Michael Bell is a PhD Student at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and part of the Wyss Institute focusing on echinoderm-inspired soft robotics. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Harvard Peirce Fellow. Michael holds a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. While at Harvard, he successfully co-founded two companies: one focusing on 3D Printing of Electronics (Voxel8), and the second, a STEAM-education company, focusing on teaching electronics through a conductive rollerball pen (Circuit Scribe). Michael’s prior experience includes work at Google, Tesla Motors and NASA Ames Research Center. He holds numerous patents from his previous work as well as his research at Harvard. In his spare time he enjoys playing with electric vehicles, and automating the coop of his three hens.