Speakers

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Nathan Myhrvold

Creator and co-author, Modernist Cuisine
Founder, Intellectual Ventures

Founder of The Cooking Lab, lead author of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home and author of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, Nathan earned a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics as well as a master’s degree in economics from Princeton University; he holds additional master’s degrees in geophysics and space physics and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He did postdoctoral work with Stephen Hawking at Cambridge University before starting a software company that would be acquired by Microsoft.... Read more about Nathan Myhrvold

Gary Adamkiewicz

Gary Adamkiewicz

Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Gary is Assistant Professor of Environmental Health and Exposure Disparities at the Chan School of Public Health, where much of his work focuses on the connections between housing and health, including studies of exposure to pesticides, allergens, and secondhand smoke. ... Read more about Gary Adamkiewicz

Beth Altringer

Beth Altringer

Founder-Director, Desirability Lab
Senior Preceptor in Innovation and Design, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Dr. Altringer runs the Desirability Lab and uses design and psychological research to help innovators embed desirability into the product experiences they create and manage the inherent challenges of interdisciplinary creative work. One stream of her research focuses on what makes some designs more desirable than others in terms of multi-sensory balance, emotional experience and cognitive experience; another focuses on cognitive and interpersonal factors related to the most (and least) successful design and innovation projects. ... Read more about Beth Altringer

George Altshuler

George Altshuler

Senior, Groton School

George is a senior at Groton School, where he plays rugby and is a member of the Groton Gospel Choir. In summer 2017 he collaborated with Mai Nguyen on Sensory Cloud Design.

Gojko Barjamovic

Gojko Barjamovic

Senior Lecturer on Assyriology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Gojko received his training at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) where he took part in several research projects and taught a broad range of courses and seminars on Mesopotamian languages and culture before coming to Harvard in 2013. His field of interest is the history of Assyria in the 2nd and 1st millennia BC, with particular focus on the study of trade during the Old Assyrian period and the development of early markets and trans-regional interaction. He has written, edited or co-authored several books, including A Historical Geography of Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period (2011).
Matthew Battles

Matthew Battles

Associate Director of metaLAB (at) Harvard
Matthew is associate director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, where he develops design interventions, media provocations, and technology projects in collaboration with a team of architects, web designers, scholars and artists. Matthew has written about the cultural dimensions of science and technology for such venues as The AtlanticThe Boston GlobeHarper’s Magazine, and The New York Times. ... Read more about Matthew Battles
Keith Hartwig

Keith Hartwig

Master of Design Studies (MDes) Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Graduate Student Researcher at metaLAB (at) Harvard

Keith is a Master of Design Studies candidate at the Graduate School of Design and a Graduate Student Researcher at metaLAB (at) Harvard. He earned his BA at Temple University, where he has also taught as an adjunct professor. He creates works of art and architecture that promote user participation and civic dialogue. His work explores how technology and design operate as mediations and extensions of human experience into the built environment.

Ayr Muir

Ayr Muir

Founder and CEO, Clover Food Lab

Ayr founded Clover Fast Food, Inc. in 2008 and also serves as its President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. He was raised in a rural Massachusetts town on the Vermont border in a house his parents built; the family bought most of its food at the local co-op. A distant cousin of naturalist John Muir, Ayr has cited environmental motivations as a driving force behind the company's creation. ... Read more about Ayr Muir

Neeti Nayak

Neeti Nayak

Master in Design Engineering (MDE) Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Neeti is an engineer who interned with Bharat Dynamics Limited and worked on an “Intruder Detection System” for a missile integration shelter. She has since worked as a systems engineer with BrahMos Aerospace, where she handles communication protocols, avionics systems, and systems engineering in general. She is particularly interested in intangible heritage (performing arts, language, etc.) and problems facing rural Indian communities, which led to work on a real-time analysis and alert system for stampede prevention in the Kumbha Mela. ... Read more about Neeti Nayak

Mai Nguyen

Mai Nguyen

Fellow in Applied Physics (Science and Cooking)
Mai is a Fellow in Applied Physics (Science and Cooking) and a Teaching Assistant in General Education at Harvard. She is also a contributing writer to UCLA’s Science & Food blog. Mai is an aspiring food scientist who received her BS in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. Although she spends her days toiling away in a cancer research lab, she hopes to soon escape the bench in pursuit of a more creative and fulfilling career.
Kit Parker

Kit Parker

Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics
Core Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Member, Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology

Kit is the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Core Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Parker researches cardiac cell biology and tissue engineering, traumatic brain injury, and biological applications of micro- and nanotechnologies; additional projects span topics as diverse as adaptive camouflage, lightweight body armor, wound dressings, and counterinsurgency. Parker is a decorated LTC in the United States Army reserve component and has served two combat tours in Afghanistan. ... Read more about Kit Parker

Michael Raspuzzi

Michael Raspuzzi

Master in Design Engineering (MDE) Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Michael is Managing Director of Life Changing Labs, Founder of LCL's summer startup incubator program, founder of LCL's global high school entrepreneurship and computer science program, Lead Thinker at Aesir Lab, and principal organizer for many of the largest events for the entrepreneurship community at Cornell, where he earned his BA in Architecture. He is an award-winning photographer, innovative architectural designer, and budding philanthropist. ... Read more about Michael Raspuzzi