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SOFT, not SOLID : Beyond Traditional Hardware Engineering

Saul Griffith (Other Lab)
Machines
Location: Festival Pavilion

SOFT, not SOLID : Beyond traditional hardware engineering, and why soft is going to replace solid in so many technologies.

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Saul Griffith

Other Lab

Saul Griffith is known as an inventor, but was trained as an engineer. He received his PhD at MIT in the junction between materials science and information theory. Prior to MIT Saul studied in Sydney, Australia and at UC Berkeley in metallurgical engineering and mechanical engineering. Since graduating in 2004 Saul has used his training and skills to start numerous technology companies based in the bay area. These include Makani Power, Instructables, Squid Labs, and currently Otherlab and its group of spin out companies. A large focus of Saul’s research efforts are in minimum and constrainedenergy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. He has dozens of patents in fields from aerospace to nanotechnology and enjoys being broadly trained as well as narrowly focused. Saul has been awarded numerous awards for invention and engineering including being named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007. He co-authors children’s comic books called “HowToons” about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Privately Saul is a father of two, and a consistent champion of STEAM education (including the A for ART!). Hobbies include vintage car restoration and inventing increasingly dangerous new sports.