Ari W. Epstein is a lecturer in the Terrascope program and the department of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he specializes in team-oriented, project-based, student-driven learning. He is particularly interested in developing ways to integrate free-choice learning (the kind of learning promoted by museums, community-based organizations, media, and other outlets) into the academic curriculum, integrating formal and informal educational strategies.
Stephen Rudolph is a technical instructor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He works with students in project-based classes, assisting them with the design, construction, and implementation of projects. He is especially interested in ways to help students quickly gain confidence in the labs and learn the safe and productive use of hand tools, machine tools, and lab equipment.
Professor of civil and environmental engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Pedro Reis is the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research group (EGS.Lab: Elasticity, Geometry and Statistics Laboratory) is dedicated to the fundamental understanding of the mechanics of thin objects and their intrinsic geometric nonlinearities. Professor Reis received a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Manchester, U.K. (1999), a certificate of advanced studies in mathematics (Part III Maths) from St. John’s College and DAMTP, University of Cambridge (2000), and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Manchester, U.K. (2004). He then moved as a post-doc to the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics at the City College of New York (2004-2005). Between 2005 and 2007 he was a CNRS post-doc at the ESPCI in Paris. He joined MIT in the summer of 2007 as an applied mathematics instructor in the department of mathematics before starting his current assistant professor appointment in July 2010.