2020 Statement of Intent Kevin Patel

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Kevin Patel

This letter is to serve as formal notification that I, Kevin Patel am officially submitting my name to run for election to the Board of Directors for the Dallas Makerspace for the year 2020.

Relevant Background

  • Veteran Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem iEX Award for making COVID stuff
  • Doctorate level independent research in innovative Marketing
  • MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • BS in Computer Science
  • Elected state official 3+ years
  • First ever UT System Student Regent Candidate
  • Senator of The Year
  • Committee Chair of The Year
  • UTD Executive Council 3+ Years
  • Graduate & International Student Chair for UTD
  • Technology Chair for UTD
  • Parking & Safety committee
  • Senior Senator for Engineering & Computer Science
  • Campus Facilities & Master Planning
  • Judicial Committee
  • Association of IT Professionals National Graduate Champion
  • DMS Digital Media Chair
  • Controlling monthly budgets that are larger than DMS's yearly budget in a student fee educational based organization


My goals for 2020 are:

  • Systematically addressing the large attrition rate of members over 500 delta this year for ~2300 - currently ~1850 & sustain positive member growth
  • Finish expanding into warehouse
  • Finding innovative solutions to issues that are well thought out
  • Increasing and supporting teaching of classes
  • Return to being awesome to one another
  • Being more of a benefit to the local community
  • Being a fluid dynamically changing organization that can respond to changes quickly & survive this upcoming years virus challenges
  • Listen to people and to be polite when agreeing to disagree
  • Staying open minded
  • Promoting a culture allowing DMS to be whatever people are currently interested in
  • Transparency
  • Leading by example and not force whenever possible
  • Not to micro manage committees within their own domain
  • Respect Makers
  • Keeping a system of checks and balances
  • Try to twirl my hair less


Conflict of Interest I do sell things that I make @DMS

As part of this Letter of Intent, I also agree to the duties and functions expected of me in this position that include, but are not limited to:

  • Making every effort to attend the annual meeting(s) and regular meetings.
  • Perform the duties and responsibilities of Director as outlined in the Dallas Makerspace Bylaws as well as the Dallas Makerspace Rules and Policies.

If elected, I am fully aware and understand the importance of my full participation as a productive and effective leader during my tenure on the Dallas Makerspace Board of Directors, and I agree to the terms and conditions set forth above.

/s/ Kevin Patel


Nominated by

  • John Gorman
  • Luke Andraski
  • Soni Mcknight
  • Mark Salas