Thursday Plenary Speakers
2:00pm room 119AB
Fran Blanche is the owner and founder of Frantone Electronics (1994-present) one of the world’s very first boutique guitar effects companies. Fran is a completely self-taught electronic engineer, artist, musician, published photographer, space technology researcher and historian, mechanical engineer, and YouTube vlogger. She has worked on the restoration of the one of a kind Maillardet Automaton at the Franklin Institute, and worked on vintage Apollo flight hardware at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Fran’s work on reverse engineering components in the Apollo Saturn V LVDC computer got her an article in Popular Science Magazine in 2014. Fran has also been interviewed for the Lena Dunham blog The Lenny Letter and had a cover story in Tone Report in 2016, as well as a feature in She Shreds Magazine in 2015. She currently operates FranLab on her YouTube channel.