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David Mindell

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Co-Chair, MIT Task Force on the Work of the FutureDibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing
Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Founder and CEO, Humatics Corporation
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David Mindell, an engineer and historian, is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Dibner Professor of the History of Engineering and Manufacturing at MIT. An expert in human relationships with robotics and autonomous systems, he has led or participated in more than 25 oceanographic expeditions. From 2005 to 2011, he was director of MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is co-founder of Humatics Corporation, which develops technologies to transform how robots and autonomous systems work in human environments. Mindell has a BS in electrical engineering and BA in literature, both from Yale University, and a PhD in the history of technology from MIT.

Dr. Mindell discusses why MIT is launching an initiative on the work of the future.