Press Release: The Goodnight Scholars Program to Host TED Fellow and 4D Printing Pioneer Skylar Tibbits

Skylar Tibbits, founder of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, will be the featured speaker for the spring 2017 installment of the “Goodnight Scholars Program Presents Speaker Series.”

RALEIGH, January 4, 2017 – The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State has announced that Skylar Tibbits, founder of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, will be the featured speaker for its spring 2017 installment of the “Goodnight Scholars Program Presents Speaker Series.”

The event will take place on Monday, January 30th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Talley Student Union Stewart Theatre on NC State’s Main Campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

Mr. Tibbits, whose expertise includes architecture, design, computer science, and art, is currently a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Architecture. His recent accomplishments include being named R&D Magazine’s 2015 Innovator of the Year and having his work exhibited at The Guggenheim Museum in New York. Currently, Mr. Tibbits is researching self-assembling technologies for large-scale applications in our physical environment as the co-director and founder of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab.

“Few professionals approach their work in such a multidisciplinary fashion as Skylar Tibbits,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “His research represents an innovative union of design and engineering that could have profound impact on the future of manufacturing. We are excited to welcome him to campus.”

For his lecture “A 4D Future: Self-Assembly, Programmable Materials, and 4D Printing,” Mr. Tibbits explains the astonishing applications of 3D printed objects that, thanks to advancements in computer programming, can be developed to self-assemble and reshape themselves over time. Even the smallest objects can have huge impact on all aspects of life, and Mr. Tibbits is on the forefront of this fascinating technology.

After the presentation, Mr. Tibbits will engage the audience in a candid Q&A session.

About Skylar Tibbits

Syklar Tibbits is on the cutting edge of 4D technology. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, the future of how we make things is being mapped out—and the implications are enormous. Imagine, as just one example, water pipes that are “intelligent,” that can contract and expand as needed. Tibbits forecasts a world where buildings and machines will be self-assembling, replicating, and repairing—changing cities, businesses, and manufacturing.

Skylar is a trained architect, designer, computer scientist, and artist whose research focuses on developing self-assembly technologies for large-scale applications in our physical environment. He is currently a faculty member in MIT’s Department of Architecture. Previously, he worked at a number of renowned design offices, has designed and built large-scale installations around the world, and has exhibited work at The Guggenheim Museum, NY. Tibbits has been published in The New York Times, Wired, and Fast Company, and has guest lectured at the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He was recently named R&D Magazine’s 2015 Innovator of the Year and awarded and Architectural League Prize and a TED Senior Fellowship.

More information about Skylar and his work with the MIT Self-Assembly Lab can be found at http://www.selfassemblylab.net

About the Goodnight Scholars Program

The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity from North Carolina natives and NC State alumni Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader, SAS Institute, and Mrs. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is targeted at North Carolina residents from middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics or STEM-related education discipline at NC State. Students accepted into the Program receive an annual scholarship valued at $19,500 per year for up to four years ($78,000 total).

Since its humble beginnings, the Goodnight Scholars Program has evolved into a comprehensive student development program focused on cultivating professional and personal skills for 200 current Goodnight Scholars through a series of programming initiatives. Goodnight Scholars receive insight and support from local and national STEM industry leaders and entrepreneurs; participate in professional development workshops; and engage in local, national, and international outreach efforts including STEM education outreach to North Carolina schools and service trips to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Per the Program’s website, each programming initiative sponsored by the Goodnight Scholars Program strives to “…develop critical skills and habits necessary for academic achievement; expose and educate students to current trends and advancement in the STEM and education industries; and establish strong personal and/or professional relationships with fellow Goodnight Scholars, NC State faculty/staff, NC State alumni, and STEM/education professionals.”

You can learn more about the Goodnight Scholars Program by visiting http://goodnight.ncsu.edu or Facebook.com/GoodnightScholars.