Engineering and Robotics on the MIT Campus:
Meet Our Experts
National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Urban Agriculturalist Caleb Harper believes the future of agriculture lies in urban farms, and uses the technologies of computing, architecture, and engineering to explore and develop new food systems. A research scientist at MIT’s Media Lab, Caleb directs the Open Agriculture Initiative, which uses existing urban real estate and soil-less gardening to grow plants faster than a traditional farm 365 days a year (even during New England winters!), and produces food that is fresher and cheaper than what is available in grocery stores. His work has been featured by TIME, WIRED, The Economist, the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, the World Urban Forum, USAID and TED. Caleb will join the Engineering and Robotics Workshop on the MIT campus.
National Geographic Fellow Dr. Katy Croff Bell uses technology to investigate the depths of the ocean. Katy currently leads the MIT Media Lab Open Ocean Initiative, dedicated to reimagining the future of ocean exploration and storytelling. Since 1999, she has led or participated more than 25 oceanographic and archaeological projects, using robotic and telepresence technologies to explore what lies at the depths of the ocean. At the Ocean Exploration Trust, she was Chief Scientist of the Nautilus Exploration Program, working with a large, global team of scientists, engineers, and educators to conduct multidisciplinary expeditions aboard E/V Nautilus in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Pacific Ocean. Nautilus expeditions were shared with the world live, revealing the wonders of the undersea world in real time, in an effort to maximize the scientific outputs of expeditions and engage and inspire a new generation of young explorers. Katy is a proud alumna of MIT, where she received her SB in ocean engineering, before completing her masters at the University of Southampton and doctoral work at the University of Rhode Island. Katy will join the Engineering and Robotics Workshop on the MIT campus.