Manu Prakash, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Blum Hall B100
5:30PM dinner, 6:00PM seminar
Somebody once said, “What a damn fool can do for a dollar, an engineer can do for a nickel.” Thinking about cost as an engineering constraint brings new life to ideas. This is what makes the difference between an idea influencing a hundred people or a billion. With our planet literally teaming with problems, it’s time to take cost constraints into serious consideration. As physicists, we like to make stuff. We use these skills (and field work) to design solutions for extremely resource constrained settings, specially in the field of global health. I will discuss our current work from field diagnostics to high-throughput vector ecology and hands on science education.
Manu Prakash received a B.Tech from Indian institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2002 followed by a PhD. with Neil Gershenfeld working in the field of Physics of Computation and Physical Biology from MIT in 2008. He was nominated as a Junior Fellow at Harvard Society of Fellows from 2008-2011 after which he joined Stanford as a faculty. Manu is a Pew Scholar, a two-time Gates Foundation Explorations Award Winner, Terman Fellow and a TED Senior Fellow. Manu is a member of Stanford Biophysics Program and Woods Institute of the Environment. He runs a curiosity driven lab with current focus on organismic biophysics, frugal science and active soft-matter.