My research interests include: alternative transportation, sustainable design, neural recording and stimulation systems, and experimental mechanics. I am especially interested in building intelligent systems that incorporate environmental and occupant information to achieve greater building and vehicle efficiency. I also direct the Mechanical Testing Facility for the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.
I am trained in mechanical and electrical engineering and material science. For the past twenty years I have been involved in appropriate technology, co-teaching a course at Brown University and co-authoring two books on the subject with Professor Barrett Hazeltine: "Appropriate Technology; Tools, Choices, and Implications" (1998) and co-editor, "Field Guide of Appropriate Technology" (2002). I have developed collaborations with the Design Division of the Rhode Island School of Design, co-teaching design studios for engineering and design students, and working with colleagues there on a variety of design projects.
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