a Ph.D. from M.I.T. and postdoctoral studies at IBM, NASA and the
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule-Zürich, Pete is not
only a nerd, but he learned certain invaluable things like how to
pronounce Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule-Zürich. After
a brief stint in the molecular modeling software industry he joined the faculty of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. Pete performs at colleges, clubs, theaters and conferences across the U.S. when he isn't lecturing on the value of humor in technical education, communication and innovation. He is currently touring with his one-man show "Feel the Power of the Dork Side," a humorous look at science & engineering and their practitioners. It is the funniest STEM outreach program you will ever see. His research interests include the computer simulation of synthetic and biological polymers and the use of humorous improvisation to catalyze technical innovation. He is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to expolore the use of humor to improve engineering education. Pete hosts a weekly radio program entitled "Inside the Black Box," whose motto is "Science, only funnier," and "Consilience with Pete & Charlie," a podcast on the intersection of science and the humanities. He also directs a Living/Learning Community at Georgia Tech on student innovation and entrepreneurship.