William Patrick, MS Candidate
Will Patrick is an entrepreneurial scientist who aims to translate rapidly advancing technologies into beneficial societal impact. Currently, Will is researching how biological systems could fabricate novel materials, products and structures within the Mediated Matter Group at the MIT Media Lab. He previously worked as a Rapid Evaluator at Google[x] where he was charged with coming up with “Moonshot” project ideas, prototyping them and evaluating whether Google should take them. He worked on both technical prototyping and product strategy for Google Glass, Google Loon and other undisclosed projects. While studying Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, Will developed a number of different technologies focused on solving basic problems in emerging economies. He developed water purifiers, coffee shelling machines, biomass charcoal, solar-powered internet kiosks and solar-powered home lighting systems and deployed them in Uganda and India. For his thesis, Will researched dynamical systems and built a wind energy harvester utilizing the aeroelastic phenomenon of wake galloping. Outside of his technical work, Will has led or co-founded several organizations including Duke’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a water purification company, a national engineering scholars program, and Solve for X, an event and online platform to promote “Moonshot” technology proposals. He’s proudly Carolina born & bred yet a fanatic Duke basketball fan. He enjoys Southern cultural exports, such as well smoked pork, bluegrass and soul music, and has a few, newer interests: snowboarding, surfing and electronic music.
2015 DNA Assembly in 3D Printed Fluidics
2015 Growing a Second Skin: Towards Synthetic Biology in Product Design
2015 Better Together: Engineering and Application of Microbial Symbioses
2015 Designing the Ocean Pavilion
Mediated Matter Emerging Voices Award as team member, The Architectural League of NY (2015)