna is extrACTION design's technology and legal advisor, given her interests and knowledge in technical detailing and environmental law.

Anna received her Bachelor of Science in the General Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is now pursuing law school in order to achieve her goal of becoming an environmental lawyer. While at Cal Poly, she studied many aspects of engineering, declaring a concentration of Sustainable Energy Engineering. Due to her dedication to studying and fighting climate change, she was drawn to the Biomimicry process.

KAREN SCHNEIDER BRODINE

Biomimicry Engineer

Karen is extrACTION design's biomimicry design expert and engineer.

Karen is a nature lover, passionate about sustainable living, healthy ecosystems,
collaboration, and continuous learning. With a diverse background in the fields of applied science and education, she is focused on biomimicry for sustainable design and systems. As a consultant, Karen manages local environmental enhancement projects and sustainability programs. Her broad career interests include design and structural engineering, computer animation development, film production, school facilities planning, designing and building community playgrounds and trails, teaching STEM, and coaching for creative problem solving teams. Karen is a Certified Biomimicry Specialist, a LEED AP BD+C, a candidate for a Masters of Science in Biomimicry at Arizona State University, holds an M.S. in Product Design Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

SAUL FLORES

Designer

Saul uses his extensive design expertise and architectural modeling skills, to aid in extrACTION design's commercialization and product development.

Saul is also a graduate from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Bachelors of Architecture
program. He focused on the development of a passive system to reduce air pollution through the use of titanium dioxide. His thesis focused on incorporating this technology on installations throughout Mexico City. He specializes in parametric design and 3D modeling.

CHRISTIAN VIAN

Scientist

Christian is our team's physical chemist and spectroscopist.

Christian received his Bachelors of Science in chemistry, and a minor in physics and philosophy from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He conducted research projects at Cal Poly on a simple hard-sphere modeling project, a modeling project on the energetics of simple crystal lattices, and assembling and testing the university's scanning tunneling microscope. He also has experience in the study of what science and technology are from an epistemological standpoint, how humans have come to use and interact with these tools, and the ethical choices involved with the different value systems associated with making use of them.