• MIT student Greg Schroll '08 works with Hobby Shop Director Ken Stone '72 on his award-winning spherical robot.

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Hobby Shop project garners Popular Mechanics magazine award

Greg Schroll '08 named "Most Brilliant Innovator" for his spherical robot.

A student project built in the MIT Hobby Shop has earned its
creator honors from Popular Mechanics
as one of the magazine’s “Top 10 Most Brilliant Innovators of 2009.”

Greg Schroll, a mechanical engineering major who graduated
in 2008, is the inventor of a remote-control, ball-shaped robot with impressive
navigational ability, even in rough terrain. Working with his thesis advisor, mechanical engineering professor Alex Slocum ’82, SM ’83, PhD ’85, Schroll constructed his prototype in the legendary workshop. 

“Greg has a huge amount of knowledge and skills, and this
project was beautifully executed,” said Hobby Shop Director Ken Stone ’72, who
is travelling to New York City this week to watch Schroll receive his award.
“Greg came to MIT because he saw that we had facilities for him to build things
on his own, outside of his academic work.” 

Lauded by the magazine as “MIT’s famously well-equipped
Hobby Shop,” the facility is a wood and metal shop open to the entire MIT
community. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni can use the shops diverse array
of machines and power tools to work on projects that range from academic to
personal and from serious to just-for-fun.

To read about Scholl’s invention in Popular Mechanics,
visit: http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/robotics/4332921.html

To learn about the MIT Hobby Shop, visit: http://hobbyshop.mit.edu/

Topics: Hobby Shop, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), Students, Alumni/ae


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