Prof. Martin L Culpepper

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Director, Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP)
Director, Precision Compliant Systems Laboratory (PCSL)

Primary DLC

Department of Mechanical Engineering

MIT Room: 35-237

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Design of Micro and Nanopositioning Equipment/Instrumentation
Nanomanufacturing
Micromanufacturing
Design of Carbon Nanotube-Based Machines
Design of Compliant Machine Elements and Instruments
Precision Machine Design
Makers / Fab Lab
Manufacturing Process Technology

Recent Work

  • Video
    April 27, 2020News Video Duration: 15:25

    Project Manus

    Martin Culpepper
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    November 20, 2019Conference Video Duration: 41:52

    Martin Culpepper - 2019 RD Conference

    The Latest Academic Arms Race - Making + Entrepreneurship - Is Going to Matter To You

    Several decades back, the hands-on capstone course was a step change for technology education. It started at schools like MIT and spread worldwide. We now expect students have some experience in "thinking + doing," in fact, it is often necessary for university accreditation.

    We are in the midst of an impending step change, and again, schools like MIT are in competition to lead this change. It has led to an "arms race" in higher education that will shape the future people that work with/for you. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by universities in a competition to create innovation ecosystems that produce technology innovators that have making + innovation skill sets.

    You're going to want to know about these people, who is best at educating/creating them, and how to gain a competitive advantage in hiring them. In this talk, I'm going to help you figure that out.