A Portsmouth, NH native, Steve has spent his educational and professional careers learning and producing in local studios and workshops. Through his education in the Portsmouth school system, Steve gained an early exposure to art and technical education. His classes supported his independent learning as a mechanic and novice entrepreneur, founding Port City Mopeds in 2007. Finally studying mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, he moved on to work as an independent engineering consultant with individual, small business, and corporate clients. He has provided his expertise and has continued to learn on a breadth of projects across many industries: medical, maritime, industrial, defense, automotive, research, architectural, and artistic.
Steve enjoys work on a variety of projects, to keep a honed range of technical acuity. He believes that learning new techniques regularly is important to maintaining a creative mindset. He stays active in the community as a motorcycle enthusiast, organizing the Welcome East Motorcycle Show on a yearly basis. He is involved as a member and volunteer at the Port City Makerspace, teaching classes on welding and motorcycle restoration.
Nico Gallo is a versatile designer whose work often reflects on the common ground between the arts, design, and the sciences. While studying mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, Gallo often lead inter-disciplinary research projects, spanning fields of mathematics, sculpture, programming, music, and visual art.
After his studies, Nico sought to augment his theoretical background with technical experience by working out of the Port City Makerspace, a community workspace for designers, craftspeople, builders, and artists. Nico’s broad design sensibilities have found him consulting visual artists, building custom furniture, and acting as a CAD/modelling guru for designers from Boston to Portland. Nico has taught principles of design theory and fabrication at the Port City Makerspace, Maine FabLab at Engine, and the design lab at Phillips Exeter Academy.