03/13/2017 Wurster Hall, 6:30 pm
Jan Knippers (University of Stuttgart – ITKE, Knippers Helbig)
Jan Knippers studied civil engineering at the Technical University in Berlin. After several years in an international operating consultancy he founded Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering in Stuttgart (2001) and New York (2009) with Thorsten Helbig. In parallel he is professor and head of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the faculty for architecture and urban design at the University of Stuttgart. In practice, research and teaching he focuses on highly efficient building structures and use of innovative building materials. Since recently, Jan Knippers also became spokesperson of the new SFB-TRR 141: Biological Design and Integrative Structures and is part of the European innochain network.
Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University)
Professor Joanna Aizenberg is the Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Professor Aizenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Masters in Science in Physical Chemistry from Moscow State University. She obtained her PhD in Structural Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science.
With a broad range of interests which include bio-nano surfaces, smart materials, crystal engineering and biooptics, Professor Aizenberg is the recipient of many awards and in 2015 received Harvard’s most prestigious Ledlie Prize that is awarded for the most valuable contribution to science made by a Harvard Scientist. She is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology and Platform Leader in the Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard University. She has served at the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society and at the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Academies. She served on the Advisory Board of Langmuir and Chemistry of Materials, on Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine, and is an Editorial Board Member of Advanced Materials. Professor Aizenberg is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Materials Research Society and the American Physical Society.
10/05/2016 Wurster Hall, 6:30 pm
Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg (Nervous System)
Jessica and Jesse will discuss Nervous System’s unique approach to product design through generative techniques, 3d-printing and interactivity. Along the way, they will take several detours into the realms of natural pattern formation, simulation, and biology. The talk will focus on some of Nervous System’s latest projects including a 4D printing technique that creates complex, foldable forms for 3D printing and an exploration into the morphogenesis of plants. Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Jessica currently acts as Creative Director and Jesse as Chief Science Officer. Together they lead a team of four. Jessica Rosenkrantz graduated from MIT in 2005 and holds degrees in Architecture and Biology. Afterwards, she studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jesse Louis-Rosenberg also attended MIT, majoring in Mathematics. He previously worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation. (watch the lecture)