- Engineering and Robotics Workshop on the MIT Campus
- Meet Our Experts
Engineering and Robotics Workshop 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 joined the workshop in 2017. Expert information for 2018 coming soon.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Katy Croff Bell uses technology to investigate the depths of the ocean. Over the past fifteen years, she has participated in or led more than 25 oceanographic and archaeological projects around the world. Katy’s current work involves the utilization of telepresence technology on ocean exploration projects for remote science and education. She is vice president for exploration & research at the Ocean Exploration Trust, and chief scientist of the exploration vessel, Nautilus. Katy works with a large team to implement state-of-the-art technology on expeditions to remote areas of the world’s oceans, including the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean. Nautilus expeditions are shared online so that anyone in the world can share in the incredible discoveries the team makes. Katy is a 2014 MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and proud alumna of MIT, where she received her SB in ocean engineering, before completing her doctoral work at the University of Rhode Island.