Innovation is happening at an unprecedented rate across industries. However, innovation doesn’t just “happen.” It takes people, ideas, investment, action, organization, collaboration, and iteration. Throughout my career, I’ve navigated these topics from a variety of angles: advisor, doer, and leader.
Bicycles are a literal vehicle for physical fitness, mental wellbeing, environmental responsibility. But in many places, this world-changing mode of transportation takes a distant back seat to automobiles when it comes to infrastructure investment, maintenance, and public planning. I am an advocate for the mighty, lowly bicycle.
Some amateur photographers are incredibly creative. Others are highly skilled. Others just take lots of photos and hope for the best. I am mostly in the latter camp. Spending time outside and in out-of-the-ordinary situations (including pre-dawn bike commutes, piloting small aircraft, and travels to Chernobyl) occasionally creates unique opportunities to capture striking visuals of the world around us.
Travel is a privilege and a window into the world, getting a glimpse outside of our personal bubbles. The memories are lasting, regardless of whether the goal is hedonism or helping, business or bliss.
Drone research and innovation:
MIT Aerospace Controls Lab: Flight Experiments Using Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) Trajectory Optimization
IEEE: Three-Dimensional Flight Experiments Using On-Line Mixed-Integer Linear Programming Trajectory Optimization
MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Thesis: Online trajectory planning for UAVs using mixed integer linear programming
Sports research and innovation:
MIT Center for Sports Innovation: Measuring the Effect of Transmitted Road Vibration on Cycling Performance
PBS News Hour: Space Age Sports
MIT News: Cool research centers on Olympic skates
Engineering of Sport: Analysis of Fulcrum Skate Performance
Aviation and Aerospace:
a2b shuttle – failed investigation into alternative transportation (no longer active)
BCG Aerospace and Defense Value Creators Report
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