Our team

Protovent’s strength is our creativity and in depth knowledge in a broad range of fields. Our consultants have backgrounds in Mechanical Engineering, Sculpture, Robotics, Textiles, Biomedical Engineering, Programming, Materials Science, CAD Modeling and Machining. We work together to create unique, cost effective, product solutions.

Jeremy Fryer-Biggs

Jeremy Fryer-Biggs has been tearing things apart and redesigning them for as long as he can remember. He graduated from University of Chicago in 2007 with degrees in Biology and Sculpture and from Tufts University with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering in 2010. In between college and Grad school he worked for M5 industries on both the television show “Mythbusters” and doing contract design work on military prototypes. He has an interest in furniture design and his work has been shown in New York’s prestigious International Contemporary Furniture Fair. He also won the 2009 Tufts 50k business plan competition and used the money to further his interest in microfinance by starting the Strivers Foundation – a registered 501(c)3 charity focused on assisting entrepreneurial youth in Sub-Saharan Africa launch innovative businesses.

Ben Hopson

Ben Hopson is a designer and educator. He teaches at Pratt institute in New York and is the creator of the discipline of Kinetic Design, which involves the aesthetic design of physical movement. Incorporating elements of Industrial Design, kinetic sculpture, engineering, Interaction Design, and puppetry. The field allows designers to animate products and spaces in new ways. Hopson’s recent work includes a line of moving jewelry and a kinetic sculpture for a music video by the band Modest Mouse.


Mikkel Reske-Nielsen

Mikkel Reske-Nielsen grew up in both Namibia and in Papua New Guinea. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Boston University and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. Mikkel is an expert in Solidworks, speaks Danish and French and enjoys snowboarding ands scuba diving in his spare time.

Zac Cicala

Zac Cicala graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has a passion for coding online systems and this interest has led him in exciting and eclectic directions including building medical databases, running a hedge fund, and working with social media startups. Zac enjoys sailing, traveling, and indulging in good food and drink.