Blue Sky Thinking in the Third Dimension
Students in the summer 3D printing course made their presentations around a Harvard University roundtable on topics ranging from a 3D printed moon base to 3D printed customized technical-training athletic gear. Blue Sky Creativity met with online research of current applications to produce substantive presentations.
This course would not have been possible without the generosity and considerable capacities of its developer and instructor, Ryan Truby whose PhD research aims to "blur the distinction between “material” and “machine.” Using 3D printing, specifically a technique called “embedded 3D” printing, I am interested in creating entirely soft machines and robotic systems capable of autonomous functionality." and Kelly Dare Moynihan as well as the Lewis Labs' graduate students and fellows at Harvard University's Wyss Institute under the leadership of Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis, Sc.D,Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Ryan Truby developed Ti2's summer program; he is a PhD candidate at Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Moynihan recently earned her PhD in Bioengineering under the leadership of Darrell Irvine, Professor, Departments of Biological Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT; Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT; and Harvard Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A glimpse at the work of the Irvine Lab.
Kelly recently thanked Dr. Irvine for understanding the importance of her outreach work during her defense (start at 7:27 minutes). Each of us needs a role model and mentor, and it is the generosity, commitment, and capacities of young, leading scientists and engineers such as Kelly and Ryan who make this possible. Critical to their ability to do so are the graduate advisors who recognize the delayed but transformative returns on investments fostered by the culture these PI's create in their labs in which these young grad students learn and develop. Ti2 is grateful to all of you!